Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor Bear
Published February 15, 2016
COLEMAN, FLORIDA — After traveling a long distance, Oglala Sioux Tribe Vice President Tom Poor Bear was denied access UPS Coleman I where he went to visit Leonard Peltier, who is incarcerated at Coleman.
Poor Bear was told by the prison guard at the receptionist desk that she could not accept his valid tribal photo identification. Vice President Poor Bear recalls that on a previous visit with Leonard Peltier at the same facility nearly two years ago, the very same guard accepted the same identification and allowed VP Poor Bear to enter the prison.
“The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee finds this treatment of the Vice President of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, a sovereign tribal nation, disrespectful and unreasonable,” commented Peter Clark, co-director of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee to Native News Online on Monday.
Leonard Peltier has been in prison for 40 years
In recent years, for seemingly capricious reasons, at least four relatives or friends of Leonard’s have been barred from entering the maximum security penitentiary. USP Coleman l is located an hour from Orlando, Florida, and Leonard‘s nearest family member is nearly 2000 miles away.
A typical trip to visit from that distance can run over $1300.00 for airfare, hotel and transportation.
CORRECTION: An previous version of this article identified Peter Clark as the president of the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. He is the co-director of the committee.