Friday, May 28, 2010

LPDOC Newsletter: June 2010

LP-DOC - PO Box 7488 - Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; Fax:701/235-5045

27 May 2010



Scheduled Events

- Oglala Commemoration—Plan to attend this important event in South Dakota to mark the 35th anniversary of the tragedy at Oglala. See for details. Are your tribal leaders attending the National American Indian Congress mid-year conference and trade show in Rapid City, 20-23 June? Encourage them to extend their stay and also join Leonard’s family, Peltier attorney Bruce Ellison, Tom Poor Bear and others at this year’s event.

- Commemorating Leonard Peltier & the "Reign of Terror"—Honor Leonard Peltier and those who lost their lives during the Reign of Terror. Help build the movement to bring about Leonard’s release from prison. Saturday, 26 June 2010 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., @ the San Jose State University Building Auditorium, Room 189, and the grassy area. The event is sponsored by the South Bay area chapter of the LP-DOC. For more information, contact Donna at 408-293-4774 or send an e-mail to

If you'll be hosting an event, give us the details:

What will you do to mark the day? One way to make it count? Exercise your freedoms as never before. Talk to everyone you meet about the Peltier case. Then write a letter. After that, make a phone call. Pay your Members of Congress and congressional candidates a visit, too, if you can. Remind everyone of the promise—Justice for ALL—and express your outrage at Peltier’s continuing imprisonment, the arbitrary and vengeful denial of parole, and the medical neglect and other torturous conditions of confinement Peltier faces every single day.

Call the White House Comment Line (202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) Comment Line (202-353-1555), too.

At DOJ, demand equal justice for Leonard Peltier. If Attorney General Holder can vacate the conviction of a white U.S. Senator on the grounds of misconduct by federal prosecutors and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (as he did in 2009), he must afford an Indian man the same protection. Demand that Holder review the Peltier case. The Courts have already acknowledged the government misconduct in the case, so Holder won’t have to look so very far. As Holder has stated, it’s his job to do the right thing. So let’s make him do the right thing.

Demand that Obama take action, too. Demand that he immediately commute Peltier’s sentence. Or perhaps Mr. Obama might finally enter into nation-to-nation negotiations as requested by the sovereign Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians? Demand that Obama honor the its request for the transfer of Leonard Peltier into that Nation’s custody.


Leonard Peltier is the 2010 recipient of the Kwame Ture Lifetime Achievement Award. Kari Ann Cowan accepted the award on her uncle’s behalf at the Redwind Nation Annual Youth Conference in California in April.


This summer, Kari Ann Cowan will table for the LP-DOC at powwows throughout the Dakotas and the surrounding region. Join Kari Ann at White Earth, Hinkley, and Leech Lake. These and other powwows soon will be posted to our calendar of events at Kari challenges each of you to hit the powwow trail, too. Find an event near you. Reach out to your community to educate them about the Peltier case. Motivate people everywhere to stand up for freedom for Leonard Peltier.


We’ve had a group on Facebook for a long while, but we now also have an official page where everyone can learn about the case and efforts to win Leonard’s freedom. Search for the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee on Facebook or visit


Do you have some spare time to devote to helping the LP-DOC with some important tasks? Do you have fax capability? Are you a MySpace aficionado? Are you heading to Detroit for the U.S. Social Forum? We’d love for you to join our team. Drop us a line and let us know your interests and resources, today:

Giclee Reproductions

Images of new paintings by Leonard Peltier are generated from high resolution digital scans and printed with archival quality inks onto your choice of canvas, fine art, or photo-base paper. Visit Leonard Peltier Art ( for details and order your reproduction today.


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