Obama Please Offer Presidential Pardon To Leonard Peltier!
Whereas, common sense dictates a %u201CPresidential Pardon%u201D to Mr. Leonard Peltier, the American Indian who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the u.s. government for over 30 years, and
Whereas, on June 26, 1975, two FBI agents stormed (guns a-blazing) onto private property of a private home and were shot under the rules of basic, human, self-defense by friends of the homeowners. A group of American Indian Movement (AIM) members - including Leonard Peltier, were present that day to defend the %u201Ctraditional%u201D-minded Lakota %u201CSioux%u201D elder residents, Mr. and Mrs. Jumping Bull. The Jumping Bull%u2019s spoke their ancient Lakota language and practiced their old Lakota way of life, and their lives depended upon the requested, protective presence of AIM and Leonard Peltier.
For years government policy dictated criminalizing anything %u201Ctraditional%u201D, such as Lakota customs, religion, language, etc., in order to steal and occupy Lakota land, water, resources, and gold. Traditional people were targets, during the mid-1970%u2018s, by vigilantes of the %u201Ctribal council%u201D of the Pine Ridge Lakota Indian reservation.
The Lakota people are of the northern plains region whose homelands surround the %u201CHe Sapa%u201D or %u201CBlack Jagged-Rocky-Mountains%u201D (often called the "Black Hills") of present day South Dakota, and whose Lakota territories include western South Dakota, eastern and central Wyoming, and northwestern Nebraska.
The Lakota are of the understanding that the original %u201Ccreation%u201D of their race brought them forth from within the Sacred %u201CWind Caves%u201D of the He Sapa. These are the people of the Indigenous icon %u201CTasunke Witko%u201C or %u201CCrazy Horse%u201D, the famed Lakota %u201CMaster Hunter.%u201D
Tasunke Witko was assassinated by u.s. government agents in 1877. His forces defeated the greatest u.s. army general in history - Custer and his 7th Cavalry, in the first, last, and only %u201Cfair%u201D fight between the u.s. and Lakota on June 25, 1876 at the Little Big Horn Battle in southern Montana.
Custer was on direct, sure course to becoming the next u.s. president - ahead in polls by a staggering 85% over his challenger, incumbent Grant. This was until, however, Grant quite conveniently ordered the main and largest group of soldiers who were to assist at the Bighorn, to %u201Chold back%u201D that fateful day - leaving Custer in the unfamiliar, fair battle.
Later after his death (the poor guy), the embarrassing battle would find Custer continually discredited and even demoted by history writers from his reputation of top (Colin Powell-ish) General-Of-The-Day. At the current rate of such writings, Custer may soon be known in the books as a mere %u201Cprivate%u201D in command of twenty men with rusty pocket knives.
Prior to this battle, the u.s. army habitually attacked peaceful camps of Lakota women and children, brutalizing and murdering thousands. This strategy culminated with a %u201Cre-established 7th%u201D avenging the 1876 Custer defeat on December 29th, 1890, with a massacre of 453 innocent Lakota along Wounded Knee Creek in the heart of what is now called the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Lakota were previously disarmed six miles away the day prior near Porcupine Butte amid media propaganda that the Indians were %u201Ccrazed%u201D with a %u201Cghost dance%u201D cult - lowly government information in attempts to justify the murders.
Tasunke Witko died fighting to protect the sacred Black Hills from illegal gold mining, theft, and occupation by the invading u.s. government in violation of the 1851 Treaty of Fort Laramie. Crazy Horse was a citizen of the Lakota Nation, of the large Nakota Nation of peoples whose citizens includes the people with the language dialects of the Nakota, DaNakota, Dakota, and Lakota.
The Nakota Nation is signatory to the 1851 Treaty, and the Lakota refer to it as the %u201CTreaty of Long Meadows.%u201D The 1851 Treaty is an international agreement between the government of the United States and eight Indigenous Red %u201CIndian%u201D Nations of the northern plains region of Great Turtle Island (the %u201Cwestern hemisphere%u201C). These Indigenous homelands include portions of present day Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wyoming.
The necessary female aspect for the authorization of this Treaty was secured through the ancient %u201COyate Omniciye%u201D or %u201CCircle Meeting of the Men and Women of the Camp%u201D for years prior to the Treaty, as the wise Lakota needed to get something %u201Csigned on paper%u201D in the way of the %u201Cwhite man%u201D so that the future generations of today could hold the document up for honoring.
The sacred Canunpa (misnomer %u201CPeace Pipe%u201D) has its origins with the Nakota Nation, with the DaNakota as care-takers of the sacred Red Stone Quarries from where the %u201Cpipestone%u201C is harvested in southwestern Minnesota. The so-called %u201CPeace Pipe%u201D, famed in movies and known to common, American school kids, was labeled a %u201Creligion%u201D and outlawed by the u.s. government. Use of it by the Lakota went underground as they were forced onto concentration camps called %u201Creservations.%u201D
The Canunpa was also misunderstood to hold %u201Cmarijuana%u201D or other mind altering herbs and is often alleged by the government and media as a vessel for getting %u201Chigh%u201D - although the sacred usage of the Canunpa is simply to give thanks to Grand Mother Earth and Grand Father Sky through the ceremonial smoking of Willow Bark and Tobacco during most special occasion.
