Duluth Vigil Commemorates 'Leonard Peltier Day'

Updated: 06/26/2014 10:46 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 10:37 PM

A protest and vigil in Duluth on Thursday called for the release of a man who has been in prison for three and a half decades.

The activists gathered for "Leonard Peltier Day," commemorating the June 26, 1975 shootout in South Dakota between the FBI and the American Indian Movement. Peltier is currently serving two life sentences for aiding and abetting in the murder of two FBI agents on that day.

Local activists say he's innocent.

"He was jailed on aiding and abetting two other people who were freed on self defense," said activist John Iverson. "So it's pretty ridiculous, and it's really unfair, and it's time for Obama to free Leonard Peltier."

Iverson is asking people to call the White House, or voice their protests on Twitter with the hashtag #LeonardPeltier.

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