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David Chief

Lakota spiritual advisor David Chief [left center] and drummers in Lafayette Park 11/1. Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 
Freedom Month: Snapshots


Women for Justice: Tuesday, November 23

Victims of FBI Abuses: Wednesday, November 17

ARTICLE: "The Spirit of Wounded Knee" By Debbie Lang, November 14, 1999


 

Freedom Month Runners

 

 

Conference Day: Victims of FBI Abuses

Women for Justice Day

Leonard Peltier Freedom Month began on October 30 with a relay run from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. Runners were the way Native people historically passed messages from village to village. And now these runners are passing the message: "Free Leonard Peltier!" As the relay started out, activists from the MOVE organization led the runners on the first leg. Leonard's brother Irvin Peltier told me: "He's in there just for being an Indian standing up for our rights. I think a lot of people should get involved because the government did wrong to him." Photo and Caption by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

 

 

Opening Day:
Peltier's Nephews

Peltier's Grandchildren


 

READ ARTICLE: "The Spirit of Wounded Knee" By Debbie Lang, November 14, 1999

Roselyn Jumping Bull

Roselyn Jumping Bull speaks in Lafayette Park, 11/1 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

Vigil Honoring Native Lives

Vigil Honoring Native Lives across from the White House, 11/3 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

Arlette Loud Hawk

Arlette Loud Hawk greets ceremonial runners in Lafayette Park, 11/1 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

Russell Loud Hawk

Russell Loud Hawk at Vigil Honoring Native Lives across from the White House, 11/3 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

Ellen Moves Camp

Ellen Moves Camp speaks in Lafayette Park, 11/1 ---Photo by Debbie Lang

Carter Camp

Carter Camp at Vigil Honoring Native Lives across from the White House, 11/3 ---Photo by Debbie Lang (Interview)

 

"I'm a supporter of Leonard Peltier's struggle. It is a struggle that is deeply rooted in the struggle of Native American people, the history of Native American people. It is a struggle that is rooted in the struggle of those people who've been oppressed. Leonard has made his sacrifice. We cannot forget Leonard. We demand that Leonard be paroled. There's no evidence-- there's no reason why he should be still incarcerated and we will continue to struggle for his freedom as long as we have breath."

---Danny Glover 11/4

 

Danny Glover and members of the Peltier family

Danny Glover with members of Leonard Peltier's family at the sunrise ceremony in Lafayette Park across from the White House 11/4 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

 

Vigil honoring Native lives across from the White House

Vigil Honoring Native Lives across from the White House, 11/3 ---Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

 

Freedom Month Closing
November 25, 1999, Washington, D.C.

Closing Ceremony at the Ellipse
in front of the White House

 

Ceremonial Tipi on the Ellipse

 

 

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Ceremonial Tipi at the Ellipse
in Washington, D.C.; just before closing ceremony on Nov. 25, 1999.

Photo by Kenarahdiyoh

 

 

 


Ceremonial Tipi at the Ellipse in front of the White House prior to closing ceremony.

Ceremonial Tipi

Photo by D. Hill

 

 

Closing Procession from Lafayette Park to the Ellipse

Closing Procession from Lafayette Park to the Ellipse in front of the White House.

The Thanksgiving holiday is based on a lie -- an official myth about mutual support between Native peoples and the English settlers. In reality, the genocide against the Indians of North America was started with fire and sword by the Mayflower Pilgrims, and raged across the continent until most Native people had been killed and the survivors forced into grim concentration camp reservations on the worst land.

This Thanksgiving Day, the truth about the treatment of Native peoples and their demand for justice was drummed into the heart of Washington DC -- during the final event of Leonard Peltier Freedom Month.

Native American political prisoner Leonard Peltier has now spent 23 hard years in federal prison, for defending the Native people of Pine Ridge reservation during the brutal government persecutions after the occupation of Wounded Knee. Thousands of people have participated in actions demanding his freedom during this month.

The final event in Leonard Peltier Freedom Month was a ceremony held on "Thanksgiving Day" at Lafayette Park across from the White House. Then led by drummers, seventy-five people, a mix of Native people and many other nationalities, marched to a tipi on the Ellipse that had been a center for the month's events. There organizers of Freedom Month spoke of their determination to step up the struggle and free Leonard Peltier (11/25). ---Caption and Photo by Debbie Lang, RW/OR

 

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