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Anna Mae Aquash Investigation Reopened, Attempt to Keep Leonard Peltier in Prison December 31, 2007

Filed under: American Indian Movement — ourfreedom @ 9:35 pm

Anna Mae Aquash Investigation Reopened

Press Statement
November 7, 1994

FEDERAL RE-OPENING OF ANNA MAE AQUASH MURDER APPEARS TO BE AN ATTEMPT TO KEEP LEONARD PELTIER IN PRISON FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE

For the past several months, the United States government has been engaged in an aggressive re-opening of the investigation of the 1976 murder of American Indian Movement (AIM) member Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. The investigation has taken the form of impaneling a federal grand jury in Pierre, South Dakota, and interrogating dozens of current and former AIM members across the United States, by the FBI and US Marshall Bob Ecoffey, once a member of the violently anti-AIM “GOON Squad” on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

Anna Mae, a Micmaq Indian from Canada, was murdered in late 1975 or early 1976, her body discovered on February 25, 1976, about ten miles from the town of Wanblee, on Pine Ridge. Initially, federal contract coroner W.O. Brown, of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, ruled she died of “exposure” to the winter elements. After a demand by her family for an independent autopsy, the cause of her death was found to be a .38 caliber gunshot wound in the base of her skull.

Given the violent political climate on Pine Ridge at that time, centering on a severely hostile relationship between AIM and the FBI, there is substantial reason to believe the FBI was, either directly or indirectly, involved with the murder of Anna Mae Aquash. After all, during the period of her death, more than 60 other AIM members and supporters were murdered on Pine Ridge in what the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights officially described as a “reign of (political) terror.” Considerable evidence exists that the FBI was deeply involved in this ugly pattern of atrocities.

The AIM Confederation remains more interested than anyone in seeing justice done to the murderers of our sister, Anna Mae. The current investigation, however, seems especially curious and suspicious. There are many indications that the FBI is more interested in carrying out a vendetta against AIM than in achieving justice in the case.

Why, for instance, is the FBI suddenly so interested in “resolving” the Aquash case and not the scores of other unsolved murders of AIM members dating from the same period?  And why, if it is genuinely interested in finding out what happened to Anna Mae , has the FBI never bothered to interview coroner Brown or agents such as David Price, who is known to have threatened her life shortly before she was killed?

The FBI has made it clear that it has never forgotten another infamous date in 1975: June 26, the day two FBI agents and AIM member Joe Stuntz were killed in a firefight on Pine Ridge. As a result of that event, AIM member Leonard Peltier is serving two consecutive life sentences in federal prison. The AIM Confederation believes that, despite Peltier’s unjust imprisonment, the FBI’s desire for revenge will remain unsatisfied until AIM is finally and entirely destroyed.  Consequently, we believe that the present investigation, rather than seeking to find the killers of Anna Mae, is designed and intended to cast suspicion upon our leadership and to sow distrust and confusion within our movement and among its allies.

In sum, it appears that, far from seeking justice for Anna Mae, the FBI has gone back to its old COINTELPRO tactics of the 1970s, casting its net far and wide in a concerted attempt to disrupt the work of AIM and to keep Leonard Peltier in prison for th e rest of his life by suggesting that he and AIM are nothing more than “a band of thugs and killers.”  This is indicated by two recent ads in the Washington Post and Indian Country Today placed by current and past FBI agents asking President Clinton to reject a petition for clemency for Leonard Peltier.  In the ad, the FBI repeats lie after lie, in an attempt to paint Leonard as a cold-blooded killer from a murderous gang – the American Indian Movement.

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Daughter of extradited man speaking up for her father December 23, 2007

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 4:38 am

Daughter of extradited man speaking up for her father

APTN National News Daytime
Wednesday, December 19th

APTN National News Primetime
Tuesday, December 18th

“Think about it. When has the United States government ever put so much energy and effort and money into finding the murderer of an Indian woman on a reservation?”
– John Graham, interview with Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, April 2007, re-aired Tuesday, December 18th, 2007, and Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

 

John Graham Graffiti, Vancouver, Canada

Filed under: Graffiti — ourfreedom @ 4:35 am

John Graham Graffiti, Vancouver, Canada
Posted to Ottawa Indymedia by Anonymous on 19.12.2007

More photos at: http://ottawa.indymedia.ca/en/2007/12/6468.shtml

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Trial date set for John Graham December 21, 2007

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 9:58 pm

Trial date set for man accused in 1975 slaying

Black Hills FOX News [South Dakota]
20 Dec 2007

The United States Attorney’s Office says the murder trial of John Graham is scheduled to start in Rapid City on June 17, 2008. Graham was recently extradited back to South Dakota from Canada after the Canadian Supreme Court refused to review his case. He’s accused of killing Anna Mae Pictou Aquash on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in 1975.

 

Free John Graham graffiti continues December 19, 2007

Filed under: Graffiti — ourfreedom @ 11:34 pm
fjg.jpg
Taken on December 13, 2007
(Spotted on Hastings Street, Downtown Eastside,
Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory)
 

John Graham has recently been extradited to the US, Leonard Peltier met the same fate December 16, 2007

Filed under: Action — ourfreedom @ 1:14 am

“Along with the Green Scare victims, John Graham has recently been extradited to the US, Leonard Peltier met the same fate, and natives across Turtle Island (Tyendinaga, Six Nations, etc.) have also been subjected to conditions created by the very repressive system that Bell, Linamar, Scotiabank, CN Rail, and others reinforce through the policies they create (like the SPP) with State leaders throughout North America. These policies, which have no jurisdiction in the sovereign territories of these natives, are policed by an armed mafia of badge wearing extremists who see no injustice in their application of electrical, chemical, and lethal weapons that have injured and killed so many; but the weapons are not the problem.”
Guelph, Ontario: Hanging Up on Bell Canada! (Dec 12, 2007)

 

Security Note on Writing to John Graham at Pennington County Jail

Filed under: John Graham — ourfreedom @ 1:10 am

Security Note on Writing to John Graham at Pennington County Jail

Please be aware that any mail sent directly to John Graham at Pennington County Jail is more than likely read and copied by jail authorities and please take care regarding how this may affect his trial (date to be announced).

To write to John Graham, imprisoned at Pennington County Jail, address envelope as follows:

John Graham
307 St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
USA

To write or call the jail:

Pennington County Jail
307 St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6116

To contact the sheriff’s office:

Don Holloway, Sheriff
Pennington County
Sheriff’s Office
300 Kansas City Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 394-6113

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“In the past five years, there’s been a 29% increase in the number of inmates at the Pennington County Jail, 44% of which are Native American.”
– Pennington County Jail over capacity (Nov 28, 2007), KOTA Territory News

http://www.kotatv.com/global/story.asp?s=7423317&ClientType=Printable

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“Traditional Lakota warriors Garry Rowland and Darren Brings Plenty, both of the Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota Nation, are receiving inhumane treatment and inadequate medical attention at the Rapid City Pennington County jail, as well as being denied traditional Lakota Pipe religious ceremony, and they have taken their cases to the traditional healing and elders’ societies. Both men have serious heart conditions and should be hospitalized but transfers to the Regional hospital have been denied.”
– Lakota Warriors Resistance “At Rapid City Jail” (February 1, 2001)