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Leonard Peltier In The News....


LEGAL UPDATE: Writ of Habeas - Filed by Leonard Peltier Concerning the Federal Parole Commission Not Setting Parole


Editorial: Leonard Peltier Justice and the President, The Windsor Star


Letters from Leonard Peltier: Reminder of Genocide Against Indians, by Saeed Shabazz, staff writer, FCN Publishing,


PELTIER CONVICTION: FBI Office is Pursued for Data Tied to '70s Case, by Mark Sommer, Buffalo News


Court Denies Peltier Parole Hearing, by David Melmer, Indian Country Today


PRESS RELEASE: 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Leonard Peltier's Appeal for Parole, from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee


Summary of Appeal:
10th Circuit Court of Appeals


Peltier Loses Appeal: Federal Judges Reject Parole Hearing for Indian Activist, By Karen Abbott, Rocky Mountain News


EDITORIAL: Peltier Case, Canada Has a Role to Play, Windsor Star, Sept. 24, 2003


Peltier Supporters Fill Courtroom for Hearing, by Jim Hughes, Denver Post, Sept 21, 2003

The Case of Leonard Peltier; Native American Political Prisoner - The U.N. Observer, Sept. 30, 2003. ....[more]

Judges to Hear Pleas for Indian Activist Peltier's Parole, by Jim Hughes, Denver Post, September 15, 2003

‘Thrilling’ Video Inspires Young Director: On the Celebrity Trail from Hollywood (Daughter of Leonard Peltier), Indian Country Today, August 6, 2003

The Legacy of Wounded Knee: Argus Leader Feature Series

In the Spirit of Leonard Peltier
By Ed Ritchie, AlterNet, July 23, 2003

Leonard Peltier: America's Political Prisoner, Pravda.Ru, 7/18/2003. -- In America, is there justice for all? In a special editorial written for, David R. Hoffman explains how the American legal system works and does not work.

National Union Statement on National Aboriginal Day: National Union of Public and General Employees, Canada .... enforcement officers and prison staff. • Inquiry in to the extradition of Leonard Peltier. • Action on land and treaty disputes .... Jun 20, 2003

Related News

John Graham Released On Bail: Defense Committee Update, January 15, 2004

Canadian Accused of Killing AIM Activist May Get Out of Jail, by Carson Walker, Associated Press, Jan. 12, 2004

The Case of Leonard Peltier, by Tacoma LPSG, Infoshop News, Jan. 9, 2004

Peltier on Janklow Conviction; "It does not change the terrible conditions that my people face daily." by Sam Lewin, Native American Times, Jan. 6, 2004

Updates and information on the Case of John Graham can be found at the following Web Sites:
John Graham Defense Committee

Free John Graham

Upcoming Peltier Support Event in Tacoma, WA

Native Blames FBI for Murder of Aquash, by Charlie Smith,, Dec. 18, 2003

Client Not Guilty, Says Graham's Lawyer, CBC (Canada) Dec. 8, 2003

Leonard Responds to the Recent Arrest of John Boy Graham in Vancouver, BC, Dec. 5, 2003

Former Lawman Raises Doubts About Arrest in 1975 Murder: Amnesty International Backs Canadian Facing Extradition to U.S., by Suzanne Fournier, The Province (Canada), Dec. 5, 2003

Patton Arrested in Aquash Slaying, by David Melmer, ICT, Dec. 05, 2003

RELEVANT TO PELTIER CASE: AP - FBI Bullet Analyses Flawed, Imprecise, By John Solomon, Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2003 - Also see Peltier: Statement of Fact #11

RELEVANT TO PELTIER CASE: AP - FBI Bullet Analyses Flawed, Imprecise, By John Solomon, Associated Press, Nov. 21, 2003 - Also see Peltier: Statement of Fact #11

Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash: Family Disappointed Murder Trial Delayed, Associated Press, Rapid City Journal, September 17, 2003

