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Five statements by Leonard Peltier on the case of Anna Mae Aquash

Five statements by Leonard Peltier on the case of Anna Mae Aquash, Arlo Looking Cloud, and John Graham.
Mural in Victoria, Canada
Mural in Victoria, Canada
Leonard Peltier's Response to Anna Mae Investigation

Open Letter written - 9/29/99

I have just received and read a report written by Chris Nicholas about the recent press conference held in Canada in regard to Anna Mae. I am very shocked and saddened by what is being said and the misinformation and outright lies that are being spread about what happened to her and what has happened to me. I have not said anything up until now because I do not want to be involved in an investigation carried out in part, by Robert Ecoffey and the RCMP. Ecoffey was responsible for much of the terror and corruption that existed on Pine Ridge in the early 70's. The RCMP, working with the FBI, submitted a fabricated statement against me over a year after I was arrested by them in Canada.

This statement has been used to justify my continued incarceration. Who would trust such sources to carry out an investigation into one of the many, many, people who were murdered in conjunction with the FBI on Pine Ridge during that era? I did not want to be involved in this, but now it looks like I must submit a public statement documenting my stance because I very much fear that innocent people will be railroaded as I have, into prison, and the governments of Canada and the U.S. will be happy to have given AIM the image of a vicious and corrupt terrorist organization which we absolutely were not. Am I saying that everyone who was in AIM was perfect? No. Am I saying that AIM is today what it was back then? No. But, what I am seeing is a clear attempt to destroy a very valid civil rights movement in order for those involved to both benefit and profit from Anna Mae's death. Future movements for the rights of our people would always have to fight this unjustified image and work extra hard to be given any validity at all.

First off, I would like to start by offering my condolences to the family of Anna Mae and by expressing my strong desire to have her murder, along with all of the other murders that took place during that era, solved. I have been pushing for this since the beginning. And, though I am aware that her death was possibly carried out by an informer, a pawn of the FBI, I am convinced that justice will not be done until a complete investigation into the FBI's involvement on Pine Ridge at that time is carried out.

Bob Branscombe, who is leading this investigation, cannot be trusted for several reasons. He says he is Anna Mae's cousin and this is the reason why he has committed himself to finding out who killed her. However, he only found out about his Indian blood two years ago. Most importantly, he visited me in the fall of 1998 claiming to have a way to get me out. He came in to see me and offered me a deal saying that if I helped them to get a conviction against John Boy Patton, he could assure me the government would look upon this favorably and I would be granted parole. I asked how he knew they would do this. He said that he spoke with the DA in Colorado and she said she was willing to help get me out of prison. I replied that I could not help because I did not know anything. He said that it didn't matter as long as I was willing to help. I then replied, "Are you telling me you want me to be a Myrtle Poor Bear?" He said, "well, you would be released within ten days if you would sign an affidavit against John Boy Patton." I told him that I could not believe he was sitting there asking me to be the same type of person who lied against me and cost me my life. I am ready and willing to testify to this in court, under oath and after taking a lie detector test. Furthermore, Chris Nicholas, who is also involved in this, did not know Anna Mae, yet he is trying to portray himself as being her close friend.

He told me that he had only seen her once, briefly. I ask all Native people and the Pictou family to beware of these two men. I am sure they are in this to profit off of Anna Mae's tragedy. Bob Branscombe's new book about all of this is clear evidence. What angers me the most is that these men are now trying to force me into being involved in this; they are dragging me into something that I am against and something I know Anna Mae would have been against. They are even trying to use me as some sort of bargaining device against my will, stating that I will be released because of all of this. I would never accept being released in return for imprisoning someone unfairly convicted. Please know, I have seen the tactics they are using and I would refuse my release as a result.

