Kamook Ecoffey and Paul DeMain are frequently portrayed in the same manner by AIM, that’s to expected though as they’ve both outed AIM and Peltier in their own fashion.
Russell Means co opted Bob Branscombe’s press conference in ’99 in an effort to exonerate not only himself but his entire family of any knowledge or involvement in the abduction murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.
A couple of years later in 2001 Kamook approached DeMain with the rest of the story, a part of which served to validate the words of Minnie Two Shoes related to a conversation she had with Iris Thundercloud, now Iris Cleveland, at the Land of the Menominee Pow wow in ’94 or ’95 in regard to Annie and Iris going from Minneapolis to Farmington, New Mexico together in 1975 where Annie was interrogated by Peltier at gunpoint.
Bob Robideau confirmed the interrogation in a program CBS presented in 2001-forcing Peltier to admit it just as he was forced to admit his presence at the actual site where Williams and Coler lay after being ambushed and executed after Robideau outed him about that also.
Of course Peltier attempted to portray his interrogation of Annie in a friendly way, sort of a brother and sister conversation from which he came away thoroughly convinced his “love” for his “sister” wasn’t misplaced.
Interrogating women seems to have been something AIM specialized in, as Iris and Minnie had both been interrogated by none other than Means family member Theda Nelson Clark in January or February of 1975 prior to Annie’s experience.
Theda is said to have done so at the behest of Ted Means wife, Lorelie Decora Means, Madonna Thunderhawk Gilbert, Russell Means sister, and Ken Tilsen’s wife Rachel.
Interesting attribute of these AIM “warriors”- sending women to do their dirty work-maybe they thought if it hit the fan they could hide behind their skirts.
Predictably Vernon, Banks, and Peltier, along with others denied it for years-Banks clings to professing a complete ignorance about it much the same as he does everything else-but perhaps his eyes despite their furtive casting about speak to a guilt a fan of his attempted to say were mirrors of his innocence in all related matters-maybe that and the bumps on his head.
Iris and Minnie were interrogated during the takeover of the Alexian Brothers Novitiate, an event AIM was not asked to participate in and yet chose to for the media attention it would generate.
This is concurrent with the time Doug Durham was outed after a wiretap was discovered in his van and supposedly a check stub from the government.
I don’t doubt the wiretap but I think the check stub is an invention, something to add a little flavor. I don’t think Durham in his position would have been carrying around federal check stubs.
If he was then the nick name of Dumb as Dirt given to Peltier would be appropriate for Durham as well.