Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters;


I know I always say it this way, ” Friends, Relatives and Supporters”

and all that, but in reality you are ALL my relatives. I know when

we sweat lodge we always say “all my relations” and when we come

out we say “all my relations” and at the end of my letters I say

Mitakuye Oyasin and that means “all my relations” . I am deeply,

deeply thankful for you, my relatives.


So many of these days have come and gone, and it probably seems

like I say the same things over and over but you have to realize

that for 38 years, everyday for me is much the same; over and

over and over and over, and for many of the indigenous people,

their struggles against this world of technology and corporations

is the same over and over and over.


I watch the news and it says the Christians against the Muslims and

the Chinese against the Tibetans and relative against relative in

some of these countries. I cannot help but think, “how does this

keep happening??” I know for a fact that the average Muslim in his

homeland has nothing against a Christian, nor Christian against a

Muslim in regards to their religion. In America, Native people

have nothing against non-native people for religious reasons.

I guess what I am trying to say is what we have in common is a

belief in the right to pursue happiness in a respectful way, and

I know the average person here in America has no reason to quarrel

with any person in another land for religious reasons.


Can you imagine your children fighting with each other over how

they would talk to you or respect you or seek your attention?

It would hurt your heart deeply if they were killing one another

for these reasons. What I am trying to say to you is, don’t let

corporations and money- seekers destroy our commonality using

religion as the excuse to take our lands and our resources.

All too often people wanting the resources of another people send

in soldiers to destroy the infastructure of a people. A lot of

times they will attack one group in the name of another, and then

attack the other group in the name of the one most recently attacked

causing, a divide. This not only happens in nations but it happens

on the most fundamental levels of organizations seeking to liberate

themselves from oppression. There are those who would spread rumors,

attempting to discredit and try to divide people from each other

but we must keep in mind what we want to achieve and cultivate our

frie ndships and respect for one another.


We must respect the efforts of others, and remember that words

can bring joy and they can also bring pain and disunity. I am

saying these things because for me, at this juncture of my life,

I am involved in probably my last possible chance at freedom.

The people I have gathered around me are people I know and trust.

They are my choice, and I want that to be respected.


Throughout Indian country and throughout the world there are people

who struggle for freedom daily. America has more people in prison

than all the rest of the world put together. The judicial system

in America most obviously has become an industry, and not a tool

for seeking justice.


These things that we face will not change unless we, the common

people, stand in unison against these wicked affronts to our right

to pursue happiness and live in a world that is not governed

by ethics based on obtaining wealth. I’d like to say things

that would make you laugh and be encouraging and when you gather

together remembering the cause that I am evidence of, the cause

of putting an end to violations of your constitutional rights.

I want you to be cheerful and happy but I also want you to know

quite truthfully that throughout the history of mankind, defending

freedom and justice must be done in every generation.


I am 69 years old and I have done the best I could from where I am

at, and I will continue to do so, and I encourage you to do so.


Many people in the course of a lifetime and in the pursuit of

spirituality may come to a belief, or perhaps I should say, a

realization that there is something in their life that they are

called to do. If, for some reason, you have never had such a feeling,

and you wanted to know what that was all about, you could, without

any pursuit of spirituality, just using common sense, look around at

the possibilities that face us. The depletion of our natural world,

the loss of drinking water, clean air, natural foods, and you will

find cause to be involved in protecting those things and preventing

the further destruction of our natural Earth and nature.

You could become involved in trying to save some of the endangered

species, you could look at a newborn baby and ask yourself, “what

future awaits them?” If this suicidal destruction of our natural

Earth continues- we may not destroy the Earth, but we could end up

destroying the nature that we were designed to live within.


I think is is important that within your thinking if you want to

do something to make things better, you should make up your mind

if you are willing to do it all by yourself or not, and then do the

very best you can and I know others will join you who have the same

insight and spiritual feelings that you have developed.


We were created and born within a circle of life and all nature

in that circle of life is dependent upon one another. We must

join together and repair that circle of life within our family and

community circles. We, as a common people, as descendants of other

indigenous peoples no matter where we are from, NEED each other,

and if some 69 year old man in prison can end up having his words

read to you in a meeting like this, I know, I absolutely know that

you can do much better.


May the Great Spirit bless you and give you strength and friends

to share your labors and happiness with and the knowledge and

perseverance to help regain the things that we as citizens of the

Earth have lost, and the strength to protect what we have left,

and the foresight to prevent any future losses.


I sincerely hope at this time next year I can be at one of these

meetings with you and we can have a good time together and until

then… give one another a good hug for me.




Your relative always, in all ways 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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