Sunday, November 30, 2008

Peltier Day of Justice Statement

Fargo, N.D. Nov. 28th, 2008

It is ironic that in April 1977, I was tried here in Fargo. And then 31 years later to the month, my newly formed defense offense committee was founded here. It is no coincidence, and it may surprise people that I believe we are coming full circle and that my time of freedom is near.

I know that 31 years ago, many people in this town were mislead into believing that the American Indian Movement was a communist-infiltrated organization and that they were going to launch a massive military styled assault upon the federal courthouse.

Everyone knows that hindsight is 20-20, and since then many of the jury members learned the government with held evidence from them. Federal Appeals Court Judge, Gerald Heaney said that had the withheld evidence had been presented to the jury; it is possible they would have rendered a different verdict. This piece of evidence exonerated me from being the killer because the gun did not match the shell casings found at the scene. Without any evidence, the prosecutor admitted that they did not know who killed the agents and they can't prove who did. But it was due to a legal technicality that the court did not grant me a new trial.

Since then books pointing out the FBI misconduct is well documented, supported by documentaries. I would ask the people of Fargo to take a close look at what all transpired in my case and is this the kind of justice you would want for yourself or your family member? Millions of people worldwide have looked at the same information and have called for my right to Justice. Today here in Fargo, N.D., on Native American Heritage Day and a Day of Justice, my friends and family want to remind you that long ago, my good friend, the late Lew Gurwitz said, "this is a case that is not going to go away." And it hasn't.

We are here to create awareness and educate the people of Fargo and the world that my continued imprisonment is wrong. If they can look at all the facts, I would hope that this community would support my committee in this campaign.

I want to thank the people in the committee, my sister & niece, Betty Ann & Kari Ann. I want to thank Russell Means and my daughter Lisa for being here. As well as everyone present, this means so much to me to have everyone here where this travesty started and I know that each and everyone of you will work hard and loyally, but always remember that you also do this for yourself and your loved ones. My case has proven to what lengths beyond the law of what a government will do if they want to target someone. If it wasn't me, it could be any one of you. Mitakuye Oyasin – All My Relations!

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier

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