Leonard Peltier talks with Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio his 72nd birthday!
Article by Brenda Norrell
Audio by Govinda
Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio
Sept. 12, 2016
CANNON BALL, North Dakota -- Leonard Peltier called Standing Rock Spirit Resistance Radio from Coleman prison in Florida on his 72nd birthday.
Peltier said the people at Standing Rock are heroes.
"You guys are showing a lot of love, I admire you. I am so proud of you. I get chills thinking about it," Peltier said of those camped at Standing Rock, defending the water of the Missouri River and ancestral graves.
"You guys are heroes to me, you guys are the real heroes. I can't say thank you enough."
Peltier said he takes it one day at a time, and this is how it got through the past 41 years of imprisonment.
With hopes of clemency, Peltier spoke of his health. He said the tumor in his chest is being monitored.
"They are monitoring my aneurysm, it is a tumor in my chest."
Peltier speaks about back in the day, when the movement for Native American rights began, and the real threat of termination at that time.
This plan for termination of Native American Tribes was already underway by the United States government. The first ones targeted for termination were Menominee and Klamath Falls, he said.
"Back in the day, we weren't just raising hell for no reason."
"We stood up against them."
In Standing Rock Camp, on the evening of Peltier's birthday, Sheila Peltier, his sister, spoke and there were songs of tribute.
Listen to Peltier's words:
Tribune Songs to Leonard Peltier at Standing Rock Camp
Photos by Jean Roach, Lakota
Leonard Peltier's Birthday Celebration at the Oceti Sakowin Camp. Special Prayers from a elder woman Marlene from the Blood Tribe from Canada. Robbie Romero Red Thunder played a freedom song, and the drumgroup Midnight Express played a Birthday Song for Leonard. Special guest included Leonard's youngest sister. Beautiful evening! -- Jean Roach, Lakota