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Nevada State Democratic Party Joins Calls for Clemency for Leonard Peltier

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Democratic Party, in support of the Democratic National Committee’s Native Caucus, supports clemency for Leonard Peltier, a citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, who has been imprisoned in the federal system for 46 years. Peltier is 77 years old and suffers from myriad health conditions, including diabetes, complications from a stroke, an abdominal aortic aneurysm, and a recent bout with COVID-19.

“Leonard Peltier is in poor physical health and his community would like to bring him home to care for him. The length and nature of his imprisonment, and refusal to grant compassionate release, is an indictment of the anti-Indigenous racism that is ingrained in our justice system,” said Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Judith Whitmer. “We cannot solve systemic injustice with a single prisoner’s release, but we can give Mr. Peltier the dignity of allowing him to return to his home and his people to live out the rest of his days.”

Nevada Native American Caucus Chair Mercedes Krause added, “we implore President Biden to hear our words: it is time to right this decades-long injustice and release Leonard Peltier!”

The Nevada State Democratic Party is another on a long list of organizations and individuals that have urged clemency or other forms of release for Peltier; this list includes the aforementioned DNC Native Caucus, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, the National Congress of American Indians, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the European Parliament, the International Federation of Human Rights, Amnesty International, the Committee of Concerned Scientists, the National Lawyers’ Guild, and such luminaries as Pope Francis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the late Nelson Mandela.