Leonard Peltier Defense Committee--The committee is run by Leonard's fianceè in Kansas. A bare, brief outline of the facts of Peltier's case is on this page, as well as a selection of his paintings that are for sale.
In The Spirit of Crazy Horse--Review of book about Peltier, the American Indian Movement, Wounded Knee, the U.S. government campaign against AIM and Indian people. Well written by a first-class writer, this book was supressed by legal maneuvers for 10 years. It belongs in every Indian school library. Anyone who considers themselves Indians should have a copy. Young people in school now were not even born when all this happened. It is an important part of Indian history.
LEONARD PELTIER--1977 presentencing statement--From the 4th World Documentation Project
Leonard Peltier and Contemporary Indian Resistance--This 1984 essay appeared anonymously in Akwesasne Notes. It was written before lawsuits, publisher, and libraries combined to supress one of the 4 books it reviews. Media silence about Indians, marginalizing Indian people and causes, and Peltier as a symbol for this historical era of Indian resistance and revitalization of tribal sovereignty are discussed. There is a good summary of the facts of the incident and the reasons for believing Peltier was convicted on fabricated evidence. The politics of repression (of AIM)--the reasons why this occurred--are also covered.
Grandma Jumping Bull--Leonard Peltier's portrait--from a photo--of Grandma Jumping Bull, whose house was deliberately shot up and trashed by the FBI on June 26, 1975. As a print, this portrait is for sale by his defense committee. She is seated in front of her house, which shows extensive bullet damage, mostly deliberate, done after the agents came on the property once the Indians from the AIM camp a mile away had fled.
Who Really Killed the FBI Men?--By Peter Matthiessen, from the summer, 1991 issue of Akwesasne Notes. This confession by the masked man is the incident that Anderson (below) says AIM now claims is fake. As far as I know, no one has said this. It is important to remember that every Indian person at Oglala the day of the "incident" has maintained no one was guilty, it was self-defense, and defense of women and children there that day. against FBI attack. This was the Butler-Robideau defense that they proved before a jury in unsympathetic territory (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). They were acquitted. That defense was not allowed for Peltier's trial, later, in Fargo, ND. The significance of the "man in the mask" is therefore more historical than evidentiary, but what he has to say is interesting. Map of Jumping Bull property included.
The Martyrdom of Leonard Peltier--Online Magazine's reporter Scott Anderson says the "myth" of Leonard Peltier--and some of his supporters--may be hurting his chances for release. This is a hostile story, cleverly written to appear sympathetic. The author claims to have read all sorts of transcripts, but expresses doubts about Leonard's innocence, despite the fact that those transcripts clearly prove the total inadequacy of the government's evidence, and the way Leonard's trial was "stacked" against him, so he was not acquitted as Dino Butler and Bob Robideau--who had a more complete trial in Iowa--were. He doesn't go into these facts, just says he read the material and now doubts the "myth".
Can't Jail the Spirit--A prisoners' Rights page, with focus on political prisoners. This is a list with addresses where you can write to them. I found Norma Jean Croy, but not Leonard Peltier on this list and wrote the Webmaster asking why.
Computer Error--This is the reply I received. You can email to the PeaceNet Prison Activist Resource Center from several addresses in Eli's letter of reply to me.
Chris's Home Page: Free Leonard Peltier!--A supporter adds Leonard's Defense committee to his own homepage.
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Page prepared by Paula Giese copyright 1995.
CREDITS: The page logo is from a drawing made on the Walk for Justice in 1994, which crossed the U.S. from California to Washington D.C. to seek freedom for Peltier. I made it into a button, that also said Walk for Justice '94, by scanning the image and tracing it in FreeHand. By printing it on bright yellow paper, costs were reduced. I also made a T-shirt logo from this design, and was presented with a very effective shirt silkscreened on black, where Leonard, thinking of an eagle, was screened in silver, the text in red. The rest of the T-shirts and buttons were sold to raise money for walkers. Computer work and silk-screening were done at Heart of the Earth Survival School facilities in Minneapolis. I don't know if any T-shirts are left, but will try to find out if anyone wants one. Most were screened on red; I feel sure the few done in silver on black are all gone.
The painting of Peltier is used by his defense committee as their page logo; artist is Leonard Peltier.. On the Peltier homepage is a selection of prints made from Peltier's paintings, which are for sale.
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