January 20, 2009
Dear LP Supporters
I am so OUTRAGED! My brother Leonard was severely beaten upon his arrival at the Canaan Federal Penitentiary. When he went into population after his transfer, some inmates assaulted him. The severity of his injuries is that he suffered numerous blows to his head and body, receiving a large bump on his head, possibly a concussion, and numerous bruises. Also, one of his fingers is swollen and discolored and he has pain in his chest and ribcage. There was blood everywhere from his injuries.
We feel that prison authorities at the prompting of the FBI orchestrated
this attack and thus, we are greatly concerned about his safety. It may
be that the attackers, whom Leonard did not even know, were offered
reduced sentences for carrying out this heinous assault. Since Leonard is
up for parole soon, this could be a conspiracy to discredit a model
He was placed in solitary confinement and only given one meal, this is
generally done when you wont name your attackers; incidentally being
only given one meal seriously jeopardizes his health because of his
diabetes. Prison officials refuse to release any info to the family, but
they need to hear from his supporters to protect his safety, as does
President Obama. His attorneys are trying to get calls into him now.
This attack on LP comes on the heels of the FBIs recent letter,
prompting this attack by FBI supporters as an attempt to discredit LP as a
model prisoner. Anyone who has been in the prison system knows well that
if you refuse to name your attackers or file charges against them, then
you lose your status as a victim and/or given points against your possible
parole and labeled as a perpetrator.
It is not uncommon, in fact is quite common for the government to use
Indian against Indian and they still operate under the old adage it
takes an Indian to catch an Indian. In 1978, they made an attempt to
assassinate him through another Indian man who was also at Marion prison
with LP. But Standing Deer chose to reveal the plot to him instead of
taking his life in exchange FOR A CHANCE AT FREEDOM. When Standing Deer
was released in 2001, he joined the former Leonard Peltier Defense
Committee as a board member. He also began to speak on Leonards behalf
until his murder six years ago today. Prior to his murder, Standing Deer
confided with close friends and associates that the same man who visited
him in Marion to assassinate Peltier, had came to Houston, TX and told him
that he had better stay away from Peltier and anything to do with
We are aware that currently, the FBI is actively seeking support for his
continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier and also also seeking support
from Native People. So please be aware, and keep Leonard in your prayers.
The FBI is apparently afraid of the impact we are having. If they will set
him up to blemish his record just before a parole hearing, what will they
do when it looks like his freedom will become a reality? We need to make
sure that nothing happens to him again!
Please write the President, send it priority or registered mail. Email to
Change.gov or email President Obama. Call your congressional
representatives and write letters, not email, to them. Do what you can to
get the word out to insure that LP is receiving adequate medical attention
for his injuries.
I am asking you, supporters of Leonard and advocates of justice at this
time to help. I dont know what else to do. Please Help!
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
Also call and request Leonard be treated with dignity and respect.
Canaan Federal Prison