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Monday, January 31, 2022

Press Conference: Demand Hospitalization and COVID Release of Leonard Peltier from Prison

Jean Roach, Lakota, speaking at Peltier press conference now, urged President Biden to release Peltier from prison. Peltier has COVID and multiple health problems. Prisons are failing to protect elders from COVID.



International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee


International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee www.WhoIsLeonardPeltier.info

Press Conference to Demand Immediate Hospitalization and
COVID Release from Prison for Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier

Monday, Jan. 31, 2022, 1:00 pm
U.S. Federal Courthouse, 801 N. Florida Ave., Tampa FL (live feed info below)

 

Native political prisoner Leonard Peltier, who has been in U.S. federal prison for 46 years despite worldwide calls for his freedom, tested positive for COVID on Friday, Jan. 28. 

 

Carol Gokee and Jean Roach, co-directors of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) are hosting a press conference on Monday, Jan. 31 at 1:00 pm in Tampa to expose the failure of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to follow CDC guidelines and COVID guidelines issued by former Attorney General William Barr. 

 

At 77 years old with severe health problems, Leonard Peltier is at great risk. Supporters are demanding his immediate transfer to a hospital to prevent complications that could endanger his life. He has diabetes, an aortic aneurysm, untreated kidney disease, and high blood pressure. He also had open-heart surgery recently. 

 

Despite the extremely high transmissibility of the Omicron variant, the BOP had not provided booster shots to the prisoners at the Coleman I penitentiary, particularly to the Elders Unit, where Mr. Peltier is imprisoned.  

 

“We are calling for Leonard to be transferred to a hospital immediately. He waited all day from 8:00 am on Friday when he told the authorities he was sick. He was not tested for hours. It was only at 7:00 pm that he was told the test result was positive,” says Gokee. 

 

Roach says, “It is unconscionable that Leonard Peltier and the other prisoners were not given the booster shot. We demand that he be provided hospitalization to assure a higher chance of survival and recovery. Despite his eligibility for COVID release due to the pandemic, we are alarmed that he could face a death sentence by the BOP’s negligence. Leonard Peltier needs to be hospitalized, not just isolated in the prison.” 

 

There is a growing chorus of voices calling on President Biden to free Mr. Peltier. On January 26, Brian Schatz, (D-Hawaii) Chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, wrote to President Biden, saying in part, “I write to urge you to grant a commutation of Leonard Peltier’s sentence.” 

 

James H. Reynolds, who was the prosecutor at Mr. Peltier’s trial, wrote Biden on July 9, 2021, “I write today from a position rare for a former prosecutor: to beseech you to commute the sentence of a man who I helped put behind bars. … I have realized that the prosecution and continued incarceration of Mr. Peltier was and is unjust.” 

 

A national Change.org petition is calling for Leonard Peltier’s hospitalization and freedom: 


The press conference will be live-streamed on the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Facebook page. Please join us at 1pm on January 31st at the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/1525759891020315/posts/3055748038021485/

Native American State Legislators Urge Biden to Release Peltier who has COVID





 

Sunday, January 30, 2022

Democracy Now Today: Peltier has COVID: His Lawyer -- Former Federal Judge -- Calls for Prison Release


Democracy Now! Today

Jailed 77-year-old Native American activist Leonard Peltier has tested positive for COVID-19 less than a week after describing his prison conditions as a “torture chamber.” Peltier was convicted of aiding and abetting the killing of two FBI agents during a shootout on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975 while a member of the American Indian Movement. He has long maintained his innocence and is considered by Amnesty International as a political prisoner. We speak with his lawyer and former federal judge Kevin Sharp, who says Peltier’s case was riddled with misconduct, including witness intimidation and withholding exculpatory evidence. Sharp argues Peltier’s health, age and unfair trial make him the perfect candidate for executive clemency. “The legal remedies are no longer available,” says Sharp on Peltier’s case. “Now it’s time for the [Bureau of Prisons] and the president of the United States to fix this and send him home.”
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Friday, January 28, 2022

Leonard Peltier Tests Positive For COVID-19



Leonard Peltier Tests Positive For COVID-19


 The ailing 77-year-old Native American rights activist has been pleading for help in prison and was never given a coronavirus booster shot.

