Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Featured

Open Letter to Water Protectors: Support Leonard Peltier by Jean Roach

Open Letter to Water Protectors: Support Leonard Peltier by Jean Roach

Dear Water Protectors, Relatives and Friends: Let me introduce myself. My name is Jean Roach, of the Mnicoujou Lakota from the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe. I am a board member of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC). I am also a survivor of the “1975 Oglala Firefight.” I have introduced myself to many representatives who have been to Standing Rock in support of our fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). There are many Leonard Peltier Supporters staying at the Standing Rock camp called Oceti Sakowin. We support Leonard Peltier as a “Political Prisoner” and his bid for Executive Clemency, Justice and Freedom. We are asking all Water Protectors and allies who supported the FIGHT against the DAPL to send tribal resolutions, or letters of support to President Obama. We have resolutions and support letters from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Oglala Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewas, Spirit Lake Tribe, Yankton Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux and numerous others, but it is urgent that we gather as...

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Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Featured

Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Calls for Clemency

Top Prosecutor in Leonard Peltier Case Calls for Clemency

Last month, a letter in support of clemency for federal prisoner Leonard Peltier was sent to President Obama by former United States Attorney James H. Reynolds. Supporters believe that Native American activist Leonard Peltier was wrongfully convicted in 1977 for the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Imprisoned for over 41 years, Peltier has the support of Amnesty International and other human rights organizations. Over 50 Members of Congress and others—including Judge Gerald Heaney (8th Circuit Court of Appeals) who sat as a member of the court in two of Peltier’s appeals—have all called for his immediate release. As noted in his letter to President Obama, Mr. Reynolds was appointed to the position of U.S. Attorney for the District of Iowa by former President Jimmy Carter. He held the position in 1977, the year that Mr. Peltier’s case went to trial, and supervised the prosecutors through trial and appeals, including Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Hultman. He was later appointed as U.S. Attorney for South...

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Posted by on Dec 30, 2016 in Featured

The Loud, the Meek, and the Nobodies by Maleaha Brings Plenty

The Loud, the Meek, and the Nobodies by Maleaha Brings Plenty

Hello. My name is Nobody and I am mute. Not selectively mute, I should add. I lost my voice and not by choice. It gradually began to fade. I used to have a voice strong enough to fill an opera house without a microphone. I used to be able to sing and laugh and yell, but now I can only whisper. What happened to my voice? Other people took it from me. The louder others began to sing and laugh and yell, the quieter my voice became. The more people came into my life, the less I could talk. They began to continuously shout and more of them came. I tried to talk over them. I tried to show myself, but they overpowered me. No matter how loud I screamed, they screamed and yelled louder. Eventually, I lost my voice entirely. Now, nobody can hear me. I attempt to write down what I’m thinking, but they can never read my handwriting, saying it’s too this or too that. Anytime...

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Posted by on Dec 23, 2016 in Featured

My Time at Standing Rock by Michael Moynihan

My Time at Standing Rock by Michael Moynihan

I did not journey across the country to learn anything, I ventured to stand in solidarity with our Native relatives, but while I was at Standing Rock in the Oceti Sakowin Camp, I was taught and learned much. One of the first things I learned was how vast the camp is. I do not know what I thought I would see, but I was not expecting to see an entire valley filled with tents, teepees, campers, vehicles and people. I have been part of many demonstrations in opposition to unjust exploitation of peoples and planet, but I have never been part of anything like Standing Rock. There were thousands of people from all over the world, many of whom were represented on Flag Road, which seemed to go on forever identifying all the nations and peoples in solidarity with Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires), which is the “proper name for the people commonly known as Sioux.” What I witnessed is that a shift is underway the likes of which...

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Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Featured

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution Adopted by the Kent School District

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Resolution Adopted by the Kent School District

On December 14th, the Kent School Board in Kent, WA voted to adopt a resolution naming the second Monday in October, the Federal holiday Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Theresa Lockrem, KSD Native American Academic and Cultural Liaison, who supported the proposed resolution stated, “Native Americans, because of the traumatic history surrounding Columbus Day and the massacre of their people at the hands of Columbus et. al, cannot accept the day to honor him. Instead, highlighting the [Indigenous] First Peoples’ of this land has been a long overdue acknowledgement. In keeping with the spirit of this sentiment, the KSD School Board voted to accept the resolution to recognize and honor the Indigenous people every second Monday in October.” The Kent School District joins a growing movement of local jurisdictions opting to rename Columbus Day, Indigenous Peoples’...

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