United States Parole Commission

5550 Friendship Blvd., Ste. 420

Chevy Chase, MD  20815-7286

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Re: LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132

Dear Commissioners,

I am writing in behalf of support for Parole for Leonard Pelter . While i am aware of the seriousness of the conviction i am also aware that people have the ability to go forward out of the past and give to the larger society . And i believe that is the case with Leonard Peltier.

I ask you to consider the humanitarian work he has done during his 33 years of incarceration  . More than most people can ever do who are not locked up .

I ask you to consider his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize for the 6th straight year .There are those who make light of this but who else among us have had that honor.

He consistently  donates his art work for charities such as  battered women's shelters, half way houses, alcohol and drug treatment programs, and Native American scholarship funds.

Mr. Peltier has won several awards including the North Star Frederick Douglas Award; Federation of labor (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award; Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize; and 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement.

He has expressed sadness for the tragedy that ocurred that day at Oglala and pain for the families of the two agents and the Indian man that died that day.

33 years is a long time . I ask you to look with empathy on a man 33 years later who has done so much good while in prison and I think has the ability to do even more good for the community if he were to be allowed parole.

While i know of the misconduct by government officials in his case i will not bring it up because i am certain that you are aware of it also. And will consider that as  you have the discretion to rule above or below the guidelines and would hope that you will exercise that discretion in favor of Leonard Peltier. It seems to me it would be a gross miscarriage of justice if he were left to die in prison. Please grant parole.


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