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Statement by Peltier !!!
From:  wwnews@wwpublish.com(( WW)) Date: Wed, Apr 7, 2004, 7:46am
Subject: [WW] Political prisoner Leonard Peltier runs for president
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the April 8, 2004
issue of Workers World newspaper

The majority of voters in California's March 2 Peace & Freedom Party
presidential primary voted to put American Indian Movement leader and
political prisoner Leonard Peltier on the November ballot. P&FP
candidate Peltier issued the following statement:

I am a Native American who has suffered nearly 28 years in prison, even
though government attorneys and courts acknowledge that the government
withheld evidence, fabricated evidence, and coerced witnesses to
fraudulently convict me. But the courts say they have no power to
correct the wrongs of our government. If the Courts do not, who does?

I will ensure that all peoples receive justice. Environmental protection
is paramount for our survival. The earth is our sacred Mother who
nourishes us. Our government is destroying the earth by allowing its
usurpation for greedy purposes. I will protect the environment.
All minorities must be allowed to maintain their languages and
traditions with dignity.

I personally suffered the indignity of being deprived of speaking my
native tongue and following Lakota traditions. This country has engaged
in genocidal policies to exterminate virtually every minority,
especially those who express dissent and seek equal justice.

Now is the time to end the continuing injustices of this government and
ensure liberty and equal health care to all.

Luther Standing Bear, a Sioux Chief, stated: "Out of the Indian approach
to life became a great freedom--an intense and absorbing love for
nature; a respect for life; enriching in a supreme power; and principals
of truth, honesty, generosity, equity, and brotherhood as a guard to
mundane relations." That statement exemplifies the basic truths of life.

I will represent all people, not the entrepreneurs who care only how
much money can be stuffed into their pockets.

--Leonard Peltier

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