Nicholas is saying that Anna Mae was murdered by AIM members because she was going to announce who killed the agents on Pine Ridge. She was not there and did not know. She signed an affidavit clearly stating this. Anna Mae was murdered because she was a skilled organizer and leader for our people. Independent investigators testified, right after her body was recovered, that there was absolutely no sign of rope burns on Anna Mae's wrists and that she had gone willingly, either with the police or with someone she knew. They also testified that there was no evidence of rape. So I ask you to look critically upon this latest controversy and to keep in mind what I have told you. Yes, we want justice for Anna Mae. We want justice for all of the people who died at the hands of Dick Wilson, the BIA and the FBI. It is not justice when people need to be coerced into pointing fingers as was attempted with me. It is not justice if a full investigation into the FBI's role in all of the deaths is not carried out.

In the Spirit Of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier

Leonard Peltier
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048


Leonard Peltier concerning Anna Mae Aquash murder investigation

Leonard Peltier
U.S. Penitentiary - Leavenworth
P.O. Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000

May 1, 2003

Sisters, Brothers, Friends, & Supporters:

After so many years, it is a relief to see movement in the investigation of the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. It has always been my desire to have her murder solved. However, I caution everyone not to rush to judgment & instead to turn a critical eye to the government's activities in this case. The government has yet to prove that those indicted for the murder of Annie Mae are guilty of any crime. I very much fear that innocent people may be railroaded, as I have been, into prison.

I am so concerned about another miscarriage of justice because of the visit I received from Bob Branscombe in the fall of 1998. He offered me a deal saying that if I helped to get a conviction against John Boy Patton (one of the men named in the present indictment), he could assure me that I would be granted parole. I couldn't help because I didn't know anything. I told him so. Branscombe told me this didn't matter as long as I was willing to help. He said, "You'll be released within ten days if you sign an affidavit against John Boy Patton." I won't ever accept being released in return for imprisoning someone who is unfairly convicted. But maybe there are others who find this kind of a deal acceptable? You can understand my doubts about how the government, aided by some of the media, will proceed in this case. Yes, we want justice for Annie Mae. But it's not justice if people are coerced into falsely pointing fingers of blame.

It also is not justice if a full investigation into the FBI's role in Annie Mae's death is not included in the inquiry. Because the FBI told Anna Mae that they would see her dead within a year if she did not cooperate with them, & because of the way the FBI handled the incident of her death, I continue to believe that they were at fault for her murder. Any investigation that does not consider the fact that the FBI's pathologist listed the cause of her death as exposure, despite the obvious bullet hole in her head, & then quickly had her buried before a positive identification could be made must be a bogus one. SA David Price was very familiar with Annie Mae's appearance & saw her body after it was first recovered. I believe he recognized her & attempted to cover up her murder.

There are others who cry out for justice, too. What about Frank Clearwater, Buddy Lamont, Pedro Bissonette, & Joe Killsright Stuntz - to name only a few?

In the three years following Wounded Knee, Tribal Chairman Dick Wilson had the GOONs enforce his rules & anyone associated with AIM was targeted for violence. Their homes were burned. They were struck by cars, shot in drive-by shootings, & beaten. Between 1973 & 1976, over 60 traditionalists were murdered - Pine Ridge had the highest murder rate in the United States - & many more were assaulted. In almost every case, witness accounts indicated GOON responsibility, but nothing was done to stop the violence. On the contrary, the FBI supplied the GOONs with weaponry & intelligence on AIM, & looked the other way as the GOONs committed crimes.

As I have done many times in the past, I call on all of my supporters to urge the U.S. Congress to investigate the Reign of Terror. I believe Anna Mae's murder was the direct result of the FBI's activities on Pine Ridge. I say this not because I believe Annie Mae was an informant. No. I never believed nor took seriously rumors that Anna Mae Aquash was an FBI informant. I believe, instead, that Anna Mae was murdered because she was a skilled organizer & leader for our people. There is no clearer example of FBI misconduct than the Reign of Terror. The events that happened there should not be allowed to be forgotten nor covered up by time.

