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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Peltier Tribunal Day 3 Testimony


Leonard Peltier International Tribunal on Indigenous Rights Day 3: Testimony





By Brenda News
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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Peltier International Tribunal on Indigenous Rights issued preliminary findings at the conclusion of the three day Tribunal late Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. 

Tatewin Means, Oglala Attorney General and daughter of Russell Means, read the findings.

The Peltier Tribunal found the US has committed egregious human rights violations, genocide of Indian people and the withholding of testimony in the trial of Leonard Peltier.

The Constitutional violations of Peltier's rights include the right to fair process, trial by jury of peers, and the free exercise of religion. The violations of international law include violations of the Fort Laramie Treaty, violations of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and other human rights guaranteed by the United Nations.

The Tribunal said the resolution of these injustices includes the immediate freedom for Leonard Peltier. The options include a new fair trial for Peltier, executive clemency or compassionate release.

Justice is dependent on the appointment of independent counsel to review and charge all those guilty of murder and assaults on Pine Ridge, where there have been more than 60 unsolved murders.

The Tribunal called for the restoration of the criminal justice system in Indian country, including recognition of the sovereign right of Indian Nations to prosecute non-Indians for crimes on Indian lands, including FBI agents for crimes against Indian people.

The Tribunal stated that the doctrine of discovery and other fictional documents should be abolished.

The FBI must begin this process of restoration of justice by issuing a statement of remorse to Oglala Lakotas on Pine Ridge.

The environmental injustice based on racism must end on Indian lands.

See Censored News detailed article on the Tribunal Findings: Violations of US laws, Treaties and UN Declaration: \http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2013/10/peltier-tribunal-judges-findings.html

The Tribunal's complete findings will be released shortly.

Earlier, during today's testimony, describing the fabrication of evidence against Leonard Peliter, Lakota Bill Means said the FBI is the modern day Calvary.

Dennis Banks Testimony

AIM cofounder Dennis Banks, presenting concluding testimony to the three day Peltier Tribunal, described Manifest Destiny. Banks said the religious community that came with Columbus is widely mistrusted.

Banks spoke on the sterilization of Indian women. Bank said his wife Kamook was asked to participate in an experiment on sterilization and was told it could be reversed by an IHS doctor.

After receiving a phone call from Kamook, Banks said, "I became angry because I knew they sterilized so many Indian women." IHS then moved Kamook to Nebraska.

Banks explained why the American Indian Movement was formed, Alcatraz was taken over, and the Longest Walk happened. The Movement happened because of the longstanding abuse of American Indians. He said it was clear that American Indians were on a collision course with three US entities: The churches, US government and education.

"We're not here for a 100 yard dash," Banks said. He said American Indians are here for the distance.

Banks said the FBI set the stage for killing the two FBI agents at Pine Ridge. Banks pointed out that he has never seen the real criminals, like the uranium corporations, being arrested for poisoning the water.

Banks thanked Dino Butler for exposing the fact that the "Mr. X" scenario was designed to discredit AIM. (Mr. X with identity hidden was video taped and the person claimed to have shot the two FBI agents.)

Speaking on wild rice legislation, Banks spoke of the "idiot ideas" that are passed on as legislation.

Banks described how he and Leonard Peltier were made "invisible" by Leonard Crow Dog, as they left the Wounded Knee compound in 1973. Banks said it seemed a little unbelievable when Crow Dog said he would make them invisible to leave. However, Banks said, "When we walked out of there carrying our supplies of food, they didn't see us."

"There were six of us."

"Leading us out of harm's way was Lenny Foster."

Banks said three years after Wounded Knee, Three Stars made public the fact that the GOONs were supplied with ammunition by the FBI.

Banks described the encampment at the Bureau of Indian Affairs in DC. He also described how an FBI agent was so discredited during a trial against AIM in St Paul, Minn., that the judge dismissed the agent for not being credible. Then, AIM tried to arrest him the agent in a citizen's arrest. They chased the FBI agent down the street. The trial was dismissed because the US prosecutor's trial evidence was unbelievable.

"You have polluted the waters of justice," the judge told US prosecutors.

The FBI told the American Indian Movement, "We'll get you next time." Russell Means said, of course, that he was ready.

