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Leonard Peltier – Wrongfully Convicted by a Corrupt FBI

Leonard Peltier, wrongfully convicted by a corrupt FBI,

is still in prison on his 78th Birthday.

Who is Leonard Peltier you may ask, but why do you ask?

You should know. This man has been a world wide figure for decades. As I write this paper, Leonard has been in prison for 46 years. He has just very recently turned 78 years old. He was born September 12th, 1944.

 His crime was simply defending the home and families of his people from violent acts. His actions were in defense of not just his people but the integrity of humanity, from domination and exploitation. (U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark)

 A former U.S Attorney, General Ramsey Clark, described the trial and conviction of Leonard Peltier as a situation whereas “there was no evidence that he did it, except fabricated, circumstantial evidence, overwhelmingly misused, concealed, and perverted.”

 Much has been written about this episode in American history that is still playing out. But still, many people do not know about the events that led up to the; occupation of the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in the 1970’s, the bloodshed and Indian deaths on the Pine Ridge Reservation, the shootout at the second Wounded Knee, or even who AIM is, or who Dennis Banks, or who John Trudell is.

 For now, as a prequel to a detailed blog, I will prepare you for a video presentation that will be about an hour in length of an event I attended in Washington D. C. in 1994. This event was a protest or a demonstration that, at the time, was demanding the pardon or release of Leonard Peltier by then President Bill Clinton.

I spent the day filming the event.

 Clinton never acknowledged our presence except to have federal goons and undercover law enforcement infiltrate the crowd looking for a reason to charge someone with a crime. To my knowledge no one was arrested, by for a while I did receive some unwanted attention because I roll my own cigarettes.

 I recently re-discovered the original video tapes and they were transferred to DVD and MP4 formats. Sorry, the best I could do at the time was the HI-8 format, but hey, its better than VHS.

Today is Oct. 08, 2022. Six segments of the main video are available at the following links: Peltier/Opening

This post is provided also to reveal a deception. Today’s social media pundits banter about endlessly the following terms speaking of abuses perpetrated by the FBI as being  “Unprecedented”, and “Never Before Witnessed”, “the actions of a politicized and weaponized agency of the federal government”.

 This violence, manipulation, deception, and injustice has been going on for decades, and even probably from the inception of the FBI. The unjust actions of this agency does a great dis-service to the people that are there to do good work. Sorry, you know what they say, one bad apple… and all that.

A few links to pages and activities that have been posted on the internet very recently:


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Why Don’t They Just Assimilate?

February 23, 2017: Law-enforcement officers point their weapons at two water protectors praying near the Sacred Fire of the main resistance camp of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests. Both men were arrested, along with the photographer, shortly after this image was taken. (Tracie Williams)

Why Don’t They Just Assimilate?

Four years ago already, I had what I thought was a good friend insult me and my family during a brief conversation. During a smoke break, he and I had been discussing a few recent headlines. I interjected that I had been following developments in the Standing Rock protest whereas the establishment has charged an American Indian with criminal trespass on his own land. Without a moment for reflection, he interjected a most ignorant, biased, and racist statement. “No offense, but I think the Indians and Blacks should just quit whining and just assimilate into the mainstream American culture”. I was shocked and felt it best to not respond to the ignorance mostly due to the environment in which we were having the discussion in the first place.

I have given this brief discussion some great thought since it has happened. Much time has passed by, but the remarks still bother me greatly. I had meant to confront this individual within a different setting to expand the discussion, but after thinking about it, and knowing that I have offered this individual the tools to educate himself, and knowing that he has not taken advantage of these educational tools, I decided not to advance the conversation at any level.

