rn: Peltier action, Mumia…


Jan Slakov

Dear RN list (and others),                 July 18

The spring/summer (99) issue of Covert Action Quarterly
<www.covertactoin.org> has some good articles on Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Kosovo
bombing and also a moving plea for Leonard Pelteir, another victim of FBI
framing. Peltier is near death. Mayo clinic specialists have offered to
treat him but the prison refuses to grant him permission to go and get the

Please write to Ms. Kathleen Hawk, Director, Bureau of Prisons, 320 First
St. N.W. Washington DC 20534, fax (202) 514-6878 e-mail: •••@••.••• and
•••@••.••• to ask that Peltier be treated humanely and be allowed to
recieve the treament that might save his life.

Below, an article sent to us by Bill Koehnlein, with some of the latest news
about Peltier.

all the best, Jan
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 11:41:33
From: Bill Koehnlein <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Leonard Peltier's Health Condition Deteriorating

Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 03:44:22 -0400
From: "LPDC" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Leonard Peltier's Health Condition Deteriorating

Prison Officials Deny Current x-rays and Refuse Outside Opinion

Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier, who is suffering from a severe medical
condition which causes his jaw to be frozen open 13 millimeters, requested
current x-rays from prison authorities on May 25, 1999.  The x-rays would
help Maxillofacial expert, Dr. Eugene Keller of the Mayo Clinic, to
determine what can be done to treat Peltier.
Because prison authorities are not allowing Peltier to be transferred to the
Rochester Medical Facility for federal prisoners, a facility where Dr.
Keller could examine and if warranted, treat Peltier, Pelitier's defense
team decided to attempt bringing Keller to Peltier instead.  Keller is
willing to examine Peltier at Leavenworth Penitentiary where Peltier is
currently imprisoned, however, he must have current x-rays before making the

Prison authorities have not x-rayed Peltier's jaw since 1996.  Despite this,
prison authorities are not allowing Peltier to receive current x-rays.  As
of now, the LPDC has received two different responses from two different
departments of the Bureau of Prisons regarding the request.  The first
response is from Phillip S. Wise, Assistant Director of the Health Services
Division of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) in Washington D.C.  In this May 28,
1999 response letter to Senator Wellstone, Mr. Wise states that Dr. Keller
is not authorized to receive x-rays of Peltier because he is not contracted
with the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  He goes on to say that, "there is no
clinical indication for a second opinion by Dr. Keller."

To the contrary, Warden Booker says in his June 8, 1999 direct response to
Peltier, "Please be advised that you are free to provide Dr. Keller with
copies of records which are contained in your Bureau of Prison's Medical
file."  However, he completely neglects to address Peltier's request which
was for current x-rays.  Amnesty International, France Libertes', Physicians
for Human Rights, several members of the European Parliament, and many more
human rights groups and concerned individuals have written to Warden Booker
in support of Peltier's request for current x-rays of his jaw.

Up until March of this year, prison authorities were willing to transfer
Peltier to the Springfield Medical Facility for a third surgery.  Because
Peltier had already undergone two unsuccessful surgeries that worsened his
condition in 1996 at this same facility, he refused to go.  Prison
authorities are now confident that Peltier's condition cannot be treated at
all.  Interestingly, prison authorities made this conclusion without the use
of current x-rays.

Alarmingly, Phillip S. Wise of the Federal Bureau of Prisons also stated in
his response letter that Peltier is suffering from, "diabetes, a cardiac
condition, and hyperlipedemia."  The prison has not yet begun blending
Peltier's food, and because he cannot bite or chew his food, he must eat
mostly soft, starchy foods making it difficult for him to control his diet.
This may be a contribution to what prison authorities now say
he is suffering from.  Leonard has had a stroke before and the above
are life threatening making his condition even more urgent.

Please include the above mentioned serious health conditions when writing
and speaking to governmental officials about Leonard Peltier's plight.
Additionally, please continue to write and ask others to write Warden Booker
and the BOP in support of Leonard's request for x-rays.  Attorney Eric Seitz
is taking steps to ensure that Leonard receives the treatment he needs, but
urges you to help.  He also wants us to note that when speaking about
Leonard's medical conditions, it is important we use only accurate information.

In Solidarity,

Ms. Kathleen Hawk
Director, Bureau of Prisons
320 First St. NW
Washington, DC 20534
Fax: (202) 514-6878
Phone: (202)307-3198

Warden Booker
Leavenworth Federal Prison
Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048

Dear Warden Booker,
I am a concerned citizen and supporter of inmate, Leonard Peltier,
#89637-132.  I am aware that Mr. Peltier is suffering from a jaw condition
which causes him great discomfort and difficulty in eating.  I have been
made aware that Mr. Peltier has made a request for current radiographs and
C-T scans which will allow Dr. Keller of the Mayo Clinic to determine
whether his condition warrants treatment which Dr. Keller would be willing
to give Mr. Peltier upon determining he is the right doctor to do so.  I
understand that these x-rays can be obtained in close vicinity to USPL which
will cost the prison and tax payers such as myself, very little.
I hope that these x-rays will be taken in an expeditious manner so that Mr.
Peltier's suffering can be alleviated.  Thank you for your time.


Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
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