Thursday, February 19, 2009

Leonard Peltier || A Scam that keeps on Scamming

The Leonard Peltier scam keeps on giving. It has a new ambition, the ear of President of the United States, one Barack Black Eagle Obama.

Presently a man has been presenting a petition on-line, in cooperation with Looking Horse,Keeper of the White Buffalo Calf Woman Sacred Pipe of the Lakota Nation. His bizarre petition can be found here. I encourage readers to enter comments against this petition at the site.

They want to meet with US President Obama. Do they want to ask the US to help with the rampaging violence, alcoholism, rape, unemployment suicides and poverty, elder abuse, child sexual abuse, violence against women, illiteracy and mountains of other problems which is the daily life of the Plains Tribal nations?


They want Obama to let convicted murderer and gangster Leonard Peltier out of prison. This is the big and most important issue for these crazy people behind this petition. Peltier is serving a life sentence for the assassination of two FBI agents. Freeing this gangster is why they want to meet with the President of the United States.

Arvol Looking Horse, the Keeper of a very sacred tribal pipe bundle, has aligned himself with this petition. This, to me, is the strangest development of all. Why has he aligned himself with this publicity stunt?

I do not know, personally, a single American Indian who has ever believed Peltier was innocent. Peltier initiated an unprovoked attack against two FBI agents investigating crime on Pine Ridge reservation. He attacked two young men with a combat grade, M-16 automatic rifle, against 2 FBI agents armed only with small caliber pistols. The attack was unprovoked, except in the paranoid mind of this gangster and his gun. Peltier has many crimes he has yet answered for, including his part in brutalizing, torturing and murdering Anna Mae Aquash. As I say, I have never known personally an American Indian who believed this punk was not guilty. The man circulating this petition seems to have questionable motives…selling his crappy books, being “chosen” to be among the great Sioux “warriors”…..what is most phony? This ongoing scam to get this murderer freed from the just sentence imposed upon him has now brought in the name of a person we hope would be above such vulgarity and fraud, namely the keeper of the sacred Pipe bundle of those long-suffering Lakota. Who is this man that he would lend his name to seeking to talk to the president of the united states about this punk Leonard Peltier…but has no interest in talking to the government or the world about the many problems and disasters which are the reality of the day to day life on Sioux reservations?

This whole petition for Obama is opportunism. I think this petition, with the name of Looking Horse attached to it is strange. It brings questions about that sacred pipe, that man, of the elders and leadership around him. While the propaganda theatrics of the so-called supporters of Leonard Peltier avoids the truth, it is a tragedy that the name of the sacred pipe is being associated with this monumental flim-flam. There are so many vitally important and pressing issues in American Indian life. This one issue, this Peltier issue, is a fog, a cloud over what is real and what is important right now. While people are free to behave in a politically active way, even for a cause such as this, it is sad to see sacred officers and spiritual leaders lend their name to such questionable work. Peltier is a symbol of nothing good. Helping Peltier does not help any American Indian anywhere except Peltier. People desperate for attention are not the best people to rely upon to understand what is needed to support the American Indian. A lot of people around the world have been fooled.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Copyright ©2009. Turtle Heart.

Finish the book

After two years of work I have completed a book about the nature of sacred pipe and the philosophy of American Indian ritual that is best described as the shrinking path. Commentaries on the teachings of the shrinking path. That is the subtext, but not the title.

A few days before the book was finished at last, I turned 60 years.

I bought myself a $1,000 pipe lighter. Palladium. Very well made, beautiful. A little reward that I can carry around in my pocket for the next sixty years. I will use it to light the morning tobacco fire.

Here on Pantelleria Island, we are in the season of the wind. She is known as the Daughter of the Wind. When I knew that this island was known as this elegant and powerful name by the ancient ones, it brought me a lovely feeling. What better place for an old American Indian to reflect, write and prepare himself to take Sacred Pipe around this mother earth. There is so much peace, so many sweet people. It has been a revelation to me of an entire other side of my nature. I have been fighting the indian wars all my life. So it seems. Fucking indians. We are still here. I am still here. I dwell and thrive on the edge, on a crumb left behind by an old volcano. My home has volcano vapors which come up from the garden.

I wrote this book on an Apple iMac. This computer is a toy really. An accessory for your iPhone. It crashed many times, went to repairs twice and still behaves badly whenever it can. I wrote the final draft using Apple’s “Pages” program. It is a nice clean writing program. I composed it and organized it in a nice writing program called “Scrivner”, which is about the best program ever for organizing and composing a book with many chapters and parts. When I was finished I exported it to Pages to finish the writing. 54 chapters. 54 files. When it came time to put the chapters into InDesign so I could publish it in a digital format for copyright registration, I found Pages does not play well with other programs. Apple keeps making toys that work only with itself and not so well with the tools professionals use on computers these days. Apple has been a big disappointment lately. After converting the Pages chapters of 700 pages to Rich Text (RTF), I converted the RTF files to a single PDF. I then converted the collected PDF to a single RTF file and imported that into InDesign with the help of a $75 plug-in that automatically flows so much text across so many pages (fucking InDesign does not do this itself). I then had to remake all the tabs and paragraphs, add graphics and poetry. Mamma Mia.

60 original paintings. 54 original poems. 654 pages of writing. Completed February 08, 2009 at 9:21:44 pm, CET.
I will be looking for a publisher. I need to see this thing on paper. I will also offer it as a digital download soon.

Today I listen to Flamingo music, smoke, and go walking in the wind. The Great Wind is my mother.

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