Mitakuye Oyasin.
In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier


Leonard Responds to the Recent Arrest of John Boy Graham in Vancouver, BC

December 5, 2003

It is obvious to anyone who looks at the past few years with an open mind and a remembrance of COINTELPRO, that the FBI's program of misinformation and discrediting of activists is alive and well. I encourage all who come into contact with this finger-pointing behavior to also look at the person pointing.

Your commitment to a cause, for the most part has to include a dedication to non-combat with your own people. If you get caught up in a combative cycle you will spend most of your time fighting rumors and accusations and each other. When we talk of sovereignty, we must be willing to solve our own problems and not go running to the oppressor for relief.

Since the Patriot Act was passed, the government has gone back through records and is trying to re-file on anyone it can, in any way. If you look at the history of colonization world-wide, the oppressor always identifies the individuals within the resistance movement that they can buy off and starts funding them. They likewise start neutralizing their opposition by discrediting individual leaders by whatever means necessary; it is the old "Divide and Conquer" routine.

There are a lot of people in Indian Country claiming to know this or that about someone else. Ask for proof, if you're going to consider their words. All the rumor mongers have scenarios they've come up with to, in essence, set a trap for anyone willing to listen.

My father once said that our greatest weaknesses have always been booze, flattery and jealousy. If you look closely, you will find one or more of these at the foundation of the finger pointing. Growing up, I always heard my people say, "Ignore people's misstatements about you and live your life so that all can see your true character".

With today's technology of media, it has been found through surveys that a statement, whether true or not, is taken for truth if not countered within a 24-hour period. As the old saying goes, "A lie will travel around the world, while the truth is just putting its boots on". I have been in prison for over 27 years because of lies about myself, my people and my culture so I am sensitive to those who would make quick judgments without knowing the facts of a case. Notice that I say "knowing", not "believing".

I fear that John Boy will not receive a fair trial in the US anymore than I did. I must remind you, it is court record that the FBI lied to extradite me back to the US. I know that their behavior hasn't changed just as I know that Anna Mae was not an informant. As much as I want justice for Anna Mae, I likewise do not want an injustice to be enacted against one of our own in the name of crime-solving - so that some finger-pointing government lackey can get a feather in his cap.

The death of Anna Mae should be considered Indian Business- Indigenous Nation to Indigenous Nation. We still have within the framework of our culture the capacity to deal with our own problems and mete out the appropriate punishment, according to the offense. Anna Mae was a victim of the oppressor-any person who had part in her death likewise, in some form is and always will be a victim; for what person can ever feel good about the death of a beautiful young Indian woman, mother and activist for her people? Those responsible for her death, whether they pulled the trigger or not, must surely suffer strongly from their own fears as to want someone as her no longer among the living.

Some of my brothers and I once had a conversation about such possibilities and it was unanimous: we are not here to fight our own people and to take the life of even one of our own would discredit our cause. Likewise, it will not serve us to take the life of anyone. Our battles have always been in defense and to keep the enemy back while using the media to let average Americans know what was being done to our people in their name with their tax dollars.

Someone once said that you can measure the stature of a man by the size of his enemy. With that in mind, I say to our people,

"We have been and still are at odds with the most dangerous, well-funded, strongest military and political organization in the history of the world."

If you sometimes feel overwhelmed, as I sometimes am, then remember Geronimo, Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Osceola, Tecumseh and a host of others-you are in good company.

I am proud to be a Native American because my people before me stood up against overwhelming odds so that I might have a chance to exist. They were successful, as I am living proof. I pray to the Creator that the future generations will feel the same about us because we will stand up and will be successful and they will be living proof.

Stay Strong My Relatives.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse,
Leonard Peltier


Leonard's Reaction to Kamook Banks and the Arlo Looking Cloud Trial

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee

February 10, 2004
By Leonard Peltier

Hau Kola,

First of all, I want to thank all those who have been standing up for the American Indian Movement and myself. The Arlo Looking Cloud trial was nothing more than an indirect presentation of another Myrtle Poorbear to discredit AIM and myself, and to extradite John Graham. I am an innocent man. The government knows that, and Kamook knows I am innocent as well.

