Archive for February, 2012

My friends and blog followers here is another issue that many of you have not heard me speak of much, but one that is close to my heart. One of my heros Leonard Peltier, has been in prison since 1973 for crimes that have been proven time and again that he did not commit, in fact the violations of his constitutional rights is astounding, there have been people that have been exonerated just for one, but our Lakota brother Leonard sits in prison still.

From the original massacre on December 29, 1890 when Miniconjou Chief Big Foot, and 349 other brave Lakota people, all but 120 of these were women and children had been told to set up camp on Wounded Knee Creek.  Chief Big Foot was suffering with pneumonia, and these people offered no resistance, as they made camp in the snow where they were told to the infamous 7TH Calvary led by Major White found the group and Colonel James Forsyth showed up and took command and ordered the Calvary set up its Hotchkiss guns and surrounded the group, they went in on the morning of the 29th demanding all firearms be surrendered, one of the medicine men called for resistance, saying that the ghost shirts would protect them, so a scuffle between one of the soldiers, and a young warrior named Black Coyote ensued and his weapon discharged. The Calvary opened fire with it’s cannons and rifles killing 150 of the 350 and wounding many more. Chief Big Foot who was not resisting was among the dead. The Calvary murdered innocent women, and children, they mowed the old down like dogs, and for no good reason. The commander was brought up on charges for killing the innocents but was cleared of any wrong doing, and that was that.

Jump to 1973, February 27, AIM The American Indian Movement occupied the small village of Wounded Knee South Dakota, and at the end of the siege that was led by the US Government there were two dead twelve arrested, and twelve hundred (1200) arrested. Three agents died, one was shot early on as gunfire between AIM and the federal agents was frequent and died later, and then there were two more killed.

I could go on and on, but the pages of the internet would fill up with al of the controversy involved in this case. In short, it has been proven time and again with all kinds of evidence that Leonard is not guilty of the charges against him, there were two other members of AIM that were arrested and charged, but their cases were dismissed. It is time as many people know about this travesty as there were when Nelson Mandela was in prison. Leonard deserves to be freed, and that is the bottom line. Please do some reading, look up the 1973 Occupation of Wounded Knee it last 71 days, but has resonated all over the world since then.

There will be a protest in Washington at 515 9TH Street, on Monday February 6TH from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM, if you can please try and make it there and help our brother Leonard. Thanks.


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