Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

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"A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice and an eloquent cri de coeur of Native Americans for redress, and to be regarded as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution, like any other citizens. We pray it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself." --Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

"For too long, both Leonard's supporters and detractors have seen him as a metaphor, as a public figure worthy of political rallies and bumper stickers, but very ...

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Overview

"A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice and an eloquent cri de coeur of Native Americans for redress, and to be regarded as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution, like any other citizens. We pray it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself." --Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, Nobel Peace Laureate

"For too long, both Leonard's supporters and detractors have seen him as a metaphor, as a public figure worthy of political rallies and bumper stickers, but very rarely as a private man who only wants to go home. I pray this book will bring Leonard home." --Sherman Alexie, author of Indian Killer

"It would be inadequate to describe Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings as a classic of prison literature, although it is that. It is also a cry for help, an accusation against monstrous injustice, a beautiful expression of a man's soul, demanding release." --Howard Zinn, author of --A People's History of the United States

"Listen to this fresh, brave voice, then inform yourself about the shameful case of Leonard Peltier." --Peter Matthiessen, author of In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

"This book takes the reader on an emotional and spiritual journey as Leonard Peltier's surprisingly hopeful reflections make the terrible injustice of his imprisonment for 24 years even more difficult to accept. Peltier's important journal details his trial and conviction which was based in part on admittedly false testimony and evidence so inconclusive that reasonable people everywhere have concluded that he should be granted clemency." --Wilma Mankiller, former chief of the Cherokee Nation, and author of Mankiller

"Leonard Peltier's words reveal a wise man who has become freer than his captors, despite his false imprisonment for a crime he did not commit. His thoughts here remind us of our true mission as Indian people, as human beings here on this humble, beautiful planet. These thoughts cannot be captured or locked behind bars, or destroyed by gunfire. They fly free." --Joy Harjo, Muskoke poet and musician, author of The Woman Who Fell From the Sky

ql"If you care about justice, read this brave book. If you care about the perpetuation of the white man's justice against the Native American, you must know the Leonard Peltier story." --Gerry Spence, author of Give Me Liberty!

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Howard Zinn
A classic of prison literature… It is also a cry for help, an accusation against monstrous injustice, a beautiful expression of man's soul, demanding release.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312263805
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 199,057
  • Product dimensions: 4.95 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Leonard Peltier emerged as a Native American leader in the 1960s, was arrested in 1976 in Canada and extradited. He has been in prison ever since and is now confined at Leavenworth. This is his first book.

Harvey Arden is the author and co-author of several books, including Wisdomkeepers and Travels in a Stone Canoe (both with Steve Wall) and Noble Red Man. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2006

    Excellent without a Doubt

    I started this book while waiting for my spouse to cook dinner one night and did not look up,talk or move till midnight when I finished it. Mzmirezed and cried. WOW

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2002

    Must Read!

    I had trouble putting this book down! Leonard Peltier touches your heart and sings to your spirit. This book explains the hardships the American Indians have faced, and the corrections that should be made. Any sensitive persons heart will break with each page. For us American Indians the deceit is told!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 2, 2001

    Da Bomb!!!

    After reading this book I was deeply moved and totally shocked! He has an exquisite way of writing and expressing himself. After reading this book i was totally inspired! I pray for Leonard and recommed this book to anyone and everyone.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2000

    A Long Time Coming

    A truly well written insight into our failing justice system. Leonards prison experiences, while not unique, will anger the most insensitive reader.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2000

    Anguish of an Innocent

    Leonard Peltier is an innocent man, and in his book he takes us deep into the belly of the beast. Amazingly, he still manages to hang on to the more basic human values--love, kindless, compassion, and even forgiveness towards those who have imprisoned him. This book is a must-read.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2000

    Sun Dance is, learning to be a human being.

    Leonard Peltier is a true American hero because he does not recognize himself as such but he has done all that was necessary to protect his people from unknown assailants. This is MUST reading for all interested in American History, social commitment and constitutional justice.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2000

    A window into the soul of Leonard Peltier

    I read this book from cover to cover in about four hours. I could not put it down. Leonard takes you in to his world behind bars on an everyday basis, and it's like you're right there with him every step of the way. And through it all, he holds on to his dignity. After reading this, I say Free Leonard Peltier, and free him now. Don't let an innocent man sit behind bars any longer.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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