20 April, 2022 – HuffPost – Jennifer Bendery
The FBI Says It Still Opposes
Leonard Peltier’s Freedom.
Its Argument Is Full Of Holes.
30 January, 2022 – Letter-Action – Michael Moore
Bury My Heart with Leonard Peltier
31 January, 2022 – DemocracyNow – Kevin Sharp
Leonard Peltier Has COVID; His Lawyer
— an Ex-Federal Judge —
Calls for Native Leader to Be Freed
For updated information, visit the web site for the
You can write directly to Leonard Peltier, here:
Leonard Peltier #89637-132
USP Coleman I- Penitentiary
P.O. BOX 1033
Coleman, FL 33521
Call the White House Comment Line
202-456-1111 or 202-456-1112
Tuesday thru Thursday – 11am to 3pm
26 June, 2013 – Leonard Peltier
Statement From Leonard on Oglala Commemoration
26 June, 2013 – Indian Country – Gale Courey Toensing
Leonard Peltier Day
Honors Imprisoned Native Icon
whose avenues of redress have long been exhausted….Amnesty International
recognizes that a retrial is no longer a feasible option and believes that
Leonard Peltier should be immediately and unconditionally released.
Time for Human Rights on Native Ground
Executive Clemency for Leonard Peltier
13 December, 2012 – Democracy Now – War and Peace
Native American Activist Leonard Peltier’s
Jailhouse Plea for Long-Denied Clemency
13 December, 2012
After Rebuff by Clinton, Actor Peter Coyote Joins New
Push to Sway Obama on Leonard Peltier Clemency
14 December, 2012 – NYC – Beacon Theatre
Bring Leonard Peltier Home 2012 Concert
Jackson Browne, P. Seeger, H. Belafonte, B. Cockburn +
06 February, 2012, Anniversary Message from Leonard Peltier
Greetings to my relations, my friends, and to my many supporters the world over.
It is that time again. Another year has passed, and on February 6th I will be marking 36 years since my arrest. During all this time, my family and allies have discovered just how far the government will go to wrongfully convict and imprison someone they know is innocent. They do this as a message—first to Indians, and further to anyone who might stand up to injustice—as if to say, “We will do as we please”.
From the day of my arrest until now, through you my supporters, I have been honored with many activist and humanitarian awards. I thank you for keeping awareness of me and my case alive. Your commitment has really been a special experience for me.
In addition many celebrities, political figures, and organizations have called for my release, including 55 members of Congress. This last November, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) passed a permanent resolution calling for my release. Well let’s hope its not that permanent. The NCAI has committed to being directly involved with my case so that the message from Washington to Indian people does not remain, “We will do as we please”.
Still, despite all this attention and with all the leaders and people of conscience calling for my release, I have been kept in this iron cage. They have even kept me longer than their own laws say they can. With evidence corroborating that I did not receive a fair trial, with proof of government misconduct, with admissions by government officials that they do not know who killed those two agents that day at the Jumping Bull property, here I sit. “We will do as we please.”
Recently, as many of you know, an act was passed and signed into law that allows for indefinite detention of American citizens without charge or trial. This is perhaps the final straw, the final nail in the coffin of American freedom, the end of habeas corpus and due process. “We will do as we please.”
We Indians said it for generations: If they can kill us indiscriminately, they will do it to anyone. If they can take our land, they will do it to anyone. If they can kidnap our children and take them to prison schools, they will do it to anyone. If they can starve us and lie to us, they will do it to anyone. If they can wrongfully imprison us, they will do it to anyone. Now, sadly, this is another Indian prophecy fulfilled. “We will do as we please.”
Our ancestors and tribal people all over the world prophesized a time of upheaval and great change. I believe that time is fast approaching. I believe a part of this is the government’s ongoing overreach of its authority—until the people rise up and tell Washington, “You will NOT do as you please! We are NOT your slaves! We will NOT be subjugated! We will NOT be ruled by an iron fist! We will NOT allow you to steal our liberty or our justice!”
My friends, my relatives, my supporters—Be a part of this latest, perhaps the last “Indian uprising”. Make your voice heard! Be a part of the brave Movement to come, the Movement that will change the course of human history. Make change and hope and peace and justice a part of your personal legacy. Be the change that you envision and know in your heart must take place.
