The History of Leonard Peltier
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- A message to the people from Standing Bear
- 16 March 1995. This letter by Standing Deer (a.k.a. Robert
Wilson) was written for the people on the occasion of prisoner
awareness week at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst
on Nov. 10, 1994. IN THE SPIRIT OF CRAZY HORSE by Peter
Matthiessen. Peter's book recounts, with documentation,
how in 1978 I was hired by agents of the United States to kill
Leonard Peltier in Marion prison. Rather than kill him, I
exposed the government conspiracy.
- Canadians call for a worldwide conscience to
help free Leonard Peltier
- Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, Canada, Newsletter, Spring 1995. Once again
in Canada, Feb. 6, 1995, has come and gone and with it
another prayer vigil to mark our continuous march for
justice and Leonard Peltier's freedom - a unified call
for international conscience and solidarity as expressed on
this historic day all across our homelands.
- FBI buys ads to attack Peltier clemency
- By Jon Lurie, The Circle, February
1995. When on July 7, 1993, Peltier's final appeal was
turned down, the only person with the legal power to release
him is President Clinton. The FBI may fear Clinton might act
justly and so have initiated a public relations campaign to
tell the president what is ostensibly their side of the story.
The FBI Washington Post ad coincided with the arrival of the
Walk for Justice, a group led by AIM leader Dennis Banks, which
sought to increase awareness of the Peltier case across the
- The Other Side of the Peltier Case
- A dialog from Native-L 23 June 1995. William Power's
article in the Washington Post
concerning the important book written by Matthiessen about
Peltier, and a new article by Scott Anderson that suggests
that Peltier was more of a pathetic thug than an Indian
patriot. In response, an evaluation of the Anderson article.
- Peltier Recalls Influence of Early Years
- By Anne. M. Dunn, October 1995. Recollections of his
- Peltier Continues To Resist FBI Frame-Up
- By Norton Sandler, The Militant,
20 November 1995. Based on a conversation with Lisa Faruolo,
a leader of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and editor
of the committee's bi-monthly newsletter. Now 51,
Peltier was framed up by the FBI on charges stemming from the
death in 1975 of two FBI agents in a shoot-out near Oglala, a
small community on the Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Indian
- Summary of Leonard Peltier's case
- 28 December 1995. A brief chronological overview from 1972
- Step up efforts to free Leonard Peltier
- By Jim McMahan, Workers World,
26 October 2000. The struggle to free Native political prisoner
Leonard Peltier continues to escalate this fall. On Oct. 8,
International Indigenous People's Day, some 200 people
marched and rallied on the U.S.-Canadian border here to demand
that President Bill Clinton grant executive clemency for
- BIA Agent on the FBI: What REALLY happened
- By Paul Berg, 20 December 2000. In a litter to the U.S. President,
ex-BIA agent Berg writes in regard to the case of Leonard
Peltier. He was a teacher on the Pine Ridge Reservation from
1971 to 1976. Provides insight into the historical and social
contacts that lead up to the deaths of the two FBI agents on
the Pine Ridge Reservation in June of 1975.
- Put a Close to This Sad Chapter
- Commentary by Kevin McKiernan
Los Angeles Times, 7 January 2001.
Prosecutors admit they still don't know who actually
killed the FBI agents, but Peltier, one of two dozen Indians
present, admitted that he participated in the firefight. His
conviction was upheld because he was an aider and abettor, but
the court chastised the FBI for its use of
evidence in securing Peltier's extradition from Canada and
for withholding from the jury an exculpatory ballistics test
conducted on a rifle attributed to Peltier.
- Legal team vows to fight on: No proof of guilt,
but Peltier parole denied
- By Leslie Feinberg, Workers World,
22 July 2002. FBI big-wigs, court rulings and government
officials have all confessed that they don't have the
foggiest notion of who shot two FBI agents during a government
shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota 27
years ago. Yet a hearing officer denied American Indian Movement
warrior Leonard Peltier parole on June 9.
Documents written by Leonard Peltier
- Statement of Leonard Peltier
- Wednesday 19 April 1995. Things are heating up. The
implications of the
Contract With America.
We are allowing the government to rip rights from our
childrens' hands. We are letting our elected officials
build prisons in which they will store our young people
until they are old enough to grow angry over the system
they are forced to live within. An appeal to join in
the Peltier weekend in Washington.
- Statement of Leonard Peltier on Demonstration
March to Whiteclay, Nebraska, set for July 3, 1999. LPDC press
release, 1 July 1999.
- The situation in Whiteclay has reached the boiling point.
Once again, our pleas fall on deaf ears. Our people have
legitimate concerns that must be addressed now. What
happened nearly a quarter of a century ago at Pine Ridge.
We have come full circle and we have a choice to either
mend the hoop once and for all, or go back around and
repeat the cycle of violence and destruction.