Banks said the FBI was angry because "they lost the battle of Wounded Knee." AIM found out that the US planned to use tear gas and guns to end the stalemate at Wounded Knee in 1973. The Nixon administration had already ordered internal investigations.

"It is the longest undeclared war in US history," Banks said of the war against American Indians.

When the two FBI agents came to the Jumping Bull camp, the FBI claimed they were there to serve a warrant for shoplifting. Banks asked "When does the FBI ever do that?" Banks pointed out that this was not the reason the agents were there.

Banks said Peltier heard the cries of the people and came to Pine Ridge to defend the people.

"There was a war that was going on."

Banks said the FBI was already killing members of the Black Panthers and Native people at the time. Banks said, "If they are going to shoot at us, we're going to shoot back."

Banks said the FBI went "judge shopping" when it was time for the trial of Leonard Peltier.

During the Reign of Terror, and in the years that led up to it, Banks said, "They tried to destroy our identity."

In conclusion, Banks pointed out that the land is sacred and the destruction of Mother Earth brings pain to Native people.

Dino Butler
During the Peltier Tribunal on Friday, Dino Butler said if Leonard Peltier had been been taken to trial with Butler and Bob Robideau, he would have been acquitted, just as Butler and Robideau were acquitted. Butler and Robideau were acquitted during the trial in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, based on self defense in the shoot out at the Jumping Bull camp.

During the Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge, the US armed the GOON Squad with weapons to target the American Indian Movement. (During the shoot out at the Jumping Bull camp, two FBI agents were killed and Joe Stuntz. Peltier is currently in prison in Florida.)

Butler testified earlier, on the first day of the Tribunal, about the Jumping Bull firefight.

The testimony today is the third day of the Leonard Peltier Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Oneida land, Oct. 2 -- 4, 2013.

Bill Means remembered those who were shot and killed during the struggle for justice of the American Indian Movement. 

"Individuals were targeted, shot at close range."

"Through the years, this movement has cost the lives of men and women."

Yvonne Swan

Yvonne Swan, Colville, spoke on the rights of women and children, and justice for Leonard Peltier. Speaking of a historic case for the rights of women and children, Swan said that she was charged with murder and assault. The person was considered a child molester. "I never denied it. I explained it. I trusted in justice."

When the Jumping Bull incident took place: "My spirit told me: They shot first."

Sharing her background in Indigenous struggles, Swan said in the 1950s, her mother took her to fight termination. She described the struggles over mining issues and protecting Mother Earth. It was a struggle for life, justice and survival.

Swan said Peltier is her brother and friend. "He told me, 'Yvonne, I didn't shoot anyone.' and I believe him.'"

Swan questioned why the National Congress of American Indians has not done more to ensure the rights of Leonard Peltier and justice for Peltier.

Swan, reading a passage from the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples concerning the rights and protection for women and children, said "Leonard didn't write this, he lived this."

Swan read her statement into the record:

Mary Linda Pearson is an American Indian lawyer and has served as Judge Pro Tem for the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Court, Yakama Tribal Court, Grand Ronde Tribal Court, NICS and Spokane Tribal Court.Pearson’s unwavering opinion is that "Plenary power is fiction." She said, "It
was created by the Supreme Court so that Congress can do whatever it wanted
regarding Indians." Sadly enough, "Some professors will teach plenary power
because some of them don’t know any better. Only those who have been delving
into it in the past few years know that it is non-existent."

As for a remedy, she said, "Congress could easily say ‘Hey, we’ve been wrong all
these years! It really isn’t in the Constitution and we do not have plenary
power.’" Pearson also feels strongly that Congress and the President should
apologize to Indian country and make restitution to restore Indian languages and
provide unlimited or substantial increases in mental health and chemical
dependency services. Admitting their mistakes would demonstrate character and
bring the world closer together.

To Indian populations, particularly the voters, Pearson said, "Political leaders
must be influenced to affect a true government-to-government relationship
between our nations rather than keeping with the existing hybrid relationship
created by the Supreme Court and Chief Justice Marshall in 1831." Citing
Cherokee Nation v. Georgia, she added with indignation, "Marshall is the one who
called us ‘domestic dependent nations.’"