Do this, and on the day you take your last breath and prepare to meet Creator, you will know your life on this Earth was well spent. Close your eyes knowing you used your breath and energy to Creator’s good purpose. Smile as you cross over knowing you changed the world so that the next seven generations can know a good life. Do these things and know that I am with you. I will embrace you as my relations—in this life or the next.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Artwork by Leonard PelterLeonard Peltier in prison in 1985,
holding up one of his paintings. He has become an established
artist while in prison. – MPI VIA GETTY IMAGES
See these Flyby News Archive issues:
July 28, 2009 – Updated 8/23
Leonard Peltier’s Parole Denied – Updated
– – Eric Seitz ~ Leonard Peltier Attorney ~
Response on Parole Denial – Fri, 21 Aug 2009
June 1, 2009 – Item 3
Parole Letter for Leonard Peltier; time for freedom
January 21, 2009 – Item 1
Leonard Peltier brutalized, life in jeopardy!
February 6, 2008 – Item 2
Why David Geffen Hates Hillary & Bill Clinton * Failure to pardon Leonard Peltier a travesty
December 18, 2007 – Item 2
Leonard Peltier: A POW of America’s Energy Wars
September 7, 2007 – Item 3
Kucinich Recently on Leonard Peltier
July 30, 2007 – Item 2
Corrupt FBI – Families Get $101 Million In Wrongful Conviction
– – Three Decades of Injustice [and counting] for Leonard Peltier
May 17, 2007 – Item 3
A Native Perspective on Virginia Tech Headlines
September 1, 2005 – Item 2
Court room eyewitness: Peltier is a political prisoner
August 19, 2005 – Item 3
Note from Leonard Peltier, transferred to Lewisburg, PA
August 5, 2005 – Item 4
Leonard Peltier’s Plight
June 10, 2005 – Item 3
Peltier Hearing ~ June 15 ~ Lakota Sovereignty at Stake
September 05, 2004 – Item 4
Leonard Peltier and Yorie Von Kahl sue government for illegal imprisonment
June 23, 2004 – Item 7
Leonard Peltier – eagle soars in the circle for freedom
– – Message from Leonard
– – Leonard Peltier: America’s Political Prisoner
– – Oglala and other June 26 Commemoration Events
February 5, 2004 – Item 3
Leonard Peltier Nominated for 2004 Nobel Peace Prize
– – Unfinished business in Indian country (BBC News article)
January 30, 2004 – Item 4
Flyby News to Presidential Candidates
April 27, 2003 – Item 4
Chair of Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Statement of Resignation
December 20, 2002 – Item 4
Court Rules Peltier’s Appeal Too Late for Sentence Reduction
December 13, 2002 – Item 4
December Statement of Leonard Peltier
December 2, 2002 – Item 2
Canadian members of Parliament: Free Leonard Peltier!
August 17, 2002 – Item 3
Leonard Peltier: man, soldier and symbol
June 26, 2002 – Item 1
Leonard Peltier: Until Freedom Is Won
February 3, 2002 — Item 2
February 6 – 26th Anniversary of Leonard Peltier’s Arrest
Talking Points to contact Vermont Senator, Patrick D Leahy, Judicial Committee Chairman
April 4, 2002 — Item 3
Leonard Peltier Files Lawsuit Against FBI Today
May 15, 2002 — Item 1
Letters Needed to Free Leonard Peltier by Parole
July 19, 2001 – Item 2
Peltier Responds to Threat Made In His Name
June 25, 2001 – Items 1 and 2
Peltier/FBI Review Letter to Patrick Leahy * The Case of Leonard Peltier
“Evidence and Documentation of a Wrongful Conviction”
February 7, 2001
Peltier Storm ^ Quarter of a Century Mark
January 30, 2001 – Items 1 and 2
International Day of Protest for the Arrest of Leonard Peltier * Statement of Fedelia Cross, of the Oglala Lakota Nation
January 20, 2001
Leonard Peltier Defense Committee’s Statement: “DAY OF SHAME”
January 20, 2001
Peltier Denied Freedom (Clemency)
January 1, 2001- Items 1 and 2
Time for Human Rights on Native Ground * Excerpts from Peltier’s Prison Writings
December 26, 2000
Peltier Clemency Coverage
December 22, 2000 – Items 1, 2, and 3
Unprecedented FBI Anti-Clemency-Peltier Demonstration Criticized * Wall Street Journal’s Erroneous Anti Peltier Editorial * Statements from Religious Leaders on Peltier’s Behalf
December 5, 2000 – Item 2
Belgian Second Resolution for Peltier
December 2, 2000 – Item 2
Speakers’ Schedule for Truth and Reconciliation Walk
Human Rights Day 2000 – Time to Free Leonard Peltier
November 26, 2000
Leonard Peltier and Myrtle Poor Bear’s Tortured Testimony
November 19, 2000
Peltier 7-Year Clemency Anniversary <> Truth and Reconciliation Walk
November 13, 2000
Breakthrough News for Leonard Peltier
President Clinton had publicly confirmed that Leonard’s clemency petition has reached his office, and that it will be decided one way or the other in the very near future.
