International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee


International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

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FBI’s opposition to releasing Leonard Peltier driven by vendetta, says ex-agent

The FBI’s repeated opposition to the release of Leonard Peltier is driven by vindictiveness and misplaced loyalties, according to a former senior agent close to the case who is the first agency insider to call for clemency for the Indigenous rights activist who has been held in US maximum security prisons for almost five decades.

"Plant A Tree For Me": Leonard Peltier Reflects on Hitting 48 Years in Prison

“The United States of America has kept me locked up because I am American Indian,” said the ailing Indigenous rights activist who Biden could free, but hasn’t.


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Seven U.S. Senators Ask President to Release Leonard Peltier

Hundreds Of Indigenous Artists, Hollywood Stars Urge Biden To Release Leonard Peltier

Dr. Nick Estes’, Kul Wicasa Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, responDs to President Biden’s appearance at the White House Tribal Nations Summit.

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We are excited to announce the launch of the Leonard Peltier Official Merchandise Shop. Native colors and traditional designs, as well as fragments of Leonard’s artwork appear throughout the merchandise line. Additionally, a portion of every sale goes back to the Leonard Peltier Defense Fund, setup to support Leonard’s legal expenses as well as set him up for the day he walks free again.

We are the hub of communication between Leonard Peltier and his program coordinators, the general public, government officials, political and tribal leaders, the media, and his supporters worldwide.

Who Is Leonard Peltier?

Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent over 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice.

WARRIOR: The Life of Leonard Peltier
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What Can I Do?

Learn About the Case

Browse the history and case documents of the trial and learn more about Leonard Peltier.

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Raise awareness for Leonard Peltier anywhere in the world. Read our tips on how to host a successful event.

Peltier’s Release is Widely Supported

The National Congress of American Indians (representative of over 500 Indian nations in the United States) unanimously passed an historic resolution on Mr. Peltier’s behalf in late 2011. Various other governments, dignitaries, and human rights organizations from around the world have also called for Leonard Peltier’s release.

James Reynolds Former US Attorney  said (The Guardian 01/04/2017) of Leonard, “You’re not really participating in the crime yourself. Just because you’re there, you’re going to get nailed.” Citing Peltier’s motives, Reynolds added, “he didn’t go out there with the intention to kill anybody. He was trying to protect his people”

Note:  Much of the information contained on this site is derived from “In the Spirit of Crazy Horse” by the renowned author Peter Matthiessen. The book is the definitive work on the American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Peltier case. The author successfully defended against lawsuits brought by former Governor and Congressman William Janklow from South Dakota (convicted of manslaughter in 2003, jailed, and forced to resign his congressional seat in disgrace) and FBI Special Agent David Price in three different states, surviving an eight-year litigation. As acknowledged by the courts, Matthiessen’s “reputation for not being sensationalistic or scandalous is well known. He is a highly respected author and his works have received wide acclaim.”

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