Pearson urges politicians to "Remember U.S. history and the illegal and inhumane
way in which Indian lands were taken and Indian lives were destroyed." They must
take a better look at the actions of past presidents like George Washington,
Andrew Jackson and Thomas Jefferson. Their racist minds demanded total cultural
surrender from Indian people.
(end Swan statement)


Dr. Michael Koch, regional coordinator the German LPDOC spoke Friday morning. He said there are thousands of people in Europe now following this Tribunal. Koch pointed out that they had their own Reign of Terror in Germany.

Koch said the people of Europe have never forgotten Peltier in prison.

Manny Pino, Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is a longtime activist exposing Cold War uranium mining and the existing radioactive contamination on Acoma and Laguna Pueblos. Pino is a professor at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona.

Pino said the American Indian Movement has always been involved with protecting the Rights of Mother Earth. Recalling 1975, Pino said he was working with the National Youth Committee and organized a tour of the power plants in the Four Corners area for an AIM convention. At the same time, uranium companies were exploring southwest South Dakota for uranium mining.

The Jumping Bull shoot out became a growing priority for AIM. The Black Hills Alliance and Mount Taylor Alliance in the Southwest were formed.

Pino explained that sacred Mount Taylor is near the Jackpile Mine, which operated for 30 years, and became the largest open pit uranium mine in the world.

Pueblos joined in the opposition of the mine with others in New Mexico. "We called ourselves the CIA, Cowboy, Indians Alliance."

Pino pointed out that the Four Corners area was declared a "National Sacrifice Area." It was Treaty land. Today the Spokane River in the northwest is so contaminated that the people can not eat the salmon.

Pino showed a map revealing that uranium mining is concentrated on Indian lands in the west. He said he became active in this struggle because of his own family.

"My father, uncles, cousins, numerous relatives, worked in the mine from Acoma and Laguna Pueblos where I'm from."

Many waterways, rivers, watersheds, of Indigenous Peoples utilized for drinking water are in this region where uranium mining has been concentrated. The result was the water has been contaminated and cancer began appearing in the Pueblos and elsewhere.

There are over 180 uranium mines in the Black Hills that have not been cleaned up. About 1,200 abandoned uranium mines on the Navajo Nation have not been cleaned up.

The Grants Mineral Belt in the area of Acoma and Laguna Pueblo in northwestern New Mexico is another area of contaminated uranium mining sites. Paguate, a village of 3,000 people in Acoma Pueblo, was heavily contaminated. Pueblo families were drying their food, drying their meat, as the dust of uranium blew over their food. They also grew their food on contaminated soil.

"They continued to graze their sheep and cattle." Analysis show radioactive contamination in the livestock, just as with the food.

Pino said the Rio Grande River is the lifeblood of New Mexico. It is the main drinking water source. However, the people of New Mexico are now drinking uranium contaminated water.

Further, he said there has been no successful reclamation of the Jackpile mine. The contamination continues and has been confirmed. Eight miles north of the Jackpile mine there is currently contamination. Pino said he has witnessed elk and deer drinking from the contaminated water. So, when Pueblos hunt elk and deer, and eat this, they too are contaminated.

Navajo uranium miners were mining without any protective clothing. The result is cancer clusters. Now the Pueblos and Navajos have some of the highest rates of cancer because of this Cold War uranium mining. 

Further, Lakotas in Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River in South Dakota are suffering from high rates of cancer because of uranium mining and contamination.

Navajos in the Four Corners area died in large numbers. It happened also on Spokane River, on Indian lands in South Dakota and areas of Canada. Native people died of cancer and respiratory diseases from the mining.

Navajos used radioactive rocks from uranium mining to construct their hogans. Further, the Church Rock Spill in New Mexico widely poisoned eastern Navajos.

"The majority of ore in the Southwest went to the US Department of Defense to make weapons of mass destruction," he said.

Pino said his people have been victims of the nuclear holocaust. "The workers brought the waste home on their clothing." Grassroots people were not educated as to the dangers.

Pino said he and other Pueblos are currently working with Owe Aku International and Defenders of the Black Hills, where uranium mining is currently threatening Lakotas in South Dakota. These are human rights violations that have been documented at the United Nations.

Pino said the Keystone Tarsands pipeline currently threatens Indian lands, which is again designed for export to other countries. Once again, Indian lands and Indian people are targeted for sacrifice.

"This is why Leonard Peltier is serving all this time in prison for, defending the rights of Mother Earth."

