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Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance Paperback – June 16, 2000
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His words have compelled me to do further research and there are many related books, articles and even a documentary film by Robert Redford titled "Incident at Oglala: The Leonard Peltier Story". I encourage everyone to read it and watch the film available through rental or purchase.
Whether you believe in his innocence or not is not the point. The point is that our current system remains flawed despite the cold hearts that are too scared to take a serious look into their conscience.
Leonard Peltier has definitely changed my once hardened heart. I am still a cynic and angry often, but thinking about his struggles through unfair justice keeps me focused. It is an easy read if you don't mind the harsh realities of our justice system, or lack thereof!
"Mitakuye Oyasin!" Learn this meaning from his book - it will serve you well in your life.
Instead, in "Prison Writings" Peltier focuses more on the continuing historical struggle of his people to be treated with dignity and equality; offers insights into the realities of contemporary Indian existence beyond the sham portrayals in popular culture; and shows how his perceptions and opinions have been molded by his own experiences, from childhood to the starkness of prison life.
To be honest, I had not expected Peltier's book to be so well written, profound, and powerful; after all, Peltier's involvement with the American Indian Movement was not that of a fiery public speaker, decision-maker, or clever stager of outrageous stunts for the media (like some of AIM's leaders). Instead, Peltier's work with AIM was characterized by his preference to quietly perform the unglamorous yet neccessary tasks to serve his people (e.g., hauling water to homes with no plumbing, making home repairs, babysitting, fixing cars, chastising teenagers to be abstinent from alcohol and drugs, chopping firewood, etc).Read more ›
Whether or not you believe that Leonard Peltier really murdered two FBI agents in cold blood, you must read this book. The United States imprisons more people, *and* more people per capita, than any other nation in the world! Leonard's poignant book gives the reader a feel for *one* story of life behind bars. Not a journal or a story, per se, but a series of reflections, of meditations, of poems about life as a prisoner, life as a *political* prisoner in the Land of the Free.
You, who read this, with access to a personal computer, cannot begin to wrap your life around the experience of being caged. Of having every aspect of your life regulated. You, who grew up white, privileged, cannot wrap your mind around the experience of being beaten up simply because you spoke your native language. You, who grew up on land you "owned," have insulated yourself from imagining the pain of having your people destroyed, your culture outlawed, and your identity trampled into the mud.
So don't buy this book. Your will be able to continue your life comfortably. You'll be able to proceed with that warm fuzzy feeling that things are OK with the world, and that even if agent Fox Mulder has died, the FBI is really on *your* side.
Don't buy this book. You don't want to begin to feel what Leonard feels, caged in Leavenworth. Don't buy this book, it's easier to pretend that *those* people deserve to be locked up, that *those* people are animals, that the *justice* system really works most of the time. Don't buy this book, you don't want to have any inkling about what it feels like when justice miscarries.
Leonard Peltier wasn't (Mark) Rich enough for a Clinton pardon. He has exhausted his legal appeals.Read more ›
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I LIVED IN NEBRASKA WHEN "INCIDENT AT OGLALLA" RESERVATION IN S.DAKOTA HAPPENED. (SEE THE DVD).
HUNDREDS OF INDIANS KILLED- MEN,WOMEN,CHILDREN,BABIES . Read more
The book was more "dog eared" than expected, and had a LOT of writing in it. As was obvious from the many price tags, this book has seen much exchanging of hands. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
I'm not going to say he is guilty or not, but hes not innocent either. Reviewing cases like Ron Williamson and Tommy Ward this isn't even close. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ashley Aikin
This arrived quickly and was in sufficiently good condition to pass the meticulous jailhouse scrutiny required to send it to an inmate.Published 9 months ago by Rebecca Whetstine
This is one of the saddest stories you will hear, oh hell there are many sad stories which is why everyone says my poetry is so sad. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joy D. Leftow
A very strong and sad story about one of our own that has been locked away for too long on circumstantial evidence.Published 11 months ago by son son
Truly inspirational. That this man was so cruelly treated and is simply asking for peace and kindness is humbling. I truly hope that now, in 2015 he will finally get his freedom. Read morePublished 12 months ago by H.