International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
President Biden, listen to Indigenous voices: Free Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (ND), is in his 48th year of imprisonment. He is serving two life sentences for aiding and abetting in the deaths of two FBI agents during a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation in South Dakota in 1975 – a case where his co-defendants, principally charged with the crime, were found not guilty on grounds of self-defense. Mr. Peltier will be 79 years old on September 12, 2023 – now a frail and elderly man who continues to serve out his sentence at the maximum-security facility at the United States Penitentiary – Coleman, in central Florida. Imprisoned at the age of 32, his conviction is turning into a de facto death sentence.
Top Indigenous Leaders Press Biden On Why He Hasn’t Freed Leonard Peltier
Fawn Sharp, the president of the National Congress of American Indians, said in a Monday letter to Biden that he regularly talks about his commitment to strengthening the federal government’s relationship with Native communities. But lost in that commitment is doing anything about Peltier, the Indigenous rights activist the U.S. government put in prison nearly 50 years ago after a trial riddled with misconduct and lies.
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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SENATOR MARKEY JOINS SENATOR SCHATZ, COLLEAGUES IN URGING PRESIDENT BIDEN TO COMMUTE NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVIST LEONARD PELTIER’S SENTENCE
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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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.
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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”