Why did I choose this course? The answer is simple. I have come to believe this level of ignorance cannot be influenced. This is the very reason the republican party is deaf to acknowledging the real historical record. Facts are met with head shaking to the negative, hostile gossip, labeling and eventual shunning. Very similarly to the way one cannot reason with individuals of leftist ideology. The progressive ideology (democrats) and it’s arguments, in the end, do not make any sense and do not compute. When a valid observation or a point is made, the leftist always engages in off topic dialog, personal attacks, senseless accusations, and then resorts to violence. Generally speaking, the American Culture has been brainwashed. It is easier to believe a myth, a fairy-tale, and a lie, rather than be confronted with the facts and take the time to study the reality. The American culture is profoundly influenced by the pursuit of personal financial riches, materialistic property, and self aggrandizement at any cost.

This level of ignorance is what the public school system, the culture, and the Church has propagated. The underlying foundational principle that serves to reinforce the negative narrative, as it relates to the Native Indian, is:

  1. Indian Nations are a thing of the past and any Indian that is still alive is living off the good will of the US taxpayer.
  2. The Indian was and is a sub human race.
  3. The Tribes, for centuries, engaged in constant warfare with cycles of famine and starvation.

A little bit of experience and personal knowledge undoubtedly knows that the previous three statements are all fabricated lies. But, unless you grow up in, or near a native community west of the Mississippi, you will never know this is a lie. After a great deal of study, I had to ask myself a few questions.

  1. After a few Native Nations allowed foreign settlements near their communities and assisted the explorers in their fight for survival, and after the explorers had established a lucrative fur trade abroad that depended entirely on a cooperative arrangement with the Native Nations, then why is it that these settlers reversed their opinions and attitudes towards the Native Nations and deemed them sub human and a savage that needed to be eradicated from the face of the earth?
  2. Why did these primitive humans rebel against the supremacy of the white race?
  3. What threatened and frightened the organizers of towns, cities, and the government of the United States of America so completely that they concluded to have an Indian Problem and formulated action plans to assimilate or eliminate an entire continent of original, organized, and deeply religious inhabitants?

To me, the answer to the first question is clear and obvious. Just a few short few hundred years ago, The white’s or the “Long Knives” as they would come to be known would continuously go back to the Native Nations to strike a new deal, even in light of the fact that the whites had not lived up to the terms of the previous deal, and the Native said NO. We will not sell the land. This concept of owning the land is a complete subject for another time The Native continued to say NO. Conflict arose when the Long Knives proceeded to do as they pleased in spite of the objections of the land owners. After all the violence that happened, The bottom line is that The Natives Nations were simply defending their homes, their families, their religious beliefs, and their life way. Of course there was retaliation and vengeance visited upon the immigrants for provocations and senseless acts of violence that were perpetrated against the peaceful Indian peoples. After all, that is the only thing the “civilized” people really understand; the use of violence and force to enforce their will after their own legal systems fail to rule in their favor. Others might ask, why do the natives resort to violence to counteract violence. The answer is simple. The Indian did not have any representation in the the American legal system. The Indian could not bring a suit for damages against a white man for his offenses. The Indian could not vote to counteract the white vote. The Indian could not participate in the legislative, and judicial process of throttling the white invasion that was devastating a millennia old life way in the name of progress.

The answer to the second question is as follows: Though the native recognized the whites’ industrial ability to mass produce goods that were designed to make life more comfortable, mostly, the rest of the culture they rejected. The Native found it increasingly difficult to live near a culture that professed to claim spiritual enlightenment and civility while concurrently act like trespassing, thieving, murderous, liars. So the Native endeavored to live apart from the long knives and maintain their life way. This was a phenomena that occurred throughout the entire northern hemisphere. It is undeniable.

Time and time again, the Native was forced to the bargaining table, most assuredly against his will, to bargain for something he did not want to trade away. When the negotiations did not go the way the Long Knives intended, more brutal methods of coercion were implemented.

So, what is the answer to the third question?

