Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent nearly 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called "murder weapon"); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury.
What led to the firefight on 26 June 1975? Our infographic shows that a series of events made the conflict inevitable.
Leonard Peltier has been widely recognized for his humanitarian works, winning honors including but not limited to:
- 1986 Human Rights Commission of Spain International Human Rights Prize;
- 1993 North Star Frederick Douglas Award;
- 2003 Federation of Labour (Ontario, Canada) Humanist of the Year Award;
- 2004 Silver Arrow Award for Lifetime Achievement;
- 2009 First Red Nation Humanitarian Award;
- 2010 Kwame Ture Lifetime Achievement Award;
- 2010 Fighters for Justice Award; and
- 2011 Mario Benedetti Foundation (Uruguay) - First International Human Rights Prize.
In 2009, for the sixth consecutive year, Leonard Peltier also was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
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