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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.

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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Vigil For Leonard Peltier’s Release

  • Time: Thursday, December 16, 2010 · 7:00am – 5:00pm 

  • Location: White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue

  • A Call To Stand For Leonard Peltier


    Barack Obama will host the second White House Tribal Nations Conference on December 16, 2010. As part of his campaign, Obama promised to hold yearly meetings with tribes. His first summit took place November 5, 2009. All 565 federally recognized tribes are invited to send one representative to the conference.

    We need any and all supporters in D.C. to demonstrate our support of Leonard Peltier on Dec 16th. If it is like last year, we will stand across the street from the Department of the Interior Building from sunrise til 5 pm. It is vital to all our efforts that we have a strong attendance. We know this is short notice… but its the best we’ve got. We have to be there in large numbers-we can’t let them believe we have gone away. Anyone who thinks they can attend, please contact us.

    Barbara and Peter Clark

    LP DOC Chapter Coordinators

    Email: lpsupport@whoisleonardpeltier.info

    Web Site: http://www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/

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    Help build the movement to bring about Leonard’s release from prison

    September 12, 2010
    Honor Leonard Peltier for his 66th birthday

    American Indian Education Center (AIEC)
    749 Story Rd (at Remillard)
    San Jose, CA 95122

    Date: Sunday 9/12

    Update on Leonard Peltier
    Statement by Leonard Peltier
    Sign birthday cards to Leonard
    Birthday meal & cake

    Sponsored by LPDOC Chapter Silicon Valley, CA (Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee)
    For more information, contact Donna
    (home) 408-293-4774
    (Mobile) 408-569-6608 or email: FreeLeonardPeltier@hotmail.com

    Attend A Birthday Party
    For Leonard Peltier

    La Peña Cultural Center
    3105 Shattuck Ave Berkeley, Ca 94705
    Call: 510-849-2568

    Date: Sunday 9/12
    5:00 – 7:30pm

    Special guest speaker Leonard Foster. Performances by Goodshield, Lorna D. Cervantes, Matt Callahan, and Coyotess Tails! Drumming by All Nation Singers! & traditional dancers.  Sponsored by AIM West and Leonard Peltier Support Group of Northern California.

    For more information call 415-577-1492, or www.aimwest.info 

    Web: www.lapena.org/event/1549

    Support Leonard Peltier
    Celebrate his 66th Birthday in
    New York at
    Washington Square Park

    Date: Sunday, 9/12 1:00pm

    Location: Washington Square Park, Manhattan (A/C/E, D/F to W 4th St, N/R to 8th St-NYU)

    Contact: nyclpsg@gmail.com

    Join the LP-DOC New York Chapter Sunday, September 12, 2010 1pm at Washington Square Park to support and celebrate Leonard Peltier’s 66th Birthday. They will be canvassing for petition signatures to FREE PELTIER!

    Web: http://nycal.mayfirst.org/node/1552

    Birthday Party for
    Leonard Peltier sponsored by
    the Jericho Chapter of 
    Albuquerque and the LPDOC Chapter – Albuquerque, NM

    Date: Sunday 9/12
    5:00 to 9:00 pm

    Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
    202 Harvard, SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

    It’s a Potluck!  Bring a dish to share and your “spare” coins for Leonard’s commissary account.

    Contact Information:
    EMAIL your questions to

    Paulette D’auteuil albq.jericho@gmail.com or
    Peter Clark lpsupport@whoisleonardpeltier.info


    Internationalist Books & Community Center
    405 W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC  27516

    Date: Wednesday 9/15
    7:00 PM

    Phone: (919) 942-1740

    A letter writing night where we send birthday cards to political prisoners. It’s an easy way to let these people know they aren’t forgotten. These men and women fought for many of the freedoms we take for granted today. This month we write to Leonard Peltier, Native writer and warrior; Brian McCarvill, censorship opponent; Sekou Kambui, incredible civil rights and Black Panther activist; Steve Murphy, courageous environmental activist. Brought to you by the Chapel Hill Prison Books Collective.

    Write or send Birthday Greetings to Leonard :

    Leonard Peltier
    US Penitentiary
    PO Box 1000
    Lewisburg, PA 17837

    Supporters can forward funds to Leonard’s commissary account.

    The deposit must be in the form of a MONEY ORDER only** made out to: Leonard Peltier #89637-132.

    Note: The Bureau of Prisons will return funds that do not have valid inmate information. **Personal checks or cash are not accepted.

    Send money orders to this address ( Do not send anything else with the money order ) :

    Federal Bureau of Prisons
    Leonard Peltier
    Post Office Box 474701
    Des Moines, Iowa 50947-0001

    For more event listings
    Visit The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC)
    Web: www.whoisleonardpeltier.info/calendar.htm

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    Posted on behalf of the

    Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee

    June 26, 2010


    I want to first say thank you–thank you for taking the time and making the commitment to come to this place–but thank you mostly for remembering. Sometimes I sit in this cage and I find myself wondering if anyone really remembers. Many days, remembering is all my mind allows me to do. So, again, thank you. Thank you for bearing witness and being a part of a living memory.

    But maybe the most important thing I’d like to say is don’t forget. Not ever.

