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PELTIER: RESMURS; Closed but not forgotten

Dear Supporters: Of all the agents lost in the line of duty as a result of adversarial action, the subjects were either killed during t...

Monday, June 26, 2017

PELTIER: RESMURS; Closed but not forgotten

Dear Supporters:

Of all the agents lost in the line of duty as a result of adversarial action, the subjects were either killed during the commission of their crimes or for those who survived and have not since died, are serving their rightful prison sentences.*

One case (RESMURS; Reservation Murders), however, long officially closed, is still being tried in the court of public opinion, and now again in the courts, as a civil lawsuit in federal court against those who have spoken up against Peltier.

Ironically, Peltier’s response to the court is due today, June 26, 2017, the 42nd anniversary of the unprovoked attack and brutal murder of Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams.

For decades, convicted double-murderer Leonard Peltier has tried to cloak his actions that sultry June day as somehow relating to defending native culture when in fact they were the actions of a lawless gang of American Indian Movement members, precipitated by Peltier, who knew at that moment he was a fugitive.

Documentation has proven that Peltier knew that Agents Coler and Williams were not looking for him that day, but for a local fugitive, Jimmy Eagle.

To coin Peltier’s own allegations against those who oppose any consideration or mercy for his criminal actions, Peltier knew, or should have known that the Agents did not come to Jumping Bull that day looking for him.**

It’s likely though that Peltier assumed the Agents would have pressed for identification and discovered who Peltier was and that he was wanted. It is also a matter of record that at that time the FBI did not know about the AIM camp along White Clay Creek or that Peltier had recently returned to Pine Ridge.

There is no debate over how the unprovoked attack began. An eyewitness, Ron Williams, was describing on the radio what was happening as it unfolded. Those listening even hearing Ron say he’d been hit.

Peltier feigns innocence, yet for many years offered as his only alibi that someone they knew—the infamous Mr. X—killed the agents and drove off in the phantom red pickup. This fable was proven to be a lie by one of Peltier’s co-conspirators and one of his own attorneys.

Peltier’s case has been under the proverbial microscope for decades and not once has his conviction or sentence been altered. So he falls back on the other great lie that in some perverse way, justified only in his own mind, that he was acting on behalf of his people. In large part, Native Americans have denounced Peltier and recognized that he and the American Indian Movement contributed nothing of value to their otherwise proud and noble heritage.

For decades Peltier has denigrated the memory and sacrifice of Agents Coler and Williams by admitting publicly he has no regrets, and worse, if necessary he’d do it all over again: Peltier remains where he belongs, a civil lawsuit notwithstanding.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

* With no small irony one of those murderers is serving a life sentence in the same prison complex, USP Coleman, as Peltier: Melvin Bay Guyon, who cowardly, using his own child as a shield, shot and killed Agent Johnnie Oliver on August 9, 1979 in a Cleveland apartment.
Testimony of Michael Anderson during Peltier’s trial established that on the evening of June 25th, he, along with Wish Draper and Norman Charles went to Oglala to take a shower and while returning along Highway 18 were stopped and questioned by two FBI Agents [Coler and Williams driving in late model sedans] who were trying to determine if one of them was Jimmy Eagle. The three provided “Indian” names and were taken by the agents to the Pine Ridge police to have one of the officers confirm that none of them was Jimmy Eagle. Another officer then dropped them off near the Jumping Bull property. (Tp. 760-769)

When the three returned to the AIM camp Peltier questioned them about what happened and “We just got yelled at” and Peltier said, “We were dumb to get in the car.” (Tp. 771-772)

Anderson also described the “red and white van” he knew Peltier operated. (Tp. 772)

The Government’s argument at trial and reviewed upon appeal established that the occupants of the “red and white van” (the suburban belonging to Sam Loud Hawk that Peltier had been using) was occupied by Peltier, Joe Stuntz and Norman Charles. Norman Charles, who only the night prior, met the same two Agents driving the same late model sedans. There was no mistaking by Peltier that he was being followed by FBI Agents who were searching for Jimmy Eagle, and he chose, in spite of that knowledge, to take the murderous actions he did.

