Friday, November 11, 2011


Peltier “floored” at FCI Coleman.

Immediate Press Release; Dateline: October 27, 2011, Fargo, North Dakota: The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC) is urging supporters to inundate the Acting Director of the Bureau of Prisons because: “Leonard is being isolated as never before. In addition, Leonard has been assigned to a top bunk. Due to a torn ligament which has never been repaired, Leonard’s ability to climb safely is diminished. Mr. Peltier also should be placed in a unit with older prisoners, but Coleman has Leonard listed as being 57 years of age when, in fact, he is 67 years old. All of Leonard’s prison records over these many years clearly indicate his correct date of birth. Curious, right?” And, the LPDOC adds, “Increased activity with regard to legal visits, LOBBYING, outreach, event planning and management, etc., are putting a strain on our limited resources. Please help. No amount is too small. MAKE AN END-OF-THE-YEAR DONATION TODAY…”

Apparently Peltier’s most recent cellmate (name unknown, but it would be interesting to know) never got “the Memo.” The Memo (albeit, satire) would have described that this new cellmate was America’s foremost political prisoner, that he’s innocent, has worldwide support, but an Indian who was prosecuted only because someone had to pay for the murder of two FBI agents at Pine Ridge in 1975.

Or at least that’s what the mythology would have one believe.

Although, maybe Peltier’s latest cellmate knows exactly who the warrior thinks he is, but hasn’t bought into folklore, or, could care less about Peltier’s reputation and is content to let the tough guy sleep on the floor.

Begging for money again as they do, the LPDOC uses a very dangerous word, “lobbying.” Really? Is this the Leonard Peltier Political Action Committee (LEO-PAC)? Because that will open another whole set of issues for Peltier. Let’s start first with some honesty on the finances. Peltier has kept this dirty little secret for much too long…his supporters should be demanding some “transparency.” (Please see


Forrest Yerman & Lamonte Boddie

On a more serious note other, than who gets the lower bunk: A young graduate student, (as reported by “the appalachian online”), Forrest Yerman, at Appalachian State University (ASU), Boone, NC., is “…prepared to sit out here as long as it takes to give him freedom.” The “him” being, Leonard Peltier, and the “here,” during lunch at ASU’s Plemmons Student Union. His tri-fold sign reads, “Free Leonard Peltier a Native American Political Prisoner.”

Yerman is also supported by Lamonte Boddie, president of the local Native American Council chapter.

They both referred to the recent petition for clemency that was the subject of the latest NPPA (10/22/11) Blog. That Blog destroyed the petition, not with innuendo or misinformation, but with facts and quotes directly from the record and Peltier. The petition itself was one continuous fabrication, yet people buy into it…

“As a Native American, my decision was very easy,” Boddie is quoted as saying.

So does that mean—regardless of the facts—or but for the fact that Peltier is a Native American, support for him should be unquestioned? Lamonte continued with “I have always been an advocate for my people and all people for that matter.”

Should we assume that those “other” people he refers to also include two young FBI agents savagely murdered in the line of duty? We would assume so.

Just a suggestion; how about Forrest and Lamonte using some of those critical analytical and research skills learned at ASU and really dig into the Peltier matter. Certainly don’t stop at Peltier’s website, nor the NPPA’s (although all the reference material, in its entirety, is there, along with the answers to every single question raised over the last 34 years regarding the Incident at Oglala and Peltier’s conviction). It would be hopeful that by seeing the entire picture they would come to some different conclusions regarding Peltier’s actual guilt. I, for one, would welcome constructive dialogue.

Should it be difficult to support someone’s alleged innocence when he is quoted as saying, “I seen Joe when he pulled it out of the trunk and looked at him when he put it on, and he gave me a smile.” “I didn’t think nothing of it at the time; all I could think of was, We go to get out of here.”

Peltier has proven his guilt more times than even he’d like to recall and it’s a shame if two young college students haven’t taken the time and effort to find the truth. It has nothing to do with being Indian…but with a brutal crime and justice.

“In the Spirit of Coler and Williams”
Ed Woods