BACK ISSUES                                        HOME PAGE                                        SHARE


LPDOC, Fargo, ND

20 February 2012


International Day of Solidarity with Leonard Peltier

Several months ago, the Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee called on supporters worldwide to protest against the injustice suffered by Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier.  You answered the call.  Over 28 reported actions occurred 03-09 February, many at federal court houses and U.S. embassies/consulates worldwide.  Together, we demanded freedom for a man wrongfully convicted and illegally imprisoned for 36 years!  We gathered to tell President Obama—on constitutional and overriding human rights and compassionate grounds—to free Peltier now! 

Thank you, friends and supporters, for gathering in solidarity with Leonard Peltier.  We congratulate you on a job well done.  Now, raise your voices tomorrow and every day.  Do this until freedom is won!

Hamburg, Germany

Dublin, Ireland

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Reno, Nevada

San Francisco, California

Boulder, Colorado

Tacoma, Washington

Buffalo, New York


Upcoming Events
  • Locally and regionally, please support Occupy4Prisoners, a national protest of U.S. prisons on 20 February.

  • Join us at the Amnesty International-USA Annual Conference, Denver, Colorado, 30 March-01 April (Volunteers wanted to table and canvass during the conference; if interested, contact Michael WolfHeart at wolfheartlodge [at]

  • Participate in the Anti-Racism March, Oakland, California, 01 May.

  • Plan to attend the Oglala Commemoration, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, 26 June.

  • Actions will be planned for the Republican National Convention, Tampa, Florida, in late August; and the Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, North Carolina, in early September.

To receive event announcements and details regarding LPDOC actions, subscribe to our mailing list and blog or follow us on Facebook, Google+, MySpace and/or Twitter.

Wounded Knee II

On February 27, 1973, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), together with a number of local and traditional Native Americans, began their 71-day occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota. Their goal was to protest injustices against their tribes, violations of the many treaties with the United States government, and current abuses and repression against their people. There were no "radical" demands made. All that was asked was that the government follow its own laws.

The U.S. government responded to the occupation of Wounded Knee with a military style assault. Two brave warriors—Buddy Lamont and Frank Clearwater—died during the siege where over 200,000 rounds of ammunition were fired at the protesters. The use of military force by the federal government was later ruled unlawful.

After the 1973 siege of Wounded Knee, the FBI caused 542 separate charges to be filed against those it identified as "key AIM leaders." This resulted in only 15 convictions, all on such petty or contrived offenses as Interfering with a Federal Officer in the Performance of His Duty. 

The pattern of government misconduct seen in the Peltier case first emerged during these prosecutions. For example, the long trial of Dennis Banks and Russell Means in 1974 for charges stemming from the occupation at Wounded Knee was marked by discovery that the defense team had been infiltrated by a government informant, and perjured testimony was presented and evidence withheld by the prosecution. Judge Alfred Nichol criticized the government for being "more interested in convictions than in justice."

Nichol spoke with particular severity of the FBI. "It's hard for me to believe," he remarked, "that the FBI, which I have revered for so long, has stooped so low."

Addressing the court, Nichols said: "The fact that incidents of misconduct formed a pattern throughout the course of the trial leads me to the belief that this case was not prosecuted in good faith or in the spirit of justice. The waters of justice have been polluted, and dismissal, I believe, is the appropriate cure for the pollution in this case."

All charges against the defendants were dismissed.

We recommend:

  • We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee—Episode 5 of the acclaimed PBS series. 11 May 2009 Air date. Watch online.  Read transcript.

  • Wounded Knee—Actual audio from Wounded Knee provided by the Freedom Archives here





Enter Your E-mail Address:

Or send an e-mail message to request that you be added to our mailing list.

Attention:  The LPDOC recently changed mailing list services. Called FreePeltierNow, our new list is bigger and better than ever before.

Our list is a double opt-in list. Whether a current or new subscriber, you will receive a message asking you to verify your subscription. Be sure to check your e-mail inbox or junk/spam/bulk folder for our e-mail message.  Please follow the instructions as given.

With your subscription, you'll receive our newsletter, LPDOC announcements and alerts, information about the Peltier case, Leonard's statements from prison, as well as the most current information regarding his art exhibits and advance sale events.

More Miles to Go

Have you traveled recently?  If so, you know that the cost of travel has increased and significantly so.

We have reached a critical time in Leonard Peltier's fight for freedom and yet we have many more miles to go before freedom is won. 

Help us defray the cost of air and ground transportation, lodgings, meals and other incidental expenses.

How?  Be a "travel buddy".  Purchase travel miles for $1.00 per mile.  It's simple.  Donate online by clicking on the button below.  Enter the quantity of miles you wish to purchase and provide all other requested information.

For example:

  • Purchase 120 travel miles ($120.00).

  • Purchase 60 travel miles for $60.00 (equal to $5.00 per month, or roughly the price of a cup of coffee at Starbucks).

  • You can sponsor any number of miles, in fact—30, or even 12 travel miles (equal to one mile or $1.00 per month). 

Easy, right?  Give it a try.


Please sponsor attorneys and other Peltier representatives as they travel to Washington, DC, to influence a clemency decision.  Sponsor attorneys for trips to Coleman, Florida, for meetings with Leonard, too.  Please also sponsor Peltier representatives as they travel to important meetings and events to help gain support for Leonard's freedom.

If you prefer, you may donate by check or money order.  Put "Miles" on the memo line. Mail your donation to LPDOC, More Miles to Go, N5679 Skylark Drive, DePere, WI 54115 . 

But don't wait.  Be a "travel buddy".  Become a sponsor, today!

T-Shirt Special

Get 20 percent off on your ONLINE order of our traditional American Indian Movement (AIM) t-shirt.

Don't wait.  Order today!

Offer ends on 05 March 2012.

Sizes M, L, XL, 2X, 3X