National Day of Mourning from Leonard Peltier: (repost)
National Day of Mourning Statement from Leonard Peltier:
November 22, 2007
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee kindly requests that you please
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Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Thank You United American Indians of New England ( LPSG )
behalf of Leonard Peltier and the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, we
would like to thank the United American Indians of New England, LPSG
for their continued support and solidarity. This year's National Day of
Mourning is dedicated to Leonard Peltier. Since 1970, hundreds of other
Native Americans from across the country and their non-Native allies
have been converging on Plymouth Harbor to let people know that
Thanksgiving is a“ Day of Mourning” that marks the genocide of
thousands of Native Americans, the theft of Native Lands and the
assault on Native Cultures. Today, Thursday, November 22, 2007 hundreds
of people will gather and march on Plymouth Harbor and join in
solidarity as various tribal elders and members speak of the importance
of Unity among all Indigenous Peoples. Elder Bert Waters will read the
following statement from Leonard Peltier:]]
Greetings my Relations,
As I sit here in my cell, thinking about you, and gathering my thoughts, I can’t help but appreciate you remembering me.
was told just the other day that people in Oklahoma protested
Oklahoma’s 100 year celebration of its statehood. They protested or
demonstrated and also celebrated their 100 years of survival of an
adversed government that has violated all treaties and has gained
control of most of their land. I support those Indian people. It also
brings to mind those who- like Columbus came and did the same, take our
lands, and also what has happened to all people all over the world- the
Jews, the Palestians, as well as other indigenous countries and
peoples. Yet I have to say that America shares most of the
responsibility to do the right thing.
What happened to the teachings or commandments of:
Thou shall not lie
Thou shall not kill
Thou shall not steal
I can’t remember all the commandments but what I do know is :
They have lied
They have killed
They have stolen
They have mistreated our Mother- our Mother Earth, our rivers, our land, the air we breathe and the water we drink.
consider global warming the wrong that has been done to our people.
Even the Mexican people state in their own way, “We did not cross the
border, the border crossed us”. The Mexican people are Indian people. I
have no doubt the Indian people of South America, North America,
Central American will join in unison to make all the America’s better.
circle of Life is what dictates that the earth shall renew itself every
spring. We have said this for generations. Go back and read our Elders
sayings as we have been trying to tell Europeans that came here- to
honor our traditional ways and to honor our Mother Earth and keep the
Circle of Life.
Chief Seattle said:
“Humankind has not
woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do
to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All
Chief Seattle, 1855
This is just one of the many quotations from our ancestors.
today we have global warming. We take no pride or solace in saying, “
We told you so.” But we do hope that the people of Europe and all
around the world will start looking at the Native way of life. Our
Elders teach us that when we take from this earth, we must give back.
is no greater resource on the face of this earth than our children.
America is leading in the wrongful influence of our youth. Wrong
medicine is being offered to our youth, commonly called alcohol and
drugs. It is up to each one of us, to get involved and make a
difference in a positive way. It is time to give back to our children.
I encourage each of you to take it upon yourself to stand up and find
someway to help our youth. The youth of the world are in jeopardy; let
us not rob future generations of their future.
symbol of the Creator is the circle. I encourage each of you to make
the circle complete- the sacred cycle of the family, the cycle of the
seasons, your personal cycle of life make them as strong as possible
spiritually, mentally and physically. Stay strong and never never give
I can not say it enough or express my appreciation to each
of you and how much I appreciate those of you who came here today to
remember me and to listen to what this prisoner has to say.
Again I simply say,
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
USP Lewisburg PA
PO BOX 1000
Lewisburg ,PA 17837
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Toni Zeidan-Co-director LPDC
posted by Leonard @ 11:01 AM
(source: Leonard Peltier Defense Committee web site .. http://lpdctexas.blogspot.com/2007/11/day-of-mourning-statem
Thanks (mvto) to our sis, Tachia Hawk, and prayers for her to recuperate from an ailment keeping her down recently.
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