[Pnews] Leonard Peltier’s Spiritual Leader Len Foster: “Obama Missed an Opportunity for Reconciliation”

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  Leonard Peltier’s Spiritual Leader Len Foster: “Obama Missed an
  Opportunity for Reconciliation”

by Levi Rickert

/Published January 19, 2017/

*WASHINGTON* – Len Foster (Diné), the longtime spiritual leader of 
Leonard Peltier, says President Barack Obama missed an opportunity for 
reconciliation with Native Americans when he refused to grant the 
Petition for Clemency for Peltier, who has been in prison for over 40 years.

Earlier on Tuesday, Peltier’s name appeared on the January 18 list of 
commutations denied by Obama as issued by the Office of the Pardon 
Attorney. Peltier’s attorney Martin Garbus was also notified.  (Pardon 
Attorney’s Letter 

“I really thought Obama ‘got it’ when it comes to Native Americans. I 
thought he saw the need for some healing to take place for Native 
Americans with this country. I think he missed an opportunity for 
reconciliation to take place,” Foster told Native News Online on Tuesday 
evening. “I am very sad. Leonard Peltier does not deserve to die in 
prison. It serves no purpose at this point.”

                /Earlier Tuesday, Peltier said in an email:  “If I
                should not [receive clemency] then after we are locked
                in for the day I will have a good cry and then pick
                myself up and get myself ready for another round of
                battles until I cannot fight [any] more. So, don’t
                worry. I can handle anything after over 40 years.”/

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee said in a release 
after the announcement:

It’s hard to bear such a blow, though. And make no mistake — Leonard has 
been hit hardest of all. But let’s not mourn so very long. Instead, 
let’s move ever forward. Channel your grief and anger in a positive way. 
Remember that Leonard still needs our help. He needs quality health care 
and a transfer to a medium security facility, among other things. We’ll 
always work towards freedom for Leonard, but these actions may help to 
make his life more bearable until freedom is won.

Now, we urge you to write to Leonard and help to keep his spirits up. 
Tell him you won’t give up, that you’ll walk the rest of the way with 
him. Send cards and letters to:

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I
PO Box 1033
Coleman, Florida 33521

        About The Author

Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is 
the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as 
editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, 

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