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Dear Supporters:

No, this is not about a memorial service for the unrepentant convicted double murderer Leonard Peltier.

Each year FBI offices hold a memorial service for Special Agents killed in the line of duty as a result of adversarial action, Special Agents and FBI employees who died as a result of performing law enforcement duties, and to recognize law enforcement line-of-duty deaths from around the country.*

 A memorial was held on May 22nd at the FBI’s Cincinnati office. The non-denominational service was conducted by the long-time FBI Chaplin.

The Special Agent in Charge presented a list of the biographies of FBI personnel recently added to the list. Several of these deaths were the result of terminal illnesses caused by extended periods of exposure to the toxic environments in Shanksville, PA, the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the September 11th terrorists’ attacks.  

Every service includes a reading of the names of Agents killed in the line of duty—now at thirty-six—as a result of adversarial action.**

The list begins with SA Edwin C. Shanahan, shot and killed in October 1925 by a car thief and ends with SA Samuel Hicks, shot and killed in November 2008 during an arrest involving a major drug trafficking organization.

From Special Agents’ Shanahan to Hicks, all the cases have long been resolved and closed with the subjects’ either killed during the commission of the crime, or with those that did survive until now, serving long prison sentences.

However, two on the list—#21, Jack R. Coler, and #22, Ronald A Williams—long after their brutal murders, have had their memory and sacrifice denigrated for the past forty-one years. Theirs is the one case that is still very much with us as Leonard Peltier and his dwindling network of sycophantic followers have neither the intelligence nor courage to challenge the lies and fabrications Peltier has been peddling since June 26, 1975.

The Peltier network is dead in the water. The Peltier website has become stagnant, and Peltier is undoubtedly still mumbling to himself, in shock, since President Obama saw through the lies, fabrications, myth and folklore. The President undoubtedly understood the facts and Peltier’s unquestioned guilt.
Thank you President Obama.***

Uncharacteristically, Peltier, the self-created public figure, has remained silent, perhaps finally learning that with each public statement and “press release” he only succeeded in placing a prison sneaker firmly in his own mouth. Or, still bewildered by the January 18th denial of clemency, remains speechless.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Wednesday, May 17, 2017


Dear Supporters:

For the first time in seventeen years the NPPA is momentarily setting aside its core mission to honor the memory and sacrifice of Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams and dismantling the perpetuation of lies, fabrications, myth and folklore of convicted murderer Leonard Peltier.

Jack and Ron, looking down and watching over us, will certainly understand.

With the promise of an exciting and productive life of new adventures and challenges, life-altering events can occur unexpectedly.

On April 8, 2017, nineteen-year-old 6’7” freshman and scholarship basketball player at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, RYAN CUSTER’s life changed in an instant.

Ryan and many other college students were celebrating Spring at a party in Oxford, Ohio. A makeshift pool of tarp and hay bales was part of the afternoon’s activities. Ryan flopped into the pool and accidently bumped his head on another student’s knee. In a million times a minor incident like this would have resulted in some bumps and bruises, but for this one time, tragedy struck and Ryan fractured a vertebra, injuring his spinal cord. He was airlifted to a Cincinnati hospital for surgery and evaluation. Paralysis was evident. Two weeks later Ryan was transported to a Chicago clinic and was one of a handful of patients to participate in a pioneering stem cell procedure injecting millions of stem cells into the injured area of his spinal cord. Ryan will remain in Chicago to undergo weeks of intensive physical therapy.

Ryan’s father, George, was an FBI Agent in the late 1980s serving his first office in Cincinnati. He was an effective and professional new agent, learning quickly and enjoying the challenges of his new profession.

George met Kim, a well-liked FBI support employee since 1984. Over time, the relationship blossomed into marriage.

As is expected in the Bureau, transfers to larger offices were always a possibility. George and Kim decided they wanted to stay in the Cincinnati area and George left the Bureau to start his own successful business.

The Custer family eventually grew with two daughters and two sons.

To be clear and unmistakable, the Custer family is incredibly wonderful, salt-of-the-earth people, admired and respected by all who know them.

Ryan faces a long, demanding journey to recovery and only time will tell how much he will recover from his injury.

