|North Dakota Rep. Ruth Anna Buffalo asked President Biden
to free Leonard Peltier on Thursday. Photo by NCAI
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Democratic National Committee urges
Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier
WASHINGTON -- A new push for President Biden to grant clemency to Leonard Peltier and release him from prison is underway.
North Dakota Rep. Ruth Anna Buffalo asked President Biden on Thursday to release Peltier."I asked him to please free Leonard Peltier. He's a political prisoner and from North Dakota, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa," Rep. Buffalo said.
"The Democratic National Committee on Saturday voted unanimously to pass a resolution urging President Joe Biden to release activist Leonard Peltier from prison ― a sign of the growing momentum to remedy what many consider a decadeslong stain on the nation’s criminal justice system," reports Jennifer Bendery in Huffington Post.
"DNC members passed the measure on a voice vote, calling on Biden to grant clemency to Peltier. The measure was part of a package of resolutions that sailed through during a DNC general session.
"Peltier, an Indigenous rights activist, has been in prison for 46 years following the 1975 murder of two FBI agents during a shoot-out on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. This is despite no evidence he committed a crime, a trial riddled with misconduct and a parole process so problematic that United Nations legal experts recently called on Biden to release him immediately."
Read the article and resolution at Huffington Post