But then we already know don’t we ? Lies, feds, COINTELPRO, the usual shuck and jive denials while they struggle with the wedgie it creates.
This doesn’t stand as any sort of exoneration for Vernon as some have attempted -the
opposite is true-it exposes the manipulation and lies he created and participated in.
The feds have it as of 2001-hmmm, that’s really interesting. Eleven years and counting-must be building a hell of case to involve so much time. Way longer than it took to go after Enron, Madoff, or Abramoff for example.
It serves to expose the divisions and infighting that existed and still exists within this American Indian Mafia-that’s right, MAFIA-as in criminal organization replete with it’s own pathetic version of Dons and Capos who would make you an offer you can’t refuse.
Ironic that the late great actor Brando, whose stellar performance in the Godfather, would in the end have a six degrees of separation via the motorhome to these wannabe godfathers.
Not that I imply in any way Brando had any participation in their known criminal, drug dealing, raping,extorting, murderous activities-I merely find it one of life’s cruel jokes.
As is the case of all such organizations and gangs they have the low level wannabe soldiers like Peltier who always want to go the extra mile, be the most obedient, suck up the most, in the hopes of gaining favor and advancing through the ranks.
And as is likewise the case they have their own groupies, those fawning pie patrol members who also want to go the extra mile, be obedient, and fritter away their time sucking up in the hopes of being recognized.
But I guess ignorance isn’t gender specific, men don’t hold the copyright, and mores the pity-it might be easier to deal with they did-if the battle only had to waged on one front.
I can’t help but smile a little conjuring up a mental image of our boys the walkers and talkers, the liberators and patriots, standing in front of a mirror with cotton stuffed in their mouths attempting to emulate Brando as the Godfather.
Doesn’t go well with the rest of their costume-the beads and feathers, but they seek to make it their own anyway. The better role for them would be that of a eunuch-as they surely are not men.
I apologize for the length of this blog-a lot to be said though and worth the read I believe.
“This is a document was provided to federal authorities.”
In that there may well have been a recording also but remains to be seen. Obviously Vernon is beyond prosecutorial reach now, but others are not.
Vernon Bellecourt/Janice Denny Meeting:
Wednesday 14 February 2001. Time: 16:50. Location: ‘Chili’s Too’,
Vernon (Bellecourt) wanted to know what the outcome of my meeting with John Graham was, in view of the fact that Vernon had arranged the interview with the understanding that I would help Graham and AIM by creating a plausible alibi for Graham that could be used to demonstrate that he had not murdered Anna Mae Aquash.
Vernon said that John Graham had called him after I had concluded the interview with him to ask how well he knew me, to which Vernon had responded, “As well as I know most people I know,” which seemingly appeased Graham’s concerns.
As with the actual interview with Graham, Vernon and Janice (Denny) and myself discussed each location Aquash had been taken to in the murder sequence and how Graham had reacted to each.
Vernon and Janice had total familiarity with every venue and what had transpired there
and the main areas of discussion were: Graham denying that he had raped Aquash and that he fell apart when it came to discussing what had happened when they arrived at Bill Means’ home prior to him shooting Aquash.
I expressed my incredulity that Graham thought it was plausible for him to say that he wasn’t on the last leg of thejourney from Bill Means’ house to Amiotte’s ranch where he shot her.
Janice described it as “ridiculous” for him to say that, and we joked about the imaginary scene of Graham leaping out of Theda’s care as she drove them up to Wanblee. Vernon didn’t participate in the joke and then said; “And Theda’s involvement was so out of character with the Theda I knew”.
Janice (Denny – the wife of Vernon Bellecourt) and I then discussed how, even from his demeanor, it was obvious that ‘the word’ to kill Aquash had come from Banks, at which point Vernon bemoaned how Banks put them “in impossible positions of having to back and justify situations like this” because he was “influenced by idiots and psychopaths like David Hill and Peltier.”