June 13, 2000
Peltier’s Parole Denied Before Hearing Completed?
December 4, 1999 – Item 4
Candidate Bradley About Peltier
September 12, 1999
Cassini and Peltier: What’s the connection?
This above issue also links to this excellent article in the London Guardian — Chief behind bars
“I have nothing on my conscience at all.”
– U.S. Prosecutor Lynn Crooks
Leonard Peltier’s book:
Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance
Published by St. Martins Press, NYC 1999
Archbishop Desmond Tutu on April 18, 1999 stated:
“I have been reading in Leonard Peltier’s book, and about
an hour ago I spoke with him…. He is a remarkable person and
the depth of his spirituality shows….I would hope that the campaign
to have him freed will succeed. I certainly support it passionately
Because it is a blot on the judicial system of this country that
ought to be corrected as quickly as possible.”
Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu also stated that
Leonard Peltier's Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance, is:
“A deeply moving and very disturbing story of a gross miscarriage of justice
and an eloquent cri de coeur of Native Americans for redress and to be regarded
as human beings with inalienable rights guaranteed under the United States Constitution
as any other citizens. We pray that it does not fall on deaf ears. America owes it to herself.”
For excerpts from Leonard’s book, see Item 2:
Time for Human Rights on Native Ground
The Leonard Peltier Defense Committee requested that supporters of Leonard Peltier contact the House Government Reform Committee, which is holding hearings on FBI misconduct relating to wrongful convictions. The hearings were prompted by the release of two Boston men who were framed by the FBI and held wrongfully in prison for more than 32 years. Their two co-defendants, also innocent, died in prison. Congressman Burton, who chairs the committee, said on 60 Minutes recently that he will be looking into other cases. Let’s let him know about Leonard Peltier! Write, and ask your friends, family, and neighbors to write letters.
For Leonard Peltier’s June 26, 2003 Statement, see:
Leonard Peltier – Oglala Statement and Strategy
1) Salvati and Peltier – Evidences of FBI Misconduct
Honorable Dan Burton
Chairman, Government Reform Committee
2157 Rayburn House Office Bldg.
Washington, DC 20515
Dear Congressman Burton,
I have been following the case of James Salvati, and appreciate your interest to consider looking into other cases that may show other evidences of FBI misconduct. Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned for 26 years. His case and the background of his case is riddled with all sorts of documented FBI wrongdoings. On May 17, 2000, Congressman Porter sponsored a two hour congressional briefing on Leonard Peltier and related circumstances on the Pine Ridge reservation. Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu Tum, Amnesty International, Ernie Stevens Jr. of the National Congress of American Indians, Author Peter Matthiessen, Journalist Kevin McKiernan, shoot-out survivor Nilak Butler, reign of terror survivor Debra White Plume, shoot-out aftermath witness Jean Day, and lawyers Bruce Ellison and Jennifer Harbury testified to a full room of human rights leaders and Congressional staff of numerous human, civil, and constitutional rights violations involved in the Peltier case. The Peltier defense committee, or the editor of FlybyNews.com, could send you a copy of this briefing, recorded onto a one-hour video tape. Please let them know, if interested..
Among the evidences of an unfair trial for Leonard Peltier are documents showing that although the prosecution and government directly pointed the finger at Peltier for shooting the agents at close range during the trial, three years later it was shown that critical ballistic test results were concealed from the defense and the jury, proving that the fatal bullets could not have come from the gun tied to Mr. Peltier. The exposure of the test prompted the U.S. Prosecutor to admit during subsequent oral arguments, “we can’t prove who shot those agents”. The Eighth Circuit found that “There is a possibility that the jury would have acquitted Leonard Peltier had the records and data improperly withheld from the defense been available to him in order to better exploit and reinforce the inconsistencies casting strong doubts upon the government’s case.” Yet, a new trial was denied. Judge Heaney, who authored the denial now supports Mr. Peltier’s release, stating that the FBI used improper tactics to gain Mr. Peltier’s conviction.
