The government under pretext of security and progress, liberated us from our land, resources, culture, dignity and future. They violated every treaty they ever made with us. I use the word “liberated” loosely and sarcastically, in the same vein that I view the use of the words “collateral damage” when they kill innocent men, women and children.
They describe people defending their homelands as terrorists, savages and hostiles . . .
My words reach out to the non-Indian: Look now before it is too late—see what is being done to others in your name and see what destruction you sanction when you say nothing.
--Leonard Peltier, Annual Message January 2004
(Leonard Peltier is now serving 33rd year as an internationally recognized Political Prisoner of the United States Government)