Organizational Support

Groups and organizations have an important role to play in securing freedom for Leonard Peltier. Have your group or organization endorse freedom for Leonard Peltier. Reach out to other religious and civic groups, unions, service organizations, etc., too. Ask for a letter addressed to President Obama or an organizational resolution in favor of an award of clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Contact Guidelines

First, help the group or organization become familiar with Leonard Peltier and his case. Assist the group or organization in drafting a formal resolution or writing a letter to urge President Obama to free Leonard Peltier.

Here are a few simple things the group or organization can do to make sure its message gets noticed by the White House.

1. Type it on an 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet of paper. Letterhead is preferred and the letter should be signed by the person(s) having the authority to sign on behalf of the group or organization.

2. Please include a return address on the letter as well as the envelope. If the group or organization has an email address, please consider including that as well.

3. And finally, be sure to include the full address of the White House to make sure the letter arrives as quickly and directly as possible:

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Alternatively, your group or organization can fax a letter to 202-456-2461.

Perhaps your organization can devise a formal resolution on Leonard's behalf and submit the resolution to the White House.  See this sample resolution.

While less effective, your group or organization may also communicate with the White House via e-mail.

Naturally, an authorized representative of your group or organization may call the White House comment line at 202-456-1111 to voice your support for an award of Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier.

Learn More

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.