Greetings my relatives, friends, and supporters:

In this season of giving, receiving and acknowledgement of blessings,
I want to acknowledge all of the people who have helped me all of
these years and I want the supporters outside the U.S. to know I
appreciate them also.  Sometimes I am at a loss for words.

Some of you probably have experienced moments like that when you
are overwhelmed with thoughts and remembrances of loved ones that
for some reason you cannot see or who have gone on.
I know a lot of you are concerned about the children and getting
them gifts for Christmas; I was listening to a program recently
that was talking about just such things and how everyone was so
concerned at this time of year.  I want to just touch on that for
a moment.  I would like to say there are so many of our children
around the world that need our help ALL the rest of the year, and
that their disappointments do not just come on Christmas or some
other holiday- they come EVERYDAY when they do not have enough to eat
or they do not have someone to care for them.  I want to encourage
you all to think of these things and also about our elders, and
the people suffering in hospitals, and of course in prisons, where
just receiving a letter in the mail is like a holiday to them, or
an elder who sees a familiar face and it is like a holiday to them,
or a child who gets to eat all he wants … that’s a holiday.

Among our people there was always a celebration of the Solstice which
usually falls around the 21st or somewhere about there. There were
always prayers at these times and often ceremonies; but gift-giving
was a year-round thing that our people did.  Maybe I am being a bit
over sensitive or sentimental at this time of year, as are a lot
of people, but again I want to thank you for ALL the support you
have given to me, and for the gifts you have given the children on
the reservations and the letters you write to me and to other men
and women in prisons.  I know there are groups that get together,
like the one in Portland Oregon, that regularly writes letters to
prisoners.  These things are greatly appreciated and I have no doubt
that you will be blessed by these good things you do. I know some
of you in your giving sometimes might be extending your resources,
but I recall one time in a fasting ceremony that I was doing;
I was told, those who give of their extra are appreciated and
blessed but those who give what they cannot afford– that is sacred.

I pray in a sacred way, that each of you will be blessed this
coming year.  Find a sacred way you can help heal the Earth, heal
our troubled children and make a better place on this planet for
ALL to dwell.  Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Gandhi, Black Elk, Chief
Seattle, all of the well known spiritual leaders in the past had
one thing in common: they were willing to think and act outside the
box. In a world filled with materialism, those of you that have been
helping protect the Earth, the children, the elders and victims of
injustice are of that same caliber.

I pray that you enjoy your holidays, that you feel the blessings
of your actions, and that the Creator speaks to you in a kind and
gentle way.  Give someone a hug for me, and tell them, “This is
from Leonard Peltier.”

Your friend always, In the spirit of Crazy Horse Leonard Peltier
Mitakuye Oyasin

Join us as we fight for the freedom of Leonard Peltier!

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