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February 6, 2018 marks the 42nd commemoration of Leonard Peltier's arrest in Canada that led to his false extradition on December 18, 1976 when he was handed over to American authorities on the premise that he would receive a fair trial .. cont ..


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RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 9:01 pm
Please sign this petition & share with everyone!

February 6, 2018 marks the 42nd commemoration of Leonard Peltier's arrest in Canada that led to his false extradition on December 18, 1976 when he was handed over to American authorities on the premise that he would receive a fair trial, and that he would not face the death penalty, which is an automatic ruling under Canadian extradition treaty law between Canada and the United States.

This petition is meant to demonstrate that Mr. Peltier's extradition was based on proven false affidavits openly admitted to by U.S. agents. But even so, Canada is still obligated to uphold its responsibility to ensure that Mr. Peltier had received a fair trial in the U.S. to which he did not and to which Canada should be now obligated to contest.

This petition is a collaboration by the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee Canada & the ILPDC International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (U.S.). It is directed to the attention of the Government of Canada and to the Government of the United States of America.

This appeal is also directed and copied to the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC), the European Parliament, and to all world dignitaries, human rights, political, and faith-based organizations -- to Amnesty International, the World Council of Churches, Pope Francis, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and to all our Leonard Peltier post clemency supporters.
Under today's present circumstances, Leonard is not eligible for parole until July, 2024. In deteriorating health, his projected release date is October, 2040 when he reaches the age of 97 years. His continued imprisonment constitutes a political death sentence.

This petition is meant to focus on the main violations that occurred in Leonard's extradition from Canada to the United States in 1976 and in his subsequent U.S. trial and his Canadian-American appeals proceedings.

WHEREAS Leonard Peltier, an Anishinabe-Lakota, along with other members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), was summoned to the Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota in 1975 by the traditional Lakota peoples to help defend them and their traditional lands and cultures. On June 26, 1975, a firefight occurred when two unmarked cars entered into a private property encampment and when it was over, three men were dead -- one young Indian man, Joseph Killsright Stuntz (whose death was never investigated), and what we now know to be two FBI special agents. Despite the fact that there were numerous people there at the time, including women and children, no one was ever arrested at the scene. It was only later that four individuals were indicted and eventually arrested for their involvement on that fateful day. One was Jimmy Eagle whose charges were immediately dropped. Two other codefendants were later acquitted on the basis of self-defense. Leonard fled to Canada and was arrested in Alberta on February 6, 1976. He then applied for political asylum because he feared for his life and believed he would not receive a fair trial in the United States.

WHEREAS FBI agents coerced a young Lakota woman by the name of Myrtle Poor Bear, their star witness, into signing three false and contradictory affidavits in February and March 1976. The first two were submitted as evidence in Leonard's extradition proceedings. A third affidavit, sworn earlier than the others, surfaced in the trial of Leonard's co-accused Butler and Robideau and was not disclosed until after Leonard's extradition hearing. In the two affidavits presented as evidence at the extradition hearing, Poor Bear stated that she was Leonard's girlfriend, that she was present on Pine Ridge Reservation, and that she saw Leonard shoot the agents on June 26, 1975. In the 3rd affidavit, she stated that Leonard had told her that he killed the agents. Not only were these affidavits contradictory, none of them were true. Poor Bear had never met Leonard, was not an eyewitness and was not even present on the reservation at the time of the shooting. When she tried to recant her testimony, she was denied.

WHEREAS after Leonard's return to the United States, the judge had changed and so did the venue from Cedar Rapids, Iowa where Leonard's two co-defendants were found not guilty on the basis of self-defense. However, in Fargo, North Dakota, under the jurisdiction of new U.S. trial Judge Paul Benson who was known for his anti-Native sentiments, he made it clear right from the beginning that the FBI was not on trial in his court and refused to hear any evidence against the FBI, therefore, denying Leonard the same defense as his two co-defendants who had been previously exonerated. Judge Benson also denied Myrtle Poor Bear her right to recant her testimony before the jury in Leonard's defense calling her a "loonie bin" and citing that her testimony, if allowed "could be highly prejudicial" to the government and the court.

WHEREAS in 1989, the Supreme Court of Canada expressed concern over bona fides or good faith between countries in the Peltier extradition and recommended political redress. Parliamentarians, including a former Solicitor General of Canada, the late Hon. Warren Allmand, denounced the extradition and raised concerns over fraud in Canada's House of Parliament. A series of Private Members Motions condemned the extradition and called upon the Canadian government to seek Mr. Peltier's return to Canada. Also 55 Canadian Parliamentarians filed an amicus curiae brief to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in 1992 calling for a new trial be granted to Mr. Peltier and citing breach of trust in his extradition.
WHEREAS the Hon. Warren Allmand released a report of the Peltier extradition in October 1999 after he examined the Department of Justice files in 1994 upon the request of former Minister of Justice Allan Rock. He concluded that there was no other evidence to warrant Mr. Peltier's extradition.
Circumstances merely pointed to Leonard and others being present at the scene of the June 26, 1975 shootout on Pine Ridge Reservation. Mr. Allmand recommended Canada raise the matter to support executive clemency or a pardon with the President of the United States.

WHEREAS on October 25, 2000 at an independent legal hearing in Toronto, Ontario Canada, the Hon. Justice Fred Kaufman, Q.C., a retired Quebec Court of Appeal Judge, agreed to hear Myrtle Poor Bear's recanted testimony for the first time ever as to how the FBI subjected her to weeks of forced confinement, physical and mental torture, threatening her life and telling her that she will never see her children again. At the end of her testimony, Justice Kaufman concluded that Leonard's extradition would likely not have occurred had this been known to the extraditing judge. He then recommended to the President of the United States that Leonard receive executive clemency.

