National Day of Mourning Statement from
November 22, 2007
from Leonard Peltier
Greetings my Relations,
As I sit here in my cell, thinking about you, and gathering my thoughts,
I can’t help but appreciate you remembering me.
I was told just the other day that people in Oklahoma protested Oklahoma’s
100 year celebration of its statehood. They protested or demonstrated
and also celebrated their 100 years of survival of an adversed government
has violated all treaties and has gained control of most of their land.
I support those Indian people. It also brings to mind those who- like
Columbus came and did the same, take our lands, and also what has happened
people all over the world- the Jews, the Palestians, as well as other
indigenous countries and peoples. Yet I have to say that America shares
most of the
responsibility to do the right thing.
What happened to the teachings or commandments of:
Thou shall not lie
Thou shall not kill
Thou shall not steal
I can’t remember all the commandments but what I do know is :
They have lied
They have killed
They have stolen
They have mistreated our Mother- our Mother Earth, our rivers, our land,
the air we breathe and the water we drink.
I consider global warming the wrong that has been done to our people.
Even the Mexican people state in their own way, “We did not cross the
border, the border crossed us”. The Mexican people are Indian people.
I have no doubt the Indian people of South America, North America, Central
American will join in unison to make all the America’s better.
A circle of Life is what dictates that the earth shall renew itself
every spring. We have said this for generations. Go back and read
sayings as we have been trying to tell Europeans that came here-
to honor our traditional ways and to honor our Mother Earth and keep
Chief Seattle said:
“ Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread
within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound
All things connect." --Chief Seattle, 1855
This is just one of the many quotations from our ancestors.
Now today we have global warming. We take no pride of solace in saying “ We
told you so.” But we do hope that the people of Europe and
all around the world will start looking at the Native way of life.
us that when we take from this earth, we must give back.There is
no greater resource on the face of this earth than our children.
in the wrongful influence of our youth. Wrong medicine
is being offered to our youth, commonly called alcohol and drugs. It is up to each
one of us, to get involved and make a difference in a positive way.
to give back to our children. I encourage each of you to take it
upon yourself to stand up and find someway to help our youth. The
of the world
are in jeopardy; let us not rob future generations of their future.
The greatest symbol of the Creator is the circle. I encourage each
of you to make the circle complete- the sacred cycle of the family,
of the seasons, your personal cycle of life make them as strong
as possible spiritually, mentally and physically. Stay strong and
I can not say it enough or express my appreciation to each of you
and how much I appreciate those of you who came here today to remember
me and to
listen to what this prisoner has to say.
Again I simply say,
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
USP Lewisburg PA
PO BOX 1000
Lewisburg ,PA 17837
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Toni Zeidan-Co-director LPDC