Our Freedom

Honour Anna Mae Pictou Aquash and Harriet Nahanee / Free John Graham and Leonard Peltier

“Free John Graham” pamphlet July 28, 2007

Filed under: Harriet Nahanee,John Graham — ourfreedom @ 9:29 pm

“Free John Graham” pamphlet

john-graham-pamphlet.jpg

 

Click on the graphic to open a PDF file of the pamphlet

On June 26, 2007, three BC Supreme Court judges in Vancouver gave the order to extradite John Graham to South Dakota to face trial for the murder of Anna Mae Aquash. John has been under house for four years on trial and is now sitting in a Vancouver prison. There is absolutely no evidence suggesting John’s guilt in Anna Mae’s murder.

harriet-and-john.jpg

Advertisements
 

John Graham and Supporters Fight Extradition July 20, 2007

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 12:36 am

John Graham and Supporters Fight Extradition

Redwire Magazine, June 2007
News compiled by Bracken H’anuse Corlett, Wuikinuxv/Klahoose

 

redwirejune2007.jpg

Click on the graphic and click again to zoom in and read the article

 

Redwire Magazine

 

Honour the Spirit of Anna Mae Aquash

Filed under: Kwakwaka'wakw Nation — ourfreedom @ 12:19 am

HONOUR THE SPIRIT OF ANNA MAE AQUASH!
Stop the Extradition of John Graham! Free Leonard Peltier!

By Gord Hill, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation

[Excerpt from article that appeared in Redwire magazine, March 2004]

The Case of Anna Mae Aquash

“We do not know for certain who pulled the trigger on Anna Mae Aquash. But we are horrified by the way her spirit is being defamed and used against the people she fought so hard for. We sympathize with the desire of Anna Mae’s family to achieve closure on this matter. And so, we urge them to look towards the ones most strongly pointing the finger at John Graham. We believe the real killer is hidden among them.” – The Friends of John Graham, February 2004.

Anna Mae has long been a symbol of Indigenous resistance and the ideals of the American Indian Movement, to which she belonged. She was a Mik’maq from Nova Scotia, Canada, and one of the most prominent women members of AIM. She had participated in the occupation of the BIA offices in Washington, DC, in 1972, and the siege of Wounded Knee, 1973. On Feb. 24, 1976, her frozen body was found near Wanblee, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in S. Dakota.

At first, the FBI and its official coroner, WO Brown, attempted to pass the death off as a “Jane Doe” who had died of exposure. Brown’s coroner reports were routinely used to minimize or conceal the cause of deaths resulting from police/paramilitary attacks during this period (some 67 members or associates of AIM were killed on Pine Ridge between 1973-76, many by BIA cops & GOONs –Guardians of the Oglala Nation– a paramilitary force employed by corrupt tribal president Dick Wilson). Claiming they were unable to identify the body, her hands were cut off & sent to an FBI lab in Washington, DC, for fingerprint analysis. Still unidentified, her body was buried in Pine Ridge on March 2, 1976. The next day, the FBI Identification Division revealed the body to be that of Anna Mae Aquash. On March 5, her family in Nova Scotia was notified, and they demanded a second autopsy. This was performed by an independent coroner who immediately found a .32 cal. bullet in the back of her head. She had been shot execution-style.

For over 20 years, it was generally believed that Anna Mae had been killed either by paramilitary death squads then active on Pine Ridge (GOONs), and/or the FBI. Shortly after Aquash had been identified, the FBI denied any involvement in her killing (despite the attempted cover-up), and speculated that perhaps she had been killed by AIM as a suspected informant. These allegations were not considered credible, as it was well known that the FBI was still then engaging in counter-insurgency operations against AIM. Nor is the Aquash case the only one in which the FBI & media have accused AIM of killing as a ‘suspected informant’ (i.e., Ray Robinson, a black civil rights worker, along with Jeanette Bissonette, both believed to have been killed by GOONs).

In the early 1990s, police re-newed their investigation into Aquash’s death. One of the main investigators was Robert Ecoffey, a BIA police officer in Pine Ridge during the ’70s period, and one of the first Natives to become a US Marshall. Ecoffey has been described as an “Oglala GOON” (p. 236 Agents of Repression), who also testified in Peltier’s 1977 trial.