NPPA supporters can follow Ryan’s progress on Facebook.*

Such a devastating injury, although largely covered by insurance, brings with it many additional out-of-pocket expenses which prompted Ryan’s teammates to create a fundraiser to help ensure that he has the care he needs and expert guidance to assist in his journey, hopefully to a full recovery.**

The prayers and thoughts of all the supporters of the No Parole Peltier Association are with Ryan and his wonderful family.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Sunday, April 30, 2017


Dear Supporters:

On April 30th the No Parole Peltier Association reached its seventeenth anniversary.

Since its inception in 2000 the NPPA has covered a lot of ground, particularly in destroying the fabrications, myth and folklore surrounding Leonard Peltier. Those efforts were, and are, based on public court records, transcripts, books Peltier authored or co-authored, recorded press interviews, a film in which Peltier appears, statements by co-defendants and press releases and statements made by Peltier himself as he has reinforced his own guilt while promoting himself as a public figure.

The NPPA’s founding principle remains to honor the memory and sacrifice of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams.

Parole is a very distant hope since the 2009 Lewisburg parole hearing. The next scheduled hearing is 2024.*

Except for June 26, 1975, January 18, 2017 arguably marked the most significant date in the Peltier narrative; President Obama denied Peltier’s clemency petition. (Thank you, President Obama. **)

The obvious conclusion was that the Attorney General, Pardon Attorney and the President all agreed that Peltier should continue to serve the remainder of his lawful conviction and consecutive life sentences.

As a reminder to all that Peltier remains an unrepentant cowardly convicted murderer: ***

“And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)

“I don’t regret any of this for a minute.” (Leonard Peltier, August 2014)

 “In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Dear Supporters:

To date there has there has been no personal drivel from inmate #89627-132.

1) Peltier likely remains in the fetal position, sucking his thumb in the corner of his USP Coleman cell still bewildered over January 18, 2017. Here’s a revealing thought; the President understood that the unrepentant murderous Peltier had his day(s) in court and should continue to serve the remainder of his lawful conviction and consecutive life sentences. (Thank you, President Obama.)

Since April 30, 2000, the stated purpose of the No Parole Peltier Association was, and continues to be, to honor the memory and sacrifice of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams who were brutally murdered in the line of duty; to ensure that justice is served and their convicted killer serves his consecutive life sentences and to challenge decades of Peltier myth, folklore, falsehoods and lies with the facts and truth.

Dedicated and committed to justice, the facts and truth do not a vendetta make.

2) Nonetheless, Peltier and his sycophantic apologists continue to throw around buzzwords like willful, malicious, oppressive, staggering hyperbole, reckless and the like, along with tired folklore because they mistakenly believe that if they repeat it enough times it will magically turn out to be true. But…

Any criticism of Peltier is based on undeniable facts derived from documented sources: trial transcripts, numerous court decisions, statements from the Peltier “Defense Committee” (and all its manifestations over the years), co-defendant statements (most notably Bob Robideau and Dino Butler), Peltier media interviews and a film in which he appeared, books contributed to or co-authored by Peltier, and Peltier’s self-incriminating public statements.

Upon that foundation, logical inferences have been drawn.

For example: Is it appropriate to conclude that Leonard Peltier is a coward?

Based on the facts and history of June 26, 1975 we have an eyewitness who over the FBI radio told a number of Agents they were about to come under fire. That witness was Ron Williams as he and Jack Coler were attacked and severely wounded. Jack Coler and Ron Williams faced a clear and present danger from Leonard Peltier and the other AIM members. Leonard Peltier admitted a number of times, and during a filmed television interview, that he fired at the agents. That was a cowardly act by Peltier and the other AIM protagonists. Ron Williams waved his shirt as a sign of surrender then gave aid to his critically wounded partner. Jack Coler, probably in shock and unconscious was shot twice in the face, killing him instantly. Ron Williams was alive, evidenced by a defensive wound to his hand, which then went through his head. Leonard Peltier was tried and convicted for murder and aiding and abetting. Killing two wounded and defenseless human beings is a cowardly act. At a later unrelated trial, sworn testimony quoted Leonard Peltier describing the killing of the agents and claiming that “The M----- F----- was begging for his life, but I shot him anyway.”^ A cowardly act and statement by Leonard Peltier. Recounting the crime scene, Leonard Peltier made the following statement; “I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and I looked at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile.” ^^  In addition to aiding and abetting those involved, Peltier himself stole the dead agents’ weapons, (Jack Coler’s service revolver was found in a paper bag with Leonard Peltier’s thumbprint on it)—a cowardly act that would shock the conscience of any reasonable person. Agents’ Coler and Williams were shot at point blank range in the face, yet their bodies were discovered rolled-over, facing the ground. A cowardly act by Leonard Peltier and those he aided and abetted. (However, it is not known which of the cowards of Jumping Bull, “counted coup” on the dead agents and turned them over to face the ground.)

