By Saeed Shabazz
Mr. Peltier was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in 1977 for the shooting of two FBI agents during an altercation on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975.
“The basis for Leonard Peltier's Nobel nominations has been his remarkable success in furthering the causes of peace and human rights,” stated the release from his support group.
The AIM website mentions several projects that Mr. Peltier has worked on since being incarcerated some 33 years ago such as playing a role in getting people from different tribes to come together as he advocates for peaceful resolution of all issues.
The Leonard Peltier Health Care Reform package has been said to have fundamentally changed health care delivery on reservations in the U.S.; and he has put forth proposals to stimulate reservation-based economics and investment. In 1992, Mr. Peltier established a scholarship at New York University for Native American students seeking a law degree; and every Christmas he sends gifts to the children on the Pine Ridge reservation.
It is also estimated that Mr. Peltier has raised millions for charities through sales of his art work.
The other reasons are more legitimate...but hundreds of thousands of people must've done similar things. I doubt Peltier has done anything that makes him uniquely qualified for the award.
For more on the subject, see Peace Prize for Prisoner?