FBI Smear & Dis-Information

“It is obvious to anyone who looks at the past few years with an open mind and a remembrance of COINTEL-PRO, that the FBI’s program of misinformation & discrediting of activists is alive and well. I encourage all who come into contact with this finger-pointing behavior to also look at the person pointing.” Leonard Peltier (Dec. 5/03 Statement)

The FBI case is based largely on the confessions of ArloLooking Cloud, allegedly told to others over the years, & in a video-taped confession to police in April, 2003. The FBI’s version is that Aquash was taken from a house in Denver, Colorado, by Graham, Looking Cloud, and Thelda Clarke. She was then driven to various offices & apartments in Rapid City, S. Dakota. One of these included the legal offices of the Wounded Knee defense committee. From there, she was taken to houses on Pine Ridge, then executed on a desolate road near Wanblee, on or around Dec. 12, 1975 (where her body was found two months later).

According to the FBI, Aquash was suspected of being an informant and had sensitive info related to the Oglala shoot-out. Because of this, she had to be killed. Looking Cloud’s video-taped statement reflects the FBI’s version of events, except in one important detail: according to Looking Cloud, he did not know what was occurring until moments before John Graham took her out of the car and shot her.

The story itself raises many obvious questions, inc.:

Why would an AIM “hit squad” take Aquash, in the presence of so many witnesses, from one city to another, across two states, to several apartments and a defense office (more than likely under surveillance), then execute her?

If the FBI seriously considered the death of Aquash to have been carried out by AIM in 1976, we can be sure vast amounts of resources would have been devoted to this case at that time. Instead, the FBI attempted to cover it up!

The FBI’s version of events has always been based on rumors within AIM that Anna Mae was a suspected informant. Candy Hamilton, a friend of Aquash, reports that it was common for people to be suspected of being an informant at this time (CBC The Fifth Estate). Over the years, many people had in fact informed or gave evidence to police. It is a common practice of police and the FBI to use informants & collaborators.

In 1975, Douglas Durham was exposed as an FBI infiltrator who worked at the highest levels within AIM. Despite all this, it was never the practice of AIM to punish, let alone execute, informants or collaborators.

Defend the Spirit of Anna Mae Aquash!

Today, the FBI’s version has taken on the appearance of truth, bolstered by confusing & contradictory statements from former AIM leaders (seemingly motivated by bitter & hostile divisions, conspiracies, etc.), and testimony from government witnesses & informers (also former members of AIM). Added to this are the demands from Anna Mae’s two daughters for justice & convictions of those responsible, one of whom is herself an RCMP officer.

Due to the nature of the charges against her alleged killers (Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham), and because of the success of FBI disinformation, many in our own movement have distanced themselves from this case. They refuse to take a stand, let alone investigate the matter, and this reveals the extent to which they’ve accepted the FBI version of events.

At this time, the strategy of the FBI is to destroy anything positive associated with AIM (and by extension all Indigenous resistance), to further undermine the case of Leonard Peltier (falsely convicted in the 1975 killing of two FBI agents in S. Dakota), and to turn Aquash from a symbol of this resistance to one of injustice.

Out of this process, the FBI will emerge as heroes who have solved the murder-mystery of Anna Mae Aquash, while Indigenous resistance will be smeared as the work of assassins and thugs. Only by erasing the memory of struggle can this be done, for even a brief glimpse at the 1970’s period in S. Dakota clearly shows who the real assassins & terrorists are: the FBI & the US federal government.

 

The Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash Story

Filed under: Nlaka'pamux Nation — ourfreedom @ 12:10 am

US Renews War on the American Indian Movement:
The Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash Story

by Billie Pierre, Nlaka’pamux/Saulteaux Nation
Earth First! Journal January/February 2006

In the past few years, the memory of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash—an American Indian Movement (AIM) leader from the Mi’kmaq Nation in Nova Scotia, Canada—has been reduced to that of a helpless woman who was murdered by her own allies. In reality, her murder is part of a ruthless campaign waged by the US government—a campaign that, far from being ancient history, is still unfolding today.

Thirty years after the death of Pictou-Aquash, the US government has renewed its war against the last remnants of AIM. As in the 1970s, this attack is only part of a larger war to gain control over Native lands and resources.