Lets look at some facts for a bit. Our American forefathers realized that the original inhabitants did actually hold title to the land, regardless of the transactions going on back and forth between the foreign powers. Each Native tribe was and still are Independent Nations. This underlying fact is the reason the States authorized the newly formed federal government to negotiate with these Nations. These negotiations formalized into Treaties, many of which have been ratified by the United States Congress. The United States Constitution, Article 6, holds that Treaties with other nations are the supreme law of the land. Land was exchanged for cash, services, and a perpetual land base usually much smaller in size than the land owner had been traditionally accustomed too. The Federal government pledged the good faith of the American people to fulfill the terms of the treaties.

The rub happens when the miserable mechanisms employed to fulfill the obligations fell woefully short of the obligation, and the Nations were cheated on the delivery of goods and services. Additionally, the methods used to dispense these life sustaining articles were manipulated in such a way that the Indian, starving and imprisoned, found himself indebted to the contractors of the Federal Government that were delivering these articles

So the question begs to be asked. What do you bring to me that is of such a higher importance? The dominant culture is very good at inventing things, building things, and micromanaging people. Aside from that, there is some caring and compassion for the less affluent, but only if there is a way to pay for it or profit from it. This caring for the poor used to be accomplished by the church, but not so much anymore. These days it is usually a non-profit corporation dispensing the good will, or some pathetic government program. But mostly there are lies, deception, treachery, murder, hatred, racism, and the irrevocable belief that the land, minerals, and waters exist explicitly to be exploited by the “civilized” culture to support the endless pursuit of riches in this world. This culture sacrifices the natural things of this world, and human life, to sustain a failing economic system that requires the consumption of earthly materials that ultimately turns into garbage and fills the oceans, rivers, lakes, and landfills. You are turning my land into a wasteland due to the extraction of natural resources, contaminating the water, and back filling the mining pits with waste. All in an effort to support your way of life that is centered on a fiat currency that has no real value.

This dominant culture, often referred to as the First World, or Western Civilization twists and manipulates the words of the Creator God to suit its own desire. The culture murders the pre-born children in the name of health care and reproductive rights, and uses deceptive ambiguous terminology that pretends to represent a god given right prescribed in the United States Constitution. The culture has written laws and regulation without my consent and without my consultation in an effort to destroy my relationship with the land and waters, to destroy my family and take away my children because of my failure to navigate and cope with the sickness your way of life has injected into my community. The continual meddling into my affairs for the betterment of my people only brings more poverty, despair, abuse, impoverishment, and death. Your words hold no meaning. Your contracts are a deception in word craft.

Speaking to the dominant culture, you have no knowledge of your own laws, except if you have a direct exposure to a specific set of laws in your life time. You have no knowledge of the volumes of Federal Indian Law that have been written to protect my people and the things we hold in reverence. Granted, many of these laws have in the past been written to strip my people of said rights, beliefs, languages, homes, family, children, and land base, but ultimately these laws establish the boundary upon which your culture shall not trespass against. But you still make constant attacks through the courts, various departments of justice, and other government agencies through regulations and policy, specifically designed to commit acts of genocide against my people in the name of civilization, public safety, child protection, national security, and so on. As mentioned previously, the same laws that are written to attack me, also protect me from your diabolical nature. We still remember where we came from. We still remember what we had. We still remember how beautiful it was. And we still have a pathway to hold onto and realize that one day we will again be free. What is it then that I am supposed to assimilate into? And please explain to me why I would want to.

So much of the last couple of paragraphs begins to shape the answer to the 3rd. question, but does not address it completely.

The State demands that children go to school for 12 years of their lives to get an education and when and if they graduate, many cannot make their way in the world. Most raise the children to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and all the myths and fallacies that surround the founding of a nation, but when your children grow to the age of reason and start questioning the lies that have been perpetrated upon them, they rebel, and you wonder why.

