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Resource ID: #17933
Subject: Minorities
Source: Colorado Daily (Boulder
Date: 2022-05-15



"Leonard Peltier's supporters took on the FBI and South Dakota politicians in a losing battle for President Clinton's attentions." In a special investigative report, de Yoanna examines the clemency case of American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who "in 1977 received two consecutive life sentences for the point-blank shooting deaths of two FBI agents during a gun fight" on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. American Indian activists and members of the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee believe Peltier was framed in the shoot out because of the FBI's handling of the case and have been seeking help from the government ever since. Activist and Peltier himself believed former President Clinton provided the best chance for Peltier's freedom after visiting the Pine Ridge reservation in 1999 and stating that he would make a decision on the Peltier case in November 2000. De Yoanna looks at how heated emotions from American Indian activists, FBI agents and people from inside and outside Washington may have escalated Peltier's case. In the resulting aftermath, some American Indians, along with Peltier believe Clinton traded Peltier's freedom for his own to escape prosecution once out of office.

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