This primary source has been shared with us by the National Archives and Records Administration employee Carol Buswell.* It consists of a folder relating to President Bill Clinton’s consideration of a pardon for Leonard Peltier. The folder was made available as the result of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
Peltier was born in 1944 on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in North Dakota. As of 2017, he has spent forty years in federal penitentiaries for the alleged murder of two FBI agents on Pine Ridge Reservation in 1975. He maintains that he is innocent. Many presidents have considered pardoning him, most recently President Barack Obama, but none has taken that step, as of yet.
*All photos/documents copyright reserved by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, National Archives Catalog https://catalog.archives.gov/id/40436136
STUDY GUIDE (college level). Prepared by Stephanie Wood.
For further information about Leonard Peltier, you might wish to consult these additional resources:
FILM. Warrior: The Life of Leonard Peltier (documentary film about his life and imprisonment in the context of the American Indian Movement and the federal government’s response to this activism) 1 hour, 25 minutes.
FILM. Incident at Oglala (documentary film hosted by the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee). 1 hour, 32 minutes.
FILM OF PRESENTATION. Bruce Ellison, attorney of Leonard Peltier, speaking at the University of Oregon in January 2016. 1 hour, 11 minutes.