Paul Winter's New Song Supports Movement to Free Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier

Posted Sept. 14, 2016

MP3 Interview with Paul Winter, musician and activist, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


Injustices against native Americans are the focus of attention today, with the ongoing protest against the Dakota Access pipeline at the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. And, a decades-old travesty of justice is in the news again, as activists are working to convince President Obama to grant executive clemency to the American Indian Movement's long time political prisoner Leonard Peltier, who has been incarcerated for the past 41 years.

Peltier was convicted of killing two FBI agents on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge reservation in 1975, during a time of extreme state repression and sentenced to two life terms. He was convicted despite the fact that there was no evidence tying him to the crime and his trial was riddled with lies, inconsistencies, withheld exculpatory evidence, and blatant bias towards the indigenous community.

Between The Lines’ Melinda Tuhus spoke with Paul Winter, a Connecticut-based musician and leader of the Paul Winter Consort, which has performed around the world, incorporating sounds of nature, such as whale songs and wolf howls, into their music. Here, Winter talks about why he wrote and produced a musical tribute to Leonard Peltier as a way of engaging more people in the struggle to win his release from prison. Peltier turned 72 on Sept. 12 and is in poor health.

View "ALL MY RELATIONS: Voices for Leonard Peltier" EP - Paul Winter Consort & Friends on; and on Facebook at

For further information about Leonard Peltier, and the work being done toward gaining his freedom, see the following organizations on these sites:; To sign the petition to free Peltier, visit Amnesty International Petition.

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