On Friday at the Peltier Tribunal, John Thomas from Oklahoma, Shawnee, Delaware and Creek, described how the US armed the Goon Squad on Pine Ridge with weapons and targeted AIM. 

Thomas shared how Oglala Chief Fools Crow gathered the Lakota Chiefs to go to Washington, to tell them to "call off the dogs, call off the agents."

Thomas went, and took his tobacco with him.

They spoke in Washington on the Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge. In DC, they organized an effort and brought the chiefs back to meet with President Ford.
They impressed on President Ford the need to pull the agents back.

Thomas said the Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge was a "civil war perpetuated by their own government."

Attorney Bruce Ellison provided testimony by phone, strong testimony on how the US targeted the American Indian Movement and Leonard Peltier, primarily due to concern that AIM would interfere with mining and resource extraction.
Ellison is currently involved with testimony to oppose uranium mining in Lakota territory. In the 1970s, uranium mining was also the issue, as companies were targeting the Black Hills with uranium mining.

Ellison made it clear that the Jumping Bull shoot out would have never happened if the US had responded to AIM's demand for Native American rights, including Treaty rights, with justice. 

Instead, the US responded by surrounding Lakotas with paramilitary force. Peltier was targeted and evidence was created, manipulated and distorted by the US which resulted in Peltier's imprisonment.
Lenny Foster, Navajo, testified on the abuse of Native prisoner rights on Thursday. Dorothy Ninham testified on the atrocities endured by Peltier in prison. 
On the first day of the Peltier Tribunal, Lakota survivors of the Pine Ridge Reign of Terror and Goon Squad testified. Dakota scholar Chris Mato Nunpa presented testimony on Dakota genocide.

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Censored News article Day 1: Jumping Bull Shootout and Pine Ridge Reign of Terror
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Day 2: Dorothy Ninham: Visits with Peltier in prison and Lenny Foster 'Peltier is our Nelson Mandela'
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Mohawk Nation News 'US Honey Boo Boo'


US Honey Boo Boo


MNN. Oct. 3, 2013. The display on the Learning Channel of a 6 year old low class Hill Billy child and her family in all its poverty and grossness is not new to us Indigenous people. The visitors were always Red Necksand fat people. Today they are objects sold on the public entertainment chopping block, to make fun of themselves. Their American Dream is a glitzy gaudy obscene world of rampant commodification and sexualization. Anything can be exploited to satisfy their rapacious greed and vanity. 
Real all-American family!
Real all-American family!
They came from Europe, sickly, mistreated, malnourished and ignorant. Their rootless culture has been camouflaged. The collapse of the US economy is bringing out the truth of who they really are. Their system is guilt-free lethal opportunism off our backs. We’ve been carrying these parasites since they arrived. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” is dismantling the carefully crafted false image of the white United States, which is actually racist, homophobic and shallow. They are called “white trash”. 
toddlers tiarasRules of moral behavior are being cast aside. Baby beauty pageants like “Toddlers and Tiaras” and others display their tiny tots for the sexual satisfaction of the morbidly sick viewers. Pedophiles love to see parents prostituting their own children. Honey Boo Boo is all about sex, drugs and money. Everything is for sale, even their babies. Their beauty pageant kids are drinking Red Bull mixed with Mountain Dew, wearing Go-Go shoes and wiggling their hips to sexually arouse the judges. 
Onowaregeh, Great Turtle Island, is riddled with mass inequality, racism and imperialism to feed the needs of the bankers’ war corporation. They’ve allowed their rulers to mis-educated and manipulated them from kindergarten on up. Their fake “American Dream” pop culture is changed daily by their p.r. spinners. 
Honey Boo Boo is not an under class, criminal, unemployed exaggerated negative stereo type. She  represents the real American that kills and abuses worldwide so they can get their cut of everybody’s money. The corruption is being exposed. 
Recently pedophile drove around Kahnawake trying to lure children into his vehicle.
Recently in Kahnawake:“Come here, little Indian girl. I have something for you!”
Honey Boo Boo expresses the real mentality of the Americans. They came here to make money, not to work and to help kill and steal from the original people. Just below the surface they are Jack Daniels, prison tattoos, trailer parks and uneducated. More people watched Boo Boo than the Republican National Convention! 
We pitied and helped them. We did not want their slave mentality that allows their corporations to exploit them for sex, money and drugs. 
We have no hatred, only deep disappointment for the illegal settlers who are on our land. They continue to destroy the environment for all of us, without any guilt. They reneged on their promise to live by the Great Law of Peace. For doing this they will destroy themselves. 
"Stay away from our kids if you know what's good for you!
SE NE RI TA IEN: [translation] “Stay away from our kids if you know what’s good for you!
Pedophilia has long been part of American pop culture, as the popularity of 5 year old Shirley Temple shows when she sang in the 1930s: I’ve thrown away my toys/Even my drums and trains/I want to make some noise/with real live airplanes. Some day I’m going to fly/how would you like to be my crew”. Shirley Temple. “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.
MNN Mohawk Nation Newskahentinetha2@yahoo.com For more news, books, workshops, to donate and sign up for MNN newsletters, go towww.mohawknationnews.com  More stories at MNN Archives.  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L