Other supporters for Peltier’s freedom include Amnesty International, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Coretta Scott King, Nelson Mandela, many members of Congress and millions of people, an entire race of people, who have suffered enough by unfair, and even racist government behavior. Given all of the above, I am asking you to include the Peltier case in your investigations. We request the subpoena of the 6,000+ FBI documents that remain secret. These could show the motivation behind the FBI’s acts of misconduct. The evidences of the Salvati case shows the seriousness of the charge that the FBI in some cases are threatening our democracy and an individual’s human rights. It is time for accountability, and review of such cases showing evidences of FBI misconduct, and abuse of human rights, democracy, and justice.
For more information contact:
Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee
P.O. Box 7488, Fargo, ND 58106
Phone: 701/235-2206; E-mail: contact(at}whoisleonardpeltier[dot]info
For the Flyby News Archive issue featuring a Canadian article with a testimonial of Myrtle Poor Bear, see:
“Woman Who Implicated Activist in Killings Says She Was Forced Into It By FBI”
By Kirk Makin, Justice Reporter, Toronto
(Published by The Globe & Mail – November 11, 2000)
Leonard Peltier Congressional Briefing Video
On May 17, 2000, Congressman John Porter sponsored a congressional briefing on the case of Leonard Peltier and its related circumstances on the Pine Ridge reservation. This video contains testimonies on Leonard Peltier and related circumstances on the Pine Ridge reservation, which includes the Constitutional misconduct of the FBI. Featured is testimony from Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Rigoberta Menchu Tum; acclaimed human rights activist and attorney, Jennifer Harbury; Pine Ridge reign of terror survivor, Debbie White Plume; shoot-out survivor, Nilak Butler; LPDC spokesperson and survivor, Jean Day; former NPR journalist, Kevin McKiernan; Amnesty International Advocacy Director, Carlos Salinas; National Congress of American Indians Executive Officer, Ernie Stevens Jr., and Leonard Peltier’s lawyer since trial and expert in FBI activities on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Bruce Ellison.
Kevin McKiernan, journalist, stated: “[I] was there on June 25, 1975, outside the Jumping Bull ranch on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, when some of the bullets were flying.” In his editorial, he provides eye witness account to the “climate of fear” on Pine Ridge 27 years ago, saying that “it matched anything I have experienced reporting from war zones like El Salvador and the Middle East.” Mr. McKiernan concurs with Judge Heaney who wrote in his clemency plea, “At some time, the healing process must begin. We as a nation must recognize their unique culture and their great contribution to our nation.”
Nilak Butler, one of the survivors of the Pine Ridge Reservation's "Reign of Terror" and who testified at the Congressional briefing hearing, (see above), passed from this world on December 26th, 2002.
We wish to express condolences to her family, friends, and colleagues.
On the Passing of Nilak Butler: A Statement from Leonard
I am deeply saddened by the news I received regarding the passing of my good friend and sister in the struggle, Nilak Butler…Nilak was a strong and courageous woman who was admired by all those who knew her.
I remember those early days when she took the responsibility of placing herself out in front on many issues seeking to correct the wrongs and gain justice for our people. She fought so hard all her life against these injustices perpetuated against us. Nilak knew the meaning of sacrifice as she always put the needs of the people ahead of her personal needs. Her humor and her dedication will always stand out. She is one of the finest examples of the strength and courage of Native women that I know.
We will all certainly miss her presence in the struggle and miss her as a friend. We must honor her life by picking up where she left off. We must continue this struggle to ensure the future of the coming generations.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Peacepipe Network – temporary host of the LPDC – Update – 18 February 2003
While we are all waiting for the new official LPDC website, here are some sites sent in by readers of the last email. If you know of some sites with good Leonard Peltier information, send them in. It would also be nice to provide everyone with a complete list of LPSG and AIM websites around the world, if you have any of these, or any other links of interest, send them to me soon. We are also hoping to collect audio, video and pictures from LPSG’s around the world who attend Feb 15 2003 Peace March events. Already we have heard from the UK, Texas, Seattle, and New York. Let us know what you saw and what you have, and then we can create a new page with supporters from around the globe. Email me soon at email@example.com
Reader Suggested ~ Leonard Peltier Supporter Websites :
UNTIL FREEDOM IS WON !!!
Crazy Horse: Strange Man of the Oglalas
A classic book written by Mari Sandoz, published in 1938, is a biography called: Crazy Horse: Strange Man of the Oglalas. She interviewed living witnesses to chronicle this sacred life, and the betrayal, not just from the US government, but also by those of his own people. Yet the story of the past is a light post about evolutionary politics, and uniting to transform the US government with a democracy. For us to unite effectively, as one people, the lessons of Crazy Horse and Leonard Peltier must come to light, and we need to unite behind what is good in the USA, before darkness covers life from all human perceptions in this world.
