International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
Leonard Peltier’s Statement On The Passing Of Chief Billy Redwing Tayac: Greetings Mark, Gabi, all the Tayac family, the Piscataway Nation and friends. My deepest condolences to you and I send prayers of solace. I was deeply saddened when I heard of Billy’s passing. I...
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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.
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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What Can I Do?
Browse the history and case documents of the trial and learn more about Leonard Peltier.
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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”