Lenny Foster on Native American Spirituality & Leonard Peltier
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Lenny will speak on Native American Spirituality, the Prison System, and Native American Prisoner of War Leonard Peltier
Light Refreshments Will be Served
"Spirituality is the foundation of American Indian culture—the root of a traditional way of life. If American Indian peoples are denied the right to exercise their spirituality, we're talking about a denial that borders on cultural genocide." —Lenny Foster, 1997
Lenny Foster of the Diné Nation is the Director of the Navajo Nation Corrections Project and the Spiritual Advisor for 1,500 Indian inmates in many state and federal prisons in the Western U.S. He has co-authored legislation in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado that allows Native American spiritual and religious practice in prison and results in significant reductions in prison returns.
He is a board member of the International Indian Treaty Council, a sun dancer and member of the Native American Church. He has been with the American Indian Movement since 1969 and has participated in actions including Alcatraz, Black Mesa, the Trail of Broken Treaties, Wounded Knee ’73, the Menominee Monastery Occupation, Shiprock Fairchild Occupation, the Longest Walk and the Big Mountain land struggle. He was a 1993 recipient of the City of Phoenix Dr. Martin Luther King Human Rights Award.
Lenny will speak on five Native American issues: the illegal imprisonment of Leonard Peltier, land and resources taken from Native peoples by the U.S. government, stripmining, uranium mining and the pollution of the land, air and water, Native American freedom of religion and the demand to honor Native treaty rights.
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Sponsors: LPDOC Chapter NYC , NYC Jericho Movement, ProLibertad (list in formation)
For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org • 718-325-4407
Directions to The Commons: (Atlantic Ave. between Hoyt & Bond Sts.) A, C, G to Hoyt-Schermerhorn (walk down Bond St. 2 blocks to Atlantic, hang a right and walk half a block) or F to Bergen Street (walk 4 blocks up Smith St. to Atlantic, hang a left and walk approx.1.5 blocks; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St. (walk 4 blocks on Nevins to Atlantic, hang a right and walk approx. 1.5 blocks to 388 Atlantic Ave.