After 1,103 miles, Leonard Peltier Walk to Justice culminates in Washington, D.C.

Nov. 13: The “Walk to Justice” to demand freedom for Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier culminated in Washington, D.C. this weekend. Organized by the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council, its participants trekked 1,103 miles, beginning on Sept. 1 in Minnesota, AIM’s birthplace. 

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Peltier, who is now 78 years old, was framed by the FBI and wrongfully convicted for a shooting at Oglala, South Dakota, in 1975. His case has garnered international support from such notable figures as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. 

A highlight of the closing rally at the Lincoln Memorial was a special letter from Leonard Peltier read by organizers. Participants pointed out that President Joe Biden can and must use his power to grant Peltier executive clemency. For full details on Leonard Peltier’s case, go to For information on the walk to justice, visit

SLL photos: Sharon Black

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