International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

“In the aftermath of the Pine Ridge shootout, Peltier fled to Canada, where he was taken into RCMP custody in February 1976. The arrest was based on an affidavit signed by a woman named Myrtle Poor Bear. Poor Bear claimed to be Peltier’s girlfriend and told U.S. federal agents that she witnessed Peltier shooting at federal agents. Shortly after signing the affidavit, Myrtle Poor Bear recanted her story and admitted that not only had she never met Leonard Peltier, she was nowhere near the gunfight. Her bogus statement is just one of many glaring inconsistencies in the federal case that led to Peltier’s 40-year incarceration.”

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