Leonard Peltier (1944- ), a Chippewa (Anishinaabe) of the American Indian Movement (AIM), is a world-famous political prisoner in the US. He was found guilty of killing two FBI agents in 1975, but, as a US circuit court later found, the evidence was faked!
He has been in prison since 1977, six years of it in solitary confinement. The FBI and the Department of Justice have blocked any chance at parole. His daughter said President Bill Clinton came close to pardoning him, but backed off after protests by the FBI.
Now 72 and in failing health, a pardon from President Obama before he leaves office on January 20th 2017 is his last best hope of not dying in prison.
As Professor James Anaya, former United Nations Rapporteur for Indigenous Rights, told President Obama in 2015:
“if Leonard Peltier dies in jail, then he will likely die a martyr and…
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