Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

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Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance by Leonard Peltier

Edited by Harvey Arden, with an Introduction by Chief Arvol Looking Horse, and a Preface by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

In 1977, Leonard Peltier received a life sentence for the murder of two FBI agents. He has affirmed his innocence ever since--his case was made fully and famously in Peter Matthiessen's bestselling In the Spirit of Crazy Horse--and many remain convinced he was wrongly convicted. Prison Writings is a wise and unsettling book, both memoir and manifesto, chronicling his life in Leavenworth Prison in Kansas. Invoking the Sun Dance, in which pain leads one to a transcendent reality, Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him. He also locates his experience within the history of the American Indian peoples and their struggles to overcome the federal government's injustices.

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ISBN-13: 9780312263805
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 06/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 145,061
Product dimensions: 4.95(w) x 9.19(h) x 0.77(d)

About 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. Prison Writings 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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Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
AIMMythBuster More than 1 year ago
It's about time the Peltier ruse of innocence is dealt the truth-letting attention his sycophantic followers are unfamiliar with. This book merely parrots the lies. How about the pile of evidence that puts Peltier at the scene of the crime, moments before he shot FBI Agent Ron Williams in the face at point-blank range? Peltier himself, in front of 4 witnesses, bragged about ending Ron's life: "The motherf---er was begging for his life but I shot him anyway." This statement was recalled under oath, unlike the manure pit of denials Peltier hurls from his prison cell. There's a good reason he's been trounced in court every time he appeals and why the decisions against his phony alibis are unanimous. Much of his treachery can be found in this book, along with a series of twisted tales, changing stories, and unanswered questions, such as his interrogation of another murder victim, Anna Mae Aquash. If Peltier is the soft-hearted humanitarian his handlers make him out to be, why would he put a loaded gun in Anna Mae's mouth just a few months before Peltier's leaders ordered her execution. There's a lot of incriminating information in Peltier's "life story" but it won't be apparent to his dwindling group of sympathizers. For the real story of Peltier, read American Indian Mafia. It will open your eyes and expose the sad reality of millions of well-intentioned people who have donated their time and money to propping up the pathetic pleas of an unrepentant murderous sociopath.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book is very good.He says alot of wise words in this book. He talks about how hard it is to grow up an Indian. After reading this book it was alot of inspiration to because like him, I too am an Indian. It inspired me to help my people too. I think this book will inspire alot of Indians all across the world and it will let us know that we do have a purpose in life and maybe that purpose is to help our people and our community. As Indians we all should stick together because we are all brothers and sisters no matter what tribe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A truly well written insight into our failing justice system. Leonards prison experiences, while not unique, will anger the most insensitive reader.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a gift. This did not surprise me, knowing of Leonard Peltier; his big heart, like his story, is legendary. Perhaps the best teachers do not know they are teaching. Peltier is teaching us in his book, teaching us what it is like to love a people so much that you can be willing to lay down your life for them; teaching us that every moment we live is an opportunity to give more to a world that needs it. Though he doesn't come out and say so directly, he is teaching us about discipline, respect, self-esteem, love, honor, joy, and true freedom. Leonard Peltier is a beautiful and young soul who soars beyond his prison bars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.