Greg Deal’s Leonard Peltier mural at the Albuquerque, New Mexico Peace and Justice Center, headquarters for the Peltier Defense Committee
“Leonard Peltier (born September 12, 1944) is a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM). In 1977 he was convicted and sentenced to two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first degree murder in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Peltier’s indictment and conviction have been the subject of much controversy; Amnesty International placed his case under the ‘Unfair Trials’ category of its Annual Report: USA 2010.
Peltier is incarcerated at the United States Penitentiary, Coleman in Florida. Peltier’s next scheduled parole hearing will be in July 2024. Barring appeals, parole, or presidential pardon, his projected release date is October 11, 2040.”
Indeed, Peltier is “considered by Amnesty International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many others, to be a political prisoner who should be immediately released. [….] Mr. Peltier has been in prison for over  years.”
- Call President Obama for Leonard Peltier: 202-456-1111 (White House Comment Line) or 202-456-1414 (White House Switchboard); and send a text to these numbers if your cellphone provider allows for text-to-landline service (a fee may apply) .
- Email President Obama: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/submit-questions-and-comments.
- Post a comment on Obama’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/potus/?fref=ts&hc_location=ufi or message him at https://www.facebook.com/whitehouse (or https://m.me/whitehouse).
- Send a tweet to President Obama: @POTUS or @WhiteHouse and use hashtags #FREELEONARDPELTIER #LeonardPeltier and/or #FreePeltier.
- Write a letter: President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500.
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- Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. Agents of Repression: The FBI’s Secret Wars Against the Black Panther Party and the American Indian Movement. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1988.
- Churchill, Ward and Jim Vander Wall. The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI’s Secret Wars Against Dissent in the United States. Boston, MA: South End Press, 1990.
- James, Joy, ed. Imprisoned Intellectuals: America’s Political Prisoners Write on Life, Liberation, and Rebellion. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003.
- Matthiessen, Peter. In the Spirit of Crazy Horse. New York: Viking Press, 1983.
- Peltier, Leonard (Harvey Arden, ed.) Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1999.
- Wyler, Rex. Blood of the Land: The Government and Corporate War Against First Nations. Philadelphia, PA: New Society Publishers, 1992 .