The US made its first violent attack against AIM in [1972], in what became known as the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Takeover. Natives had been conducting a peaceful protest outside the BIA headquarters in Washington, DC, when they were attacked by riot police. In response, the Natives barricaded themselves inside the building, smashed up offices and took top-secret documents. These documents proved that the government was illegally handing out reservation land, water and mineral rights to corporations.

That same year, AIM launched a campaign on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Dick Wilson, the corrupt tribal president, had created a paramilitary force with stolen federal program funding. With his control of the reservation secured by force, Wilson set about ceding uranium-rich areas of the sacred Black Hills to the federal government. AIM assisted in protecting Pine Ridge’s traditional families from the constant onslaught of violence, which culminated in the AIM occupation and government siege of Wounded Knee in the Spring of 1973. From 1973 to 1976, the people of Pine Ridge lived under the “Reign of Terror”—more than [67] Natives, mainly traditional Lakota and AIM members, were murdered, primarily by Wilson’s Guardians of the Oglala Nation (GOONs).

On June 26, 1975—while Wilson was in Washington, DC, signing away an eighth of the reservation—the FBI launched an attack on an AIM camp at Pine Ridge. The US was dealt a humiliating blow—two FBI agents lost their lives. Although Joe Stuntz Killsright, a Native warrior, was killed in the shoot-out, an estimated 40 Native men, women and children escaped.

In extreme rage, the FBI violently harassed Lakota families. They drafted a list of people that they suspected were present at the shoot-out, and they blamed Leonard Peltier, Bob Robideau, Dino Butler and Jimmy Eagle for killing the agents. The four young men went on the run. Butler and Robideau were eventually arrested, tried and acquitted by an all-white jury, so the FBI targeted Peltier for the “murder” of the agents. Of course, there has never been an investigation into Stuntz Killsright’s death.

At this time, Pictou-Aquash was “snitch-jacketed” by the FBI. This tactic of the FBI’s Counter-intelligence Program (COINTELPRO) undermined valuable members of a group by casting them in suspicious situations. Wherever Pictou-Aquash went, arrests would follow. She’d be released, while other AIM members were slapped with charges and high bail. In September 1975, FBI Agent David Price attempted to force her to sign an affidavit implicating Peltier for the murder of the two FBI agents. She refused to cooperate, and Price promised her that she wouldn’t live to see the year’s end.

Pictou-Aquash went underground, turning to AIM for protection and putting her fears of the FBI in writing. In late February, her body was found outside of [Wanblee], on Pine Ridge. Four FBI agents joined the “investigation,” including Price. They cut off her hands for “fingerprint analysis,” and despite the visible bullet hole in the back of her head, they determined that the cause of her death was exposure. They quickly arranged for her to be buried as a Jane Doe. After this cover-up came to light, the FBI released a statement announcing that Pictou-Aquash was not a government informant. As intended, this statement insinuated that AIM might have believed Pictou-Aquash to be an informant and murdered her.

After nearly three decades of dormancy, law enforcement attempts to “solve” the murder of Pictou-Aquash recently resumed, with a surprising number of former AIM members accepting and promoting the FBI’s version of events. On March 30, 2003, two Native men were accused of her murder—John Graham and Arlo Looking Cloud. There is no credible evidence linking either man to the crime, and their prosecution seems like nothing more than an effort to destroy what little remains of AIM.

US Marshal Robert Ecoffey has played a prominent role in resurrecting the investigation. Ecoffey got his start in law enforcement as a GOON in the 1970s, and he participated in the Oglala shoot-out. In the 1990s, after becoming the first Native US Marshal in history, Ecoffey resurrected the Pictou-Aquash murder investigation and followed FBI claims that AIM was responsible. Ecoffey and Denver, Colorado, Detective Abe Alonzo spent years visiting and questioning Looking Cloud about the murder.

Looking Cloud is an Oglala Lakota and a father of two. He also has serious substance abuse problems that were exploited by Ecoffey and Alonzo during their investigation. In March 2003, in an alleged confession video-taped by Ecoffey, Looking Cloud admitted to being under the influence of alcohol. Alonzo then fed him leading questions, and Looking Cloud slurred contradictory answers. He allegedly confessed that he had been the unwitting accomplice in Pictou-Aquash’s execution by AIM. He stated that he witnessed Graham take her to the edge of a ravine and shoot her in the back of the head.

