An Eagle’s Cry

Listen to me!

I am the Indian voice

Listen to me!
Listen!
I am the Indian voice.
Hear me crying out of the wind,
Hear me crying out of the silence.
I am the Indian voice.
Listen to me!

I speak for our ancestors.
They cry out to you from the unstill grave.
I speak for the children yet unborn.
They cry out to you from the unspoken silence.
I am the Indian voice.

Listen to me!
I am a chorus of millions.
Hear us!
Our eagle’s cry will not be stilled!

We are your own conscience calling to you.
We are you yourself
crying unheard within you.

Let my unheard voice be heard.
Let me speak in my heart and the words be heard
whispering on the wind to millions,
to all who care,
to all with ears to hear
and hearts to beat as one
with mine.

Put your ear to the earth,
and hear my heart beating there.
Put your ear to the wind
and hear me speaking there.

We are the voice of the earth,
of the future,
of the Mystery.

Hear us!

— Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier, an Ojibwa-Lakota from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, was charged with the deaths of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams during a shoot-out on Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. In February 1977, Peltier was convicted and given two life sentences. The American Indian Movement considers Peltier a political prisoner, arguing he did not receive a fair trial and has been treated unjustly since his conviction. Peltier has been eligible for parole since 1986, but the U.S. Parole Commission has denied all applications. He will not receive another parole hearing until 2024.

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