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Dear Supporters: On September 5 th Peltier provided us with an update regarding his recent bypass surgery. “ My cells ac/air going...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017


Dear Supporters:

On September 5th Peltier provided us with an update regarding his recent bypass surgery.

My cells ac/air going on so it wasn’t only a little chilled but under the blankets it felt nice and warm and sort of cozy…”

How heartening that Peltier feels warm and cozy.

On June 26, 1975 Jack Coler and Ron Williams felt only fear and pain and suffered a horrible death at the hands of convicted murderer Leonard Peltier.

Peltier goes on to add a couple of interesting and curious comments that we’ll let others ponder:

I wish I could spend some time with my Great and grandchildren even some of my now middle-aged children, who believe they are the victims in this whole life. They even believe they should be given all of the attention. I keep trying to get them to understand you have to earn leadership…” (Emphasis added)

It certainly sounds like there’s trouble in paradise in the Peltier clan as he airs his dirty laundry in public. This has been a recurring theme with Peltier, witnessed by the multiple changes of his Defense Committee, directors and members, along with shifting locations and websites and public disputes between committee members and Peltier. This includes some well-intentioned attorneys who, like others in the Peltier network, could tolerate just so much of his unsettling demeanor and personality.

Heaven forbid anyone around Peltier should be given all the attention.

Really? Peltier actually lecturing on leadership?

Like those he led on June 26, 1975 into an unprovoked attack on two federal agents performing their lawful duties? Like Joe Stuntz, who followed Peltier to his own death? Peltier didn’t pass along the common sense knowledge that when you shoot at law enforcement, odds are they’re going to shoot back.

Predictably, Peltier’s message slips into the repeated pathetic begging for cash routine but ends with a peculiar comment:

I don't have Any Personal funds, So I have to depend on you, the grass roots activist for help. Every little bit adds up so donations are needed, unless you can’t afford it (of course:) don't need to be large just many.

Framed Prints and original art work in your homes would be great talking subjects Just an idea, but purchase them from Kari Ann, the only ILPDC Art Director! (Emphasis added)

Please note the clarification that you can “…purchase them from Kari Ann, the ONLY ILPDC Art Director!” (Also, don’t fail to note the significance of the ‘exclamation point’ that indicates the forceful utterance of strong feelings.)

This past March witnessed a legal dustup with Peltier and a couple of his detractors over the display of Peltier’s paintings for sale on public property in the State of Washington.*

Filed in federal court was an affidavit that included at page 3:

 “CHANUCEY PELTIER is the SON OF LEONARD PELTIER, runs a gallery on behalf of Leonard and is the agent for sale, lending, and distributing LEONARD PELTIER’s paintings.”

So what happened? Peltier embarrassingly whines publically that his children “believe they should be given all of the attention,” and with the emphasis of an “!” that Kari Ann is the “Only” Art Director.

Perhaps it’s just a matter of a job description. It doesn’t appear likely, but it’s possible that Chauncey Peltier runs the gallery and is not the Art Director. Nevertheless, Peltier seems to be sending a different message. We’ll let others be the judge.

Is anyone in Peltier’s camp getting the message here about the Peltier donations, finances and decades-long money machine? This issue goes back many years with more than just the NPPA asking the same questions about how Peltier’s money is raised and spent.

In February 2003, long-time committee leader, Bob Free, stated publicly, "Transparency regarding accounting and decisions will be posted on the web."

That was over a dozen years ago, but of course, it never happened. Wonder why?

For the clueless Peltier diehards and those who dare not ask the hard and valid questions, hints about Peltier’s money management have come from Peltier himself as evident from an interview over two decades ago:

“When our conversation veers back to the ordinary, the brief tension between us passes and Peltier becomes amiable again. He talks about his children, where they’re living, what they are doing, how a couple of them are forever dunning him for money. “I try to be stern with them—‘No, you’ve got to learn to be responsible, live within your means’—but I always end up saying, ‘OK, but this is the last time’” He laughs, shakes his head in self-rebuke.” ** (Emphasis added)

Curious, a convicted double murderer and lifer talking about money going to his kids.

We don’t know for certain, and probably never will, how much money Peltier is talking about, but we have to ask the question: Where is the money coming from?

Really, how much do federal inmates make? Very little we know, and even the healthy ones who are able to work for prison industries make very little as well. Some twenty-plus years ago, Peltier the “Janitor,” was making twenty-nine cents an hour.***

But then there’s the sale of Peltier’s paintings, which over twenty years ago were hawked among Hollywood elite—searching for a cause—for as much as $5,000.**** (Peltier and the Committee advertising in later years have placed the prices higher.)

The implication from Peltier’s own public record and federal court affidavit as a Plaintiff (along with his son Chauncey Peltier, referenced above) was suing for, among other things, “together with special damages for Plaintiff’s economic loss.” (Affidavit at page 18.)

