Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

1414 Words Sep 28th, 2010 6 Pages
| Prison Writings Book Review | Dr. Hansen | | Dillon Ekmalian | 10/1/2010 |

The United States is home of the brave, the free, and the land of opportunity. People from countries all around the world come to the United States to better themselves, or to give their children a chance at a better life. Countries of all races and skin colors have come since the land of the Americas was “discovered,” white, black, brown, and yellow. However, there is a key color missing; the color that has been her longer than any other, red. How is it that the people who have lived off the land of America for centuries before the Europeans arrived are the one race that is given the least amount of respect? After the British defeat
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The Canadian government had no choice but to allow him to be extradited. If Leonard Peltier had anything good going for him, it was that he was in the land of the free; the home where everyone is innocent until proven guilty, unless you’re an Indian. Peltier was eventually placed in Oakalla Prison on the same floor as death row inmates. He was purposely placed in a cell between two inmates who were scheduled for execution the next day. He figured they did this so he can see what it was going to be like for him in the near future. The government wanted him to know the fear of death, so much for no cruel and unusual punishment. The next morning Leonard actually struck a bit of luck. Whether it was luck or Leonard believes to be Sun Dance’s magic, but those two men were not executed since the courts had just abolished the death penalty. Fortunately Leonard had Sun Dance and through it enabled him to embrace whatever he was about to encounter. Leonard Peltier is still in jail to this day for the murders of the two FBI agents. His parole is consistently rejected. His many appeal trials have all upheld the initial ruling. He has had assassination attempts on his life. He has been beaten to a pulp in jail. He has constant pain in his jaw from a childhood accident which caused lockjaw. He had an unsuccessful surgery that only made matters worse. The American government refuses to allow him to use proper