Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Peltier, Leonard (1944-)
Amanda K. Cox
Leonard Peltier is a Native American who was born on the Anishinabe Turtle Mountain Reservation in North Dakota. An Indigenous rights activist who spent many years providing community service to other Native Americans, Peltier has been incarcerated for more than 27 years due to his conviction for the murder of two agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during a 1975 shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Since his conviction, there has been a great deal of debate regarding Peltier's guilt. Peltier has a number of supporters who, along with a few organizations such as Amnesty International, consider him to be a political prisoner. Despite support for Peltier, the numerous appeals filed on his behalf have been unsuccessful, and he remains incarcerated at Leavenworth Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas. Although his ability to continue providing community service is limited by his incarceration, Peltier remains active by helping to establish ...