[Pnews] February 2015 Update/Statement From Leonard Peltier

Prisoner News ppnews at freedomarchives.org
Sat Feb 14 14:57:10 EST 2015

Greetings My Friends, Relatives and Supporters:

I know that many of you have concerns about the status of my situation 
and have been wanting an update about what is going on.  A lot has been 
happening in the last few months and I am sorry I have not written in a 
while.  The deaths over this last year have been hard to accept, 
including the recent loss of my Sister Vivian.  I want to deeply thank 
everyone for your loving words, prayers and also for helping my son 
Chauncey pay for her funeral expenses, I am humbled beyond what my words 
can express.

We are coming up on 40 years of my being in prisons.  Sometimes, I 
honestly cannot believe it, sometimes I just don’t want to believe it.  
You have been here with me through many dark times.  It is not possible 
for me to respond to each of you personally, I sure wish I could.

The reality is that I am not getting any younger, I feel my body every 
day.  My hip hurts, I cannot see very well, my body aches and my 
diabetes makes me feel uneasy a lot of the time. I do not say these 
things so you’ll feel sorry for me, I just want to share because I would 
like for you to understand where I am at in my life. When I put the 
losses of my friends and family together in my mind with the way my body 
feels, I feel a hunger to go home like I have never felt in all these 
long years.

It is time.

If only for a while, to feel the grass under my feet, to paint with the 
wind on my face while I listen to the laughter of my grandchildren in 
the yard, to smell some apple pie cooking in the air.  Some simple 
things is all I need.

I hear there are many of my Native Brothers and Sisters who are much 
younger than I who are doing some great work and it gives me great peace 
to know that the struggles our people face will always be addressed with 
honor and spirit.  I know about the problems we are all facing, and I 
want to encourage you to never give up on the things you know are right.

I am not giving up either.

Being in prison is a lot like being given a terminal diagnosis, and with 
that in mind, I am pleased to announce that I have retained a new legal 
team to represent my needs and best interests.  Together we have 
developed a careful “treatment plan” to hopefully gain the freedom and 
balance we have */all/* been working for.

I do not know what the future will hold, but you should know that I am 
confident I have the best team I could have ever asked for.  I want to 
say that I am finding hope and slowly letting it find me. Take it from 
this old dude, life is different at 70.

I have been strongly advised, and I agree, that in order for this 
process to have a chance to work, the details and inner working of our 
plans must remain confidential. I am placing my very life in the hands 
of my legal team.  We cannot have any entity or person outside of my 
legal team speaking for me, acting on my behalf, or representing me. I 
am asking all of you to honor and respect this decision.  Much like a 
surgeon who performs a lifesaving operation, it is critical to my 
freedom that they be allowed to do what they are highly skilled at, 
without any outside interference.

You will still hear from me, as we all know, I am not going anywhere yet.

I want you to continue to support what you know is right. Be active, 
take an active role in our world and support the things you know need to 
be supported. Stand up for those that need to be stood up for, teach and 
take care of our children and our Mother Earth. Help one another to be 
strong and honorable, keep and carry on the traditions, languages and 
culture of our people. Be kind and caring toward each other.

I will continue to need your support, prayers, your love, and your 
understanding as I walk on this final path toward my freedom.

We will share as much information as we can as the process moves 
forward.  In the meanwhile, if you have any questions or concerns, 
please direct your inquiries to the website as that is the only official 
point of contact for myself and my team.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Leonard Peltier
Mitakuye Oyasin

freedom at leonardpeltier.info

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier Freedom Campaign · 255 Primera Blvd, 160, Lake Mary, FL 
32746, United States

Freedom Archives 522 Valencia Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 
863.9977 www.freedomarchives.org

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