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No Clemency for Leonard Peltier

by the Leonard Peltier Defence Committee



January 20, 2001

Dear Friends,

Today is a grim and shameful day. We must confirm that President Clinton, despite all his good words this week about racial unity, "One America", and healing historical injustices, has denied clemency to Leonard Peltier. We do not know why. Yet disturbing questions are obviously raised by the last minute "deal" on the Monica Lewinsky perjury issue.

Leonard himself has asked that we thank each and every one of you for your phenomenal efforts on his behalf during the last year. Towards the end the world support had turned into a literal human rights tidal wave, with every high level leader and organization calling or writing to President Clinton on Leonard's behalf. Yet somehow it was not enough to outweigh the outright terror the FBI was able to instill in our government leadership.

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Background Information of the Persecution of Leonard Peltier

by Kitty Bell Sparrow of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada

Internationally renowned American Indian Movement leader and political prisoner, Leonard Peltier, is suffering a slow death
as a result of his 24 years of imprisonment.

Peltier was originally convicted on F.B.I. coerced, falsified and manufactured evidence,
then sentenced to two consecutive life terms.

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Aboriginal Land Rights at Home and Abroad: A Jubilee Challenge

by Hilary Girt

Finding out what it feels like to lose land, resources and people, and taking a limited peek behind the door of the
Export Development Corporation -- these were the highlights of the November 4th workshop sponsored by the
Ottawa Jubilee Coalition as part of this year's Jubilee theme "Renewal of the Earth" Ed Bianchi, National Coordinator of the
Aboriginal Rights Coalition (ARC), and Richard Renshaw, the Assistant General Secretary of the Canadian
Religious Conference, conducted a workshop at Dominion Chalmers United Church to explain the campaign.

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ARC Atlantic member among those arrested in Burnt Church
(Burnt Church, New Brunswick)

Fourteen people, including Burnt Church Chief Wilbur Dedam, were arrested on September 12 by Department of Fisheries (DFO) officials and the RCMP. One of those arrested was an ARC Atlantic member acting as an witness/observer. Four boats were also seized by the DFO.

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Backgrounder on the Situation in the Mi'Kmaq Community of Esgenoopetitj
(Burnt Church, New Brunswick)

Mi'Kmaq people have been fishing the Miramichi Bay from time immemorial. Currently, they seek to continue to manage that ecosystem in a sustainable manner and, at the same time, provide for their families from that resource. Despite a recent Supreme Court decision affirming their Treaty Rights to make a moderate living from fishing, they are threatened by constant Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) interference and harassment in their fishery...

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Mi'kma'kik Fisheries and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Agreement: An Act of Avoiding the Constitutional Mandate...

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Lobster Trap Restoration Project

The purpose of this letter is to introduce you to the Lobster Trap Restoration Project...

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