The traditional Nakota understand that they are not %u201Csuperior%u201D to Animals, Trees, Rocks, and Nature in general, and are thankful for all of Nature and its provisions. They did not harbor %u201Cbeliefs%u201D, nor did they believe in a god, a devil, or other objects of the human imagination. In fact, to take the life of a Tree would require great ceremony and would require the offering of Tobacco and thanksgiving to the root of that tree.
The original White Buffalo Calf Canunpa (misnomer "Peace Pipe"), which maintains the Seven Great Ceremonies of the Nakota, was present during the Treaty of Long Meadows signing during September of 1851. At the Treaty gathering, over 50 thousand Indigenous people of the eight Red Nations were in attendance, along with the authorized Treaty representatives of the u.s. government, led by D. D. Mitchell.
The affair was one of the largest gatherings of Indigenous peoples in recent times. The camp was so immense, the thousands of Tipi%u2019s had to be relocated three times during the course of three weeks, with the Treaty finally agreed upon and signed on September 17, 1851, along %u201CHorse Creek%u201D in what is now western Nebraska.
The 1851 Treaty was the most important and last, final %u201Clegal%u201D Treaty between the u.s. and Nakota Nation. Years later in 1868, however, a unilateral, illegal fake-treaty was concocted by u.s. agents in 1868 utilizing a few %u201Cpaper chiefs%u201C in attempts to hide the 1851. But the 1851 Treaty of Long Meadows was forever to be protected from violation through Article VI of the Unites States Constitution, which states, %u201CTreaties made with Indian nations shall be the supreme law of the land%u2026 with the judges in every state bound thereby.%u201D
American Indian %u201Ctribal councils%u201C were set up by an illegal act of congress in 1934 to more or less remove women from the Indigenous governing process and to begin the final step of Indian %u201Ctermination%u201C (making Indians into simply %u2018poor Americans%u2019 with no land base). The American Indian Movement - of which Leonard Peltier was an active member - prevented termination, which now allows Indians to practice Life Renewal %u201CSweat Lodge%u201D, Sun Dance, and other previously outlawed ceremonies.
In 1975, the harassment of traditionals was a u.s./tribal council %u201Cpuppets%u201D attempt to thwart awareness of the quest for resources such as uranium, the main ingredient in nuclear bombs and nuclear radiation waste contamination. Today, we see this same type of resource theft and %u201Cpuppet%u201D governing implanting occurring in Iraq, where the %u201Csavage, uncivilized, bad%u201D Iraqis need to be dealt with, while, quite conveniently, the government also %u201Csecures%u201D the oil wells as this %u201CIraqi Problem%u201D gets sorted out. Current media/government figures are as of yet unavailable as to how many trillions worth of the Iraqi people%u2019s black gold has been spirited from Iraq oil fields and into the hands of Exxon Mobil and Halliburton since the Bush invasion.
Over nine TRILLION dollars worth of Lakota %u201CBlack Hills%u201D gold currently sits as stolen property in Fort Knox, Kentucky. Should oppressed %u201CSioux Nation%u201D peoples be allowed to think freely, via practicing their ancient ways and the subsequent ascertainment of the old Lakota wisdom and common sense understanding, the occupation of their lands and resources would become most evident to them, and
Whereas, this knowledge, therefore, could allow exposure to these unknown, unspoken facts regarding the government%u2018s unknown, unspoken %u201CIndian Problem.%u201D This exposition might then, at great harm to the u.s. government%u2019s hidden genocidal scams, policies, and actions, penetrate into the awareness of the mainstream American people (voters and church-goers). This continued oppression and anti-%u201Dgod%u201D behavior against American Indian people may not serve government interests well, and
Whereas, the two FBI agents, 34 years ago, entered the Jumping Bull property in an unmarked vehicle - guns blazing - and were killed by Indigenous patriots protecting their relative%u2019s grand children and homes and was purely in self-defense. But a courtroom %u2018defense%u2019 was not even allowed to be claimed by Peltier%u2019s attorneys in the racist federal court in North Dakota.
There was self defense deaths that June day but there was only one murder - the death of AIM member Joseph Stuntz. To this day his murder has been uninvestigated and no one has yet to be charged. The only other murder that may occur is if Leonard Peltier is allowed to rot in prison by whoever is president.
Former president Clinton had a perfect opportunity to pardon Peltier, but he decided speaking engagements were more important (the FBI said they would not protect him during his speeches if he freed Leonard Peltier).
Therefore Be It Resolved, that we require the new incoming President Barack Obama immediately offer a Presidential Pardon to Mr. Leonard Peltier so that Leonard may join his children and grandchildren and continue the fight for Indigenous freedom.
For more information regarding Leonard Peltier or the Nakota Nation, see www.1851Treaty.com