By all accounts and reasonable conclusions, Leonard Peltier is a coward.

Peltier has made himself a public figure which raises the bar considerably higher when it comes to allegations of criticisms that allegedly are willfully untrue, malicious, oppressive or reckless. As to this public figure, people are entitled to offer their opinions based on their own First Amendment rights of free expression and the recorded, documented public sector facts to counter the four decades of misinformation that has been the bedrock of the Peltier myth and folklore. Inaccurate, often contradictory, outrageous and unsupportable written and public statements by Peltier are entitled to a meaningful public response and it is up to Peltier to show that those responses are provably false.

3) Peltier has falsely claimed that the NPPA was government funded. There is nothing that can substantiate this assertion. When the No Parole Peltier Association and its companion website was launched in 2000 it included seventeen (17) Frequently Asked Questions. One of those FAQs was:

How Much Taxpayer Time and Money Go Into the NPPA and its website?

None. This site was created on the personal time of the author and others and engaged the services of a professional website designer.

Further, on March 13, 2013 the NPPA’s financial records were published to the website as Editorial Essay #58 documenting that personal time and money went into the creation and maintenance of the NPPA association and website. (This was done as a challenge to Peltier to finally come clean regarding his alleged “tax deductible” fundraising and charitable activities. Of course there was no response.)*
Coincidentally, this past March 29th, the $155 payment for web hosting for 2017 was paid by the NPPA founder, again, from personal funds.

Any claim that government funds in any manner supported the NPPA is a libelous allegation without merit.

4) Peltier has claimed he has suffered monetary loss as a result of actions by the NPPA. In order for that to be true, the presumption would be that Peltier is running a business from prison.

As early as 2004, even a member of Peltier’s inner sanctum publicly admitted that Peltier was violating, at the very least, prison regulations:

In a heated exchange between Bob Free and Cathy McCarthy, airing their dirty laundry in the public domain, Free stated, “It is very troubling that she is suggesting that Leonard himself is directing a Non Profit organization while still incarcerated. This is potentially a legal problem for Leonard and the LPDC.”

Perhaps Peltier should review USP Coleman’s Inmate Handbook, specifically page 40, which states in part, “Inmates cannot engage in any type of business and will be sanctioned for doing so.” 

5) Peltier has falsely claimed that the U.S. government allegedly lied to Canadian authorities and provided false witness testimony to secure Peltier’s extradition.

To the contrary, Peltier and his cronies are doubtless referring to Myrtle Poor Bear. Here’s a surprise, repeated for the umpteenth time for the uninformed Peltierites; Myrtle Poor Bear did not testify during Peltier’s extradition.

However, even more significant is that at Peltier’s 1979 Fargo trial, when the government appeared to be ready to call Poor Bear as a witness, Peltier’s own attorney described her as a “…witness whose mental imbalance is so gross as to render her testimony unbelievable.” ** So, there’s that, Peltier trying to have it both ways.

Nonetheless, the Canadian government, reviewing Peltier’s complaint after the fact, made it very clear he was lawfully extradited:

"As I indicated above, I have concluded that Mr. Peltier was lawfully extradited to the United States."

"The record demonstrates that the case was fully considered by the courts and by the then Minister of Justice. There is no evidence that has come to light since then that would justify a conclusion that the decisions of the Canadian courts and Minister of Justice should be interfered with." ***

6) Peltier has claimed that the government was forced to admit that the weapon (the Wichita AR-15) associated with Peltier did not match the ballistics results. This premise is utterly untrue.

