Leonard Peltier on Passing of His Son: Hard to be a Good Father from Prison

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years

Published December 10, 2016

COLEMAN, FLORIDA – Political prisoner Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe), who has been in prison for 41 years, released the following statement at the passing of his youngest child:


Greetings, everyone.

It’s taken me a while to get over this shock of my son’s passing. I keep thinking this did not happen and then I realize no one is going to tell me something like this IF it didn’t happen. Damn, as all parents, we expect to go before OUR children. I’m so upset. I want to lash out, blame “someone” or “anything”!! BUT I can only blame myself for not being a better father. I’m so happy that, some time ago now, when I last spoke to him about this that we told each other we loved one another and that I would try to be a better father. BUT it is SO damn hard to be a good father from prison especially when you’re in a situation like mine when all you think about is going home and being able to just sit with them and talk about life.

Now my baby son is gone and I will never be able to tell him in person again I love him, only through the spirits. I want to thank all of YOU FOR YOUR CONDOLENCES. Thank you very much. You supporters have been more than awesome. You’re good people and I love all of you very much.

Since I was unable to be a better father to Wahacanka (Medicine Shield), and he has left five children (three young children) I feel it is my responsibility to take care of them at least until they are grown. He also had a grandchild with another on the way, so I will need to look after these babies too. I will need your help to set up a foundation or whatever to care for these children. I don’t know what it will take, but I’m thinking maybe I could fund this through my art (paintings and prints). So if anyone has ideas, etc., please help me with this. I don’t know what to do or even begin to do with something like this.

When it rains it pours, they say. I just heard an old friend and ally Warren Allmand has passed too. Last week I’m told, and I just heard about it yesterday. This man fought hard for me to try and get justice for the fraud the USA committed in Canada’s courts, against a sovereign government, to get me back here to the USA. But Canada was involved with the fraud, too. Then we found out they were also threatened by the DOJ that they would withhold multiple millions of dollars for their joint agriculture laboratory if they ruled against the USA in the extradition investigation Warren and supporters demanded. So I need to send my condolences to his family also.

I will be going for a prostate operation shortly. With modern medicine and treatment, it should be successful and quick. They will not tell me when, so stand by for results if all goes well or if not. Again, thank you.

In the Spirit Of Crazy Horse…


Leonard Peltier

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