Native American Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier On Thanksgiving

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You can celebrate whatever you want. An excuse to get together with friends and family is a good thing, I guess depending on your friends and family. If you chose not to celebrate or fast in protest that’s also fine. If you think everyone else is having a great time with lost of food today except you you’re wrong about that. I just wanted to share this today. You can have food for your belly but food for thought is also great.

Leonard_Peltier(2009) Description: A letter is read that was written by political prisoner Leonard Peltier for the 40th National Day Of Mourning. For 40 years, Native Americans have gathered in Plymouth, Mass. on the American Thanksgiving holiday, to protest the genocide committed by the European invaders since 1492.

Leonard Peltier is a carpenter, welder, and American Indian Movement (AIM) leader whose imprisonment since 1977 is considered by many to be a human-rights violation. In 1975, during the FBI surveillance that followed the 1973 AIM occupation of Wounded Knee, two federal agents were shot dead at South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation.

Peltier was convicted of their murders and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment, despite the prosecution’s misconduct and admission of false evidence, and the fact that no witnesses linked Peltier to the crime. His incarceration continues to draw international attention. Peltier, a member of the Anishinabe (Ojibwa) and Lakota nations, writes, paints, and organizes from behind bars. ~freedomarchives.org

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