Looking Cloud was denied the right to choose his own lawyer. During his trial, every witness for the prosecution presented AIM in the most negative light possible, and they contradicted each other in their testimonies. Many people could have been called as defense witnesses, to testify that Pictou-Aquash had been afraid of the FBI, not AIM. But the defense called only one witness—FBI Agent Price! He was questioned for 10 minutes on Pictou-Aquash and whether she was an FBI informant. Looking Cloud’s lawyer made few motions and did not challenge Ecoffey and Alonzo’s manipulation of his client. Looking Cloud was not allowed to take the stand to defend himself; all that was shown was the videotaped interview that he had given. In February 2004, after a four-day trial, Looking Cloud was convicted of aiding and abetting in the murder of Pictou-Aquash, and he was sentenced to life in prison. Looking Cloud’s subsequent appeal was denied. In October, Looking Cloud fired his most recent lawyer. Unfortunately, without much more widespread support in the US and Canada, he is unlikely to challenge the dirty tactics used to convict him.

Sadly, many former members of AIM are now cooperating with the FBI’s renewed war on the movement.

Robideau now lives in Spain, where he operates a “Native museum” and does workshops on “Native art” for Europeans. Robideau has also profited from Robert Redford’s Incident at Oglala, a documentary about the 1975 shoot-out. In this movie, Robideau perpetuates rumors of a “Mr. X”—the man who really murdered the FBI agents. Rather than exonerating Peltier, this creates an opportunity for the FBI to possibly prosecute more AIM members for the shootings. Robideau also perpetuates the rumor that Peltier once interrogated Pictou-Aquash with a gun, suspecting that she was working for the FBI.

In the wake of Pictou-Aquash’s death, Robideau stated that the FBI killed her “because they knew she was one of us and wouldn’t talk.” But in February 2004, he claimed: “I for one applaud the verdict of guilty in the Arlo Looking Cloud case.” A month later, Robideau resigned from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (LPDC) “after several discussions with this group regarding the ongoing support and comfort that the LPDC… continues to give to John Graham and the John Graham Defense Committee…. I personally will be overjoyed when the Canadian courts rule to return John Graham… to the US to answer for this brutal murder. I will pray that his extradition contributes to an escalation of this case.”

Another turncoat is Russell Means, the charismatic national director of AIM during the 1970s. Since then, he has moved on to Hollywood, starring in The Last of the Mohicans and Disney’s Pocahontas. Means also has assisted the Republican Party in campaigning on Pine Ridge.

In 1998, Means publicly accused Graham and Looking Cloud of murdering Pictou-Aquash and demanded that the courts hand down indictments. Following Looking Cloud’s conviction, however, Means called it a travesty of justice. Obviously, he is on whatever side brings him the most attention.

Kelly White, a former AIM member, runs a Native issues radio show in Vancouver. A few years before Graham was arrested, she began to target him for defamation. At a Peltier support event in Vancouver, she got up on stage and accused Graham of murdering Pictou-Aquash, although she didn’t have any evidence to back this up. Her personality is vindictive, and over the years she’s targeted various people in the community, including those who have supported Graham’s struggle against extradition.

This behavior is unacceptable; a basic principle of any resistance movement is non-collaboration with the enemy. As Peltier has written regarding the arrest of Graham: “When we talk of sovereignty, we must be willing to solve our own problems and not go running to the oppressor for relief…. We have been and still are at odds with the most dangerous, well-funded, strongest military and political organization in the history of the world.”

John Trudell, a onetime AIM spokesperson turned actor and musician, is also helping the FBI pin Pictou-Aquash’s murder on former AIM members. Trudell’s testimony at Looking Cloud’s trial can be summed up as: “Though I have no recollection of ever meeting Looking Cloud, he tracked me down and confessed his role in Anna Mac’s murder—but until this time, I chose to stay silent.” Graham’s extradition was made possible by Trudell’s positive identification of him to the FBI.

Former AIM member Kamook Nichols also gave testimony at Looking Cloud’s trial. She stated that Dennis Banks, her former husband and cofounder of AIM, and Peltier believed that Pictou-Aquash was working for the FBI. Nichols stated that they had planned to bomb strategic locations on Pine Ridge and wanted Pictou-Aquash’s fingerprints on the explosives.