Supai Waters Message for Long Walkers Pipe Keepers and Fire Keepers

By Supai Waters


Damon Watahomigie
Censored News

During the fire, spirit orbs are present. When the course of the natural meridian is distracted you then take in regard its power. Lightning power and magic comes from these directive points, color helpers guardians of the rain bow. At each fire. Welcome them to be your guides both physical and emotional attributes. No opals or other non traditional relics, only cedar for fire. Great power is to the west, mind your heart and mind. Be very careful of what you ask for. Every tribe in the western hemisphere is your people also.
Love the land and all people.

Dakota Genocide: Chris Mato Nunpa Testimony to Peltier Tribunal

PRESENTATION
THE DAKOTA-U.S. WAR OF  1862:  SELECTED ASPECTS
INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR LEONARD PELTIER

October 02-04, 2013
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Hosted By Oneida Nation
By Chris Mato Nunpa, Ph.D., RETIRED, Dakota
Associate Professor of Indigenous Nations & Dakota Studies


Ho, Mitakuyapi.  Owasin cantewasteya nape ciyuzapi do!  Mato Nunpa emankiyapi.  Damakota, k’a Oceti mitawa kin he Wahpetunwan.  Mini Sota Makoce heciyatanhan wahi.


“Hello, my Relatives.  With a good heart, I greet all of you with a handshake.  I am called Chris Mato Nunpa.  I am a Dakota, and my Fire is the Wahpetunwan, or “Dwellers In the Leaves,” indicating the woodlands heritage of my Fire.  I come from the “Land Where the Waters Reflect the Skies, or Heavens,”  or Minnesota.

LIVE! Day 2 Peltier Tribunal 'Peltier is our Nelson Mandela'


Leonard Peltier Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Peoples Human Rights

By Brenda Norrell
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GREEN BAY, Wisconsin -- The Leonard Peltier Tribunal on the Abuse of Indigenous Rights began the second day with the AIM song, and a memorial tribute by Bill Means, Lakota, to Raymond Yellow Thunder, Lakota, who was beaten to death by whites in South Dakota.

Testimony of Dorothy Ninham, Tribunal sponsor Wind Chases Sun, Leonard Peltier Offense Defense Committee


Dorothy Ninham said the prison in Florida has made it very difficult to visit Peltier. When Peltier was in Lewisburg, he was told that someone sent him money, a silver note, from Europe.

Peltier sent it to Ninham. "They confiscated it on the way out. And they said it was a reason to search his cell." The person on the top bunk had wired his radio to a light bulb. "When they went into search Leonard's cell, they found the wires."

One of the guards pulled on it and said he had been shocked. Peltier was charged and was given sixty days in solidarity confinement and transferred to another prison.

"They just said he was guilty and had him in the hole." There was no air circulation, and the temperature would reach 120 degrees or more.

"Several days he couldn't even make it, he was so weak."

At Coleman prison, they took away his medication for high blood pressure and diabetes, saying the prison had to save money. "The doctor told him his blood pressure was out of control, and diabetes was out of control." Still, he was only given half of his medications and no way to test his blood sugar. He had arthritis and pains in his back and knees. Sometimes the prison doctors are just in and out in five minutes.

"When he went to the doctor, he was told that he was a candidate for a heart attack." His blood pressure and blood sugar was out of control.

There is nothing fresh or healthy, it is laced with sugar or fat, even in the visitor's room, she said.