On a personal note, Kamook's testimony was like being stabbed in the heart while simultaneously being told your sister just died. I cannot convey enough, the shock and hurt that I felt. Of all the fabrications that the government has used to keep me imprisoned, this one hurt so deeply. I would have laid down my life to defend Kamook and her people and I did risk it several times. If there has ever been a time during my 28 years in this hole that I have felt disheartened, it is now. I loved Kamook as my own family. I can't believe the $43,000 the FBI gave her was a determining factor for her to perjure herself on the witness stand. There must have been some extreme threat the FBI or their cronies put upon her.

If you want to know who is responsible for Anna Mae's death, just look around and see who else has been irresponsibly pointing fingers at proven warriors. This kind of behavior is doing the dirty work of the F.B.I. and the corporate entities that seek to control or own Native lands and resources. All of those who took part in this abortion of justice in Rapid City should be ashamed. I would say more, but my emotions are overwhelming at the moment.

We as a people and a nation need to honor those who sacrificed for the people and not forget them as they become elders. In every generation we must stand strong. The enemy has many masks and the ideologies that drive it are centuries old now, the gluttonous appetite for money and power of those addicted. I will not give up and it's not over until it's over. Speak, organize, demonstrate, pray, help the poor and oppressed, be a good example, and most of all "don't ever give up!"

In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse,

Leonard Peltier
Mitakuye Oyasin


Peltier Statement on Graham Extradition Hearing

December 6, 2004

Today, the U.S. government will seek John Graham's extradition to stand trial in South Dakota for the murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. I urge all of you to closely monitor the proceedings and ensure that Canadian authorities thoroughly examine all the evidence presented by the U.S. government in this case.

Never forget the role of U.S. law enforcement officials in incidents that took place in the 1970s on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) tirelessly tried to prejudice the fair trial rights of American Indian Movement leaders charged with serious crimes during that turbulent period and knowingly presented false evidence to illegally obtain my extraction from Canada in December 1976.

You may be thinking "That was then, this is now." Yes, many things have changed since the 1970s, but one thing has not changed, I assure you: Indians in the U.S. continue to struggle against the most dangerous, well-funded, strongest military and political organization in the world. I know the behavior of the FBI and other government officials has not changed. I fear that Graham will not receive a fair hearing in Canada or a fair trial in the U.S., anymore than I did.

To the Canadian officials I say, justice cannot be achieved if a full investigation into the FBI's role in Annie Mae's death is not included in the inquiry. Annie Mae's death was the direct result of the FBI's activities on Pine Ridge. The FBI told Anna Mae that they would see her dead within a year if she did not cooperate with them, used their puppets to spread rumors that Annie Mae was an informant when she refused to cooperate, and mishandled the investigation of her death. Your investigation must consider the fact that the FBI's pathologist listed the cause of her death as exposure, despite the obvious bullet hole in her head, and Annie Mae's quick burial before a positive identification could be made.

Your investigation also must include examination of FBI Special Agent David Price who was very familiar with Annie Mae's appearance and saw her body after it was first recovered, yet failed to identify her. I believe he attempted to cover up her murder. When this was no longer possible, due to the findings of an independent pathologist, the FBI issued a false press release implying that some of her own people murdered Annie Mae because they believed she was an informant. Look for and find the truth. In so doing, remember that officials of the U.S. violated your sovereignty in 1976 by deceiving your courts and using you to wrongfully convict an innocent man. Remember. And be vigilant. The First Nations of the U.S. and Canada want justice for Anna Mae, but also do not want an injustice done in her name.

