by Dave Olson, The Forum
Published Friday, November 28, 2008
FARGO - Dozens of people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Fargo this morning to show support for imprisoned American Indian activist Leonard Peltier, who was convicted more than 30 years ago of killing two federal agents. Carrying signs that read, “Don’t let Leonard die in prison,” and “Peltier is innocent, FBI is guilty,” the group heard from Peltier’s sister, Betty Ann Peltier-Solano, who read a letter from her brother.
“My time of freedom is near,” Peltier-Solano quoted from her brother’s letter.
Well-known American Indian activist Russell Means also spoke at the rally. He said Peltier was wrongly convicted and urged the public to pressure federal officials to free Peltier when he becomes eligible for release early next year.
Means said he recently spoke to Peltier by phone. You can tell how lonesome he is. He didn’t want to get off the phone. It teared me up,” said Means.
Peltier, 64, is serving two life sentences for the deaths of two FBI agents killed in a shootout on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.
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