The following information is excerpted from Colonial & Postcolonial Literary Dialogues. The dialog in this case is about the biography written by Mari Sandoz, Crazy Horse: the Strange Man of the Oglalas. Flyby News highly recommends reading this book.
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Crazy Horse: The Strange Man of the Oglalas
‘Crazy Horse’ is a biography of one of the most famous Native American warriors in recent history. Mari Sandoz, the author, interviewed dozens of Crazy Horse’s people in the 1930’s, all of them by then old people. From interviews, facts, and letters, she constructed this semi-fictionalized biography of the great Sioux warrior. He is most famous for defeating Custer at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, but there was much more to his life than merely that one battle. The book attempts to describe and chart the lives of Crazy Horse and his Sioux people during the mid to late nineteenth century, during which they were enduring the immense pressures of the United States’ Indian Wars, as well as settlers pressure on the Sioux land.
Mari Sandoz tells us Crazy Horse was born in or around the year 1842 to Sioux parents on Rapid Creek, in an area called the Black Hills, or Paha Sapa. The Black Hills were the center of Sioux land, which spread out into what is now called Wyoming, Nebraska, South and North Dakota, and Montana. The young boy was light-skinned compared to his people, and his hair was light-colored and curly, earning him his childhood name of ‘Curly.’
When still just a pre-teen, Curly witnessed the shooting of some of his people by the Army, led by a man named Grattan. The shooting was over the loss of a cow, something ridiculous. This was one of dozens of incidents in the book where clashes between the whites and the Indians went badly; growing up with these types of things happening to his people constantly, Crazy Horse vowed to protect his people from the whites’ invasion of Sioux land.
From bravery in battle, ‘Curly’ was granted the name of his father, Crazy Horse. Quickly he was recognized for his cunning, as well as bravery and skill in battle. Often Crazy Horse led decoys in battles, like in the Fetterman Massacre and Platte Bridge battles. There were many other Sioux warriors and leaders besides Crazy Horse who helped (often in giving up their lives) the effort of their people to keep their homeland. Others mentioned and chronicled in the book are Sitting Bull (the medicine man who once cut out 100 pieces of his own skin in order to get a vision), Young Man Afraid of His Horse, Spotted Tail, Worm (Crazy Horse’s father’s name in later life), Red Cloud, Touch the Clouds, Little Big Man, American Horse, Conquering Bear, He Dog, and Dull Knife.
Throughout the book there are mentions of promises and treaties struck up between the US government and the Indians, including the famous one that used the phrase ‘as long as grass grows and rivers run.’ Of course none of them worked, as eventually each and every one crumbled beneath the weight of westward expansion, manifest destiny, and an insatiable desire harboured by the whites for not just more land, but all of the land. The embodiment of the Indians’ plight and frantic struggle for their precious homeland was in the Battle of the Little Big Horn (recounted in Crazy Horse, as well as from the white perspective in Sandoz’ book The Battle of the Little Big Horn). Perhaps the most famous of all battles between Indians and the US government, this one went down as the greatest defeat by the Indians in history.
General Custer (ironically known for his long, curly hair, too) and his soldiers were completely wiped out by the Sioux. But even this great conquest against the invading forces of the whites was not enough to stop the ever-encroaching tide of people. They kept coming and coming, eventually overwhelming even the Sioux by sheer numbers, and by killing their main food source, buffalo.
In a vision, Crazy Horse saw himself with a pebble in his hair in a hailstorm, protected from everything. In every battle he painted his horse in hailstones, and hung his medicine stone in a knot in his hair. The medicine held true, as he was never harmed by enemy bullets in any of his many skirmishes and wars. In the end, true to his vision, it was one of his own people who aided in his death. Two Sioux warriors, then turned into guards for the white men, were holding Crazy Horse’s arms while he struggled against going into a prison, where he knew he would die. A soldier stabbed him several times with a bayonet in the back, resulting in his death.
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Sandoz, Mari. Crazy Horse: the Strange Man of the Oglalas.
Nebraska: Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press, 1971.
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Mari Sandoz literary page link (books for sale and some info) :
Sheridan County Publishing
117 North Main Street
Gordon, NE 69343
Ph/Fax: (308) 282-9972
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Publisher: University Of Nebraska Press
Retail Price: $ 14.95
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