After a three-day evidentiary (ballistics) hearing in October 1984 and a subsequent appeal, the Court of Appeals stated as a finding of fact:

“When all is said and done, however, a few simple but very important facts remain. The casing introduced into evidence had—IN FACT—been extracted from the Wichita AR-15. This point was not disputed; although the defense had its own ballistics expert, it offered no contrary evidence.”
(Emphasis added) ****

7) Peltier claimed that the government’s case against him deteriorated to the point that the U.S. Attorney changed the basis of Peltier’s prosecution to indicate that Peltier was simply just there and thus deserved to be convicted. This is a fictitious argument that had been made previously and reached, again, the Court of Appeals, which ruled:

“Peltier’s arguments fail because their underlying premises are fatally flawed. (A) The Government tried the case on the alternative theories: it asserted that Peltier personally killed the agents at point blank range, but that if he had not done so, then he was equally guilty of their murder as an aider and abettor.” (Emphasis added) *****

8) In the matter of a claim of defamation, as Peltier has alleged, it must be based on a statement that is provably false.

Peltier is a murderer. True. He was tried, convicted and sentenced for murder and aiding and abetting in the brutal killing of FBI Agents Coler and Williams. Peltier’s numerous appeals have never altered that conviction.

Peltier lied about his only real alibi. True. Peltier claimed that someone they knew, but would not name, the infamous Mr. X in the red pickup, killed the agents. Even on film (Redford’s, Incident at Oglala), Peltier utters the words, “This story is true.” It wasn’t. It was a lie for the better part of two decades. So said co-defendant Dino Butler and one of Peltier’s own attorneys. ******

In 2016 Peltier admitted participating in the killing of Agents Coler and Williams. True.

As incredible as it may seem, Peltier’s attorneys allowed him to make this stunning admission in his latest clemency petition to the President of the United States: “I did not wake up on that June 26 planning to injure or shoot federal agents, and did not gain anything from participating in the incident.” (Emphasis added) ******^

Peltier remains an unrepentant convicted murderer. True. Peltier’s shallow claims of innocence, superficial lip service to the families of the dead Agents, and his own public statements, reveal that he remains unrepentant:

“And really, if necessary, I’d do it all over again because it was the right thing to do.”
(Leonard Peltier, February 2010)

“I don’t regret any of this for a minute.” (Leonard Peltier, August 2014)

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams:
Ed Woods

^ Looking Cloud trial transcript at 144-145; In reference to a statement made to the witness by Leonard Peltier: Prosecutor: “Exactly what did he say?”  Witness: “He said the M----- F----- was begging for his life but I shot him anyway.”
^^ Peter Matthiessen, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, p.552
**** U.S. v. Peltier, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 800 F.2d 772, 21 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 1017, 1986; U.S. App. Decision, September 11, 1986: Sections: “The .223 Casing,” and “The AR-15.” http://www.noparolepeltier.com/800.html

Saturday, March 11, 2017


Dear Supporters:

Peltier is still reeling from the devastation of January 18th and the realization that he’s not going anywhere, at least for the next four years. (Thank you, President Obama.*)

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) announced that it has reorganized (for about the fifth time since 2000), under new leadership and has moved back to Fargo.

Fargo, where it all began for Peltier after his trial and sentencing on June 2, 1977 to consecutive life sentences for the brutal murders of FBI Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams.

The ILPDC bulletin, on an inartfully named website, powwow-power.com, announced that Peltier’s niece, Kari Ann Boushee and cousin, Paulette Dauteuil-Robideau, will be heading up the new office. Likely a desk and computer in someone’s basement.

The cousin part is interesting carrying the hyphenated -Robideau. Bob Robideau, the now deceased low-life who participated in the cowardly attack on the Agents and among other things claimed in an email that “they died like worms,” was according to Peltier, his cousin. If Paulette married a Robideau, or perhaps even this particular reprobate, how does that make her Peltier’s cousin? A cousin by marriage?

Not exactly tolerant or sensitive of other religions or ethnicities, the home page for the ILPDC announcement was advertising “Olive Drab INFIDEL T-shirts.”