Leonard Peltier #89637-132
U.S. Penitentiary - Leavenworth
PO Box 1000
Leavenworth, KS 66048-1000


Native Youth Movement - Statement on the Arrest of John Graham, February 7, 2004

A Report on the Case of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, the Trial of Arlo Looking Cloud, John Graham, AIM, & FBI Counter-Insurgency (by Zig Zag)

Commemorating Anna Mae, November 2004, by investigatethefeds


John Graham Defense Committee

Native Youth Movement Vancouver

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Robideau Statement 16.Feb.2005 13:05

repost LPDC

From the LPDC
February 11, 2005

Dear Supporters,

It has become clear that certain factions are maliciously
and wrongfully framing Leonard Peltier as a patsy to be
falsely blamed for the death of Anna Mae Aquash. First
and foremost, let us be clear that Leonard had no
involvement in the murder.

Leonard Peltier has never voiced an opinion as to the
innocence or guilt of those charged with Anna Mae's
murder. That is fact. Leonard's statements in the past year
have not given support to Arlo Looking Cloud or John
Graham specifically (or anyone else alleged to have taken
part in Anna Mae's murder), but have been solely in
support of fairness and due process.

Leading up to the Looking Cloud trial and then in reporting
the trial, the media has embraced the false statements
made by Kamook (Banks) Ecoffey and others. It should be
noted that Mr. Ecoffey was a key investigator in the
Looking Cloud case and carried on a relationship with a
key witness prior to trial, a witness who made falsely
damning statements about Leonard at trial. By
sensationalizing testimony given in that trial, the media has
made outrageous accusations about Leonard Peltier that
have no foundation in the truth.

Indeed, the reporting is becoming more outrageous as a
host of a Canadian television program recently stated:
"At his [Cloud's] trial the question was raised that Leonard
Peltier ordered the execution fearing that she was an FBI
informer." This statement was an intentional
misrepresentation of the facts and is not at all supported by
the Looking Cloud trial transcript. This is part of a larger
conspiracy to smear Leonard in the press and make him
the patsy for the wrongs committed by the FBI and others,
some of whom have purported to have been long time
supporters of Leonard. We cannot stand and let shadows
gutlessly utilize the media to skewer Leonard Peltier to
protect themselves, in some instances, and, in other
instances, simply to make sure that Leonard remains in

This has not been the only media attack. In a recent
settlement in a civil suit Leonard filed against Paul DeMain
(editor of News From Indian Country) - who had also
aligned himself with the FBI against Leonard Peltier in
implying his involvement in the Aquash murder - DeMain
was forced to admit what is common knowledge in The
Movement, i.e., that Leonard "had no authority to order the
murder," and that he has no evidence that Leonard had
any involvement in any way in the murder of Anna Mae.
That is fact.

The recent attacks on Ward Churchill - who has
contributed vastly to our knowledge on the FBI's
COINTELPRO activities (specifically on how the FBI
worked to destroy the American Indian Movement) and
who has also served as a spokesperson for Leonard
Peltier for many years - is another example of gross media
manipulation. Remember that speakers, teachers, writers,
and publications themselves were targets of the FBI's
counterintelligence program during the 60s and 70s in an
attempt to interrupt or prevent the exchange of free ideas
and to adversely affect public opinion on activists and
dissident groups. These attacks on Mr. Churchill are
designed, in part, to discredit Leonard Peltier and the work
that has generated vast interest in his case, as well as
efforts to win his freedom. People, such as Ward Churchill,
have exposed the FBI's disruption of AIM, the Black
Panthers, and virtually any person who dares commit the
heinous crime of domestic dissent.

The FBI maneuvered in a very calculated fashion to disrupt
AIM and other organizations, and it continues to do so
today, as we witness the Kafkesque trial of Leonard Peltier
for the death of Anna Mae Aquash in the media. The
motives underlying Anna Mae's death were planted by the
FBI as part of its co-intelpro activity. It started by the
infiltration of AIM by Douglas Durham who infiltrated AIM at
its highest levels. He earned the trust of Dennis Banks,
Vernon Bellecourt and others whom he used to get
information for the government. Because Anna Mae saw
through Durham, she became a threat to Durham because,
she, like many others did not trust him. Leonard did not
trust him and voiced his opinion to Dennis Banks who
disregarded it during the first International Treaty Council
Convention on the Standing Rock Reservation in 1974.

