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Robert Redford says he is ready to push again for a presidential pardon for jailed former AIM leader Leonard Peltier.

Redford Hopes Obama Will Grant Peltier Pardon

ICTMN Staff
4/7/14

Leonard Peltier turns 70 next year, and continues to be held in the maximum security wing of the Coleman Federal Penitentiary in Florida as what many consider to be a political prisoner. His health is weak and is wish is to die at home. To do so, the Turtle Mountain Ojibway citizen would need a Presidential pardon, something that many have pushed for from Nelson Mandela to actor Robert Redford.

Redford, who released the documentary, Incident at Oglala in 1992, hopes that President Barack Obama will grant the pardon or commute Peltier’s sentences as he told The Sunday Edition recently as reported by CBC news.

Obama, however, has granted the fewest pardons of any president.

Redford has made similar requests in the past to President Bill Clinton, but that was denied.

“I am very hopeful and will raise my voice in any way,” Redford told The Sunday Edition.

His voice follows that of former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples James Anaya, who visited Peltier in January.

RELATED: Anaya’s Visit to Peltier Boosts Clemency Efforts

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Peltier has paid for the sins of the FBI many times over. Unfortunately, if Clinton denied him a pardon, I can imagine Obama giving him one.

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I for one, hope that Mr. Peltier doesn't receive a pardon. Murderers and thugs should not get away just because their root cause was a good one.

Helene E. Hagan
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Speaking the Truth..... Ok so a Rich White Guy ( Robert Redford) has reignited his campaign to free a man ( liar Leonard Peltier) who not only shoved a gun into the mouth of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash, one of Canada's Missing and Murdered Women,( twice) accusing her of being an informant,( which launched a bad jacketing campaign that would lead to her execution at the hands of his AIM brothers and sisters) , but who also bragged to Annie Mae about how he shot one of the agents while they begged for their lives, stating “ I shot the mother*&er anyways” This is not new and yes sometimes it is shitty when the world of pretend pulls itself up to re-enact Buffalo Bills Wild West show. While I am sure Mr. Redford was told quite convincingly by those involved and invested in hiding the truth their one side of what happened on June 26th, 1975, his claims that his interest is in the validity and "fairness" of a trial wrought with inconsistencies and lies and not one of determining “believed” guilt or innocence is laughable since I KNOW he has spent little time in doing any kind of investigative research himself. If he had he would know that Indeed Myrtle Poor Bear DID know Peltier previous to her affidavit and then recanted affidavit not just personally but intimately. He would also learn that Robideau admitted and denied being Mr. X at least two to three times in his efforts to absolve his first cousin Lenny and himself of their actions and that Robideaus repeated resignation from the LPDC had more to do with the fact that he was in direct contact with myself and others up until his death and he was grasping at straws to try and keep his own ass from being dragged down with Leonards’ because he knew our family knew the truth of Leonards’ complicity in our mothers’ Murder. He would also discover that yes indeed Leonard did confess in a letter to me that he interrogated my mother. He would also learn that Leonards’ propensity for 13 years old girls was not just a rumor but a well-known fact of many of the older Aim men. He would also know that four trials and the testimony of 23 witnesses conducted over the last 10 years have confirmed and proven much of the info that I share. Now Maybe I didn't play the role of victim well enough, or wasn't willing to sell my soul to those who only do things to appropriate off of my dead mothers name and memory but I can unequivocally state that my mother’s execution is much more than an NDN /FBI issue, a travesty or a shame. It is a testament and wake up call to ALL our women to warrior up and stand up in any way you can. There is NOONE who will at the end of the day stand your ground for you. People will move on, movies will be made, books will be written but in the end the only ownership in anything that gets done and the only one that will matter is thru the efforts of your own blood, sweat and tears. I have walked this road for almost 20 years now, sometimes alone and yes I am weary, tired and sometimes shocked that I am still 39 years later defending my mothers’ right to life. What happened to my mother is still happening right now in our own communities and while some people can blame the big bad government and point fingers all they want, the sad truth of the matter is that WE have become the facilitators of the oppressors ourselves. When we hold our tongues or turn our backs on violence against our own women’s’ issues, that we have every right and all the power to bring about change in order to stick it to the feds instead, it is OUR WOMEN who suffer and not the oppressors. My mother despised what the government did to our nations but she also knew they would NEVER help us heal or recover. Their only goal was to maintain dependency and continue the systemic elimination of our spirits and existence. It was her insistence that we take ownership and genuinely act with purpose and break that vicious cycle of abuse and violence and it was that very ideal that sadly got her taken out and executed. Her “friends " didn't want to hear solutions they wanted to blAIM, and finger point and continue their thug mentality and bastardize our traditional ways instead. So they took her out, beat her, kicked her teeth out, raped her, interrogated her, shoved a gun in her mouth, shot her in the back of the head and then dumped her body in a ditch. Then they lied and blAIMed it on the feds, the very institution she abhorred and despised. Now they will say her family’s campaign is fed driven and that my narrative is based on what the feds told us and want us to believe. So FOR THE RECORD once again so that all can be clear, the information I have and my experiences with those who were there in 1973 and 1975 are directly sourced and associated with those within the American Indian Movement who were physically there. Private conversations and emails with the likes of John Trudell, Dino Butler, Robert Robideau, (yes right up till his death), Russell Means, A man who I believe was Frank Blackhorse, Arlo Looking Cloud, Leonard Peltier himself, and an ex Inmate who served time with Lenny and others who knew my mother’s death was an inside execution are the basis of my experiences and knowledge of what happened to my mother. It was AIM women and my own mother who told us Lenny liked to sodomize women’s mouths with guns, not the feds. While calling me and my family FBI Pawns and tokens in one of the biggest controversial embarrassments and lies in NDN country presents an opportunity for some to freely doubt, I will caution those who have not bothered to contact me or who have not investigated any of the murders on their own, that plenty of lies have been spoken on both sides of the FBI and AIM fence. I have nothing to hide or gain from any of this other than the simple truth and to defend my mother’s right to life. I do not play cowboys and Indians, I am NOT A VICTIM, I am a survivor. I am Mi’kmaq. Mr. Redford needs to take his Indian fetish elsewhere; we don’t need his help and salvation. ~Denise Pictou Maloney~

