The Rapid City Journal Monday July 7, 1975:
BOMBING CASE, FIREARMS ARRESTS MADE BY FBI
Two men arrested Sunday by the FBI were to be arraigned Monday in Rapid City, according to Richard G. Held, special-agent-in-charge of the FBI at Pine Ridge. He identified them as:
*Anthony E. Ament, 25, No. 1 Winterville, Spearfish, as a material witness in connection with the early June 27 bombing at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
*Harry David Hill, 32, a Choctaw male, arrested in Rapid City on a charge of violation of the national firearms act.
Both were to appear before U.S. Magistrate James H. Wilson Monday afternoon for determination of bonds, Held announced.
In a press conference late Monday morning on the steps of the tightly secured federal building in Rapid City a local young, Indian woman told of the search of her house at 1014 Milwaukee where Hill was arrested Sunday afternoon.
She said several FBI agents entered her house at gunpoint and did not show her a search warrant until they had looked through the house for 15 minutes. She charges the agents ransacked the house.
The woman said the warrant stated the agents were looking for explosive devices and diagrams. They found no explosives in the house she said. “They even took my son’s BB gun,” she said.
At the press conference Wounded Knee Legal Defense/Offense attornet Lew Gurwitz said a number of traditional elders are being called to testify before the grand jury which he said will be convened next Monday to look into the deaths of the two FBI agents killed June 26 on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
MAN NOW FACING STATE CHARGES
Released from federal custody Wednesday afternoon on a personal recognizance bond, David Hill, 32, a Choctaw Indian, was immediately arrested by state officials on a charge of obliterating the serial number on a pistol. He was to be arraigned Thursday morning in magistrate court on the misdemeanor charge. U.S. Magistrate James Wilson had followed the recommendation of the federal government in releasing Hill who had been held on two federal charges – possession of a firearm while under indictment on charges stemming from the Custer courthouse takeover incident in 1973 and obliterating a serial number on a
firearm. He had been held on $15,000 bond on the possession charge and $20,000 on the other charge and would have had to post 10 per cent or a total of $3,500 to secure his release.
The nameless woman mentioned above is none other than Thelma Rios, Hill’s woman at the time and convicted aider and abettor in the kidnap murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash. A woman who never hesitated to say that Hill was a “cop”.
I’m not sure that even a cop could crawl out from under the federal and state charges Hill faced, and yet Hill did and somehow has affected a recurring role as a spokesman for Peltier.
Hill walked away scot free from both the federal and state charges in a combined serving justice and the greater good gesture courtesy of the feds and on the state level Bill Janklow.
Thelma was co indicted with John Graham who was subsequently convicted for the cold blooded murder of Annie and now serving a life sentence in a South Dakota prison – Rios was able to plea bargain and avoid incarceration only to pass away shortly thereafter.
Not long after Russell Means passed on I happened across one those what if articles that I’m still laughing about – what if Russell Means was actually murdered by the Feds, poisoned or something of that nature?
Well, what if Thelma Rios who also died of cancer, a disease that claims eight million people a year was actually poisoned by AIM ? Payback for her sealed testimony or an effort to keep her from going public? Payback for proclaiming Hill was a cop?
Impossible or not likely you say? Well I agree, but only seek to make a point how ridiculous things can become – and this particular scenario no less ridiculous than those attempting to portray the AIM leadership as liberators and warriors, or Peltier as anything but a low level thug willing to commit murder and interrogate women at gunpoint.
As to Hill, maybe he’s just lucky, leads a charmed life…..and maybe a pot of gold really can be found at the end of the rainbow.