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        <h1 id="reader-title">Leonard Peltier’s Spiritual Leader Len
          Foster: “Obama Missed an Opportunity for Reconciliation”</h1>
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                    <p><em>Published January 19, 2017</em></p>
                    <p><strong>WASHINGTON</strong> – 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.</p>
                    <p>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.  (<a
href="https://sable.godaddy.com/c/25590?id=410080.1205.1.fec17f7225232930aed3d0051ae9d104"
                        target="_blank">Pardon Attorney’s Letter</a>)</p>
                    <p>“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.”</p>
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                      <h6><em>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.”</em></h6>
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                    <p>The International Leonard Peltier Defense
                      Committee said in a release after the
                      announcement:</p>
                    <p>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.</p>
                    <p align="left">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:</p>
                    <p align="left">Leonard Peltier #89637-132<br>
                      USP Coleman I<br>
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                <h4>About The Author</h4>
                <p>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, Michigan.</p>
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