Where in the world is Leonard Peltier?
In my story this week, I mistakenly reported that Leonard Peltier, the Native American activist convicted of killing two FBI agents in 1975, is imprisoned at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth. I was corrected by volunteers with KOLA, described on their Web site as “a grassroots human rights organization that was founded in September 1987 on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation, South Dakota.”
Though I feel bad about the mistake, KOLA folks tell me it’s a common error. “Lately, it has been rather difficult to keep up with where the BOP [Board of Prisons] is sending Leonard,” says Els Herten with KOLA’s Belgium office.
A Peltier chronology is accessible on KOLA’s site here, as are a forum and information on ways to get involved with the activists who’d like to see Peltier freed.
Today, KOLA is encouraging Peltier supporters to “crash the White House opinion line for Leonard Peltier” by calling 202-456-1111.
Peltier was transferred to USP Lewisburg in Pennsylvania on January 30, according to the KOLA site. You can drop him a line:
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837