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Peltier's Parole * Oil Spill Threatens Indigenous People * Bart Jordan's Origins of Ancient Symbols

16 May 2000

1) Press Conference to Call for Leonard Peltier's Parole

2) Oil Spill Threatens Indigenous People and Ecosystem

3) Bart Jordan's Article on Origins of Ancient Symbols


1) Press Conference to Call for Leonard Peltier's Parole

Wednesday, May 17, 2000 10:00 A.M.

at Amnesty International, 600 Pennsylvania, SE Washington D.C.

Following is a press advisory for a Washington DC press conference that will be held this Wednesday, May 17, 2000 to call for Leonard Peltier's release through parole. The press conference will occur just hours before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus holds a briefing on the Peltier case.


Pat Davis (202)518-7781
Leonard Peltier Justice Coalition

News Advisory:

Nobel Peace Laureate Rigoberta Menchu will join acclaimed author Peter Matthiessen, Amnesty International representatives and Ernie Stevens of the National Congress of American Indians to press the United States government to grant parole and/or clemency in the case of Leonard Peltier.

They will speak at a press conference scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 17, at the Washington, D.C. offices of Amnesty International, 600 Pennsylvania, SE Washington D.C. Leonard Peltier is a Native American leader who has been incarcerated in the United States for 24 years, following his highly controversial conviction for the murder of two FBI agents. Despite disturbing evidence of FBI misconduct in the case, including the coercion of witnesses, the intentional use of false evidence and the concealment of a key ballistics test reflecting his innocence, Peltier has been denied a new trial and is long overdue for parole. He has been recognized by numerous human rights organizations, religious leaders and Nobel laureates as one of the United States' few political prisoners. Domestic and international pressure is mounting for his immediate and unconditional release.

The press conference will be followed by a congressional briefing from 2-4 p.m., May 17, Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2358, sponsored by the offices of U.S. Representative John Porter (R-Ill.), co-chairperson of the Congressional Human Rights Caucus. The witnesses will include survivors of the Pine Ridge Reservation's "Reign of Terror," which took place from 1973-1976. During this period 64 Native American members and supporters of the American Indian Movement, or AIM, were murdered on the reservation. Despite a massive FBI presence at the time, there was no adequate investigation and no charges were ever brought for these killings. Menchu and Native American leaders from the United States will also speak on the case.

Please Note:

Individuals and Organizations are invited to write a letter in support of Leonard Peltier's upcoming Parole Hearing. The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee will bring letters sent to them to the Parole Hearing on June 12, 2000.

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
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2) Oil Spill Threatens Indigenous People and Ecosystem

Transredes, an oil company owned by US Enron and Dutch Shell is responsible for the spill which occurred February 3,2000 and dumped 39,000 barrels of crude oil into Bolivia's Lake Poopo. To date the oil has not been adequately cleaned up. The Uru Morato, a 5,000 year old native group, which lives only by hunting lake birds and fish, are at risk. For more than three months since the oil spill, the 600 member group has not seen a single fish or bird on their lake. They are in danger of starvation.

When for the first time in thousands of years, the flamingos did not return to lay their eggs alongside Lake Poopo, the Uru Morato realized that their situation was a permanent one. They took action by marching 135 kilometers to the city of Oruro to meet with Transredes oil company's representatives and Bolivian authorities. Transredes refused to recognize damages and the Urus were forced to return defeated to their lakeside communities. Today they wait alone without food, resources, or communication.

"What we have here is truly a crisis. The Uru Morato survived the invasion of the Aymara, Inca, and Spanish colonists but globalization is what will kill them," explained group member and international journalist, Tamara Stenn de Choque, who met with the Uru Morato in April.

Friends of Poopo is seeking help with the development of a web site, chat group, e-mail data base, and outreach especially to environmental experts. For more information contact Friends of Poopo at: (802)258-3421 or by Email: .

*This information is relevant to the U'wa's plight and their resistance to Occidental Petroleum's drilling for oil against their traditional homeland.


3) Bart Jordan's Article on Origins of Ancient Symbols

Bart Jordan is posting information at with evidences indicating that ancient civilizations measured most all aspects of the solar system. There is a new link posted at bottom of page for a January 12, 1977 New Hampshire Times article entitled:


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