[Pnews] Statement from Leonard Pelter 11/11/13 Inside Looking Out

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Mon Nov 11 16:23:51 EST 2013

Greetings my relatives, friends and supporters,

I am communicating to you today to address some of the concerns
about the changes that have taken place within the organization
that leads the efforts to bring about my freedom. I am referencing
the LPDOC as you well know, those of you who are familiar with the
organization, there have been changes every two or three years.
Sometimes people feel this is too much and some feel it is too
little and this is why I am having this comment sent out.

First of all I want you all to know that I deeply deeply appreciate
ALL the people who have given parts of their lives to help bring
about my freedom and enhance the lives of my people all over the
world.  I know it has been difficult for many, in fact for most
because it is a drain on ones resources, ones time, and often times
takes away from a persons family and personal life to be involved
in movement activities.  I appreciate that, I don't know how to
impart to you how deeply I appreciate that. There is no one who
has come through the doors of the LPDOC that has all the answers
or could possibly make all the right decisions, all we can really
do is do our level best to do what is right, and try to right what
is wrong. This kind of work wears on people and I do not expect any
person to devote their lives to me.  This isn't all about me. This
is about the constitutional violations toward americans that put
me here. This is about the violations that keep me here. This is
about the human rights violations that put AND keep me here. This
is about the human rights that indigenous people all over the world
deserve to have honored. This is about the treaty rights that the
indigenous people of america have with the United States that are
being violated feloniously today. This is about the legal procedures
that were violated in my case that stand as possible precedents
in the cases of others to come. Of all these things I mentioned,
I am legally adjudicated evidence of those violations.  I am not
the only person who is evidence of these violations however,
because of your struggles and those before you, and those who
struggle now I am probably more visible than most of the others.
As I said before people coming to the defense committee are not
expected to devote their whole lives to me and I fully realize they
have families and children. The older members of AIM and the struggle
have grandchildren they are taking care of now.  I guess what I am
tr ying to say to you is that it is not unusual nor inappropriate
for there to be changes within the Peltier Defense Committee.

As native people, and as movement people we represent in most
cases the poorest of the poor in America and we are dealing with
the most powerful, politically strong, well financed organization
in the world today and so its not so difficult to see how we can be
stressed from time to time and have changes from time to time for we
are in fact the most vulnerable ALL the time.  We don't have enough
money to always fund the most needed lawyers and legal workers or
secretaries or web managers or whatever.  We rely mostly on the
good hearts of people who volunteer and we have never had enough
money to pay these good people what their efforts are worth so it
is easy to see why people at some point might choose to travel
a different path in due time because they all have families and
their own lives to live.  People come into this organization with
various skills and skill levels and most times they further those
skills and skill levels and it enhances the strength of all of us
whet her they stay within this committee or not because of their
involvement in their community using those skills.

In the near future you will see some changes in our website, and
our level of activities, and our promotion, even more so of all our
concerns for our mother earth, and our children's future. I have
personally, grand children and great grandchildren at this time and
I know that you would understand my concerns for their future and
my concerns for the future of all of our children.  If it were not
for our indigenous cultures which are totally linked to the natural
environment the creator gave us than I would have had no reason to be
at Oglala that day nor would the other native people on Pine Ridge
have a reason to remain where they live today.  That area is still
the poorest of the poor the suicide rates there among children are
epidemic and among adults its the same. The Cathedral, the Temple
of their way of life, the Black Hills of South Dakota has the faces
of those who led the destruction of their lives carved upon them.
The Black hills of South Dakota was forcibly leas ed from the Lakota
people, that lease has been up for over 40 years and yet america
does not return it.  The Lakota people have not accepted money for
it and yet this injustice continues while all the while people of
America turn a blind eye to this violation of religious freedom.
This is only one example that I mention because of the size and
how blatant it stands out and how most americans are not aware of
this. We truly want changes in America, we want changes in the
Americas from the far north to the extreme far south. We want a
turnaround in the destruction of our natural environment.  On the
dollar bill it says in "God we trust" it should say something to
the effect in God's handy-work we MUST trust.

I could go on and on but I feel like I am getting to preachy. Forgive
me if I have rambled, if you can imagine sitting in a building that
you don't like, for ONE day imagine how it would be to sit in there
for approx 13688 days plus and think about these things and try to
work on these things.  So I would like to sincerely encourage you
to try and mend your differences and join with me to make this
a better place for the future of our children and all natural
life. And if you so decide to be involved with some other group I
totally respect that, but I encourage you, deeply encourage you,
to always be doing something to make a difference in our world. A
difference for the better.

Forgive me if this seems a bit lengthy but the future of my
involvement is very important to me and when you get to be 69 years
old, one day could be a lifetime.  If you have any doubts about
this statement- just as one of your grandparents.  In saying this
I want you to understand why we are gearing up to do everything as
soon as possible.  I don't know what else I can say to get you to
better understand this situation at the moment but again I want to
say I appreciate all your efforts, all the things you have done,
and for the indigenous people of the United States I want to echo
the words that they say over and over again in their own way


This is our home, this is our past, this is our present, and this
is our future.

May the great spirit bless you with the things you need and enough
to share with others who have needs also.

In the spirit of crazy horse and all our people of the past who
have given unselfishly that we might exist today and have values
that are worth living for.

Your friend always, IN all ways Mitakuye oyasin Doksha
Leonard Peltier

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