New York, NY – On April 24, 2019 Janene Yazzie (Diné) called for clemency for political prisoner Leonard Peltier at the annual United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.
“Every year we remind the forum that Leonard Peltier, Anishinaabe and Dakota, and an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, has been in federal prison since 1976, although he was wrongly convicted for the deaths of two FBI agents. Last year, the US representatives wrongly asserted that the conviction was for murder, obscuring the complexities of Leonard’s charge of aiding and abetting, showing the lack of concern for understanding and remedying this great injustice. Leonard Peltier is 74-years-old and suffers from several multiple serious health conditions. He should be granted parole, executive clemency or compassionate release immediately so that he may spend his remaining years with this family. The case of Leonard Peltier demonstrates the failure of the U.S. criminal justice system to provide real justice for Native Peoples as well as the government-generated environment of racism that consistently leads to unjust convictions ” ~ Janene Yazzie