In the effort to obtain justice and closure for the survivors of AIM victims Annie Mae Aquash and Perry Ray Robinson Jr their survivors have made a Herculean effort, an effort characterized in Annie’s case with a measure of hard won success and in Ray’s little more than running into a stone wall of what can only be interpreted as indifference.
Arlo Looking Cloud sits in a federal prison following conviction for his role in the abduction/murder of Annie – John Graham is presently an inmate in a South Dakota prison as the actual shooter attempting to portray himself as an innocent wrongly convicted in a low budget remake of Peltier’s performance.
Thelma Rios signed a confession admitting her guilt entering a plea bargain that allowed her to remain free and passed on shortly thereafter due to an existing heath issue…..no doubt much to AIM’s delight.
A measured yet incomplete justice spoken of as it was a member or members of the AIM leadership who ordered Annie’s execution and authorities seem less than inclined to pursue the case any farther.
A disinclination taken to a level of marked indifference when it comes to Ray, a long running soap opera of official sleight of hand made notable by decades long vacuous statements of an ongoing investigation to finally culminate in dropping the pretense and announcing the Chautaugua was breaking camp, abandoning the whole thing, and moving.
Theodore Roosevelt of Rough Rider fame and former president once said that the Chautaugua was the most American thing in America – I think the same could be said about the selective nature historically evidenced by “officialdom” when it comes to the pursuit of justice.
If you’re a high profile victim game on, no stone is left unturned, limitless resources – if not and happen to be a black or red man those same resources suddenly diminish and the rules of the game modified.
Ray’s widow Cheryl happens to be a white woman, a white woman married to a black man – in the 70’s that wasn’t deemed acceptable by the vast majority of this country, and I’ve often wondered if that played a role in the indifference she encountered in her quest for justice and closure?
If so we all know an admission of such bias will never be forthcoming, especially in this day and age of political correctness – nonetheless for me it remains a nagging question having experienced racism myself.
Cheryl’s demeanor can be a little brusque, or perhaps direct is the better description, but who can blame her all things considered? She’s not one to go for the okey doke, and that probably didn’t sit well with her antagonists.
I say antagonists because that’s basically what they were. Investigators angling the carrot of a pending convening of a grand jury that never occurred , and an assistant U.S. attorney who stated during an interview with Cheryl that Ray wasn’t murdered with premeditation, that it was an “accident”.
Well, as a representative of the DOJ making this statement declaring Ray’s murder an accident then why the decades long charade of an “ongoing investigation” ? And please, I don’t want to hear any excuses about this individual “misspoke” or told the “least erroneous truth”. That sort of bs needs to be restricted to conversations between politicians and assorted officials…it’s their milieu, a significant portion of their natural habitat.
Cheryl has characterized the official effort as “They didn’t give a goddamn”……like I said, direct, to the point minus the mincing of words, and in view of all things, accurate.
Dirty laundry can’t always be cleaned, sometimes stains are impossible to remove and remain visible for all to see, Ray’s murder is such a stain that AIM will always wear, as is the murder of Annie, but it is a stain also visible on the fabric of the justice department – a stain they seem to think no one sees much like the Emperor who had no clothes.