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“Justice As Important As The Money
In Cobell Case”

Ben Carnes - Activist
Ben Carnes –  Photo by: Kitty Carnes



Ben Carnes, a Choctaw from Broken Bow, sold a lithograph by American Indian Movement leader Leonard Peltier and scraped together donations from Facebook friends to pay for his trip to Washington to speak against the (Cobell) settlement“…………..

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Leonard Peltier Lithographs

or tickets to Washington, DC ?

Leonard Peltier Lithos

Posted on FaceBook by: Ben Carnes
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 at 11:02pm

Ben Carnes - Activist

I need to fly to DCA (Washington, DC) from DFW on June 19th and return on the evening of June 20th.

I am scheduled to speak at the Fairness Hearing regarding the Cobell Settlement at 10 AM on June 20th.

My position is that the case was about gaining a full accounting of the mismanaged (stolen) funds from our accounts. It was about losing more land in the process from families who already have little, and the fair market value doesn’t include the price of the sovereignty that is attached to the land as our intrinsic right, or a 10 year time limit on use of educational funding.

I’m in opposition to what amounts to a cover up, because if the settlement is approved, then we are told we waive any future claims. The theft of our funds is a violation of the fiduciary trust relationship the government holds. If they cannot be trusted, then the proper remedy would be the dissolution of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and criminal prosecution of those responsible. Once justice is served, then they can talk about what is truly owed to us.

There are 19 of us who are scheduled to speak at this hearing. Just a few out of several hundred thousand who are members of this class action lawsuit, who filed an objection and a notice to speak at the hearing. We all hope to make our voice count for many of those who could not appear or believed they could make a difference. We’ve been made to feel that there is nothing that can be done to stand in the way of the government and corporations when they want something. The most important thing here is that we just cannot sit back and be silent! Our lands will be there forever, but the measly crumbs they will send out in checks will be gone in just a few days.

I have these three type of Leonard Peltier litho’s to select from. I can give two of each, and they sell for $60 on up. They were give to me by the committee a few years ago as a gift and to do with as I needed. If anyone has the frequent flier miles to secure me a plane ticket, I’ll be more than happy to send these to you.

Ghostdancer
1 for sale
Hawkman 2
4 for sale
Medicine Man
none for sale

You can reach me privately at my email: bencarnes@rocketmail.com or if you want to purchase any that are for sale below, that would also be helpful in covering some of my expenses for this trip. I’ve reserved two of each for anyone who can get me a flight, which means someone is getting the last two “Medicine Man” litho’s I have left.

By: Ben Carnes

Contact: Ben Carnes on FaceBook  

Email: bencarnes@rocketmail.com

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 From the Album: Revolution

All Tracks Arranged, Produced and Written By Little Steven (aka Steve Van Zandt)

 

Lyrics: 

 

Leonard Peltier sleeps in a prison tonight

 

For 400 years he’s lived with justice washed white

 

His crime was tradition spoken with pride

 

 

 

And the evidence that put him there

 

Was deliberately falsified

 

And the government spends a lot of money

 

To keep the red man quiet

 

 

 

He should say what he wants to say

 

And it’s time we listened

 

He should pray where he wants to pray

 

Without asking permission

 

 

 

Leonard Peltier

 

Where is the justice for Leonard Peltier?

 

 

 

June ’75 Pine Ridge Reservation

 

Two FBI trespass Lakota Nation

 

Looking for trouble their army waiting outside

 

 

 

And trouble they brought some

 

They were pawns in the big game

 

For stolen minerals and tourists

 

They were sacrificed in profit’s name

 

 

 

And what would you do?

 

As you stare into the face of

 

The genocide of your people

 

Put yourself in the place of

 

 

 

Leonard Peltier

 

Where is the justice for Leonard Peltier?

 

 

 

Somebody ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation

 

Somebody ask the Bureau of Indian Affairs

 

Somebody ask the Bureau of Land Management

 

Somebody ask the Environmental Protection Agency

 

 

 

Ask them about Raymond Yellowthunder

 

Wesley Badheart Bull

 

Joe Killsright Stuntz

 

Tina Trudell

 

Annie May Aquash

 

Pedro Bissonnette

 

Delphine Eagledeer

 

Byron Deserta

 

Buddy Lamont

 

 

 

Leonard Peltier

 

Where is the justice for Leonard Peltier?

 

 

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