Dauteuil makes no excuses for her radical and communist affiliations, boastful even of her association with every sort of left wing, anti-establishment and un-American cause one could imagine. Her résumé, proudly posted on the Jericho Movement’s national website includes references to comrades, revolutionary change, and peoples struggles. Listed on this website is the Jericho Movement’s email address, jihadabdulmumit@gmail.com. Perhaps a sobriquet for Ms. Dauteuil could appropriately be, Jihad Jane.

In 2005, this writer attended a Jericho Movement meeting in New York City to listen to Bob Robideau make a fool out of himself in front of a relatively politically astute but radically unhinged group. It was a rather small gathering (considering the population of Manhattan) of pathetic leftist radicals that so hate Amerika (with a K) that it makes one wonder if they despise America so much, why don’t they just leave? That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because they know anywhere else they wouldn’t have the freedom to be as vile as they please.**

As a postscript of sorts, remember, too, that Robideau himself castigated Peltier and left the committee with a public pronouncement of his disgust for Peltier’s abhorrent and deviant prison behavior.

Ms. Boushee and Jihad Jane advise they are “…also putting together a new legal team, working board, fundraising and Art sections as well as International and National Chapter leadership positions.”

Translation: Peltier’s fortunes have collapsed. The uninformed and misguided diehards are discouraged, oozing away to find some other false prophet to swoon over, along with the leaches who sucked onto the Peltier myth for their own benefit. Peltier has no idea, or is perhaps unwilling to admit that so many people over the years have been using him for their own personal gain or fifteen minutes of fame. That includes a gaggle of attorneys looking for some notoriety or a few that could care less that Peltier is actually guilty,*** and the worst kind, the wannabes, those non-natives who adopt Indian sounding names and assume they have something meaningful to offer.

No, this will be nothing more than a weak and failed attempt to reinvigorate or reinvent the cash cow.

We have yet to hear from Peltier himself and those first utterances will likely be the same shallow whining we’ve heard for many years. Man up Peltier, you made your decisions that fateful day, acted on them, made your bed, now lay in it.

Peltier has to face the reality of his criminal acts and recognize that his days in the sun are over.*^

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

(See editorial essay and Footnote #2 regarding the Jericho Movement.)
*** Over the years there have been several sincere and dedicated attorneys who took up the Peltier mantle, albeit unsuccessfully. This doesn’t include the likes of Cynthia K. Dunne, Martin Garbus, Carl Nadler, Eric Seitz and the wannabe, pony-tailed, Bruce “I’ll take the Fifth” Ellison.

*^ The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has facilities for aging lifers. Were it not for an unrepentant sociopath, Jack and Ron would have grown old gracefully.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


Dear Supporters:

The Peltier website, www.whoisleonardpeltier.info* hasn’t been updated since President Obama denied Peltier’s clemency petition on January 18th.

It appears to be frozen in time with the latest posts as meaningless as Peltier’s claims of innocence, not to mention the perversity of his view that his conviction represented his people.

--On the home page there’s a link to 8th Circuit Court, Judge Gerald Heaney’s letter. 
A letter long debated but clearly not an endorsement of Peltier’s innocence, actually quite the contrary. [i]

--Statement by former FBI Agent and Congressman Don Edwards:  This clearly demonstrates the desperation of the Peltier network. Edwards’ letter is dated December 21, 2000 and was the subject of a critical NPPA rebuttal. [ii]

--Letter by former U.S. Attorney James Reynolds: Reynolds called for clemency and erroneously claimed he had management and supervision over the Peltier conviction. (Mr. Reynolds should be publicly challenged about his assertions, but at this point, it doesn’t matter.) [iii]

--Letter by former FBI agent John Ryan. Disgraced and dismissed, Ryan’s opinion on Peltier is of no consequence.

Further on in the Peltier website there are links to:

--Russ Redner, Thanks for nothing, Obama: Which is rich because Redner, at times, was more of a hindrance than a help to Peltier and was responsible for one of the most ignorant and reprehensible public statements regarding the deaths of Special Agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams.  Peltier publically also brought to light Redner’s “severe emotional and mental problems.” [iv]

--Celebs react to Obama denying clemency to Leonard Peltier: Really? Who cares or gives a rats-whatever what the Hollyweird crowd thinks. Overpaid egotists should stick to what they do best (sometimes anyway), pretending to be someone else.

