“On December, 1975 ( which was to say, one week after Aquash was murdered)____advised that
an unidentified Indian female was_________Colorado. The three Indian members of AIM( all of
Denver, Colorado identified as ____(phonetic) and alledgedly_________…Source claims rumors
are that __who stays at ______the ____,Colorado and ___Colorado, committed the actual murder.
Others who may have knowledge of the murder are ____Colorado and ______, South Dakota.” FBI files
( comment: If there was no FBI complicity why wasn’t this addressed at this time? )
Viable questions arise from this , one I asked a couple of attorneys about, both said rumors of a murder are just that, rumors until a body is discovered, without any evidence, without something physical to substantiate them. A possible exception being multiple witnesses.
And if you recall Annie’s body wasn’t discovered until weeks later and then pre emptively identified by Dennis Bank$ from a few states away without ever having seen the body and before it was identified by anyone else.
While this raises questions as a rumor the questions for me are who was the “source” and once Annie’s remains were discovered why did it take years to bring charges and secure a conviction?
Consider that in the context of who knew of the plan and who were involved in the decision making end and carrying it out?
Did the direct participants, Theda Clark, John Graham, or Arlo Looking Cloud provide the information? Was it a snitch within the AIM leadership itself?
How about those who interrogated Annie at WKLODC office, among whom was a sister of Russell Means and attorney Bruce Ellison?
Theda Clark was also a relative of Means, since it’s been established Means didn’t mind “assisting” law enforcement does an implication exist in light of his blood relatives involvement including brother Bill where the call was taken to murder Annie Means decided he should pre emptively “assist” to gain a pass?
At the point this memo was crafted the identity of the victim apparently wasn’t even known, “an unidentified Indian female”. Apparently neither were the motive, the shooter, or the location where the body could be found.
So basically all that you have is a “rumor” that an “unidentified” woman was killed. Not much to go on is it?
Once Annie’s body was discovered it became or should have become an entirely different matter, something more than years of an “ongoing investigation” that culminated in a partial justice exclusive of those within the leadership who gave the order.
SB and his handlers love to drone on about the perps are never really to blame, it’s the ones who give the orders. If they truly believe that you’d think they be all for going after the ones who gave the order, and that would be the leadership ….. which of course they aren’t.
Now in the context of agent Price telling Annie she’d be dead within a year there a number of interpretations that can be made. The one that works for AIM is that Price as an emissary of the feds was putting Annie on notice they would kill her – it’s convenient to the narrative they want to gain traction.
But let’s look at other possibilities – it could be the feds were aware of rumors being advanced by Crow Dog, Peltier, and others that Annie was a snitch and that could lead to her demise.
If that were the way of it it brings to mind a similar event I’ve mentioned involving a friend of mine who had a serious problem with alcohol.
I visited him in the hospital and told him if he didn’t straighten his act up the next time I saw him would be in the morgue.
Was I threatening his life? Not at all. If he wound up dead should I have been a suspect?
Kind of hard to imagine I would have been, that is unless AIM had a vested interest in promoting me as one.
It could also be they intended to frighten Annie. Scaring a person is something AIM has been big on, and if you take into account the alibi related to Annie’s interrogation immediately prior to her murder that they only wanted to scare her it becomes sort of a commonplace tactic, though AIM’s intention has been proven to be about more than instilling a little fear.
Then too maybe the feds did want to kill Annie, but the feds had nothing to gain by killing her, especially if they held out any hope of cultivating her as an informant ( which they never did).
If anyone believes they did then they should enumerate the reasons why in a way that makes sense devoid of the myths and fairytales.
AIM on the other hand labored under the belief they had a great deal to gain by murdering her and raises the obvious question who are the viable suspects?
I haven’t any desire to relieve the feds from any responsibility that falls to them, nor do I have any desire to exonerate AIM through misdirection and issuing get out jail passes.
So ask yourself the simple questions, do the math. Flashcards won’t even be needed.
Forget for the moment that Claypoole said Price admitted it in court and then later said well, he actually didn’t admit it but it “felt” like he did – forget that SB immediately contradicted her in saying Price made no such admission and the result was you had a classic example of conflicting AIM centric variations on a theme. Not exactly confidence inspiring is it?
Take a commonsense approach and just do the math, ask yourself who had what to gain? In doing so you’ll discover a little commonsense goes a long way and you’ll be taking the initial steps to being your own person.