Leonard Peltier nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Published Apr 19, 2007 10:40 PM
Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier has been nominated for the 2007
Nobel Peace Prize, according to the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee.
Official confirmation on this nomination was received April 3 by the LPDC. In
their announcement to supporters, they state, “We want to thank the
people who nominated Leonard for this prestigious award. We ask that supporters
NOT send letters of support or recommendation to the Nobel Peace Prize
Committee as only selected individuals can nominate for the Nobel Peace
Peltier, a Lakota/Anishinabe veteran of the American Indian Movement, is
recognized around the world as a political prisoner. He has been in prison for
32 years, since 1976, for a crime he did not commit. In violation of its own
statutes, the U.S. government has repeatedly refused him parole.
The U.S. suppressed hundreds of thousands of pages of documents, including
ballistics evidence, which would indicate Peltier’s innocence in a 1975
shootout at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Two FBI agents opened fire
on the Jumping Bull compound there while children, elders and adults slept. In
the resulting firefight, a Native man and the two agents died.
U.S. prosecutors have publicly admitted that they do not know who actually
fired the shots that killed the agents.
This year 181 official candidates for the annual Nobel Peace Prize have been
registered. The name of the Prize recipient for 2007 will be announced in
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