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I am sure that Mr. Redford's intent is well meaning, however as surfaced by contributors - perhaps Mr. Redford heard only part of the story and a separate agenda from others......................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... Many times people in High Profile Stations in Life, get approached and used in messages with hidden agendas they are unaware of, similar to as in this Case. ........................................................................................................................... Not having a Case Summary to base a conclusion on the issues, makes it more difficult to have an informed decision / finding.................................... ........................................................................................................................... Of the "Talking Points" surfaced, the Defendant was involved directly in the matter; and the alleged spontaneity of a statement made by him in addressing another s death by Ms. Hagen : "...who also bragged to Annie Mae about how he shot one of the agents while they begged for their lives, stating “ I shot the mother*&er anyways”..................................................................................... .......................................................................................................................... Although Ms. Hagen is a non-involved third party innocent by-stander, she lends some credible substance to consider on this conversation, much more so then the other party................................................................................................. .......................................................................................................................... What Mr. Redford is asking for is based on the information provided to him is for "Judicious Compassion of The Law"; yet Mr. Redford ignores the lack of "Human Compassion" for The Victim;Annie Mae Pictou Aquash............ .......................................................................................................................... I might add, this may very well be a significant point in President Obama's Thinking Process as he is Learned In Law.................................................. .......................................................................................................................... My condolence to The Family of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash; and I hope the hole left in your lives will see appropriate closure and Peace Of Mind............. .......................................................................................................................... As to "The Red Women" in our multiple "Red Nations and People's"; I truly hope for the Breaking the Circle of Violence against Our Mothers,Our Sisters, Our Daughters, Our Nieces, Our Grandchildren and Our Wives who give so much more to The Family Unit then recognized for............................................... .......................................................................................................................... The "Red People" are the "First People's" of The Land, and that should be a very proud point in the Hearts and Minds of all Red People ;for they were the one's that pioneered this Country before Euro-Americans laid claim to be the "Pilgrims of Mankind" on these shores......................................................... ........................................................................................................................... The People are letting the Historical Acts of Others fester to where no other issues can be dealt with properly because the focus is on "Revenge" and not "Change" that is so badly needed in "The Red Communities".................. .......................................................................................................................... That Change can not consist of "Welfare Token Programs", but The Elders and Tribal Governments taking the lead and making those needed changes that are unique to their People..................................................................................... ........................................................................................................................... I believe that Mr. Redford was sold a "Bill of Goods" from a private agenda that failed to tell the Truth of The Matter................................................................ ...........................................................................................................................

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The late Pete Seeger, Harry Belafonte, Jackson Browne, Common, Mos Def, Michael Moore, Bill Miller, Margo Thunderbird, Danny Glover, Peter Coyote, Tom Poor Bear, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, myself ect...all concur with Mr. Redford. Enough is enough! BRING HIM HOME!!!!! http://youtu.be/8RRpO81CS5Y
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