The FBI then began targeting and setting up Anna Mae
because she had become a threat to Durham's cover and
they began a campaign to "bad jacket" her. We know that
both the FBI and people within AIM targeted Anna Mae
Aquash because of the connection which the FBI created
between her and Durham. Shortly after Durham was
exposed as an agent of the FBI, Anna Mae became a
target because AIM leaders believed she was working with
Durham. At this time, AIM leaders resolved to rid AIM of
so-called "rats." The fact is that Anna Mae never was a
"rat," but the FBI played people and maneuvered to create
fear among AIM leaders that she was. This caused great
concern to certain members of AIM because she was
deeply involved with AIM Leaders. The fear and suspicion
became so overwhelming, certain factions decided
something had to be done with Anna Mae. Leonard was
not involved in any way with the decision making and the
death of Anna Mae. In fact, Leonard at this time was a
fugitive on the run into Canada, incommunicado with the
group that he worked.

Now we have the John Graham Defense Committee
inappropriately using Leonard's statements to bolster
support for Graham and also manipulate the media.
Indeed, John Graham has falsely associated himself in a
relationship with Leonard that does not and never did exist.
In an interview with David Melmer on March 02, 2004,
Graham falsely stated that shortly after the Oglala firefight,
he and Anna Mae ". . .connected with Leonard and them,
and they were in the hills there..." However, Mr. Graham
did not, at any time, meet or join with Leonard's group. In
fact, Leonard Peltier has never met and doesn't know John
Graham personally. We now know that Graham's lies are
part of a conspiracy and attempt to implicate Leonard in
the killing of Anna Mae.

Four requests were sent to the John Graham Defense
Committee asking that all links to Leonard Pettier Defense
Committee Web sites and all Peltier statements be
removed from the John Graham Defense Committee's
Web site. When the private attempts to have these
materials removed was ignored, we publicly demanded the
removal of all links to the Leonard Peltier Defense
Committee Web sites and all Peltier statements. Still,
contrary to Leonard's express demands, the John Graham
Defense Committee has failed to honor Leonard's wishes.

Let us be clear. Leonard Pettier had no involvement in the
murder of Anna Mae and it has become clear to Leonard
that he must distance himself from anyone alleged to have
played a role in her death. Leonard must protect himself
from unfounded accusations. It is important that we not
stand stilt while Leonard is made the fall guy for yet
another crime he did not commit. Leonard has suffered 29
years and we will not stand by and allow h to suffer any
further injustice. We have already seen the United States
Government present patently false evidence both in
Leonard's case and in the Looking Cloud case. Baseless
accusations are being made against Leonard and
associations being alleged that never existed. It is
important that we stand behind Leonard and not let him be
framed for yet another incident in which he had no part. It
has become clear to Leonard and those close to him that
he must remove himself from anything or anyone who has
been allegedly connected to Anna Mae's murder. Most
importantly is that certain factions be stopped from lying
and implicating Leonard. We will not rest until that is done.

Robert Robideau
International/National Spokesperson
and Legal Assistant to Leonard Peltier and Barry Bachrach

Robideau's disinformation campaign 16.Feb.2005 17:53

Resistance Not Collaboration

In the wake of Anna Mae's death, Bob Robideau stated that the FBI killed her "because they knew she was one of us [the American Indian Movement] and wouldn't talk."

