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Nick Estes: Leonard Peltier’s Continued Imprisonment Is an “Open Wound for Indian Country”

Calls are rising for President Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier, the 77-year-old imprisoned Native American activist who has spent 46 years behind bars for against the law he says he didn’t commit. Amnesty International considers Peltier a political prisoner, and quite a few authorized observers say his 1977 conviction for alleged involvement in killing two FBI brokers in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation was riddled with irregularities and prosecutorial misconduct. “At this point, there’s no reason other than vindictive revenge for him to be in prison,” says author and activist Nick Estes, co-founder of the Indigenous resistance group The Red Nation. “He survived COVID, he’s ill, and the person deserves to be together with his folks,” says Estes, who requires a full congressional investigation into the deaths of Indigenous activists on Pine Ridge Reservation, the place the shootout that led to Peltier’s arrest occurred.

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