FOIA Rules Not Seen Affecting Information, by Jesse J. Holland, Associated Press Writer, Sept. 15, 2003

Suspect in Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash Slaying To Stand Trial in February, by Carson Walker, Rapid City Journal, September 13, 2003

Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash: Delay Asked in Trial for 1975 Killing, by Carson Walker, Rapid City Journal, Sept.10, 2003

FBI Men Allege Retaliation for Testimony, by Curt Anderson, Associated Press Writer, July 22, 2003

Peltier's Paintings Featured in Exhibit
The Wichita Eagle - April 4, 2003

Peltier Seeks Continued Support in Holiday Message
The Topeka Capital-Journal
by Matt Moline
January 1, 2003

U.S. Appeals Court Rejects Peltier's Sentence-Reduction Bid
JIM SUHR Associated Press
Dec. 12, 2002

Peter Worthington


The Right Thing
Toronto Sun
November 29, 2002

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Peltier Case Scrutinized in Commons Debate
By Dan Lemoal
The First Perspective

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The Globe and Mail (Canada)
MPs Call for Probe of Peltier Extradition
Wednesday, November 20, 2002

BULLETIN: Leonard Peltier's Case Debated in Canada's House of Parliament on November 19, 2002 -- Renews the Call for a Public Inquiry Commission into Mr. Peltier's 1976 Extradition Proceeding -- by Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (Coalition), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 17, 2002

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Leonard Peltier Debate in Canadian Parliament (PDF File) November 19, 2002

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Peltier Seeks Reduction in Prison Sentence
Wednesday, October 9, 2002

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Mpls. Star Tribune:
Leonard Peltier's Attorneys Seek Change in Sentence
By Lucy Y. Her
Oct 9, 2002

Duluth News Tribune:
Attorney seeks American Indian activist's freedom
Wed. Oct. 09, 2002

Grand Forks Herald:
Peltier's attorneys seek his freedom
Wed. Oct. 09, 2002

Inmate Peltier Remains Active in Philanthropy, Creative Outlets
By Matt Moline
Special to the Capitol-Journal
August 10, 2002

Peltier Defense Scouring Evidence; Advocates Hope FBI Documents Contain Proof of Indian's Innocence
By Mindie Paget
Sunday, July 21, 2002

Ramsey Clark - Former U.S. Attorney General

Peltier Denied Parole As New FBI Documents Released

By Connie Parish
Times Staff Writer
Tuesday, July 10, 2002

(Pictured) Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General, Attorney for Peltier

Peltier Supporters Pin Hopes on Papers:
Defense Committee Combing Thousands of FBI Documents
By Joel Mathis, News Reporter
Monday, July 8, 2002

"Your Tax Dollars At Work" by Nokwisa Yona, July 15, 2000. ...Since when does a division of the federal government launch a campaign to keep a federal prisoner from parole or clemency?......

Leonard Peltier's grandaughter, Alexandra Peltier, makes front page of Lawrence Journal World: Teen-ager embraces famous family ties" By Tom Meagher, Journal-World Reporter, Thursday, July 20, 2000

Building Mural About Leonard In Belfast, Ireland

Coverstory: Caged Warrior Boulder Weekly Interviews Leonard Peltier

Washington Post Covers Peltier: Sunday, January 16, 2000

Leonard Peltier: The Nelson Mandela of America by Peter Worthington, The Toronto Sun; Sunday, May 30, 1999

Ramsey Clark Pleads Clemency for Peltier by Trace DeMeyer, News From Indian Country; June 20, 1997

Presentation by Ramsey Clark, Former U.S. Attorney General; June 20, 1997, Native American Journalists Association's Annual Conference; Minneapolis, Minnesota

About Prisons

By Colman McCarthy
Sunday, January 16, 2000
The Washington Post: Page X13

From inside and outside the nation's prisons, six authors ask whether better methods exist for deterring and punishing crime. They answer yes.

