Friday, July 2, 2021

"Freedom Riders" demand release of political prisoner Leonard Peltier

by Sameena Rahman  June 21, 2021, Liberation News

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This year marks 45 years since the illegal and cruel incarceration of Leonard Peltier, a political prisoner and world-renowned fighter for Native liberation. To honor Leonard’s fight for freedom and his support for the struggle to save the environment, a group of supporters referring to themselves as Freedom Riders set out on a horseback journey from the Winnebago Nation in Omaha, Nebr., to Washington D.C. They are stopping along the way in various cities to raise awareness about Leonard’s case. 

The Freedom Riders describe their journey on their website, “As First peoples, along with our allies of all colors, we are committed to this journey across mother earth, not only for Leonard‘s freedom, but for the respect due to all of the two legged, four legged and winged beings that exist here, and for their protection and for future generations.” They will also be raising awareness about honoring Native treaties that are routinely flouted by the U.S. government. 

The Freedom Riders arrived in Washington D.C., June 21 where they are leading prayer and drum circles in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and ending with an outdoor concert. Drummers from the Oglala nation at the Pine Ridge Reservation, where the shootout that ultimately led to Leonard’s illegal imprisonment took place, are also expected to join. Since they began on June 6, the Freedom Riders have been amassing supporters along the way with rising excitement to fight for the freedom of Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier’s long fight for freedom

Peltier was wrongfully convicted for a shootout at Oglala on June 26, 1975, and surrounding events, for which the U.S. government and the FBI are solely responsible. Since then, the U.S. government has rejected numerous appeals for his freedom despite widespread requests for clemency. 



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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Urgently Needs Support

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The International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee has launched an urgent appeal for funds to support legal efforts to free this Native political prisoner, who has been held in U.S. dungeons for  45 years. 

Peltier is a leader of the American Indian Movement, who was framed and jailed for the 1975 deaths of two FBI agents who had invaded the Jumping Bull compound on Pine Ridge Reservation and started a shootout at dawn, over a warrant for alleged theft of a pair of cowboy boots. ( FBI intervention had increased following the 1973 AIM-led occupation of the town of Wounded Knee, site of the 1890 U.S. 7th Cavalry’s massacre of Big Foot’s Band of 300 Lakota, who were starving and struggling in blizzard conditions to reach the new reservation and surrender.

The ILPDC strategy is three-pronged. First, at Peltier’s request, lawyers will be working to get him transferred closer to his family on the Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. Second, his legal team will continue to work on a possible parole hearing for early summer. Third, the attorney in Peltier’s first-amendment case in Seattle, Wash., is prepared for trial this summer.

Despite strong support by former U.S. Attorney James Reynolds, 55 members of Congress and international dignitaries including Bishop Desmond Tutu, the U.S. government refuses to release Peltier, whose health is rapidly failing after more than four decades of incarceration.

To make a donation to Peltier’s legal effort and to support his campaign for freedom, please go to the ILPDC Facebook Page (  and to the fundraiser. ( This is the year to free Leonard Peltier!

Thursday, January 21, 2021


President of the United States
Vice President of the United States                                          
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500

To Joe Biden, President of the United States, and Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States:


An innocent man, Leonard Peltier is a Native American activist who was unfairly and illegally tried and convicted for his participation in a firefight on the Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. This event took place amid the high tensions and extreme violence known as the “Reign of Terror” and left one Native American and two FBI agents dead. After a trial the following year, in which two other firefight participants were acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, the FBI went to extraordinary lengths to get Leonard Peltier — someone had to pay.

Leonard Peltier was illegally extradited from Canada to face a trial filled with Constitutional violations. Since his sentencing, documents proving FBI misconduct that included the fabrication and suppression of evidence, have been revealed. During subsequent oral arguments, the US Prosecutor admitted “...we can’t prove who shot those agents.”
Leonard Peltier remains in prison.

“The FBI used Mr. Peltier as a scapegoat and they continue to do so today.”
— Don Edwards, Former FBI Agent/US Congressman
> Illegally extradited from Canada
> Thousands of documents withheld during trial
> Egregious trial conditions
> Coerced testimonies
> Fabricated affidavits

To the international community, Leonard Peltier’s imprisonment is a stain on the United States’ human rights record. Many human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, consider him a political prisoner and demand his immediate release. Now in prison for over 45 years (as of Feb 6, 2021), Leonard continues to struggle with ailing health. As a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, he would like to be able to spend the remainder of his life with his family and his people. Leonard is also an author, artist and a humanitarian who has been nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize.


Phone: (218-790-7667)

Leonard Peltier
USP Coleman I
P.O. Box 1033
Coleman, FL 33521

Sincerely, your
First Name Last Name
Address and City, State ZIP Code
Phone Number

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

A Plea for Leonard Peltier

Jai Oni

 A letter from Leonard Peltier 1/20/2021

Leonard Peltier [Tate Wikuwa (Wind Chases the Sun), Gwarthpeeplass (He Leads the People)] MUST BE FREED!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Message to National Day of Mourning 2020 from Leonard Peltier

Greetings my relatives, friends, loved ones and supporters, 

First of all, I want to thank you for the privilege of being allowed to express my feelings about this “Day of Mourning,” as we call it, and “Day of Thanksgiving,” as the rest of the U.S. calls it. Sometimes I’m at a loss for words to express all the thoughts I have going on in my head after 45 years of imprisonment. 

I do want to express my appreciation for our ancestors before us, who fought so hard that we would live today. I want to express my feelings of remembrance for the ones who were overpowered by the weapons of war coming from Europe and the pandemics they faced. Though we have been attacked by the invaders from Europe, over and over in every way possible, and everything that has been done to destroy us, our culture and traditions, we still survived until today because we are an expression of the Creator’s Will and an expression of the Creator’s Truth. We are a manifestation of that truth, that all mankind should live within the boundaries of those laws. 

There is nothing that came from Europe that has made this portion of the Earth a better place to live, but like all nature, we have survived. And nature continues to survive, though mankind is on the edge of destroying itself. The truths that our people spoke of, the need to live in harmony with each other, the Creator, the Mother Earth, and respect one another’s approach to spirituality — when expressed by non-Indians becomes a sensation around the world. We must continue to speak our truth, to live our truth and to support one another, for there lies our survival. The most powerful weapons that we can obtain are knowledge of truth and love for one another, and the practice of that truth and love. 

We must unite and work together every chance we can and embrace all others who are of like mind and willing to work to correct this worldwide pandemic of greed and selfishness that has infected the whole earth and mankind. 

On this Day of Mourning, let us again remember our relatives before us, who fought every challenge imaginable that we might survive, and in our prayers say “Thanks for not giving up. Thanks for giving your lives that we might live.” And to all of you out there, I want to say thanks for not giving up on me and my quest for freedom. May the Creator bless you in every way. Your brother always, in all ways. 

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse and Resistance, 

Mitakuye Oyasin, 


Leonard Peltier

National Day of Mourning, Plymouth, Mass., Nov. 26.

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