Statement by Leonard Peltier, Oglala Commemoration

Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War  in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

Leonard Peltier, Native American Prisoner of War in the USA, currently held in a Florida prison.

26 June 2015

Greetings to you, my relatives and friends.

This is the first time that my dear sister Roselyn will not be there for me, but I know she is there in spirit as she has gone on her journey. I have seen pictures of the gathering over the years and can still see her sitting there under the trees with our relatives… I will always miss her and be grateful to her for all she did for me and for our people.

This year I am most concerned with our children and the taking of their own lives. This is very sad to me, as it is to you, and I know there are many reasons for them to feel such despair and hopelessness. But I can only ask and encourage all of us to double our efforts to show them love and support, and let them know that we will always look after them and protect them. That includes asking big brothers and sisters to look after the younger ones. They are our future and have to be protected and to learn to be the protectors. This is not something we can live with, we need to all work to change this.

And this year it is even more urgent that we come together to protect our sovereignty. There are so many issues to face and fight. We continue to fight for our Black Hills and to stop the XL pipeline from poisoning our water and our land, and I stand with the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, and all people of like mind in this fight.

The destruction of our Mother Earth by the heavy and toxic Tar Sands oil, fracking, gas and oil drilling and uranium mining is unacceptable to me and to us. We are supposed to be protecting these things even as others try to push us aside. I honor all of our relatives who are on the front lines of this fight.

And after all that I have seen in these 40 years behind bars, I was still shocked to see what they are trying to do to the Apache people at Oak Flats. This cannot be tolerated. It is not only a blatant money grab at the expense of a tribe’s Sacred site, but it is an effort to push us back in the direction of termination by ignoring our rights as sovereign nations. This we will not tolerate. Nothing is sacred to these people and they will continue to try to bulldoze us out of the way without even a single thought to our coming generations if we do not continue to stand up and oppose them. We must be ready for anything or we will lose all that we have gained in the last 40 years.

The continued use of racist mascots is something that we can never accept as Indigenous peoples and we need to all continue to push to end that racist practice.

As for me, time is something I have learned a lot about in these years in prison. And now I can see that time is slipping away from me and I know that if I do not get out under this President I will almost certainly die here in prison.

I have been able to survive with the hope you have given to me and your prayers and I am grateful for that support from all of you.

I continue to pray for the family of my brother Joe Stuntz and for all those who paid such a dear price in those bitter times 40 years ago.
And I pray for the families of all our people who have suffered so much and continue to suffer now.

I thank all of you for coming today and I know how hot it can be there. And especially to all the runners and walkers I offer my gratitude.

I send my Love to the people of the Lakota Nations and to all Native Nations,

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse…


Leonard Peltier

Send Cards and Letters:

Leonard Peltier
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Posted on June 26, 2015, in Warrior and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. You are always in my heart and in my prayers as I call, eMail and Twitter asking for Clemency for your freedom.
    You are my Friend, my Uncle, and my Leader.
    I love you.

  2. Continue to pray that President Obama will grant you clemency. Thank you for all you have done for all out Native Brothers n Sisters in this fight for a Clean Mother Earth. Am with you in heart mind and spirit always.

  3. Emanuel H.L.Vauvhn

    May the Spirits of the Sun be blessed
    Upon this day to you & to our People
    Of the Land…..
    I will con’ t to support our People & fight
    For their rights…..
    I Honor & greatly respect the words
    you’ve spoken of the People & they are
    SACRED of their meaning……
    I have noticed that the Nation’s are not
    pulling togeather as they Should & That
    we need to put the words, Come Closer
    You Are Needed By Our People…….
    Also great one,
    Do you believe that you could gather the
    leaders of our Nation’s who want to do it,
    The Americas,Canada,Alaska,Mexico,
    South Americas & Anyone I’ve forgotten,
    For a meeting with the United Nations
    Council on a picked location of one of our Nation’s land…..
    If you can, set a date for the Meeting
    let me know,
    For I have a contact who will get the MESSAGE to them…….
    As the Spirits of the Wolf & that of a
    The Eagle at my side,
    May the grace of Father sky….be upon you…….. (3) Feathers

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