Oregon Prison Program
Peltier Justice's primary project/program for 2020 and 2021 is assisting in the development of consistent and regular Native American Spiritual and Cultural Services in ALL Oregon prisons. These services consist of Talking Circles, Smudging Ceremonies, Sweat Lodges, Drumming Groups and Pow Wows.
Native American Spiritual and Cultural Services in Oregon prisons are underfunded and short volunteers. Our missions will be to assist in funding these services from providing drums, other equipment and supplies to recruiting and training volunteers. Also, we will be working to help see that policies, rules and programs are consistent throughout Oregon prisons and that all that want to volunteer and participate are allowed to.
These services are open to anyone in prison. Outlets and services like Native American Spiritual and Cultural Service help inmates find there way prior to leaving prison and assist in their transition. It helps them live their life in a good way after prison.
This program is particular close to my heart as my father, Leonard Peltier, has now been in prison for over 40 years. I have seen how difficult and how much it has changed him. One life-line for my father has been his Native American Spiritual and Cultural Practices. I want to help other inmates maintain a life-line that will not only help them while incarcerated but also help them live their lives in a good way when they are released.
"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 helping other prisoners.
Prisoner Art Work Rights
Native American Veterans
Ongoing and Current projects/programs:
Advocating for Leonard Peltier's Release
Oregon Prison Program
Any help or support would be greatly appreciated.