    You must be the historians who keep this lesson alive because this story isn’t about one day, one event, one person, or even one lifetime. This is a story that goes all the way back to the day a misguided fool, whose name I won’t even mention, led his troops in an attack on innocent people at the Greasy Grass, and in the process go  himself and over two hundred of his troopers killed. And while the victors on that day had no choice but to defend themselves, we have been the victims of a genocidal revenge that continues until this very moment. So don’t forget. Not ever.

    It is vengeance that preoccupies the mind of the colonizer. It is this fervor to show us who is boss that led to the massacre at Wounded Knee, the theft of the Black Hills, the establishment of boarding schools, and the criminalization of our languages and traditional ways. It is vengeance that armed the GOON squads, killed our leaders, and surrounded our people at Wounded Knee again in 1973. Revenge is why they today prosecute Indian people for the crimes they know the government committed during their murderous campaigns of the last generation. Vengeance is what killed Joe Stuntz, Anna Mae Aquash, Buddy Lamont and so many others. Getting even is what keeps me in prison. So don’t forget. Not ever.

    All of these events are bound together, interrelated and interdependent. And quite clearly the lesson they intend for us to learn is don’t defend yourselves. Don’t stand up for what is right. Don’t think for yourselves. Don’t choose to be who you are. Don’t remember your ancestors. Don’t live in defense of the Earth. Don’t you do it! Don’t even think about it. If you do, this government–this mindset of control–will unleash an attack so vast it will even seek to destroy our genetic memories. So don’t forget. Not ever.

    In days past, some among our people were induced to become “scouts”. For whatever reasons, these individuals made possible the treacherous campaigns that resulted in the deaths of countless innocent people. These days–sadly–there are still these types amongst us. The government preys on the weaknesses of these people, inducing them to turn against the rest of us. The government uses this treachery to cover up state sanctioned murder and terrorism. They do this and then tell us that what we remember didn’t really happen at all, as though memory or truth is something to be shaped and molded to fit a preconceived outcome. So don’t forget. Not ever.
    We gather today after decades and generations of blood and trauma.

    We gather in defiance.

    And we remember.

    We remember not just one day or one event, because remembering what occurred on June 25 or June 26–or any particular date–is important, but not as important as an understanding of the ongoing campaign of colonization. This is a continuing human drama of slaughter and uncontrollable blood lust and we’re still here, engaged in our running defense; praying for balance, peace and justice; and trying to make some sense of it all. Perhaps, in the face of such a menace, the most important thing we can do is remember. So teach your children. Pass this knowledge. Don’t forget. Not ever.

    Remembering is resisting and, if we remember, then we’ll be free one day. Free of their mindset. Free of their theft. Free of their guns and their bombs. Free of their cages. Free to be who we are. And free of their fear. That’s the truest freedom of all and true freedom is what this is really all about, not the illusion of freedom they offer us
    So don’t forget. Not ever.

    In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,

    Leonard Peltier

    See also
    Leonard’s message to the US Social Forum.

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    PO Box 7488, Fargo, ND  58106
    Phone: 701/235-2206
    Fax: 701/235-5045
    E-mail: contact@whoisleonardpeltier.info

    Source : via email from [Friends of Peltier]

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    Perunista Carlos QC

    Peruanista Carlos QC

    Carlos A. Quiroz Interviews

    Sun Dance Chief, Ben Carnes

    Ben Carnes Coctaw Nation

    Ben Carnes Choctaw Nation

    Leonard Peltier turn 64 Today

    Leonard Peltier turns 65 Today

    Indigenous Video Journalist Peruanista


    Interviews Sun Dance Chief Ben Carnes


    on Leonard Peltier’s 65th Birthday

    Indigenous Journalist, Carlos A. Quiroz. aka Peruanista, interviews Choctaw Nations, Sun Dance Chief, Ben Carnes in Washington DC on 9/12/2009.

    Carnes was in DC to protest the decision of the Parole Commission to deny Leonard Peltier Parole. Carnes protested by fasting, praying, and maintaining a Vigil in Lafayette Park. He was accompanied by many Leonard Peltier supports all hoping President Obama would look past the TEA Parties and make good on his promise to free Leonard Peltier.

    The video is the production of Carlos A. Quiroz. For further information or additional permissions, contact me at: qc.carlos@gmail.com

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    The American Indian Support Committee Presents:

    An Evening In Solidarity With Leonard Peltier

    Friday, September 11, 2009

    Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave, NE


    Ben Carnes, National Support Group Coordinator and member of the Advisory Board of the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee;

    Chief Billy Redwing Tayac, Hereditary Chief of the Piscataway Indian Nation and founding member of the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere;

    • Penny Gamble Williams, Host of The Talking Feather, Spiritual Leader of the Chappaquiddick Wampanoag Indian Nation, and co-founder of Painted Gourd-Red and Black Voices

    • Harvey Arden, Director of Wisdomkeepers Project and Editor of Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sundance, by Leonard Peltier

    Ben has make a tremendous personal and financial sacrifice to come here to fast for Leonard. For those who can’t attend but wish to show support, checks can be made out to Ben Carnes and mailed C/O Nancy Lyall, 14186 Logan Ct, Woodbridge, VA 22193

    For more details go to http://dc.indymedia.org

    source: markg on Mon, 09/07/2009 – 4:03pm


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