Posted by rezinate on October 11, 2013
CLAIM: John Graham took Anna Mae to a safe house on Pine Ridge and stayed with her until he was satisfied that she would be okay. According to Jennifer Wade, Graham signed a statement in which he told her, “The night before her death she had driven with John Graham across the US from Denver, and he had left her at a safe house in or near Pine Ridge.” On December 19, 2003, another Vancouver Amnesty Graham supporter said Graham told him, “in the fall he received word from Anna Mae that she was at Pine Ridge and wanted to see him. John and Looking Cloud, who was more familiar with the reservation than John, traveled to the reservation and located her at a safe house where she was hiding in fear of the FBI. He left several days later thinking she was safe. He learned of Anna Mae’s death several months later.”
FACT: Before presenting the facts, maybe John Graham could enlighten us as to how he knew when Anna Mae was killed, being as he pinpointed “the night before her death” in the statement he signed for Jennifer Wade. And then maybe John Graham could decide which of these stories he wants to go with? “The night before she was killed” he took her to Pine Ridge, or that “in the fall” he located her on Pine Ridge and stayed with her “several days,” and then learned of her death months later? It doesn’t really matter, as both are lies. Anna Mae’s activities and whereabouts in the fall of ’75, up to her abduction, are outlined in the previous rebuttal – Graham was not with her or in contact with her, as any of the individuals mentioned can verify. So far as taking Anna Mae to a safe house on Pine Ridge with Arlo as the driver, here are the facts: After Theda, Graham and Arlo took Anna Mae from Denver to Rapid City, she was interrogated in Rapid City at the WKLD/OC offices, and then at Thelma Rios’s apartment. Graham, Clark and Looking Cloud then took Anna Mae to a house in Allen, on the Pine Ridge Reservation, and Looking Cloud did drive. The individuals whose house it was recall that Anna Mae was “a prisoner” of the three, and that they – Graham, Looking Cloud and Theda Clark – arrived at about 2:30 am that December 1975 morning. They were gone within the hour after the individuals whose house it was refused to hold Anna Mae as a prisoner in their basement. Before they left, the three asked for directions on back roads to the Rosebud, their next destination. The identity of these two individuals will be established at Arlo Looking Cloud’s trial, as well as what actually happened in this “safe house on Pine Ridge.” If Looking Cloud’s trial does not establish their identity that’s okay, they have told what happened on tape and that information will be posted after Looking Cloud’s trial.
For the record, in a recorded interview in 2001, Graham admitted participating in Anna Mae’s removal from Troy Lynn Yellow Wood’s apartment in Denver, her subsequent transportation to Rapid City, and to being present at the locations in Rapid City, and on the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Reservations where Anna Mae was taken before being executed. Graham even acknowledged being at Bill Means’s house when Anna Mae was taken there before being executed . . . and he identified who drove from Bill Mean’s house to where Anna Mae was executed.
Note these are recorded statements-not third or fourth hand.
If they are false the only possible explanation can be a voice impersonator stood in-anyone want to try floating that?
Doesn’t matter how “old” the quotes are as these are Grahams own words, his admissions-to attempt to diminish or undermine them by saying they are “old” is the same as attempting to diminish Annie’s murder for the same reason….it’s an “old” case.
Graham has had decades, his day in court, and an appeal to work out his story, even the help of individuals like Vernon Bellecourt and woefully misguided “friends” and advocates working overtime to change the “old” reality into the current lies, to fashion that silk purse out of a sow’s ear.
And yet the preponderance of guilt displayed in his own words, much like those of Peltier, are sufficient in them self to know which way the wind is blowing.
The AIM leader was none other than Vernon Bellecourt, and generally known.
This is the same Vernon Bellecourt Antoinette Nora Claypoole interviewed and subsequently wrote glowingly of going so far as to claim Vernon was a warrior who grieved over his failure to protect Annie Mae Pictou Aquash.
“Ghost Rider Roads, a book about the American Indian Movement, released in
early Jan. 2013. this interview with Vernon Bellecourt (passed away Oct. 13, 2007)
was originally published in Native American Village, IMDiversity (ed. Jordan Dill)
and at Ojibway News. It is printed here just as it was transcribed from my long talks
with him and posted here as a tribute. Vernon was a man who walked the talk of his
convictions. He will be missed. a. claypoole, 10.14.07″
Vernon Bellecourt, the same man who referred to Leonard Peltier and his homeys as being crazy, an albatross AIM had become saddled with.
Now if Vernon was worthy of tribute and a warrior due to walking the talk of his convictions the implication is he was a truthful man as that is the hallmark of warriors as the nations have understood it, and consideration should be given to his opinion related to Peltier, seems to me it becomes something of a task to then juggle support for Bellecourt and Peltier – but then maybe that’s where the ethereal “speaking their truth” comes into play as it makes an allowance for doing so and creates a sort of buffer zone.
If it is only a matter of one speaking their truth that qualifies an individual as being tribute worthy the sticking point becomes do you then also lionize terrorists or Adolph Hitler who also have spoken ” their truth”?
Does the fact that the AIM leadership spoke “their truth” in labeling Annie Mae Pictou Aquash and Perry Ray Robinson Jr. as informants translates to exonerating them for murdering both?
Is it a truth when AIM speaks of “liberating” WK2 when the reality is it was a murderous rampage that led to it’s total destruction and unmarked graves, or is it nothing more than AIM’s “truth” which hasn’t any measure of truth in it?
Is it the truth when Peltier says federal agents were coming to arrest him and that’s what led to their murder when they were not looking for him or had any idea he was there? Or is it Peltier’s “truth”?
Becomes more than a little obvious that speaking one’s truth can be a euphemism for lying doesn’t it?
I agree in part with Claypoole’s assessment that “Vernon was a man who walked the talk of his convictions.” that would be the talk of Annie being a snitch and the need to protect not only his and brother Clyde’s ass who was at Bill Means house when the call came to murder Annie but AIM’s as well.
A “warrior”? Not hardly, more like a Hollywoodized media construct of a former hairdresser.
“It is printed here just as it was transcribed from my long talks with him and posted here as a tribute.”
A tribute to yet another AIM thug – maybe Vernon should have a library built in his “honor” as well.