01/28/2022 10:53pm EST


Leonard Peltier, the ailing 77-year-old Native American rights activist who has been pleading for help from prison amid coronavirus lockdowns and still hasn’t received a booster shot, has tested positive for COVID-19.


“Today, Leonard tested positive for COVID,” Peltier’s attorney Kevin Sharp told HuffPost late Friday. “We are all very concerned, as is Leonard. He wanted people to know that he sends his love and appreciation for the years everyone has fought for him. And should he make it through this, he intends to continue speaking out for Native rights.”

Peltier began feeling “like shit” on Thursday and had a “rough night” of painful and persistent coughing, Sharp said. “He told me, ‘I hope this is just a bad cold, but I have never had a cold like this before.’”

Peltier has now been placed in quarantine for 10 days.

Peltier has been in prison for 45 years without any evidence that he committed a crime. The FBI and U.S. Attorney Office charged him with the 1975 murders of two FBI agents during a shootout on a Native American reservation ― something he has long said he didn’t do, even when it meant he could have been paroled if he’d said he did. His trial was riddled with misconduct, and even the U.S. attorney who helped put Peltier in prison decades ago is now pleading with President Joe Biden to grant him clemency because, he says, federal officials never had evidence that he committed a crime.


Read the article at HuffPost

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/leonard-peltier-covid-positive_n_61f4a8f2e4b04f9a12bd7138


Democracy Now!


Leonard Peltier Calls Prison Conditions “Torture” Amid COVID Lockdowns and Neglect

HEADLINEJAN 26, 2022

Jailed Native American activist Leonard Peltier has described prison as a “torture chamber” amid constant coronavirus lockdowns. Peltier, who suffers from multiple health conditions, says he and others held at the Florida federal prison have yet to receive their COVID booster shots and describes worsening neglect and uncertainty. In a statement, Peltier writes, “Left alone and without attention is like a torture chamber for the sick and old.” Seventy-seven-year-old Peltier is one of the U.S.'s longest-serving political prisoners, convicted of killing two FBI agents on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. He has long maintained his innocence.


https://www.democracynow.org/2022/1/26/headlines/leonard_peltier_calls_prison_conditions_torture_amid_covid_lockdowns_and_neglect

Nevada and Canada: Laboratories for Genocide and Death


The Nuclear Test Site and secret atomic bomb testing on Western Shoshone land left cancer and death. In Canada, the government and churches carried out the genocide of Native children. Photo: Qu' Appelle Industrial School.

Breaking News: Navajo Elders Locked Out in Cold as Navajo Nation Council Votes on New Helium Mining on Sacred Mountain

Navajo elders were locked out in the cold by the Navajo Nation Council on Thursday, while the Navajo Council voted on new helium mining on the sacred mountain at Sanostee. https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2022/01/navajo-elders-locked-out-of-navajo.html

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The United States government hid its crimes in the beginning, leaving a trail of death for Western Shoshone during its secret atomic bomb testing.

We know now that Nevada is blanketed with the crimes of the U.S. government, from nuclear tests to the bombing ranges and lithium mining that Paiute Shoshone Myron Dewey warned of the day before he was killed by a driver pulling into his lane.

The crimes go further, with the drone pilots at Creech Airforce base pulling the switch and carrying out assassinations on the other side of the world, often using faulty data.

While Nevada continues as a laboratory for death, at the same time, in what is called Canada, the truth is being revealed about the role of Canada and the churches in the widespread kidnapping, torture, and murder of Native children in the schools where the children were incarcerated.

Mohawk Mothers are holding McGill University in Montreal accountable in court, as the search continues for unmarked graves.

At McGill University, Canada and the U.S. CIA conducted MKUltra mind control and torture experiments. Mohawk children were among the victims.

Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte to the White House today: "Our nation has, and is, being destroyed by nuclear weapons testing and nuclear material disposal."

"The pattern and practice of the Department of Energy and cooperating agencies inflict conditions intended to bring about the destruction of Shoshone Nation, violating peremptory norms in International Law that the United States has acceded to under the Proxmire Act in 1988 (18 USC 1091--GENOCIDE)." -- Comments of Principal Man Ian Zabarte of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, January 27, 2022
https://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2022/01/western-shoshone-to-white-house-our.html

Mohawk Mothers continue their case against McGill University in Montreal, where Canada and the U.S. CIA conducted MKUltra mind control and torture experiments on Native children at Allen Memorial Institute. 