Not only did the FBI give Nichols immunity, it also gave her $42,000 for her cooperation. She also admitted to wearing a wire for the FBI over the. years. It is suspected that Nichols may have implicated her exhusband for personal reasons; it has been documented that Pictou-Aquash and Banks were having an affair—something Nichols has known of since August 1975. Nichols’ testimony is suspect for another reason: In September 2004, she married Robert Ecoffey, following a five-year-long relationship.

On December 1, 2003, John Graham, a Southern Tuchone from the Yukon and a father of eight, was arrested in Vancouver, Canada, for the murder of Pictou-Aquash. To raise his $50,000 bail, his family had to sell their trapline, their traditional way of living off the land. In early 2005, the government of British Columbia approved his extradition to the US. His appeal is scheduled for June.

Graham is a warrior. As a young man, he went to South Dakota to join the AIM campaign on Pine Ridge. Over the years, he has continued to make great contributions to indigenous resistance to uranium mining. I’ve met many people who’ve worked with him and have heard only good things about him. Unlike many former AIM members, he refuses to cooperate with the FBI and refuses to implicate anyone for any reason.

Graham has stated that Pictou-Aquash was his sister and that they stuck together because Natives from Canada tended to be given a hard time by their US brothers and sisters. His job was to transport Pictou-Aquash, who was hiding from Agent Price and a violent infiltrator named Douglas Durham. Graham has stated that he drove her from Denver to a safe house on Pine Ridge.

Graham says that the FBI started to visit him in the Yukon during the mid-1990s. On four separate visits, they offered him immunity and a new identity if he testified that any of the former AIM leaders had ordered Pictou-Aquash’s execution. He refused. On their last visit, they stated that this would be his final chance to cooperate; if he would not testify, they would charge him with her murder.

During Graham’s extradition hearing, Peltier submitted an affidavit stating that he had been offered his freedom within ten days if he signed an affidavit to implicate John Graham in Anna Mac’s murder, Peltier refused. There is no physical evidence against Graham, only more unreliable, FBI-tainted testimony. Furthermore, US and Canadian court systems have no jurisdiction or authority over indigenous people. We have the right to practice our own justice system—something recognized in Canadian law.

Graham’s current legal struggle reflects the political repression faced by Native activists who have defended their land and their traditional way of life. Most of British Columbia has never been ceded to any colonial government, and the indigenous nations living there have full jurisdiction over their lands and resources.

British Columbia is very rich in natural resources—it has the eighth-highest mineral potential in the world. The province also has plans to carve up the mountains with wall-to-wall ski resorts by 2010. Currently, there is much indigenous resistance to mining and resort development. The most extreme case was the Gustafsen Lake standoff in 1995, when the government deployed 400 Royal Canadian Mounted Police tactical-assault-team members to kill about 20 Natives who had defied a trespass notice and were living within their traditional tribal territories. Since then, dozens of Native people who have defended their lands have been criminalized.

John Graham and Arlo Looking Cloud’s current struggle for their own freedom is a clear message being sent out to all Native land defenders. This is a threat being made against anyone who dares to stand up to the corporations that are stealing our lands. Now is the time to come together and make a strong stand. We will be tested more in the coming years.

For more infomation, contact the John Graham Defense Committee, 15 Firth Rd, Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 4R5, Canada; (867) 633-2480; email; John Graham Defense Committee; Native Youth Movement (NYM)-Coast Salish Territories, email.

Billie Pierre is a Nlaka’Pamux/Saulteaux woman based in Vancouver. She’s a NYM OG and joined in 1995.

 

The long arm of the U.S. guided by our courts

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 12:03 am

The long arm of the U.S. guided by our courts

Letters
The Georgia Straight
Publish Date: July 19, 2007

Sisters Deborah and Denise Maloney Pictou issued a news release stating that John Graham’s coaccused provided a videotaped confession naming Graham as the man who shot their mother, Anna Mae Aquash, 30 years ago [“Graham says Native chiefs under FBI spell”, July 12-19]. What is not mentioned with regards to this is that Arlo Looking Cloud was under the influence of alcohol when he made that “confession”. The U.S. and all “witnesses” against Graham are regurgitating a story made by a self-confessed alcoholic and heroin user who was promised immunity and is now serving life after a four-day trial in the very state Canada is sending Graham to.