Vernon continued, claiming that the Tent City group hadn’t been anything to do with AIM but after the shoot-out, because of their Association with Banks, AIM had had to support them. Vern said Peltier “had never been anything” and Janice concurred, Vernon ruing that he had “wasted 25-years” supporting him and how Peltier had become synonymous with AIM.
Both Vernon (Bellecourt) and Janice (Denny) agreed that Peltier held a lot of responsibility for what happened to Anna Mae and they believed that she would still be alive had it not been for him.
Vernon said, “She should have gotten out of there – and she could have – after the motor home and Pierre,” and they both said that they could not understand why she stayed.
Vernon repeated how out of character it had been for Theda to have participated in Aquash’s murder but both agreed that “she should have known better,” Janice adding that “Arlo and John Boy were just kids.”
I said that I hoped that if this case was prosecuted Vernon wouldn’t continue to try and
defend these people and Janice interjected, “Oh he won’t!” Janice explained how, publicly, Vernon “takes a position” because he is one of the few within AIM who can articulate points eloquently, but that he doesn’t always believe in the argument.
“God, I’ve defended these people and their actions for years; Banks, Peltier. Look at the
position they put us in. What choice have I had?” Vernon asked.
Of the Tent City group he said, “They were just crazy. I don’t know what the hell they were thinking! Christ, did those idiots think they were invincible or something? Janice added, “They could have got a lot more people killed. A lot of women and children.”
We talked about how Clyde (Bellecourt) had been present at the WKLD/OC house at Bill Means and I said I was sorry that Clyde hadn’t show-up for this meeting because I wanted to give him another opportunity to tell me about it in his own words and Vernon said, “My
brother would probably have just denied it again.”
We discussed how worried Dennis Banks must be and Vernon insisted, “Whatever contact
he had with Theda over Anna Mae Aquash did not come through me.” At this juncture Vernon went into a hypothetical trial scenario to ascertain whose and what testimony would stand up to scrutiny and he said that he had no doubt that Theda, Arlo and John Boy could be found guilty on charges of abduction/kidnap but that he didn’t believe Annie Mae’s murder would be prosecuted because there was an “informant involved or close to it.”
He said the Thelma Rios would never have done anything for him and this main concern is Clyde and that he himself is presently the visible AIM figure in this. Janice made it clear that she wants him to back-off and let, “what ever’s going to happen, happen.”
I said that people just want it to be over, to which Vernon responded, “They want it to go away. If over means prosecutions, I don’t think they want that.” I described this as a
cancer in the Movement and everything positive, the education programs etc. will mean nothing if this cover-up continues and Janice agreed, saying that “it needs to end.”
Vernon (Bellecourt) repeated how people “still say Anna Mae was a pig”. We then discussed what each participant could be charged with and he expressed a genuine concern that he could be prosecuted for ‘obstruction of justice’.
He reassured himself, speculating ‘Nobody would believe Arlo” and asked, “Could it be prosecuted 25-years later? I mean, what do people remember? What physical evidence is
He then switched to the murder of Ray Robinson and said the “principals involved were Banks, Hill and Carter Camp”.
Continuing on the subject of murder victims, Vernon stated that Rocky Duanes (Duenas) had been killed because he was an informant and repeated the anecdote of how he gave Rocky $5,000 from Bill Walton for Peltier’s defense in late November 1975.
He wanted to know when I had last discussed the Aquash murder with Dennis Banks and I told him it had been awhile but that I had no desire to do so again in the near future because Banks was such a bad liar.
Vernon said he thought the last time Dennis had talked to Theda was at the Whiteclay march in June 1999. He said how Russell Means had also attempted to talk to Theda at that time and then gave a diatribe about Russ and Ward Churchill, concluding with, “So, what would Russell Charles Means say if they put him on the stand?”
The meeting concluded shortly after 19:00 and soon after I boarded a flight to Rapid City.
Citation given as:
[Vernon Bellecourt/Janice Denny – Wednesday 14 February 2001 Time:
16:50. Location ‘Chili’s Too’, Minneapolis Airport] Sierra