Published September 12, 2016
BERKELEY – Prisoner Leonard Peltier (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) turns 72 years-old on Monday, September 12, 2016.
Unfortunately, Peltier will spend his birthday in prison at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida where he is incarcerated for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives.
Supporters of Peltier, who is considered a political prisoner of war by many, will gather to celebrate his 72nd birthday.
The birthday celebration is being hosted by AIM-WEST. It will be held on Monday, September 12, 2016 from 6pm-10pm at the La Pena Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, California.
“Leonard is still paying the price. I don’t think anyone that defended themselves from an invading force should have to be locked up like an animal for over 40 years!” said Sampson Wolfe (Muscogee Nation), who will serve as co-emcee of the event. “This is about being thankful for his life. He’s a warrior that answered the call of ‘help us.'”
There will be a short program that will included traditional dancing and discussion on how to work for Peltier’s release from prison.
Arthur Jacobs contributed to this article from Emeryville, California.
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