There are serious deficiencies in all testimony against Graham, and Canada has miserably failed this man and all of us by risking his life based on hearsay. The Canadian courts are telling me that they cannot and will not look at evidence, that ID is enough, and that trust in the integrity of the U.S. is enough. This extradition indeed paves the way for the U.S. to grab anyone for any reason with no evidence.

> Nicoline Rickard / Vancouver

[Note by Our Freedom editor: Despite Arlo Looking Cloud’s drunken, video-taped, so-called confession, he pleaded not guilty at his trial, unsuccessfully appealed his conviction, and submitted an affidavit through his lawyer to John Graham’s legal defense, stating that he would not testify against Graham.]

 

John Graham says Native chiefs under FBI spell July 14, 2007

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 2:09 am

John Graham says Native chiefs under FBI spell

By Charlie Smith
The Georgia Straight
Publish Date: July 12, 2007

 

john-graham.jpg
John Graham hopes the Supreme Court of Canada stops his extradition

An East Vancouver Native man has criticized MPs and Canadian aboriginal leaders for not speaking out forcefully against his looming extradition to the United States on a first-degree murder charge. During a jailhouse interview with the Georgia Straight in the North Fraser Pretrial Centre, John Graham denied killing celebrated Canadian Native activist Anna Mae Aquash, whose body was found in a ravine in South Dakota in February 1976.

“First of all, I’m not guilty of this crime,” Graham insisted. “Second of all, they have no evidence. All of their witnesses are contradicting each other. If they extradite me on a case where they have no evidence, they are again undermining our Charter of Rights. The U.S. is undermining our Charter of Rights as Canadians. If they can do it to me, they can do it to you.”

Graham compared his situation to that of Leonard Peltier, an American Indian Movement activist who was extradited from Canada in 1976 partially on the basis of perjured testimony and eventually convicted of murdering two FBI agents in South Dakota. He said that MPs should be highlighting his case in the House of Commons and that Canadian aboriginal leaders should also be raising their voices in defence of his human rights.

“They, too, are falling for the theories of the FBI,” he claimed. “I’m really ashamed of them for not standing up for their people.”

On June 26, the B.C. Court of Appeal unanimously upheld a 2004 extradition order by B.C. Supreme Court justice Elizabeth Bennett. Under Canada’s Extradition Act, the attorney general of Canada, Robert Nicholson, must approve the transfer of an inmate to the U.S. to face trial following the court process.

Graham described the U.S. Justice Department as a “criminal organization” and insisted that his constitutional rights will never be protected as long as Stephen Harper is prime minister. “With the Conservatives, he is allowing the United States to colonize Canada the same way Canada colonized the Indians,” Graham said. “He is jumping right into bed with Bush.”

A jury in South Dakota convicted Arlo Looking Cloud, a former American Indian Movement activist, in 2004 in the murder of Aquash. During Graham’s extradition hearing, the Crown stated that Looking Cloud was expected to testify that he, Graham, and Theda Clarke took Aquash from Denver to Rapid City, South Dakota, and then drove her to the side of the road, where she was shot with a small silver .32-calibre revolver. Bennett’s decision noted that Looking Cloud’s lawyer filed an affidavit, which was presented in the extradition hearing, stating that he would not testify against Graham. Bennett noted that even if Looking Cloud refused to testify, it didn’t mean that his evidence might not still be presented before the court.

Aquash’s daughter Denise Maloney Pictou told the Straight in a phone interview from Nova Scotia that someone who called himself Arlo Looking Cloud confessed to the crime in a phone conversation with her in 2003. “He wept on the phone,” Pictou said. “He said, ‘It should have been done a long time ago, and I’m sorry I didn’t do it before.’ He was someone looking for absolution, as far as I was concerned, and I believed him.”

Pictou said she also doesn’t see any similarity between Graham’s extradition and Peltier’s extradition except that they are both Native men. Last May, Pictou, along with Aquash’s other daughter, Deborah Maloney Pictou, issued a news release stating that Looking Cloud provided a videotaped confession naming Graham as the man who shot their mother. The sisters also stated that 23 witnesses testified about the case in Looking Cloud’s trial.

“Through 31 years of delays, our family has held fast to the understanding that these delays provide every opportunity for those accused, those indicted and those under investigation to have each and every step of the case handled with the greatest scrutiny to ensure that ‘their rights’ are considered,” they stated in the news release. “Anna Mae did not have that opportunity before she was delivered a death sentence.”