Success is primarily evaluated in the accumulation of wealth and material things. What many do not realize is that the system has many diabolical checks and balances in place that insure that very few become wealthy, and these days if the average individual has any cash in their pocket, they are questioned as to why they have any money at all. You are supposed to be broke. And if you have not noticed, the modern measure of wealth is calculated against a debt ratio. It may appear that you can not have one without the other. Do you realize that it is a favorable cultural and political measure to espouse that some Indians finally have home ownership. This is such a ludicrous statement. The ideal is based on the dominant cultural attitude that the Indian has progressed from communal land holdings to private land ownership, based on the fee simple model. No one holds exclusive title to lands based on the fee simple model. If you do not pay tax monies to the emperor, the lands are taken from you. At least in the communal land holdings (trust lands) the Tribal Nation retains rights to the land forever.

As we circle back to the original intent of the question. Why don’t they just assimilate? I believe I have taken a well reasoned approach and explained why any rational, logical, and reasonably thinking individual would choose to reject any thought of assimilating into the mainstream American culture, especially knowing where we came from. I also attempt to describe that herein lies the basis for the misunderstanding. The dominant culture has not taken the time to learn and understand what they have given up to participate in the endless pursuit of greed and self aggrandizement. You do not want to know. How then could you possibly begin to understand what my ancestors were forced to relinquish just to live near your presence.


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Abandon Industrial Sites

A paper based on observations

while driving throughout the

commonwealth of Pennsylvania

I will draw you a picture. It is not a new picture. It is a picture of something that many take for granted and never really think about, except for maybe if you live in Alaska.

The point of the story is a business practice is allowed to continue without addressing the obvious, even after all the planning and environmental assessments have been done. What am I describing? Industrialization. If one gets in a vehicle and drives throughout many areas of Pennsylvania, you will see abandon factories, abandon buildings, dilapidated structures, leftover industrial items, and contaminated water ways. The conditions surrounding the close of business I.e. collapse of the economic market, bankruptcy, the failure to compete, changes in federal law that force a company to make economic decisions and move their facilities off shore, or outright corruption does not matter in the end. They are just excuses that the masses will accept. The end result is the same. The capitalists and the communists, just leave their discarded materials and buildings behind. They just get up and go.

Who is left holding the bag? You and me. Many communities are faced with the question of what to do with the site once it has been abandon. Many times there are no answers. Sometimes the colonists turn the abandon sites into museums. But mostly the situation is left as is. So the questions begs to be asked, why do we tolerate this behavior? Is it because the company at one time provided jobs? Is that a valid reason to accept the disposal of the companies waste? Did the local governments (that are supposed to be protecting their communities) just give a wink and a nod and authorize the environmental contamination in exchange for a revenue stream? Did the authorities agree to accept their refuse when operations cease to exist? Did the inhabitants of these communities know and agree to the terms of these agreement? I don’t believe they did. I don’t believe the topic ever came up for discussion.

Why is this the accepted behavior? I hear and see many people jumping on the “Green New Deal” Bandwagon, but you know as well as I do that the things that really need to be changed, never get addressed. It will be business as usual, except it will come at a much higher price to the end user, and the corporations will have attractive “Green” stickers on their trucks.

It may be human nature that certain types of people automatically get accustomed to living around these dangerous and hazardous abandon properties or the shear lack of responsiveness from local government to interact with their community to resolve the problem gives rise to a feelings of despair and defeatism since the human input is not valued and respected. People in the lower 48 appear to have gotten used to the idea that the local taxpayer will be eventually be relied upon to finance the clean up, after the EPA finally gets done spending tons of taxpayer money proclaiming the site to be a Superfund site. Well, that’s if the site ever gets identified to be cleaned and reclaimed to begin with. Many people are forced to live with the environmental contamination and associated health risks of the their contaminated community.

Does your Green New Deal provide for positive changes that will arrest this time honored tradition of robbing the planet and destroying the lives of locals with your industrial contamination?