Some of the obnoxious guards even try to keep the visitors on edge. Visitors also must go through metal detectors. "I think they just choose who they want to humiliate them."

Now, Peltier is at the opposite end of the country from his family. He is in Florida, and his family at Turtle Mountain in North Dakota. He should be placed in a middle security prison at this point, she said.

Prison policy says inmates should be within 500 miles of their families, making it very difficult for his family to visit him. Ninham tried to get Lenny Foster in to visit him as a spiritual leader, but they said Lenny was a friend not a spiritual leader.

"It is not an easy thing, they don't make it easy by any means." Ninham said Peltier is not getting the care he needs to have. Peltier said one inmate had a heart attack and they just let him lay there without any help. In one prison, Peltier was attacked by five inmates and the guards just stood there and watched it happen.

The process of visiting Peltier is a long one. If you have a record, or visit inmates in another prison, you can not visit. You have to have known him before he went into prison to visit him. As well, Peltier approves his visitors.

Responding to the Tribunal Judges questions, Ninham said it is difficult now for Peltier's attorneys to consult with him because of travel and distance. If documents are sent, the documents may be delayed for two weeks or more. 

During surgery once, Peltier almost bled to death.

"He doesn't get family visits very often, because they are so far away and it is so unaffordable."

Lenny Foster, Dine'

Lenny Foster, supervisor for the Navajo Nation Corrections Project, has been a spiritual adviser to inmates in state and federal prisons nationwide for 32 years.

Foster has witnessed the racism and discrimination in prisons. The religious freedom struggle in prisons is one of the difficult human rights struggles.

The purification ceremonies are constantly under attack in the prisons. They are isolated, with sensory deprivation, deprived of fresh air and sunlight.

"In the 32 years that I've worked with the prison system in the US, it is the most cruel and unusual treatment in the United States."

Foster has taken these issues to the United Nations in New York and Geneva, as well as to the US government officials in DC, to no avail.

Foster joined the American Indian Movement in Denver under the leadership of the late Vernon Bellecourt. They took a drum into prison for inmates. Then, they went into Stillwater prison for a ceremony. Those experiences convinced him to become involved in prisoner rights. He made a proposal to the Navajo Nation to work with inmates, with Heart of the Earth of AIM.

Foster submitted the proposal to Navajo President Peterson Zah and it was accepted. He has continued for 32 years. The access of inmates to herbs, sweetgrass and sage, and singing and drumming are issues that are a struggle in the prisons. Prison officials said drumming and singing would get inmates 'riled up.'

Prayers in the Native language were also a source of complaints by prison guards. "We don't all pray in the English language like the Christians do. Why are we being made to pray in the English language?"

"They don't understand that concept."

Scheduling becomes an issue and the prison officials exercise control. There are always threats to inmates of "being written up and sent to the hole."

Young Natives in prison need to learn their songs, and many need to be taught about prayer. "We resort to litigation and lawsuits. It is very difficult to win. The First Amendment doesn't provide that protection."

The First Amendment doesn't protect Native Americans religious rights.

"It is psychological warfare to take away dignity when you are incarcerated."

Foster said he knows the ways of the Sweatlodge and Sundance and can teach the songs and prayers. "It is important for survival."

Foster said he knows Peltier as a model inmate, friend and brother, who he sundanced with. He is considered a friend, a brother. Foster has known Peltier for 26 years and is a brother, a relative.

"He's our Nelson Mandela."

"We can't give up."

"I would like to see the National Congress of American Indians take a more active role in his release, and executive clemency."

NCAI has passed a binding resolution. Now, NCAI needs to set up a meeting with Obama's administration and Attorney General.

"When I used to visit him in Leavenworth, the chaplain made it very difficult for me to visit." The chaplain would follow Foster around.

"Peltier is experiencing bad conditions from diabetes, he needs to walk, fresh air, and fresh vegetables, they are not giving him that."

"I feel they want to kill him, and want to let him die in prison."

"When I see him, he says, "Lenny you need to help me, I'm going to die in here." Peltier is not afraid to die, but wants to spend his remaining years with his grandchildren and family.

Foster encouraged people to urge others to write letters. He has contacted the Navajo Medicine Men's Association to help. 

The US could do the right thing, and make amends with the Native American people.

"Leonard is an example of the resistance. We love him, and we miss him."

