May 23, 2007
To The John Graham Defense Committee:
I believe in the innocence of Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham. Moreover I believe in their right to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Arlo was not accorded that opportunity in his trial. No concrete evidence was presented against him. The United States Government has no concrete evidence against John to warrant his extradition to South Dakota.
We know from the railroading of Arlo Looking Cloud that John Graham will not receive a fair trial in South Dakota. We also have the precedent of Leonard Peltier’s extradition and trial. I believe the cases of Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham to be a mop up of the FBI’s war against Indian People. They are assigning blame for their crimes back into our own Indian communities.
I believe that Anna Mae was killed primarily for her research into uranium mining on Indian Reservations in the United States. Is it coincidental that John Graham is a leader in the anti-nuclear movement in Canada?
Anna Mae Aquash was no vapid victim of the American Indian Movement. Her words and actions state otherwise. She was a strong, intelligent Indian woman that lived her life in service to Indian People.
The American Indian Movement and all activist groups were under heavy surveillance during the 1970’s. If John and Arlo kidnapped and murdered Anna Mae there would have been surveillance photos and tapes to substantiate that. It would have been presented at Arlo’s trial. There was none.
If the United States Government has concrete evidence of John’s guilt in the murder of Anna Mae Aquash then they must be required to present such proof to extradite him. We will not give up any more of our People to cover up crimes committed against us.
Monica J Charles
Elwha Klallam Tribal Elder
Veteran of the occupation of the BIA 1972
Veteran of the occupation of Wounded Knee 1973
Member of Lummi Smokehouse 1977
Member of 1910 Indian Shaker Church 1996