The Federal Bureau of Prisons (B.O.P.) has announced that on 14 September Leonard Peltier was moved from the Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to the high security penitentiary in Coleman, Florida. Only the day before, 13 September, on his 67th birthday, Peltier was moved from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, to Oklahoma. The Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC) is calling on the B.O.P. to reconsider this decision as a matter of urgency and to move the 67-year-old severely ill Indian civil rights activist to a medium security establishment nearer his home reservation and no more than 800 km away. The prison at Oxford, Wisconsin, would meet these conditions.
The U.S. high security prison at Coleman is located in central Florida, approximately. 80 km north-west of Orlando, 96 km north-east of Tampa and 56 km south of Ocala - over 3200 km distant from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota to which Peltier belongs. This means it is almost impossible for his family to look after his needs and requirements because the cost of travel is very high.
According to LPDOC genuine "personal" letters are the most effective. So if you can, please write your own letter in a polite, neutrally-worded style, or else print out a copy of our model letter and post it or fax it. Alternatively you can use the telephone to call direct. Do not forget to mention Leonard Peltier's prisoner number "Leonard Peltier #89637-132". If you have any doubts or queries, we would be very pleased to help. Please contact our Indigenous Peoples Department - the person to ask for is Yvonne Bangert (see below)
Address for your personal appeal:
Dr. Thomas Kane, Acting Director
Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP)
320 1st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
Tel.: 001 (202) 307-3250 (Direktor);
001 (202) 307-3198 (Vermittlung)
Fax: 001 (202) 514-6620
Please click here for the model letter
Dear Mr. Kane
I am writing to you today to express my deep concern about the fate of Mr. Leonard Peltier (67), federal prisoner #89637-132, currently detained at USP COLEMAN I / U.S. PENITENTIARY in Florida. Mr. Peltier suffers from diabetes and has lost 80 per cent of his eyesight on one eye as the result of a stroke. Even though results of recent medical examinations were negative, he shows symptoms of prostate cancer. He is an old man who spent more than half of his lifetime in prison. Therefore, I consider it crucial for Mr. Peltier to reduce his security level corresponding to his decades of good conduct. This would enable him to be redeployed to a prison facility closer to his home reservation, so that he may soon be closer to his family and be visited more often. I urgently ask you to transfer Mr. Peltier to the medium security facility at Oxford, WI, which is close to his family and Nation.
Please write to President Obama as well and ask him finally to give a pardon to the severely ill Indian civil rights activist.
The White House
President Barack Obama
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500
Fax: 001 202-456-2461
Web Form: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Dear Mr. President,
I urgently ask you to grant Executive Clemency to Leonard Peltier (67), federal prisoner #89637-132. I truly believe that Mr. Peltier was wrongfully convicted for the 1975 killing by shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. U.S. prosecutors have repeatedly acknowledged that they did not and cannot prove Peltier's guilt and the appellate courts have cited numerous instances of investigative and prosecutorial misconduct in this case. Evidence was withheld and witnesses were intimidated.
If you want to send a letter or card directly to Leonard Peltier, please address it to:
LEONARD PELTIER #89637-132
USP COLEMAN I
P.O. BOX 1033
COLEMAN, FL 33521
Please send your letter or postcard in an envelope together with a message of encouragement. Remember that all letters are opened before Leonard Peltier receives them.
Further information about prison mail regulations (in English) can be found here
Background information about the Peltier case
Support Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee (LPDOC)
Yvonne Bangert can be reached under:
Telephone: +49 (0)551 499 06 -14
Fax: +49 (0)551 58 028