Leonard Peltier (Anishinaabe and Dakota), activist and artist, was a leader for the American Indian Movement (AIM) in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. He was asked by the people of Pine Ridge to support and protect the traditional people being targeted for violence. Peltier and a small group of young AIM members set up camp on a ranch owned by the traditional Jumping Bull family.
On June 26, 1975 two FBI agents in unmarked cars followed a pick-up truck onto the Jumping Bull ranch. Shots were heard and a shoot-out erupted. More than 150 agents, and law enforcement surrounded the ranch.
According to FBI documents, more than 40 Native Americans participated in the gunfight, but only AIM members Bob Robideau, Darrell Butler, and Leonard Peltier were brought to trial. Leonard Peltier was convicted for the deaths of two FBI agents who died during a 1975 shoot-out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Mr. Peltier has been in prison for over 4 decades.
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, consider Peltier to be a political prisoner who should be immediately released.
Call (202) 456-1111 to demad Leonard Peltier's release. He is held at USP-Coleman I in Florida. Register number 89637-132.
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