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Leonard Peltier, Native Political Prisoner, Attacked in Prison

Leonard Peltier Attacked

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Leonard Peltier Attacked

Posted by elliott January 21, 2009
Dear LP Supporters:

I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him.

The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.

We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety. It may be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault. Since Leonard is up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model prisoner.

He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is generally done when you won’t name your attackers; incidentally being only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of his diabetes. Prison officials refuse to release any info to the family, but they need to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does President Obama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.

This attack on Leonard comes on the heels of the FBI’s recent letter, prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit Leonard as a model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible parole and labeled as a perpetrator.

It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage “it takes an Indian to catch an Indian”. In 1978, they made an attempt to assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion prison with Leonard. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM.

When Standing Deer was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonard’s behalf until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with him.

We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for the continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also seeking support from Native People. So please be aware, and keep Leonard in your prayers. The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are having. If they will set him up to blemish his record just before a parole hearing, what will they do when it looks like his freedom will become a reality? We need to make sure that nothing happens to him again!

Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail. Email to or email President Obama. Call your congressional representatives and write letters, not email, to them. Do what you can to get the word out to insure that Leonard is receiving adequate medical attention for his injuries.

I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this time to help. I don’t know what else to do. Please Help!

Thank you
Betty Peltier-Solano
Executive Coordinator
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.

Canaan Federal Prison

via: Freedom Archives
Thank you to all supporters for taking action of Mr. Peltier's
behalf. Our work isn't done. As you know, Mr. Peltier was assaulted
at USP-Canaan last week. Your continuing involvement is greatly
appreciated and urgently needed.

* Update *

Peltier attorney Micheal Kuzma described Leonard's injuries during
an interview yesterday on American Indian Airwaves. According to
a letter received from Peltier (thus far, neither the attorneys
or Leonard's family members have been able to speak directly with
Leonard), the attack occurred on January 13. Leonard believes he
may have a concussion and he's suffering from headaches that are
a direct result of the beating. His middle finger on his left
hand may be broken. He has a large bump near his right wrist. He
is experiencing pain in the area of his right rib cage and chest
(which is bruised). Listen to the interview (last 20 minutes of
the program): .

* Don't Stop Now *

Please continue your contacts to demand that the Bureau of Prisons
(BOP) ensure the safety of Leonard Peltier. In all your contacts
with entities within the BOP, please make certain to reference
Leonard's registration number: Leonard Peltier #89637-132. Let the
BOP know we will hold them accountable for Leonard's wellbeing.

Warden Ronnie R. Holt, Warden
U.S. Penitentiary
3057 Easton Turnpike
Waymart, PA 18472
Phone: 570-488-8000
Fax: 570-488-8130

D. Scott Dodrill, Director
Northeast Regional Office
Federal Bureau of Prisons
2nd & Chesnut Streets., 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-521-7301

Harley G. Lappin, Director
Bureau of Prisons
U.S. Department of Justice
320 First Street, NW, Room 654
Washington, DC 20534
Phone: 202-307-3250
Fax: 202-514-6878

Under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Leonard has

Under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Leonard has rights. The U.S. isn't a signatory of this Declaration. However, most of the rest of the world believe the rights recognized under this Declaration "constitute the MINIMUM standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of the world".

Under the UN Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners, Leonard has rights.

Under the Geneva Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners
of War--because, as we know, the Indian Wars are not over--Leonard
has rights.

Under the U.S. Constitution, Leonard Peltier has rights.

Sworn to uphold the U.S. Constitution, Obama has a responsibility
to investigate the treatment of Leonard Peltier #89637-132 and to
provide relief. Contact President Obama:

The Honorable Barack H. Obama
President, United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
Comments: 202-456-1111
Fax: 202-456-2461

Also write to your senators and your representative in Congress.
See http://www.cong! to identify and locate your
Members of Congress. Also consider sending a video message.
See for directions.

Write to the print and electronic media. Find you local media
outlets at Letters to editors also can be
made easy through free online services such as In
a few clicks your letter will be on its way to the editor of
your choice:

Write also to the following organizations. Ask for their continuing
advocacy on Leonard's behalf:

The Honorable Navanethem Pillay
High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations United Nations
Geneva 1! 0

Secretariat of the Working Group on Indigenous Populations
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations
United Nations
Geneva 10

The Honorable Prof. S. James Anaya
Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms of Indigenous Peoples
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations
United Nations
Geneva 10

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Palais des Nations
United Nations
Geneva 10

The Honorable Irene Khan
Secretary General, Amnesty International
International Secretariat
1 Easton Street
London WC1X 0DW

The Honorable Larry Cox
Executive Director, Amnesty International-USA
5 Penn Plaza - 14th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Honorable Kenneth Roth
Executive Director, Human Rights ! Watch
350 Fifth Avenue
34th Floor
New York, NY 10118

"Never cease in the fight for peace, justice, and equality for all
people. Be persistent in all that you do and don't allow anyone to
sway you from your conscience." -- Leonard Peltier

Freedom Archives
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
415 863-9977

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