For 2018, I was still pursuing the lawsuit in Washington State regarding my father's rights being violated in the displaying of his art work. That suit is going forward and is scheduled for trial the beginning of 2020.
Additionally, I still travel throughout Oregon pouring sweats and other religious services for Native American prisoners.
In late 2017, another project was given to me - helping Veterans. Since then, I've been working with Northwest Indian Veteran Association (NIVA). From driving Veterans to appointments, helping at Pow Wows to coordinating house repairs and clean-ups for Elder Veterans in the Community.
In December 2018, I ran into a Veteran at the White City Veterans' sweat who is a activist for my father, Leonard Peltier. This Veteran would go out after every Pow Wow and play the Leonard Peltier song. Some who gave him use of a drum thought that song too political so the drum was taken back. We were able to raise the money needed to provide this Veteran with his own drum. As it turned out, he was in the VA hospital with a serious infection. The gift of the drum lifted his spirits.
"I know you have been coming in for the Lakota club for a while, and I as I've been here 22 years, I may have seen you before, but I'm looking forward to actually meeting you. Earlier this month I finished a class through the University of Oregon on Prisoner Narratives. My final paper was on the strength of the human spirit and its will to survive. In the opening paragraph of that final I quoted your Dad and wrote the following, "Leonard Peltier in My Life Is My Sundance says, “…they don’t want you to get comfortable. Nor do they ever want you to have a sense of security” (7). Peltier is speaking about his time in Leavenworth federal prison for a crime he says he did not commit." My thesis was, " Prison is an isolating place, and yet prisoners find ways to create connections and their own communities while incarcerated, thus providing a feeling of inclusion rather than exclusion that they already feel from society." Your Dad's writing was helpful in my research and in my learning overall. I thought you might like knowing that your Dad is impacting people still to this day and perhaps in ways he never would have considered." - Ron Edgemon
Notes like this help me continue advocating for my dad and other prisoners.