"Dear Marley and Indigenous Women for Justice, Please know that I am
This whole process stinks. Bottom line Anna Mae was murdered because she was a
strong woman. She was made an example for the rest of us to keep quiet." ...Joy Harjo
Wicat 'a Wokiksuye Olowan
Oyate kinhan kawitaya au yunkan,
tuwela seca k'un hel opa sni yelo.
Nita kola heyape lo.
When people come to a celebration,
someone is not among them.
Your friends have said so.
Anna Mae Pictou was born March 27, 1945 in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia.
This old Lakota memorial song honors her life as a warrior woman.
There are other songs to be sung, but this song
is for her. Today...Arthur Short Bull
“But what is denied actually does exist and
eventually comes to the surface, just as
any truth will eventually surface
despite acts to hide it.”
Annie Mae Pictou Aquash Trial Update - April, 2010Murder charges dropped in Aquash case; Dillon and Gates testimony; Rios appointed attorney - Oct, 2010
Canadian loses extradition appeal for 1975 Pine Ridge
The Extradition of John Graham charged with the
Murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash (Canadian Mi'kmaq) - June 26, 2007
The Extradition of John Graham charged with the
Murder of Annie Mae Pictou Aquash (Canadian Mi'kmaq) - May 17, 2007
See the movie about Anna, Bringing Annie Mae Home - August 21, 2006
Anna's Family speaks regarding the Graham extradition - June 21, 2006
Anna's Family asks for extradition support - November 3, 2005
Peltier Cuts Loose Graham - February 2, 2005
Bellecourt Digs Himself Even Deeper - July 2, 2004
Anna Mae Overcomes Accused Killer - June 21, 2004
Accused Killer Seeks to Stop Anna Mae's Funeral - June 18, 2004
Anna Mae Begins Her Journey Home - April 22, 2004
Family Of Slain Aim Activist Exhumes Her Remains - April 22, 2004
Extradition of John Graham to the United States - April 20, 2004
Regarding David Seals' "Anna Mae Aquash Offense Committee" - April 20, 2004
Slain Activist Daughter Wants Accused Accomplice to Cooperate - April 18, 2004
Graham Interview Reveals Further Details - April 10, 2004
AIM Tape Puts Accused Killer at Scene - March 28, 2004
I have decided to join the IWJ in their campaign for Justice
and volunteered to become their Executive Director
...Denise Maloney-Pictou - March 12, 2004
None of us have ever been able to get John
to confess anything...Joni Miller, March 7, 2004
Man Indicted for Anna Mae's Murder
to take Lie-Detector Test
Norman Brown, a Jumping Bull firefight veteran speaks...
Dino Butler Speaks regarding John Graham
Bob Robideau speaks regarding guilty verdict
Who Will Unravel Her Insults? - March 13, 2004
Violence against women, the life givers, is not traditional. Mental, physical, and sexual abuse against indigenous women is rampant throughout our communities. Our sister, Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash, suffered all of those brutal indignities in the last 36-hours of her life. Even at the last, as she was forced to kneel before her executioners, her thoughts were not for herself, her thoughts and prayers were for her daughters. Anna Mae is an indigenous mother still. How do we know what happened to Anna Mae? Because IWJ members were silent witnesses who are silent no more. We hear you, our sister, Anna Mae, and no longer will we be silenced by fear. No longer will we let our traditional ways that our ancestors fought and died to preserve, be abused, cheapened, and despoiled by those who only wish to divert attention from what they did to Anna Mae. The Indigenous Women for Justice hereby challenge John Boy Graham to take a polygraph conducted by an independent examiner. If John Graham truly had nothing to do with the murder of Anna Mae, and he is, as he claims, innocent and has been wrongly indicted for her murder, the IWJ see no reason why he would not consent to a polygraph, for if he is truly innocent, what does he have to fear?
Indigenous Women for Justice do not believe that a young Indian mother's life is expendable. Anyone who thinks that stepping forward for Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash is wrong, must, by association, believe that a young Indian mother's life is expendable. If strong, indigenous women had not stepped forward, those who murdered Anna Mae would never have had to answer for her death, and those who conspired to kill her would have continued to profit from her name, adding insult to injury, and making a mockery of the justice her daughters seek. Debbie and Denise, Annie Mae's daughters, have suffered the greatest pain; it was their mother who was murdered, and if they wish to see their mother's killers tried in the criminal justice system, who has the right to deny them that? The IWJ stands with and honors the brave-hearted women who have found the courage to be witnesses for Anna Mae.
With all of the controversy, propaganda, and intimidation that has surrounded Anna Mae's death, if this case can be resolved then it might provide hope for others who lost loved ones during that era, and who are still awaiting closure. If Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash's life is expendable, where does it end? Are we to believe that the lives of all young Indian mother's are expendable? Or should we just accept that a handful of men associated with AIM have the right to decide who lives or dies, and that it's okay to take an Indian woman's life as long as her executioners are Indian? The IWJ do not believe that Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash's life is expendable; we do not believe that any woman's life is expendable. This isn't a battle between what's left of AIM and the FBI, this is a struggle to bring justice for one of our sisters who was kidnapped, brutalized, and murdered.
To be a member of the Indigenous Women for Justice you don't have to carry a banner, or march down Main Street, or participate in any action that creates fear of persecution or retribution; membership to the IWJ is in your heart and through your prayers. Violence against women is not traditional and the Indigenous Women for Justice urges Canada to extradite John Graham to face trial for the charge on which he is indicted, the first-degree murder of Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash.
It is not traditional to execute a woman; this was a gangland style murder and therefore Annie Mae's killers are facing the traditional form of criminal justice most gangland criminals face. Her killers and conspirators had over a quarter of a century to take a traditional path - to go to Annie Mae's family and tell them what happened; admit to taking her life, and then offer some form of restitution, and ask for forgiveness. That is the traditional Lakota way, and Annie Mae was murdered on the Oglala Lakota Nation. Annie Mae's killers never did that, and showed no sign of doing that. Instead, denial after denial was issued, misinformation was fed to everybody from Robert Redford to Peter Matthiessen, and some of those who participated in the events that culminated in her murder took starring roles in documentaries about her life and times. The lies and contradictions fed upon each other until, on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the June 26, 1975, firefight at the Jumping Bull's property in Oglala, the head of AIM "Security and Intelligence," Vernon Bellecourt, stood at Annie Mae's grave and decried the journalists who were trying to investigate her murder and uncover the truth. Bellecourt used the cemetery where she lay as a stage to deny that he, his brother, or anybody associated with AIM had been involved in Annie Mae's murder. Once again, this time at her graveside, Vernon Bellecourt attempted to exploit Annie Mae, a woman who in life he had called a "pig."