[Note: Bob Robideau was a co-defendant in charges arising from the June 26, 1975 fire-fight on the Jumping Bull family's property in Oglala. Bob and Dino Butler were acquitted, while Leonard Peltier was subsequently convicted. Bob was a key member in the Northwest AIM group that included Anna Mae, and he later served as national and international director for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee. Bob assisted both Peter Matthiessen and Robert Redford during the compilation of "In the Spirit of Crazy Horse" and "Incident at Oglala" respectively.]
On this day I effectively resign as International Spokesperson for the Leonard Peltier Defense Committee and give my total support to the family of Anna Mae, Indigenous Women For Justice and all those groups and individuals who believe as I do that those that executed Anna Mae must be held accountable for their actions. Justice cries out for Anna Mae …to all native people.
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.
I look forward to attending the trial of John Graham and I am encouraging others to go as well, to give support to those in AIM that are courageous enough to take the stand and tell their parts of this story.
It is only with these revelations can the family of Anna Mae find the peace and dignity that is rightfully theirs.
In the Spirit of Anna Mae,
We are no longer silenced by fear
Marley Shebala (Navajo/Zuni)
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