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New Statement from Native Revolutionary and Prisoner of War Leonard Peltier

Thanks to the Jericho Movement for helping to circulate this latest communique from Leonard Peltier.

However, before you scroll down to Leonard’s statement I would like to make one quick note about the nature of much of the “support” that comes in for Leonard.

There are a lot of White “left” groups out there that love to voice support for Leonard Peltier (and/or the history of the American Indian Movement), yet their statements are utterly comical because when you really break it down these groups are in total contradiction with the struggle that put Leonard in the imperialist iron house to begin with.

Put simply Leonard is a POW from a war for national liberation. These White “left” groups – which come under the labels of Maoist, Marxist-Leninist, Trotskyist and everything in between – have since their inception failed to grasp that our (and Leonard’s) struggle is for national liberation, not against racism (the ideas in White people’s brains) or some similar idea. They fail to grasp this for many reasons, from an utterly Eurocentric attempt to apply Stalin’s thesis on the nation to us (which almost always results in non-Native pseudo-Marxists declaring us to not be nations) to just pure and simple settlerism. Read the rest of this entry


International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

From the Leonard Peltier Defence Committee.

The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee calls on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier. Gather on February 4, 2012, at every federal court house and U.S. embassy or consulate worldwide to demand the freedom of a man wrongfully convicted and illegal imprisoned for 36 years!

Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist wrongfully accused in 1975 in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Government documents show that, without any evidence at all, the FBI decided from the beginning of its investigation to ‘lock Peltier into the case’. Read the rest of this entry

Statement from Leonard Peltier: From Behind the Iron Door

Hau Kola.

Greetings my friends, relatives, relations, supporters.

I wrote a statement the other day sitting here in my cell and I know that no one really cares to read something that is 6 pages long. So this is my effort to shorten it a little bit.

The first subject I want to touch on is being in prison for 36 years is hell. There are some folks who are planning to walk across America starting in California going to Washington D.C. to bring attention to the injustice that faces Indian people in the judicial system of America and of which I am some of the evidence of that. But first of all what I really want to say is I really appreciate and love the people that do things like this for those of us who are imprisoned. And if walking across America sounds like a lot try standing in an 8 by 6 cell for 36 years. Read the rest of this entry