Wednesday, October 18, 2006



The FBI tale played out in the four day trial of Arlo Looking Cloud. The lies they had been laying for years came together in the story that was told at the trial. It can be found on Jordan Dill and Paul Demain’s sites. They have promoted the FBI story for years.

A new book by Steve Hendricks chronicles the history of the war between the American Indian Movement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It is called “The Unquiet Grave.” One of the casualties of that war was Anna Mae Aquash. She was unquestionably the most charismatic and intelligent AIM member to come out of that era.

Hendricks sued the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain new documents. The first chapter and the endnotes are published on his site.

The endnotes are critical reading because they cite new documents forced from the FBI hands. These new FOIA documents could radically change things for Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham. They tell a different story than the one crafted by the United States Government.


There was once a young lady called Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. She was beautiful and smart. She was a Mic Mac Indian born of red earth. Her heart pumped blood and revolution.

She was audacious in her defiance of the FBI’s firepower and treachery. She didn’t run when her friends chose to believe those FBI lies that she was a traitor.

A body was found in the South Dakota badlands on February 24 1976. The FBI said she had died of exposure about 10 days before. A second autopsy said she didn’t freeze to death. She was killed by a bullet to the brain.

Hendricks notes the description of three different girls. They were three different heights, three different weights. Did Dr. Brown actually autopsy a girl that died of exposure?

The FBI had the Wanblee body’s hands cut off and sent to Washington, for identification they said. The FBI said that while this was not normal procedure it was not unusual either.

This brings up some horrible thoughts. If there were three bodies, were they buying time by severing the hands and sending them to Washington DC for identification? Or did they sever the hands because the body in the first autopsy was not Anna Mae?

Could Anna Mae have still been alive when the Wanblee body was found by the rancher Amiotte? On page 391 of “The Unquiet Grave” endnotes FBI agent David Price states in a memo that he had Anna Mae under surveillance in February 1976. He describes the clothes she was wearing. The names of the people she was with and the place they were seen are blacked out.

Could the people Anna Mae was with in February of 1976 be the real killers? Were they imbedded operatives? Are they still among us?

Anna Mae was no martyr waiting to happen. She was experienced in self defense. She knew karate. She knew how to live with the land.

It is ironic that the FBI and their spin meisters now portray her as a pathetic victim. They say she was overwhelmed and taken prisoner by two young men Arlo Looking Cloud and John Graham and a middle aged woman Theda Nelson Clark. In reality she could have defended herself if she wanted to.

The court accepted FBI story says she was tied to a board and put into the back of a Ford Pinto. She was a tiny lady, five foot two and one hundred and ten pounds. It would be impossible to fit a board the length of even a girl that small into the back of a tiny Ford Pinto car.

The appeals court said in their denial of his appeal, that if Arlo helped carry her from the house tied to a board, then he knew she was to be killed. No one asked how a board with a five foot two woman tied to it could be fit into the rear compartment of a Ford Pinto.

Anna Mae was driven to Rapid City allegedly to be questioned by the Wounded Knee Legal Offense Defense Committee. What happened to the board and the ropes that bound her? There is no more mention of her being bound to a board. If they had managed to fit her tied to a board into the Pinto cubbyhole, then when was she released from it? There isn’t a description of her being carried into Thelma Rios’ empty apartment still tied to that silly board.

If the interrogation did happen, where were Arlo, John and Theda during the interrogation of Anna Mae? Did they go back to the apartment to sleep or were they cooling their heels outside the office?

Why did they go to Dick Marshall’s house? If they were intent on murder why did they leave a trail a mile wide and create so many witnesses? Why did they try to leave her with the Marshalls?

Were they sent to Bill Means house on Rosebud? Who sent them and why? If they were ordered to take Anna Mae to Bill Means house then why did they try to leave her with Dick Marshall? Was this hapless wandering part of a direct action or is it a story to implicate as many AIM members as possible?

Our desolate, lethal trio hobble back to Pine Ridge with Anna Mae in tow. They look for a safe out of the way place to kill her. Why did they have to kill her on Pine Ridge? Why didn’t they kill her at Rosebud if they received orders there? Why did they leave her body to be found?

Why didn’t they take the time to bury her? No one would have found her body if they had taken a little more time. There would have been no way to trace it back to anyone.

Her body was placed or left there to be found. What purpose was that to AIM? Who benefited from the murder of Anna Mae Aquash? Who benefited from the way the FBI says it happened?

Anna Mae had many chances to escape if she wanted to. Would the karate expert have walked placidly to her death? She had two young daughters to live for. She would have fought to live for the two most important people in her life.

Once there was a young lady named Anna Mae Aquash. She shot through our lives like a comet across the night sky. She was bold and beautiful and smart.

Anna Mae once said that anyone who walks in my footsteps will know what I know. Is there anyone brave enough to do what she was killed for?

She called Paul Giese on December 20 1975 and told her she would see her after the holidays. Could Paula have proven that Anna Mae was still alive after December 12 1975?

Did the US government wait until key witnesses were dead to bring this case to court?

A new book by Steve Hendricks, “The Unquiet Grave” quotes new Freedom of Information Act documents obtained from the FBI for his book. New interviews and FOIA documents are referenced in the endnotes.

Hendricks cites a memo that shows that the FBI was concerned about Anna Mae’s meteoric rise within AIM and her growing influence. Was the FBI worried that Anna Mae could be the Red Messiah that might unite us?

Could the real reason that she was killed was that she was a person of the people. She could talk to the educated and uneducated, the Indian and non-Indian. She could have brought all of us together. That was her danger.

I believe our teaching that we don’t get out of this life until our work is done. In my heart I have a sinking feeling that if Anna Mae had lived, life would be different, better for us.