American's look with disdain upon South Africa's Apartheid past, and the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela -- and rightly so. Mandela stood up to the political potentates for the equal rights and equal treatment of all humans and suffered 27 years of prison for his "rebel attitude." What a blessing to mankind as a whole--Nelson Mandela. In his passing we are seeing the iconic impact of his influence
What about America's past regarding the treatment of the darker skins among us. Oh yes, we have our Martin Luther King, the liberator for the black race, and rightly so; but what about our imprisonment of Leonard Peltier a little lesser dark skin than Mandela or King -- he has been imprisoned for 29 years, and right here in the United States of America--the "leaders of the free world."
Regardless of the facts of who shot who at Wounded Knee, one thing is for certain -- Peltier was an activist fighting for the rights of the Native American among us. It is time to release our Nelson Mandela -- Leonard Peltier.
If South Africa can eat crow for silencing Mandela -- the US can eat some humble pie for silencing Peltier. Please take the time to study his story. Today's Google and Bing make it so simple to do.
Here is a little from Wikipeda on Leonard Peltier:
Peltier was born in Grand Forks, North Dakota, the eleventh of thirteen children, to Leo Peltier and Alvina Robideau. His father was three-quarters Chippewa and one-quarter French, and his mother was Lakota Sioux on her mother's side and Chippewa on her father's. Peltier's parents divorced when he was four years old. At this time, Leonard and his sister Betty Ann were taken to live with their paternal grandparents Alex and Mary Dubois-Peltier in the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa near Belcourt, North Dakota. In September 1953, at the age of nine, Leonard was enrolled at the Wahpeton Indian School in Wahpeton, North Dakota, an Indian boarding school run by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). He graduated at Wahpeton in May 1957, and attended the Flandreau Indian School in Flandreau, South Dakota. After dropping out in the ninth grade, he returned to the Turtle Mountain Reservation to live with his father.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born September 12, 1944
Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.
Ethnicity -- Anishinabe-Dakota
Citizenship -- United States
Parents -- Leo Peltier and Alvina Robideau
Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
Peltier's indictment and conviction have been the subject of much controversy; Amnesty International placed his case under the "Unfair Trials" category of its Annual Report: USA 2010, citing concerns with the fairness of the proceedings.
Peltier is incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Coleman in Florida. Peltier's next scheduled parole hearing will be in July 2024. Barring appeals, parole or presidential pardon, his projected release date is October 11, 2040.