WHEREAS being that U.S. prosecutors were forced to admit that they cannot and did not prove that Leonard actually shot the agents, they maintained that nevertheless he was guilty of aiding and abetting despite the fact that he was never allowed to defend himself on the aiding and abetting charge. However, Leonard still received two consecutive life sentences. As of today, Leonard's sentence has not been reduced to reflect the change in his conviction to the lesser charge of aiding and abetting.

BE IT RESOLVED that the Canadian government declare the extradition null and void and either request Leonard Peltier's return to Canada or seek remedy on the basis that Mr.
Peltier has served enough time for a crime that no one can prove he actually committed. With all of the facts to date, the Canadian government at the very least should support Leonard's immediate freedom.

BE IT RESOLVED on the basis of human rights, time served, good faith, and reconciliation with all indigenous peoples, that the United States government grant Leonard Peltier his immediate freedom that after 42 years he can be reunited with his family, his children and all his relatives.

BE IT RESOLVED that if all of the testimony and facts presented in this petition not be accepted or acted upon, then a proposal should be addressed to the United Nations Human Rights Commission or to the world court asking for their support for a human rights tribunal of investigation.

RosemaryRannes HusbandHospitalHome (650)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 9:18 pm
Letter from Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier Statement February 6, 2018

Greetings Family, Friends and Supporters

I am overwhelmed that today Feb 6th is the start of my 43rd year in prison. I have had such high hopes over the years that I might be getting out and returning to my family in North Dakota. And yet here I am in 2018 still struggling for my FREEDOM at 73.

I don’t want to sound ungrateful to all my supporters who have stood by me through all these years. I dearly love and respect you and thank you for the love & respect you have given me.

But the truth is I am tired and often my ailments cause me pain with little relief for days at a time. I just had heart surgery and I have other medical issues that need to be addressed: my aortic aneurysm, that could burst at any time, my prostate and arthritis in my hip and knees. I do not think I have another ten years, and what I do have I would like to spend with my family. Nothing would bring me more happiness than being able to hug my children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

I did not come to prison to become a political prisoner. I’ve been part of Native resistance since I was nine years of age. My sister, cousin and I were kidnapped and taken to boarding school. This incident and how it affected my cousin Pauline, had an enormous effect on me. This same feeling haunts me as I reflect upon my past 42 years of false imprisonment. This false imprisonment has the same feeling as when I heard the false affidavit the FBI manufactured about Myrtle Poor Bear being at Oglala on the day of the fire-fight. A fabricated document used to extradite me illegally from Canada in 1976.

I know you know that the FBI files are full of information that proves my innocence. Yet many of those files are still withheld from my legal team. During my appeal before the 8th Circuit, the former Prosecuting Attorney, Lynn Crooks, said to Judge Heaney. “Your honor, we do not know who killed those agents. Further, we don’t know what participation if any, Mr. Peltier had in it”. That statement exonerates me, and I should have been released. But here I sit, 43 years later still struggling for my Freedom. I have pleaded my innocence for so long now, in so many courts of law, in so many public statements issued through the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, that I will not argue it here. But I will say again I DID NOT KILL THOSE AGENTS!

Right now I need my supporters here in the US and throughout the world helping me. We need donations large or small to help pay my legal team to do the research that will get me back into court or get me moved closer to home or a compassionate released based on my poor health and age. Please help me to go home, help me win my freedom!

There is a new petition my Canadian brothers and sisters are circulating internationally that will be attached to my letter. Please sign it and download it so you can take it to your work, school or place of worship. Get as many signatures as you can, a MILLION would be great!

I have been a warrior since age nine. At 73 I remain a warrior. I have been here too long. The beginning of my 43rd year plus over 20 years of good time credit, that makes 60+ years behind bars.

I need your help. I need your help today! A day in prison for me is a lifetime for those outside because I am isolated from the world.

I remain strong only because of your support, through prayers, activism and your donations that keep my legal hope alive.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Leonard Peltier

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Dogan Ozkan (2)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:31 pm
noted and signed

Animae C (506)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 10:54 pm
You have already signed the petition.
1,055 Signatures

TY dear Rosemary

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday February 8, 2018, 11:31 pm
SHARED petition ALL OVER social media to encourage signers.

Tania N (883)
Friday February 9, 2018, 1:56 am
Thank you

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Friday February 9, 2018, 3:16 am

Sheryl G (360)
Friday February 9, 2018, 4:53 am
Already signed but am glad you posted on here Rosemary. Was going to do so myself but I've been too sick to do it as I've been dealing with the flu or something similar.

Past Member (0)
Friday February 9, 2018, 6:27 am
Congratulations! You have successfully signed the petition. Thank you, Rosemary

Will he ever be free? I hope so!

William C (0)
Friday February 9, 2018, 6:45 am

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Friday February 9, 2018, 6:54 am

W. C (7)
Friday February 9, 2018, 8:23 am
Thank you.

Melania Padilla (123)
Friday February 9, 2018, 12:35 pm
Signed and shared!

Janet B (0)
Friday February 9, 2018, 1:49 pm

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Friday February 9, 2018, 1:49 pm

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Friday February 9, 2018, 5:48 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Ben O (140)
Sunday February 11, 2018, 4:01 am

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Wednesday February 14, 2018, 12:09 am


Jim Phillips (3257)
Wednesday February 14, 2018, 1:15 pm
Petition signed.
Time to let Leonard Peltier go home!

Sergio Padilla (65)
Thursday February 15, 2018, 1:31 pm
You have successfully signed the petition.

Sheila D (194)
Sunday February 18, 2018, 10:13 am
Signed...thanx Rosemary.
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