As prison construction increases by leaps and the number of people caged in them by bounds, so also are there surges in the flow of prison literature. It ranges from cell-bound first person accounts of lockdown living to sociological essays confirming the negative results of mass imprisonment that former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder spoke of in 1992:

"It is absolutely insane the amount of money we spend on corrections. What we have been doing is not right. But it's very difficult for politicians, and I am one of them, to say we have been wrong and that we've got to revisit, revise and restructure the whole system."

Part of the costly system of which Wilder speaks is Virginia's death row, the scene of more executions since colonial times than any of the other 37 death-penalty states. In Dead Run: the Untold Story of Dennis Stockton and America's Only Mass Escape from Death Row (Times Books, $25), Joe Jackson and William F. Burke Jr. take us into the shadows of Mecklenburg Correctional Center, in south-central Virginia, a facility packed with the condemned. Jackson, a reporter at the Virginian-Pilot from 1985 to 1997, and Burke, an editor there since 1980, examine in masterful detail the realities of death row from 1983 to 1995. The dates span the confinement of Dennis Stockton.


Jackson and Burke, a pair of conscientious and hard-digging journalists, did their double- and triple-checking to get their story. "We found over the years that Stockton was surprisingly reliable concerning details," they write of a man who, in the end, proved to be a gifted writer himself.

The same can be said for Leonard Peltier. That is the Anglo name -- though he is not an Anglo -- of Tate Wikuwa, which in the Lakota language means Wind Chases the Sun. Peltier does not consider himself an American, that too being an imposed name. Of Ojibway and Dakota Sioux bloodlines, he calls himself "a native of Great Turtle Island. . . . I am of the Okce Wicasa -- the Common People, the Original People. Our sacred land is under occupation, and we are now all prisoners, not just me."

Peltier's steel and concrete cell is in the Leavenworth, Kan., federal prison. At 55, he is in the 24th year of a double life sentence after a 1976 conviction in Fargo, N.D., for the murder of FBI agents Jack Coler and Ronald Williams. Versions of the trial and pre-trial events -- false affidavits, FBI coercion and intimidation of witnesses, suppression of exo-nerating evidence, prosecutorial inconsistencies -- can be found in Peter Matthiessen's In the Spirit of Crazy Horse: The Story of Leonard Peltier and the FBI's War on the American Indian Movement, in Robert Redford's documentary film "Incident at Oglala," in the literature of Amnesty International and the testimonies of Ramsey Clark.

In Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance (St. Martin's, $22.95, edited by Harvey Arden), Peltier covers new ground -- the territories of his inner life, the expanses of his justice-seeking vision for tribal people and his reflections about imprisonment or what he calls being "a houseguest in hell." Some of the 38 chapters are brief bursts of mystical prayers and poems; others are cries for reconciliation. In some places, Peltier's prose slips into bullhorn decibels. He says, for example, that "white society would like now to terminate us [Indians] as peoples and push us off our reservations so they can steal our remaining mineral and oil resources." This blanket accusation ignores a fair amount of contrary evidence, starting with the current federal court case that would restore billions of dollars to tribal members whose trust funds -- in the opinions of a white judge, white lawyers representing Indians and white federal officials -- have been mismanaged.

But the occasional lapse into bombast is a minor flaw, considering the rage that Peltier feels he is justified in expressing. In its most eloquent and passionate sections, Prison Writings deserves a place alongside the best works of Vine Deloria Jr., M. Scott Momaday, Mary Summer Rain and other Indian authors.

Many of Peltier's reflections are echoed in Letters From Robben Island: A Selection of Ahmed Kathrada's Prison Correspondence, 1964-1989 (Michigan State Univ.; paperback $22.95). During his 26 years of confinement in the same South African prison that held Nelson Mandela, Kathrada wrote more than 800 letters. Nearly all were smuggled out or heavily censored. Incoming mail received similar treatment. A letter came to Kathrada in 1964 that mentioned the election of Harold Wilson of the British Labour Party. Censors decreed that this was "sensitive information." Kathrada was given the letter 18 years later.


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