Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Peltier Medical Alert: Update

- Please Post Widely -

Dear Friends and Supporters,

First, Leonard and I want to thank you for the outpouring of support. With your help, we're hopeful that Leonard will receive proper medical care from prison authorities.

Within the last several days, Leonard has finally been able to see a doctor. Together, they discussed Leonard's care and reviewed his medications and such. However, the issue of the diabetes testing kit remains.

Citing security reasons, U.S. Penitentiary-Lewisburg will not allow Leonard to have a diabetes testing kit in his cell. But Leonard is not asking that he be allowed to have a kit in his cell. Often, when he goes to the infirmary, there is no one there to help him and he has to keep returning to the infirmary until he's able to speak with medical personnel. The infirmary has "general" kit, too. It's used by other prisoners and due to the embedded memory in the monitor, Leonard could be getting false readings. We're asking that Leonard be allowed to have his own kit at the pharmacy for accurate readings, as well as easy and regular access. In this way, he'll be able to test himself three or four times a day and hopefully achieve a balanced blood glucose level.

Please continue to urge prison authorities to provide Leonard with a diabetes test kit so that he can control his diabetes. We also want to see to it that Leonard receives diabetic shoes that will help him with his diabetes-related foot problems. If the prison cannot provide such things, the family will work with an approved medical supply company to see to it that Leonard gets what he needs.

All supporters are requested to continue to contact:

Warden Bledsoe
USP Lewisburg
US Penitentiary
2400 Robert F. Miller Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570-523-1251
Fax: 570-522-7745

Also contact:

D. Scott Dodrill, Regional Director
Northeast Regional Office
US Custom House
2nd & Chesnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street., NW
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3198

Thank you for your concern.

Betty Ann Peltier Solano
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206


Amnesty International considers Leonard Peltier a "political prisoner" who should be "immediately and unconditionally released." Leonard Peltier, now a great-grandfather, is a citizen of the Anishinabe and Dakota/Lakota Nations and a tireless advocate for Indigenous Rights. A participant in the American Indian Movement, he went to assist the Oglala Lakota people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in the mid-1970s where, on June 26, 1975, a tragic shoot out occurred. He was wrongfully convicted in the deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and has been illegally incarcerated since 1976. Federal prosecutors have twice admitted before the Courts of Appeal that they don't know who fired the fatal shots. The government also has admitted that it isn't known what role Leonard Peltier "may have played" in the incident. Since his politically motivated prosecution and conviction, proof of fabricated and suppressed evidence, as well as coerced testimony, has been uncovered. The Courts of Appeal have repeatedly acknowledged investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case, but have failed to take corrective action. A model prisoner, Leonard continues to maintain his innocence and has consequently been denied fair consideration for parole. Join with numerous internationally recognized human rights organizations, civil rights leaders, celebrities and other luminaries who have called for the immediate release of Leonard Peltier. Visit www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

Time to set him free... Because it's the RIGHT thing to do.

Friends of Peltier

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