Video: Prison Guard Bruce Smith

Since his arrest, Peltier has been harassed and abused by the FBI and Bureau of Prisons.

Smith said, "Leonard is so high profile that all the shots were called by the Dept. of Justice, FBI."

On June 27, the day after the anniversary of the deaths of the FBI agents, Peltier was placed in solidarity confinement in Leavenworth, in temperatures of 120 degrees.

With Peltier's health problems, Smith said the question was: "Do they want him to die? They are giving him the death penalty by leaving him in that environment."

Peltier had received money from someone in Scotland, and this led to a search of Peltier's cell. In the previous weeks, the occupant of the top bunk was responsible for the wires on the light fixture.

Peltier wasn't even in his cell when the guard received that shock. 

Smith said people have to stand up to the injustice. "There's so many good things he can accomplish."

"If we don't do something right now, Leonard will die. Then, the blood is on our hands as a people," Smith said.

John Privatera


John Privatera, Peltier's attorney in Canada, asked that the government of Canada address the injustice and join the effort for Leonard Peltier's release.

Privatera, testifying by Skype, said Peltier's attorneys are finalizing a petition for executive clemency to President Obama. Already, Peltier has received a resolution of support from the National Congress of American Indians.

Privatera said Peltier's legal team is working with the government of Turtle Mountain Indian Nation to work with Peltier once he is released. Further, he said that the legal team is asking for Indian Nations to come together and support Peltier.

With a united effort by Indian Nation, President Obama can be asked to release Peltier based on a sovereign nation requesting the release of an inmate imprisoned by another nation, he said.

"He is not a young man, he is not healthy," Privatera said. "We need him to come home."

 Privatera spoke on the rule of law and the forced and unlawful testimony which resulted in Peltier's wrongful conviction and extradition.

Earlier this year, Privatera made a public appeal for clemency.

"Mr President, we appeal directly to you. As a legal scholar, you know that article two, section two of our constitution is one of the strong threads in the fabric of our justice system. It is a responsibility born by the executive. It embraces the power to deliver justice, to exercise mercy, and to be wise in that law given power."

"This is an historic opportunity, Mr. President, to infuse your legacy with soulfulness and wisdom"

"We ask only that you commute the sentence of Leonard Peltier. No further findings have to be made. Commute him after thirty seven years of imprisonment. You have clemency power to say, and we ask that you do it now, that justice has been served by time, sir. And it's time to return Leonard home to his community to work and die on Turtle Mountain."

Privitera said, "Mr President, this case cries out for mercy. It is time to reveal and exercise your power and wisdom judiciously and we plead today that you commute Leonard Peltier's sentence. Be merciful. Be wise. Use your power. Bring Leonard Peltier home."

After lunch, Peter Grant, attorney in Vancouver, British Columbia, testified via Skpe before the Peltier Tribunal. Grant has been at the forefront of the legal struggle of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and involved with the Peltier extradition.

Peltier Tribunal judges questioned Grant on the details of the extradition of Peltier from Canada to the US and misconduct on the part of the United States.

Grant said the testimony of Myrtle Poor Bear was proven to be coerced and untrue. Further, the evidence involving the rifle used in the shootings of the FBI agents could not be proven.

"The only basis of the case against Leonard was gone," Grant said, when asked about the rifle shell casings and firing pen used in the killing of the two FBI agents.

Earlier today, the documentary, "I am Indian Voice, Leonard Peltier" was shown during the morning of the second day of the Tribunal. It is being held at the Radisson at Green Bay, Wisconsin, on Oneida Indian land. 

Means said the AIM song was created to honor Raymond Yellow Thunder.

In 1972 Raymond Yellow Thunder, Lakota from Porcupine, S.D., was brutally murdered in the bordertown of Gordon, Nebraska. When Yellow Thunder's relatives sought justice, they found none.

"They stripped him from the waist down and they took him into the American Legion Hall on Saturday night dance," Means said. "They told him to dance Indian."

Raymond Yellow Thunder's feet were burned with cigarettes. "They beat him to death and they found him two days later in a trunk of a car. Nobody would help him."


The Tribunal is being streamed live by Earthcycles.


Also see: Day 1 Peltier Tribunal on Indigenous Rights Reign of Terror on Pine Ridge

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Oct. 2 --4 , 2013, Radisson Hotel, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Oneida Nation

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