"In the middle of this case, super-paid Principle and Chancellor of McGill, Suzanne Fortier, resigns! Also one of the lawyers in the FCC Federal Court of Canada v. the Mohawk Mothers suddenly resigns from the case." "The main issues in the court case are the unmarked graves, the trespassing on Mohawk land, and the borrowing of Iroquois Trust Funds to build McGill that was never repaid to the Mohawks."

Horrific abuse described as unmarked graves discovered of Native children in Canada

This week, more unmarked graves were discovered at a residential school in Canada. The Tyee describes the horrors and abuse of Native children carried out by the government of Canada and the church at Williams Lake.
“Our team has recorded not only stories involving the murder and disappearing of children and infants. They have listened to countless stories of systematic torture, starvation, rape and sexual assault of children at St. Joseph’s mission.”
Children were beaten until they lost consciousness for speaking their Indigenous language. 



The Guardian: Life as a drone operator at Creech Airforce Base, Nevada

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Navajo Elders Locked Out of Navajo Council During Vote on Helium Mining on Sacred Mountain

Dine' elderly were locked out in the cold today, while the Navajo Nation Council voted on new helium mining on the sacred mountain at Sanostee.

Navajo Elders Locked Out of Navajo Council
During Vote on Helium Mining on Sacred Mountain


Article by Brenda Norrell
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Dine' CARE said Dine' elderly were locked out of the Navajo Nation Council chambers today, and prevented from viewing the vote on new helium mining on the sacred mountain at Sanostee. If passed, Navajo Oil and Gas will bore wells one mile deep into the sacred mountain.

The resolution for the new mining was tabled after a peaceful march and protest to the Navajo Council chambers. 

Dine' CARE (Dine' Citizens Against Ruining our Environment) warned that it was not right to sacrifice the sacred for beeso (money.)

"It is not right to sacrifice the people of the mountain, the descendants of revered leader Narbona. Our holy male mountain Ch'ooshgai, and all the plants, animals, and offering sites would be desecrated for béeso that will only go so far. The impacts of helium drilling will cause long-term harm to our land and water. Helium is extracted the same way oil and gas is extracted. More often these days, it is hydraulic fracturing (fracking)."



Western Shoshone to White House: 'Our nation being destroyed by nuclear weapons testing and disposal'


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Western Shoshone Ian Zabarte




Comments of Principal Man Ian Zabarte of the Western Bands of the Shoshone Nation of Indians to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, January 27, 2022

These comments characterize the ongoing abuse suffered by the Western Shoshone people as a result of US military and commercial nuclear development. There has been no explicit act of Congress to diminish or extinguish Indian title to 30 million acres of land owned by the Western Shoshone Nation defined by Article 5 of the Treaty of Ruby Valley. We seek creation of a reservation by the President under Article 6 of the treaty as a remedy for the safety, protection and benefit of the Western Shoshone people.

Consultation is not consent but when done, should be according to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People with free, prior informed consent of Indigenous people affected--a right of self-determination, and in the planning and implementation of projects on our lands. The law needs to be enforced and resources directed to indigenous communities for clean-up efforts and proper enforcement.

Our nation has, and is, being destroyed by nuclear weapons testing and nuclear material disposal. The pattern and practice of the Department of Energy and cooperating agencies inflict conditions intended to bring about the destruction of Shoshone Nation, violating peremptory norms in International Law that the United States has acceded to under the Proxmire Act in 1988 (18 USC 1091--GENOCIDE).

In 1990, the Department of Energy created “cultural triage” used in the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository project defined as, “the forced choice decision-making by and ethnic group to a development project” claiming Indians were involved in Yucca Mountain development. Cultural triage features are it is forced upon ethnic Native Americans for development.”

Federally-recognized Indian tribes are deemed by the US Supreme Court as incompetents under the superintendence of the Secretary of the Interior and therefore cannot consent. It is the US that is wholly responsible for the outcomes. The systematic use of cultural triage is genocide.

Origin is important. Shoshone individuals must be followed for health consequences. We need collaborative research funding, monitoring, surveillance and registries for Shoshone down-winders affected by radiation from nuclear weapons.

We need radiation exposure compensation re-authorization (RECA). We need the President to create a Shoshone homeland under Article 6 of the Treaty of Ruby Valley. All federal actions must be required to prove ownership of federally funded project sites.

