Leonard Peltier Defense Committee: “Federal Prison is Denying Pelteir Medication”

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Leonard Peltier & Lenny Foster at U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida in January 2014.

Leonard Peltier & Lenny Foster at U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida in January.

COLEMAN, FLORIDA – Leonard Peltier, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, is being denied medication by prison officials while he is incarcerated at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida.

The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (ILPDC) released a statement on Thursday, March 13, that reads:

“It has come to our attention that the Federal Prison in Coleman, Florida is denying Leonard Peltier, a Native American political prisoner, medication that is essential in dealing with life threatening medical conditions. The ILPDC  as well as Amnesty International and numerous national and international organizations stand ready to confront this type of illegal, immoral and cruel and unusual punishment that affects political prisoners everywhere.”

“We must remind Americans that while they are pointing the finger at other nations regarding political prisoners, they have three fingers pointing back at themselves.  America cannot legitimately complain about other nations while Leonard Peltier and others receive this type of inhumane treatment.”

Peltier is serving a life sentence in the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. He was accused of the 1975 murders of two FBI agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. He was convicted in 1977. Many people consider Leonard Peltier a political prisoner of war,

Peltier, who will turn 70-years-old on September 12, suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes. It was not clear from the released statement what medication is being denied to Peltier.

Last June, Peltier wrote in a statement about being denied medical attention then:

“The recent problems with shortness of breath and chest pains are causing me additional stress. I assure you, this is not the place to be sick or to have health problems because in prison, we are just another number.”



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Levi Rickert, a tribal citizen of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, is the publisher and editor of Native News Online. Previously, he served as editor of the Native News Network. He is a resident of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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