Anna Mae had been a fugitive from the FBI, who had threatened to kill her. Initially, the FBI believed that she was present at the Oglala shootout on June 26, 1975, or had information about it, but Anna Mae was not present at the incident and refused to give information against the defendants (Leonard Peltier, Bob Robideau and Dino Butler). Anna Mae was to testify at Leonard Peltier's trial, in defense of her comrade Leonard. Evidence related to Anna Mae's death, and the FBI cover-up of her murder, was not allowed to be presented by the defense at Leonard's trial. Myrtle Poor Bear has stated that the FBI threatened her by showing her pictures of Anna Mae's severed hands and telling her that she could be killed like Anna Mae, and that the FBI could "get away with it" because they were agents. Myrtle's coerced affadavits against Leonard Peltier were then used to fradulently extradite Peltier from Canada, just as the U.S. is now attempting to fradulently extradite John Graham, another former AIM member.

Today, Bob Robideau lives in Spain, where he operate a "Native museum", sells "Native art" and does workshops on "Native art" for Europeans.

In February of 2004 Robideau stated: "I for one applaud the verdict of guilty in the Arlo Looking Cloud case."

But Leonard Peltier said "The Arlo Looking Cloud trial was nothing more than an indirect presentation of another Myrtle Poorbear to discredit AIM and myself, and to extradite John Graham."

Robideau then resigned from the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee (LPDC), stating publically:

"After several weeks of struggles over the issues surrounding the execution of Anna Mae with Leonard Peltier and his representatives I have quickly come to the conclusion that I can no longer remain as International Spokesperson for the LPDC . After several discussions with this group regarding the ongoing support and comfort that the LPDC has and continues to give to John Graham and the John Graham Defense Committee, I have come to the conclusion that it is an unconscionable, inept and irresponsible road that they have chosen. One that continues to cloak the truth and comfort the guilty. I personally will be overjoyed when the Canadian courts rule to return John Graham back to the US to answer for this brutal murder. I will pray that his extradition contributes to an escalation of this case that will expose further all of the cowards responsible for ordering and carrying out her execution."

Robideau rejoined the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee in January of this year, 2005, seemingly for the sole purpose of using this position to spread disinformation about the case of Anna Mae, Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham.

Through the prosecution of Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham, the FBI is trying to continue the cover up of their role in the death of Anna Mae and the Reign of Terror that the FBI launched through their counter-intelligence program (COINTELPRO), which resulted in the deaths of more than 67 Lakotas and AIM members on the Pine Ridge reservation betweeen 1973 and 1976. The FBI is also using this case to further smear Leonard Peltier and keep him in prison.

Robideau's disinformation work is doing the job of the enemy and should be denounced.

excerpt from Leonard Peltier's pre-sentencing statement, June 1, 1997 16.Feb.2005 20:17

Leonard Peltier

"...in my opinion anyone who failed to see the relationship between the undisputed facts of these events surrounding the investigation used by the FBI in their interrogation of the Navajo youths -- Wilfred Draper who was tied to a chair for three hours and denied access to his attorney or the outright threats to Norman Brown's life, the bodily harm threatened to Mike Anderson, and finally the murder of Anna Mae Aquash -- must be blind, stupid or without human feeling, so there is no doubt or little chance that you have the ability to avoid doing today what the FBI wants you to do which is to sentence me to two life terms running consecutively.

... you do not have the ability to see that the conviction of an AIM activist helps to cover up what the Government's own evidence showed, that large numbers of Indian people engaged in that fire fight on June 26th, 1975. You do not have the ability to see that the Government must suppress the fact that there is a growing anger amongst Indian people and that native Americans will resist any further encroachment by the military forces of the capitalist Americans which is evidenced by the large number of Pine Ridge residents who took up arms on June 26th, 1975, to defend themselves.

Therefore, you do not have the ability to carry out your responsibilities towards me in an impartial way and will run my two life terms consecutively..."

pre-sentencing statement made on June 1, 1977 16.Feb.2005 20:33


Apologies for error. Leonard Peltier's pre-sentencing statement was made on June 1, 1977, not 1997.

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