About Friends of Peltier


Friends of Peltier was founded in the United States in early 2007. We are not now nor have we ever been an affiliate of Mr. Peltier's defense committee (nor have we claimed to be so). No different than other unaffiliated organizations (stateside or abroad), Friends of Peltier is an independent coalition in support of Leonard Peltier and his freedom.  (Autonomy is simply a choice that we made. It is not a poor reflection on anyone or any organization, but merely a preference.)

Individually and collectively, our nearly 10,000 members simply stand up and speak out on behalf of Leonard Peltier as is our right according to the United States Constitution and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  We believe it to be our civic, indeed moral, responsibility to address the wrongful conviction of Leonard Peltier.  We wholeheartedly seek harmony, cohesion — solidarity, not discord.  All persons of good heart who wish to work towards the freedom of Leonard Peltier are welcome in our circle.

NOTE: If you receive email correspondence from Friends of Peltier, it's due to the fact that you registered for our mailing list at some time since its inception in 2007. It is a double opt-in list and therefore your registration can not have happened by error or have been initiated by anyone else, i.e., our contacts with you do not constitute spam. You are, however, welcome to unsubscribe from our list at any time.

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Peter Matthiessen

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse

Meticulously researched, this courageous book is the definitive work on the Peltier case. The author successfully defended against lawsuits brought in three different states, surviving an eight-year litigation designed to block the book's publication.

Jim Messerschmidt

The Trial of Leonard Peltier

Foreword by William Kunstler. A well-documented and researched study, this book examines the orchestration by the federal government of the wrongful conviction of Native American activist Leonard Peltier.

Leonard Peltier

Prison Writings: My Life Is My Sun Dance

Edited by Harvey Arden. Peltier chronicles life in prison. Peltier explores his suffering and the insights it has borne him in the context of American Indians and their struggle to survive.


We the People

We the People have read your Constitution, Mr. Obama.  We also are aware of the clemency application review process (28 C.F.R. Part I, §§ 1.1-1.11) and know that these guidelines do not bind the President. Congress and the Department of Justice (DOJ) cannot regulate or otherwise limit the presidential clemency power. The authority to grant clemency to federal prisoners belongs only to the President of the United States (under Article II, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution). You have the power to grant clemency to anyone, for any reason, and at any time.