|Painting by Leonard Peltier|
from New Observations magazine interview
Federal Bureau of Prisons
320 1st St NW
Washington, DC 20534
President of the United States
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20500
To NAME, President of the United States:
PLEASE GRANT EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY TO LEONARD PELTIER
WHO IS LEONARD PELTIER?
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 44 years, 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.
INTERNATIONAL LEONARD PELTIER DEFENSE COMMITTEE