The California Peace and Freedom Party (search) won't be supporting Ralph Nader (search) for president.

The group of 80,000 instead nominated jailed American Indian activist Leonard Peltier (search) at its convention yesterday.

Nader addressed the group before the vote. The independent candidate was in California seeking the signatures needed to put him on the presidential ballot this November. Nader and his vice presidential candidate have until August 6 to collect more than 153,000 valid signatures.

The Peace and Freedom Party chairman says the group respects Nader as a leader and he should have access to ballots in "many states." Kevin Akin says the party decided to go with Peltier because delegates believe his candidacy is "very important."