Graham told the Straight that Looking Cloud was not permitted to fire his court-appointed lawyer during the trial. Graham also said that a judge refused Looking Cloud’s attempt to get a psychiatric evaluation. “You read the Arlo Looking Cloud trial transcript,” Graham said. “There are no two witnesses who said the same thing or relayed the same story.”

He added that one witness was paid US$42,000 to testify against Looking Cloud. “If you read his transcripts, the whole thing was not about Anna Mae, it was about Leonard Peltier,” he alleged.

In addition, Graham said that the FBI offered him immunity in the late 1980s if he would testify that he was ordered to execute Aquash. “They wanted me to finger any AIM leader that would have given an order to kill Anna Mae,” he claimed. “I said I would not do that. It never happened.”

Graham, a member of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations in the Yukon, has lived in Vancouver since 1999, according to an affidavit he swore in court. He suggested that his arrest on a first-degree-murder charge has been very difficult for his family because he hadn’t told his kids about his past as an American Indian Movement activist in the 1970s. “The kids are taking it extra hard,” he said.

——————————————————————————————-

Note by Our Freedom editor: When asked in a 2004 prison interview about the supposed phone-call confession he made to Denise Maloney, Arlo Looking Cloud called it a “set-up” and said, “I don’t even remember that. I couldn’t believe it when I heard it in court.”

The writer of the above Georgia Straight article and the Maloney sisters also do not mention that Arlo Looking Cloud was asked if he was under the influence of alcohol during his video-taped interview and he replied that he was. Furthermore, although Denise Maloney says she doesn’t see any similarities between Leonard Peltier and John Graham’s case except that they are both Native men, the government investigator who video-taped Arlo’s supposed confession was none other than Robert Ecoffey, who took part in the FBI-led attack on Leonard Peltier and the American Indian Movement defense camp at Oglala, Pine Ridge in 1975. Ecoffey also testified against Peltier at his 1977 trial for the killing of two FBI agents during the incident at Oglala.

Deborah Maloney is also a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Arlo Looking Cloud Interview

Incident at Oglala – The Indian Wars Continue (Robert Ecoffey)

 

Anti-Canada Day July 4, 2007

Filed under: Events,Video — ourfreedom @ 4:29 am

brave-hearted-woman.jpg

Banners and chants calling for the freedom of John Graham were part of an Anti-Canada Day action in Coast Salish Territory, Vancouver, on July 1st, 2007. John Graham’s two daughters spoke at the event and recalled that Sitting Bull and Leonard Peltier were also made to leave Canada and return to the USA. Other people at the event spoke of Harriet Nahanee, an indigenous elder and warrior who strongly supported Leonard Peltier and John Graham, and who died shortly after she was imprisoned for opposing an Olympics-related highway expansion in West Vancouver.

——————————————————————————————-

INDIGENOUS ANTI-CANADA DAY
INDIGENOUS DAY OF ACTION AND RESISTANCE

On July 1st 2007, over 200 Indigenous women, children, Elders and men (and non-native supporters) took the streets and the train tracks on a march and blockade to mark their resistance to Canada as an oppressive force against their people. The march began at Grandview Park and proceeded down Commercial Drive to Venables Street where the CN rail lines were occupied and blocked for over an hour.

During the blockade a Canadian flag was burned on the tracks by an Indigenous person, and several other Canadian souvenir flags that had been painted with the words “No Justice on Stolen Native Land” were burned by about 40 Indigenous people at the action.

The group stayed strong throughout the blockade in a show of force to let the Canadian government know that Indigenous people will not take state oppression any longer.

The march returned to Grandview park, again blocking traffic on the roads and intersections. The police presence was small, consisting of mostly bicycle units, and efforts to direct traffic were non-existent for at least an hour.

Actions of this nature will continue to happen, not only at every Anti-Canada Day but also at other events in the true spirit of Indigenous resistance!

U-Tube Video on its way!

photos of Anti-Canada Day in vancouver:
http://harrietspirit.blogspot.com/

photos of Anti-Canada Day in montreal:
http://photos.cmaq.net/v/anti-canada-day/

more photos & reports of continental actions:
http://wiinimkiikaa.wordpress.com

other links:
http://no2010.com
https://ourfreedom.wordpress.com

anti-canada.jpg