Suing for “economic loss” seems to imply that Peltier is selling his artwork as part of running a business with his son. However, Bureau of Prison Rules at Peltier’s current location are straightforward. USP Coleman’s Inmate Handbook, specifically page 40, states in part, “Inmates cannot engage in any type of business and will be sanctioned for doing so.” 

Perhaps Peltier could ask the mystery Mr.X for help? We know, Mr. X, a person they all knew, and Peltier’s only alibi, that this person is the one who attacked and killed the agents and then drove off in the equally infamous red pickup.

Guess that won’t work either. Despite Peltier’s somber gaze into the camera in Redford’s film, Incident at Oglala, where he mouthed the false admission, “This story is true:” There was no Mr. X because the years-long alibi was proven to be a lie.*****

Today (the twelfth) is Peltier’s 73rd birthday. So what!

On this day as well, Jack and Ron would have both been 70 but had their lives brutally stolen by convicted murderer Leonard Peltier. They were robbed of their next 42 birthdays.

There are countless reasonable and thoughtful people who understand that the horrible mistreatment of First Americans is a blight on America’s history.******
Nonetheless, to even suggest that a free Peltier would atone for any of that, borders on the obscene. Peltier, and those who have used him for their own purposes, those who have supported him only to be cast aside, subscribe simply to the myth and folklore that has become so entrenched that Peltier is incapable of seeing the truth.

Peltier has only himself and his violent criminal acts to blame for his fabricated martyrdom and self-induced torment, while he remains were he deservedly belongs. 

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

(last accessed 9/9/2017)
***** The history of Mr. X:

****** See “Correcting wrongs of the past” that has been on the homepage since the creation of the No Parole Peltier Association and its website on April 30, 2000.

Saturday, September 9, 2017


Dear Supporters:

On September 2nd Peltier sent a message that he recently underwent triple bypass surgery.

Bypass surgery is a fairly common procedure today with approximately 200,000 performed yearly.

Jack Coler and Ron Williams were both in their late twenties when they became victims of an unprovoked attack by AIM cowards and were brutally murdered by Leonard Peltier in 1975. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Peltier was convicted of murder and aiding and abetting and his conviction and sentence, having gone through many appeals, has never been changed. Peltier’s public statements over the years have only helped reinforce his remorseless guilt. (You’ve heard them before so there’s no need to repeat them here again).

Jack and Ron, had they not been mercilessly cut down in their prime, would have faced the normal aging process just as Peltier is now. Although they were both in excellent physical condition and would no doubt have taken care of their health, issues do arise. What Jack and Ron didn’t have was the opportunity to finish their careers and enjoy a well-deserved retirement and all the years with their spouses, children, and grandchildren. Peltier robbed them of that wonderful opportunity they so deserved.

Peltier, soon to be 73, received this operation courtesy of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and the American taxpayers. For that, he should be grateful and thankful the procedure was successful and that he will only mildly suffer during recovery. Jack and Ron, victims of point-blank gunshots to the face, had no chance to survive. Instead, both suffered a horrible death.

As with the vast majority of Peltier messages, there’s always the push for money.

This one, like most others, begs for donations, made through his website, to “fund his legal struggle.” The website offers that the uninformed can donate through PayPal.

To go back a few years—July 4, 2004 to be precise—Peltier’s “Defense Committee” lamented that Peltier had been suspended from PayPal for violating its “offensive material policy.” They complained, “Designating Leonard Peltier as being ‘notorious for committing murderous acts,’ PayPal has now deprived us of our online fundraising capability.” That was then.

Peltier’s committee subsequently relocated and changed its website and personnel (which has happened many times over the years) and was able to worm its way back into the PayPal system.

PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy has changed slightly over the years but still contains the provision preventing “the financial exploitation of a crime” which may have been part of the reason Peltier was removed in 2004.

PayPal encourages users to report potential violations of this policy. For example, a double convicted murderer using PayPal to raise money. If users have a question about whether a type of transaction may violate the Acceptable Use Policy, they can email PayPal's Compliance Department at: aupviolations@paypal.com

Also, there has been much discussion and debate over the years about Peltier soliciting “tax-deductible” donations. Sometimes he had donations filtered through third party operations. At other times, Peltier dropped the “tax-deductible” claims, although he would never publicly admit the reasons. We have a suspicion why it was dropped in the past.