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Carlisle Industrial School for Indians

The remains of six children interned at the Carlisle Indian School will be exhumed beginning June 15, 2019. Much has been written about the school, its history, the military campaigns, and the progress made in the endeavor to “Kill the Indian, Save the Man”. There are reams of paper containing official documents between the superintendent, many layers of government officials, and social societies in the management of their endeavor, justifying actions, comparing observations, doubts, and adjustments to the Indian education policy. But there is something of vital importance missing in all this documentation.

I have read Richard Henry Pratt’s book entitled “Battlefield and Classrooms”. Pratt was instrumental in “subduing” the rebellious Indians after the federal implementation of the reservation concentration camps and he was instrumental in the founding of the Indian school system. I have also reviewed documentation available at the Dickinson college online portal. Much Indian Industrial School documentation is stored at this college in Carlisle PA. I was attempting to review what Native American students, parents, and Tribal Authorities had written reflecting their educational experience and the forced attendance and cultural assimilation of the children. I am very much interested in reading the Native American perspective and representation during these activities. I found nothing aside from a few footnotes. I found total omission of what the “Indian” had to say about this forced colonial education and attempted cultural genocide. Within the reference to “letters to home” from the children within the publications of the period, I found censorship that omitted the material and excused the omission as being to wordy and lacking anything of newsworthy content to print. However, I did find much reference material on the subject of the “Indian problem.”

In the misguided attempt to transform and ultimately eliminate a pre-existing culture that survived many millennia, the imposing “civilized” people never stopped to ask themselves what knowledge this culture had to offer mankind. The offending race, with maybe withholding an exception for the Quakers, assumed a superior position without ever considering the consequences of their actions and behavioral attitudes that they were imposing on a race of people that, as stated before, sustained itself and its environment for many millennia. Just suppose for a minute if the Native people that inhabited this continent prior to contact had acted exactly as the white invaders? There would have been bigger guns on the shores when someone was “discovered”. There would be no pristine environment available to the immigrants to plunder. There would be no wildlife to slaughter for the sport of killing. And there would have been established prisons that would soon be filled to capacity with white immigrants. I believe that it is of vital importance that the group of official do-gooder’s finally take the time to understand the spiritual attitudes, self governing methods, and environmental stewardship that Native Americans of the north American continent practiced that afforded them a near perfect balance with the creator, the natural resources, and the environment that the creator provided for them to prosper in and manage. In reality, it appears we have a white man problem, not an Indian problem because the corrupted attitudes persist in the present, albeit they exist in different form and terminology than the blatant “in your face” form of prejudice, hatred, and racism of the past.

Why is this critique important? This is important because there are many people attempting to heal from the actions of the subversive “civilized” culture. As victims of forced assimilation and attempted genocide, natives are attempting to address the genetic and cultural damage caused by the trauma. Since the formation of the United States from the thirteen colonies it is evident that the federal government charged itself with the authority to negotiate treaties with the Indian Nations so that the US could advance its ambitions. These negations and treaties are enshrined within the US Constitution. These writings establish the fact and acknowledge that the Native Nations had the authority and ability to enter into official government relations based on their sovereign status that was and is recognized world wide. It is also recognizable and acknowledged that the Native Nations existed and functioned under a very different life way. The subversive “civilized” people proclaimed that the native life way was inferior and primitive and incompatible with an “enlightened” and “superior” sense of self. The problem is, although the official writings and documentation acknowledged the contradictions within the superior race, they never came to terms with the reality of their greed corruption, graft, deception, double speak, the pursuit of power and control, self gratification, and money. These less than desirable virtues are being preserved in the American way of life under the deception of Self Determination.