Finally, nuclear weapons are illegal under the new International law, the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, that entered into force January on 22, 2021. We can protect our environment, our Mother Earth, by ending our obsession with nuclear weapons of mass destruction and join the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Thank you.
https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/forms/white-house-environmental-justice-advisory-council-whejac-public-comment

Mohawk Nation News 'McGill Dodging and Dipping Goes on'

MCGILL DODGING & DIPPING GOES ON 

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MNN. 27, January 2022. This is an update by thahoketoteh of MNN on the McGill ongoing saga. The kahnistensera, Mohawk Mothers, are concerned with the self-preservation of indigenous lives and culture facing genocide at the hands of colonists trespassing on turtle island, using the foreign Admiralty Law of the Seas to violate our land, our people, resources , and  culture.

IT SAID: “TAKE BACK TEKANONTAK” [AKA MONT-ROYAL] THIS IS KANIEN’KEHA:KA MOHAWK LAND.

In the middle of this case, super-paid Principle and Chancellor of McGill, Suzanne Fortier, resigns! Also one of the lawyers in the FCC Federal Court of Canada v. the Mohawk Mothers suddenly resigns from the case. At McGill a messy failure has been left behind. As the Chinese say about those who abscond, “They  will suffer death by a thousand cuts”:

In the ‘procedural swamp’ the FCC  [T-1696-21] asked for time consuming information that has already been provided. tThe court’s concern is about traditional representation, signers and speakers.

This is delaying presenting the substance of the case of the suspicions of unmarked graves of our people on the site of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Allan Memorial Institute of McGill University.

According to Sections 35 and 52 of the Constitution Act of Canada 1982, all the laws of Canada have no force or effect because they are inconsistent with the kaianerekowa, great peace. The kahnistenera, Mohawk Mothers, can only represent themselves according to ancestral law. They are the caretakers of the children and the land they are brought onto.

This sounds like the philosophy commonly used by mega corporations and the military which are connected to all universities, such as the movement to ‘Demilitarizie McGill” at McGill University. 

The main issues in the court case are the unmarked graves, the trespassing on Mohawk land, and the borrowing of Iroquois Trust Funds to build McGilll that was never repaid to the Mohawks.

The traditional process of the kanienkehaka [Mohawk] is to listen to the proceedings and report the words to the clans. The appointed word carriers will be given the words that will go back to the court. 

The kahnistensera cannot be represented by a lawyer, council or non-kaianerekowa person as it would be inconsistent with the great peace. The court is allowing the four opposing lawyers to speak and question the witnesses, while the indigenous women will be allowed one speaker!    

The SQI reached out to the band councils for information and assistance. The band councils are created by the Canadian Army to take care of the prisoners in this ongoing war for indigenous land title. 

The economic sanctions strategy was invented with the onkwehonweh [indigenous people of the land] in mind. No people have ever endured more oppressive sanctions than the original people in the history of modern economics. The creation and theft of the Indian Trust Funds was to create a stranglehold on the economic freedom of the original peopleMN.   

Though they are ‘old’, they are capable and expect to be treated fairly. The court was informed that they will continue this case as joint applicants according to Rule 102[b] of the Federal Court of Canada: “the relief claimed, whether joint, several or alternative, arises from substantially the same facts or matter”. In this  case, once an agreement is made they must stand behind the words.  

Leonard Cohen was an inmate in Dr. Ewen Camerons ‘mind control’ experiments at Allan Memorial Hospital of McGill and also wrote a song about a “Suzanne”. We wonder if Leonard ever listened to Ted Nugent’s song,” Stranglehold” which describes what has been done to us on the economic front. “Here I come again now, baby, like a dog in heat. You can tell it’s me by the clamor now, baby. I come to tear up the streets. I’ve been smoking for so long and now I am here to say, I got you in a stranglehold, baby. I’m gonna crush your face”.

thahoketoteh@hotmail.com.  mohawknationnews.com.    

SUZANNE FORTIER GONE https://www.mcgill.ca/newsroom/channels/news/mcgill-university-principal-and-vice-chancellor-suzanne-fortier-will-step-down-end-august-2022-336061

93 PLUS UNMARKED GRAVES FOUND AT WILLIAMS LAKE BC https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/williams-lake-st-josephs-residential-school-1.632646

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