(The latest Peltier website, [link available on the NPPA home page], does not mention tax-deductible donations. However, a review of the website material still shows that it is replete with the same fabrications, falsehoods, myth and in some areas, outright lies that have been proven false time and again. All of which have been extensively reviewed and refuted on the NPPA website.*)

Yet, as recent as just nine months ago, this was posted on the Internet:**

“2016 Human rights week for Leonard Peltier, December 4-10 in Washington, DC.  We need your help like never before. Please make a tax-deductible donation. No amount is too small. Please also widely share this fundraiser.  The Peltier Defense Committee is a project of the Indigenous Rights Center, a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization (Tax ID # 81-1252535).”

This appears to be in violation of IRS regulations. Funneling money through other entities to make it appear they are legitimately tax-deductible should raise some concerns and questions.

The Internal Revenue Code is clear enough:

“A section 501(c)(3) must not be organized or operated for the benefit of private interests, such as the creator or the creator’s family, shareholders of the organization, other designated individuals, or persons controlled directly or indirectly by such private interests. No part of the net earnings of the section 501(c)(3) organization may inure to the benefit of any private shareholder or individual. A private shareholder or individual is a person having a personal and private interest in the activities of the organization.”

It shouldn’t be surprising that the ‘Director’ information for the Indigenous Rights Center, 202 Harvard Dr., SE #5, Albuquerque, NM, 87114 revealed that the Directors are/were Delaney Bruce, Peter Clark, Kari A. Boushee and Peltier’s son, Chauncey Peltier. 

Leonard Peltier successfully recovered and his health may improve after the recent bypass surgery.

Jack and Ron were murdered and have been dead for 42 years.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

*For example, from the Peltier homepage: “People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice.” Reality check: If there were one Constitutional violation we would likely not be discussing Leonard Peltier today, or ever.
Also, as the Court of Appeals stated: “It is only where the trial court excludes relevant evidence without sufficient justification that the defendant‘s constitutional right to compulsory process is violated.” http://www.noparolepeltier.com/585.html
Suffice to say that Peltier’s claims do not stand up to scrutiny.

 (Last accessed 9/8/17: Posted by ILPDC Co-Director Peter Clark. It should be noted that the ILPDC (and its predecessor committees) have publicly stated that Leonard Peltier approves all postings, press releases, etc.)

Monday, August 7, 2017


Dear Supporters:

In a brief departure from the mission of the No Parole Peltier Association, the following is offered:

Brothers and sisters; Chicago, September 17, 1978, 6:00am:

Margaret and her sister, Janice, finished working all night at a local discotheque, where Margaret was a waitress and her sister a dancer.* Walking home on the still dark streets as they had done many times before, they were unaware what evil lurked in a nearby alley. They were just two young women working to pay the bills.

The Guyon brothers were going to get some tonight and they could care less who the victims were—Black, White, Hispanic, Asian. It didn’t matter as long as they were easy prey. They watched from the car as the girls approached, Melvin behind the wheel at first with a knife, Michael in back with a gun. The girls approached and were close enough for Michael to lunge out and force the two into the back seat at gunpoint. Michael slid behind the wheel as Melvin held the sisters, panicked and crying in the back seat, now threatening them with a knife. Michael told them to shut up and then sped off to find some desolate spot, an empty parking lot near 43rd and Halsted.

Michael, thirty-four, had a violent past including rapes, and merely three weeks after sexually assaulting and robbing the sisters, he was arrested for abducting a four-and-a-half-year-old. Melvin, nineteen, was on his way to creating his own illicit résumé. He was already a fugitive from two felonies in Cleveland, but had been released on bond and fled to Chicago.

Michael forced Janice into the front seat and yelled for her to take off her panties as he ripped open her dress. Janice pled and offered what she had for him not to hurt her—seven dollars and some jewelry. Michael then raped Janice, who was still a virgin.

In the backseat, Melvin raped Margaret and stole what little money she had, about five dollars.

When the horror was over, the sisters were given thirty cents each for bus fare and then released. As the sun was rising, the Guyon brothers sped away.

The sisters boarded the first local bus and at the next stop ran into a restaurant. Janice, terrified and hysterical, went to the ladies room as Margaret told two Chicago police officers, who happened to be there, that they had both been kidnapped and raped by two black men in their twenties driving a blue car that had a box of yellow Puffs tissues in the back window.

By mid-October the Chicago investigation developed suspects who were identified by their victims. Local warrants for assault, rape, and kidnapping were issued for the brothers Guyon.

Also falling under the Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution statute, and with a request from federal authorities, a UFAP warrant was issued bringing in additional resources to locate and apprehend Melvin Guyon, who authorities believed had fled the state.

Melvin Bay Guyon was now a fugitive being pursued by the FBI. He would return to his native Cleveland and his girlfriend and their two small children.

Rebutting the age-old proverb that blood is thicker than water, when it came to the later rape trial, Melvin did his damnedest to throw his brother under the proverbial bus.  (To be continued.)