Native American tribes attempted to embrace the new life ways that were invading the continent. Natives recognized certain benefits, inventions, knowledge and strategies. They also recognized that these new life ways were in basic conflict with a belief system, an established life sustaining life way that respected and revered the creators gift. They recognized that what came with the inventions and trade goods was graft, lies, deception, corruption, conflict, theft, murder, alcohol and drug abuse, concealment, exploitation, double speak, disease, mental illness, and confusion surrounding the many different religious belief systems, and likely, the lack there-of. Many indigenous peoples embraced the new ideology, gave it a try, and ultimately rejected this new life way because it conflicted with truth and an inherent sense of right and wrong. It threatened the life way, land base, religious and cultural belief systems, and most importantly it threatened the families and the cohesiveness that bonded entire communities, otherwise known as Tribes and Nations. Some tribes voluntarily relocated from lands in the east to lands more westerly to get away from the white settlements. Many tribes negotiated at the conference table for the Indians to stay on their side of the fence and the whites to stay on their side of the fence. However, there is nothing inherently noble in the actions of the white man, as he will do as he pleases. And after the mayhem of invading Indian territorial boundaries, ignoring legalities that the whites refuse to abide, failed bureaucratic institutions, and a total lack of interest in fulfilling treaty obligations in a just way, the whites created additional laws and policy that enabled the whites to remain lawfully in trespass and further ignore constitutionally guaranteed obligations. These are the reasons the Native defended their life way and resisted embracing the assimilation to the death if needed. Natives understood then and understand now the difference between true freedom and a facsimile thereof and this persistent deception, perpetrated on all the people, is accepted by the majority of the American population as a satisfactory condition of citizenship and inclusion. The fact is that this deception is a very large, contradictory, and immovable obstacle to  personal identity, cultural identity, and denies any real progress in healing from the physical, physiological,  and emotional assault perpetrated against indigenous peoples.

In the writers opinion, healing can not truly take place. To this day the hostilities exist between the two cultures. To this day the average American has very little or are without any understanding of the Native American culture, as it existed at contact and as it exists today. There can be no reconciliation between the two because the majority of Americans are steeped in ignorance. Geographical places important to Native Americans have been plundered and plowed under. Personal property has been swindled or stolen and placed in some museums closet or on display. Relatives deceased bodies have been scattered to the wind or held in perpetual bondage in make shift cemeteries throughout the continent with contempt. Myths are taught in the educational systems. There is little doubt that within the context of teaching and interacting with native American subject matter, it is inherently performed in the historical context. This is the main reason the generations that have come up and are being raised up, cannot put native cultures into any meaningful understanding and perspective. This is why the mere mention of native Americans in a conversation with the average American results in either total silence, an apologetic exclamation that lacks any real emotion or understanding of their ancestral behavior, and most always includes a racial slur or comment based entirely on what they have been exposed to in motion pictures, fairy tales, and again ignorance.

This day, June 19 2019, a news report came to my email that describes that the governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has issued an executive order that for the first time in California history has issued an apology to the Native Americans and has acknowledged the barbaric behavior of the people and government of California towards the Native American populations in that jurisdiction. This is maybe a beginning to the healing process but for who? As I have stated throughout these pages, unless the constant state of ignorance within the American culture is addressed and the population is educated properly, there is no point in spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars to again study and evaluate the so called “Indian problem” for the next six years. In my experience, when the dominant culture comes forth and pretends to show respect and a free exchange of ideas, they usually want something. The dominant civilized society must review, evaluate, and question the purpose and intent of their own culture. It must face its own historical horrific acts and moral bankruptcy. I do not see this happening in an environment that endorses self destruction, selfishness, greed, corruption, lies, legal deception as practiced in the judicial system, intentional deception, partial truths, and exaggerated lies as employed within the sensationalism of the journalistic trades, immoral acts of violence to achieve a political or societal end, murder and the relentless pursuit of class warfare and fictitious wealth.

Henry Jones, died at the age of 16, a member of the Iowa Nation, Sac and Fox,

Adam McCarty, died at age 17, a member of the Modac Nation,

Jemima Metoxin, died at the age of 16, a member of the Onieda Nation,

Ophelia Powles, died at the age of 15, a member of the Onieda Nation,

Alice Springer, died at the age of 14, a member of the Omaha Nation,

Sophia Caulon, died 01/18/1893, a member of the Onieda Nation,