Day 19: “Prison Writings: My Life is my Sun Dance” and “Self-Destruction of a Teenage Boy”

Today, we covered the controversial incarceration of a well-known figure, Leonard Peltier. His book, “Prison Writings: My Life is my Sun Dance” is an autobiography from his perspective written behind bars. Peltier is a figure associated with native activism and wrongful imprisonment and discussion centered around his experience and writings. In contrast, we talked about another young native, Adrian Lafferty, a Diegueno native from California. His story, “Self-Destruction of a Teenage Boy” is a tale of incarceration of a young native and the broken justice system that allows teens to be kid-knapped and taken away to another country for behavior modification and imprisonment via third-party companies such as WWASP (World Wide Association of Specialty Programs and Schools) who operate amid allegations of abuse and torture. We discussed what the experience would be like, how he survived it, and his meteoric rise to be an educator for other native students across the country sharing his story openly and bravely while encouraging others to write.

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Click Here to Read His Story: Self-Destruction of a Teenage Boy

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