August 9, 1979:   

On the morning of Thursday, August 9, 1979 while attempting to arrest violent fugitive, Melvin Bay Guyon, in an apartment not far from downtown Cleveland, Ohio, FBI Agent Johnnie Oliver was killed. Agent Oliver, armed with a shotgun, may have hesitated as Guyon held his own young child as a shield. Guyon escaped and was arrested in Youngstown, Ohio.

Barely an hour later, FBI Agents J. Robert Porter and Charles Elmore, were gunned down by James Maloney, a crazed anti-government loser, in their small satellite office in the Imperial Valley of southeastern California. Maloney had an appointment to meet with Agent Porter in the El Centro Resident Agency and was armed with a shotgun and a handgun. Confronting Agent Porter, a violent struggle ensued and Agent Porter was shot and killed. Agent Elmore engaged Maloney in the hallway and was also killed. Maloney, fatally wounded, took the coward’s way out and shot himself.

That date—August 9,1979—38 years ago, marked the worst line-of-duty deaths in a single day in the history of the FBI. Agents Oliver, Porter and Elmore…will never be forgotten.

“In the Spirit…
Ed Woods

*The above details were taken from public records. The victim’s names have been changed.


Guyon is serving a life sentence in the same penitentiary, USP Coleman, as Leonard Peltier who murdered Special Agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams in Pine Ridge, South Dakota on June 26, 1975.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

SA RONALD A. WILLIAMS: JULY 30, 1947 - JUNE 26, 1975, R.I.P. & MORE

Dear Supporters:

Within just a few short weeks the popular and professional young Agent would have reached his 28th birthday. In the meantime, he and his partner, Jack Coler, were carrying out their lawful duties searching for a fugitive on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

In separate vehicles they followed who they believed to be Jimmy Eagle onto a dirt road off Highway 18. The occupants of that vehicle, and those in a nearby American Indian Movement (AIM) camp along White Clay Creek, instigated an unprovoked attack. We know this with absolute certainty because the eyewitness, Special Agent Ron Williams, was on the radio describing exactly what was about to happen. And it did. AIM cowards led by Leonard Peltier, attacked, severely wounded and then brutally murdered both Agents. Peltier, of course, was later convicted of first-degree murder and aiding and abetting and is still serving two consecutive life sentences.  

As, many believe, I feel certain Ron is looking down and watching over us and knows that on January 18, 2017 President Obama denied Peltier’s clemency petition. This was a clear recognition that the pardon attorney, the Attorney General and the President concurred with Peltier’s conviction and many appeals that had established his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  Peltier, over the past years has reinforced that guilt to beyond all doubt. (Thank you President Obama*)

Parole is off the table until 2024.**

Until January 20, 2021 clemency is also off the table, or four years hence if President Trump is reelected. Either way, the clock is ticking.

Peltier has repeatedly denigrated the memory and sacrifice of Jack and Ron with falsehoods, fabricated scenarios and public admissions of guilt.

On this day, and every day, Ron is in our thoughts and prayers and neither he nor Jack will ever be forgotten.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods

P.S. The Federal Civil suit filed by Peltier, and Peltier deception:

1) On July 25, 2017, the federal civil suit brought against Ed Woods and Larry Langberg was dismissed, with prejudice, and includes payment of attorney’s fees and court costs. Although integral to the Washington State’s Anti-Slapp statute, the Judge provided his reasoning for not also including the $10,000 fines.

Within the entire Peltier saga there are only several significant dates:
June 26, 1975 (Peltier murdered Jack Coler and Ron Williams); June 2, 1977 (Peltier sentenced to two consecutive life sentences); January 18, 2017 (President Obama denies Peltier’s clemency petition), and July 25, 2017 (Peltier loses his battle to silence those who exercise their right to free speech by presenting the truth behind the Peltier myth.)

As of July 30th no mention of the federal civil suit or the dismissal could be found on Peltier’s updated whoisleonardpeltier.info website.

2) Peltier deception:
Peltier’s website has been refreshed, and frankly is well presented, however, still contains the same tired old misinformation and fabrications as previous ones. There is an interesting piece of deception though. In the section of Resources and under Upcoming Events it lists the June 26th Oglala Commemoration, an annual event. It displays a quite impressive photo of hundreds, perhaps thousands of apparent supporters. The red banner is partially and deliberately obscured certainly giving the impression that this very large gathering is in support of Peltier. It’s deceiving and it isn’t. The photo is actually from recent demonstrations regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline. Wonder if Peltier obtained approval to use this photo on his website and whether there is any copyright infringement. A review of perhaps a thousand photos on the Internet of the Dakota demonstrations could not identify one Peltier sign. This is just another example of Peltier spin and disinformation. What Peltier should have done was to properly source the origin of the photo…but that would have been too honest. https://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/home/events/

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