This is followed by a longer list of the same old plaintive cries of a wrongful conviction completely unmoored from the facts of June 6, 1975 and Peltier’s conviction and many subsequent appeals. Appeals that only reinforced the validity of his rightful conviction and unquestioned guilt. Guilt only toughened by Peltier’s many public admissions. [v]

But not a word from Peltier.  

The last time Peltier believed commutation was imminent, but wasn’t, he fired off his famous “politicians are such sleazebags” comment during a public interview about President Clinton.[vi]  We’re likewise patiently waiting for a similar attack on former President Obama. [vii]

But now inmate #89637-132 must be in a state of bewildered disbelief, sucking his thumb and curled up in a fetal position in the corner of his USP Coleman cell, knowing full well that he’s not going anywhere during this law and order administration.

Peltier does still have the statutory opportunity for parole review hearings, this year and in 2019. Years’ past he has waived the hearings but the sense now is that he’ll at least take a crack at this one. What else does he have? These hearings are administrative in nature to address any mitigating circumstances concerning his sentence and incarceration. Since Peltier remains totally unrepentant, that part is a nonstarter. He does, however, try to make as much noise as possible about his health. Too bad for that, since he robbed Jack Coler and Ron Williams of their opportunity to have a full life and face the predicable aging process.

But we will be watching whether or not Peltier does have a review hearing, now or at any time in the future. [viii]

Nevertheless, there is one bright spot for Peltier. The U.S. Bureau of prisons has hospital facilities.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

*The NPPA never hesitated to publicize Peltier’s website. It has been on the NPPA homepage since April 2000.

Now that the Peltier saga has all but come to an end it was time to consolidate the many documents and reference materials and reorganize my study for a long-planned project. In the basement are several storage boxes of Peltier material and four file cabinet drawers in my study that accumulated over the past few years. These were reviewed, duplicates or unnecessary material was discarded, and what remained was placed in another plastic storage bin to join the rest—never to be destroyed, but available, if needed, for historical reference, along with the NPPA website. The next personal project will not be about Leonard Peltier, but another equally important FBI case. Nearly seventeen years of Peltier is about enough. Yet some things will remain. Found among the many documents, blogs, Editorial essay research material, etc., was a simple black and white flyer that brought back an incredibly strong and fond memory—a handout that was given to all who attended the dignified procession to the White House on December 15, 2000 as a show of solidarity against any consideration by then President Clinton not to grant Peltier commutation. Also, not in storage, but on the top shelf of my study in front of the folded flag for the past sixteen years, is a photo in front of the White House of four very proud FBI agents on that cool, crisp winter day. One, who came up with the idea and led the organizing effort; her future husband assisting her; an agent who was very close to Ron Williams and worked the RESMURS case to the end; and a pushy New Yorker who recognized that a torch needed to be lit to honor the sacrifice of two young agents killed in the line of duty and to counter the lies and fabrications from their murderer. It was an incredibly meaningful experience for all who attended and we still owe a debt of gratitude to all those who made that day so significant.

(Leonard Peltier had a recurring dream, especially approaching mid-January, that he could finally see light at the end of the tunnel. It was a freight train.)
“They (FBI and BIA) did not arrive in time to prevent the Oglala Akicitas and their allies from counting coup on them.” (Russ Redner, 2005)
In an October 14, 2005 statement Peltier excoriates the government and nearly everyone else as he also mentions the efforts of Russ Redner, his new LPDC director, who had (only) recently returned to the Peltier camp. But this is how Peltier rewards loyalty when apparently Russ Redner runs into personal difficulties:
"Due to severe emotional and mental problems Russ has submitted his resignation as Director of the LPDC. I have accepted his resignation and ask everyone to pray to Wankan Taka or his Allah to restore his mental health, so that he won't have to be hospitalized."
--Another thoroughly disgusting statement came from low-life, AIM co-defendant, now deceased, Bob Robideau, who penned an email stating “they died like worms.”