A Day (DECADES) Late, a Dollar(MANY LIVES LOST) short for this article about AIM!!!!


It is about time Giago was asked about Charles Abourzek being at (Kill) Bill Means house the night before Anna Maes murder when Rios, Graham & Looking Cloud came by Means home on their way to Dick Marshals house to pick up the weaon used to murder Anna Mae, & Charles Abourzek did nothing to stop her murder by AIM. He is now a Supreme Court Judge & practicing law out of Rapid City, South Dakota. Charles Father, James Abourezk, was Senator of South Dakota during the Seige of Wounded Knee. Charlie now is writing laws for the Lakota & their lands. James Abourezk invited Oglala Ceremonial Chief & Holy Man, Frank Fools Crow to open the Senate with a prayer in 1970. Abourzek Is Tim Giagos attorney. I wonder what took Giagos soooo long to write this article about AIM & Wounded Knee. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Tim Giago:

Wounded Knee occupation was serious AIM blunder Monday, February 14, 2011

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There are posters floating about and advertisements asking residents of the Pine Ridge Reservation to celebrate the “Liberation” of Wounded Knee in February of 1973. This action causes many of us old timers to scratch our heads in wonderment and ask ourselves, what is it that was liberated? Were the nearly 35 residents of Wounded Knee who saw their homes seized, looted and eventually burned to the ground liberated? There homes have never been rebuilt and many of them had to move into already overcrowded homes with relatives. Thirty eight years after the occupation of their hometown by the American Indian Movement they have had to find other homes in other places. Was the Wounded Knee Trading Post liberated? The Post was also thoroughly looted and eventually burned to the ground. Clive and Agnes Gildersleeve, the elderly couple who owned the Trading Post since about 1932, were taken as hostages, knocked around and terrified by the occupiers. In order to justify their criminal actions the leaders of AIM vilified Clive and Agnes. They painted them as white trading post owners who ripped off the local Indians for years. Agnes Gildersleeve just happened to be an Ojibwe Indian, but that bit of information was swept under the rug. It would have been easy for me, as it turned out to be easy for other star struck innocents, to believe this propaganda, had I had not lived at Wounded Knee in the mid-nineteen thirties where my father, Tim, worked as a clerk and butcher for the Gildersleeves at the Wounded Knee Trading Post. My father always spoke highly of the Gildersleeves and he found them to be honest people who worked very hard seven-days-a-week to keep the trading post and grocery store open for the customers of Wounded Knee and the surrounding communities. When the Post was burned to the ground in 1973 it left the local residents without a grocery store for miles. They had to travel to Pine Ridge Village or Martin or Gordon to get their groceries. It created a terrific hardship on them. Is this the liberation they are celebrating? I would ask local residents of Pine Ridge and all of the tourists that might visit the reservation in the near future to take a drive to Wounded Knee and see all of the burned out homes and the burned out Trading Post and ask themselves if this horror signifies liberation. Liberation means to set a path to freedom and the only freedom experienced by the residents and store owners of Wounded Knee was the loss of everything they owned. They were freed of all their possessions by thieves. The store was never rebuilt and the looted and damaged homes were never rebuilt. Is that liberation? I am sure AIM can come up with a hundred reasons why this destruction was necessary. I can’t think of one. The innocent people of Wounded Knee never did anything to AIM to deserve this treatment at their hands. They just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. The occupation of Wounded Knee was a serious blunder by the American Indian Movement. From the day they set foot in Wounded Knee and took the first hostages they set themselves on a path of violence that did not end until Anna Mae Pictou Aquash was violently raped and murdered near Wanblee two years later. Two of the “liberators” of Wounded Knee, Arlo Looking Cloud and John “Boy” Graham, are now looking out between the bars of federal and state prisons. They will be spending the rest of their lives as prisoners who took orders from someone more powerful than they to end the life of an innocent Mi’kmag woman from Nova Scotia because it was rumored she was an FBI informant. In order to cover this heinous crime AIM leaders spread the propaganda that Anna Mae was a victim of the FBI and when the truth finally came out, the woman they hailed as a heroine went to her grave without a single leader of AIM in sight. There are many rumors of bodies still buried in the ashes of Wounded Knee and it behooves the government of the Oglala Sioux Tribe stop celebrating long enough to find those bodies if indeed, they do exist. Perhaps the Tribe should hold a service to honor the real victims of Wounded Knee and choose not to honor the criminals who brought about the destruction of this historic village.

About Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree

Tetuwan Lakota scholar, educator, historian, Sun Dance participant, Cannunpa carrier, cultural & spiritual preservationist, journalist-writer and fraud investigator.
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3 Responses to A Day (DECADES) Late, a Dollar(MANY LIVES LOST) short for this article about AIM!!!!

  1. Madonna Thunder Hawk, a veteran leader of major events during the Red Power movement in the 1970s, is scheduled to speak at the University of South Dakota on Oct. 18.

    Known as Madonna Gilbert in the ‘70s, she remains an activist and organizer with experience in American Indian rights protection, cultural preservation, economic development, environmental justice and Lakota treaty rights advocacy, USD said in a release.

    Thunder Hawk has also emerged in recent years as one of many persons of interest to federal investigators looking into the 1975 execution style slaying of Canadian Micmac Annie Mae Pictou-Aquash by members of the American Indian Movement.Thunder Hawk was allegedly part of the team of AIM members who interrogated Aquash in Rapid City, South Dakota hours before her death. AIM leaders Vernon and Clyde Bellecourt, and Dennis Banks came to believe Aquash was working for the FBI in some capacity according to court witness testimony and had Leonard Peltier interrogate her at gunpoint in June of 1975.

    ThunderHawk is first cousin of AIM leader Russell Means, who is related to no fewer than eight mid level AIM members who are part of the federal conspiracy investigation, including twin brothers Ted and William (Kills) Means and their aunt Theda Nelson-Clark.

    In addition, Thunder Hawk also oversaw the AIM clinic at Wounded Knee South Dakota during the AIM occupation of the village in 1973.

    There a wounded black activist and disciple of Martin Luther King, Perry Ray Robinson Jr., was brought after he was shot in the knee by AIM security members around April 25, 1973 for refusing to participate in a firefight with federal authorities, disrespecting Leonard Crow Dog and being accused of working as an FBI spy according to AIM members who were in Wounded Knee at the time or are familiar with the investigation.

    Robinson was alleged to have been brought to the clinic by AIM security overseen by AIM member Carter Camp and seen by several participants and medics at the clinic before allegedly passing away while there. He was later buried by Christ (Chris/Cris) Westerman (according to Dennis Banks) inside AIM Wounded Knee perimeters where his remains have yet to be recovered and repatriated to the family

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  2. All of this is in current newpaper articles, yet the unknowing public & the liberals are still pushing the concept the American Indian Movement are great guys….when in reality they are liars, murderers, rapists, thieves & pedofiles…
    Look on FaceBook, Lynn Salts documentary on Dennis Banks is trying to offset the emerging truth, that these aging AIMsters are not role model material or anyones heros…

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  3. LBW,
    WOW, WHAT A MOVING ARTICLE, BUT, LIKE MOST FOLKS I’M ASTOUNDED BY ITS LATE APPEARANCE, WHY! I BELIEVE THERE ARE SOME FOLKS STILL ALIVE TODAY WHO KNOW THE ANSWERS, BUT, ARE AFRAID TO COME FORWARD AND TELL THE TRUTH! TUNKASILA KNOWS WHO THESE CRIMINALS ARE AND SO DO THE CRIMINALS! IN TIME ALL WILL BE EXPOSED. KEEP UP THE MOST WONDERFUL WORK YOU ARE DOING ON BEHALF OF THE OYADE! I REALLY APPRECIATE YOUR ARTICLES, THEY ARE VERY INFORMATIVE. HANHAPI WASTE YUHA PO….

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