The Silenced

Re-blogged from: Justice for Annie Mae Pictou Aquash Woman Warrior , By Denise Pictou Maloney

I would like to commend the inclusion and mention of women murdered by their own family members or friends and the acknowledgement of the silence and fear that paralyzes surviving families from seeking help and healing in the recent article “The Politics of Tragedy: How the Families of victims are Fighting to Remember.” http://troian.kingsjournalism.com/atlantic-region-missing-murdered-first-nation-women/ My sister and I lived that life for 28 years. Our mother Annie Mae Pictou Aquash was murdered 36 years ago in 1975 in South Dakota. Initially it was suggested by the American Indian Movement, that the FBI had murdered her, fueling decades of conspiracy theories and deception that left her murder unresolved for almost three decades.

For 28 years our family sat in silent mourning not knowing who to turn to and hoping and praying someone would step forward and tell the truth. In the last 10 years, 4 trials that resulted in two convictions, one guilty plea, one acquittal and the sworn testimony of over 23 witnesses have proven that it was in fact members of the American Indian Movement acting on orders from within the AIM leadership who kidnapped, interrogated, and executed Annie Mae. Throughout the trial process it was discovered that prominent members and the AIM leadership including, Dennis Banks, Russell Means, Clyde Bellecourt, Vernon Bellecourt, David Hill and Leonard Peltier, had knowledge, facilitated and or participated in the kidnapping, interrogation and murder of our mother Annie Mae and the subsequent cover up that it was AIM members who took her life and not the FBI as they claimed for 28 years.

Unfortunately our quest for justice is not over yet, though we may have had success in the courtroom, those who ordered my mothers’ execution and support her murderers and are still active in our communities and campaign themselves as champions of native resistance and human rights. My mother was a staunch advocate for human and women’s rights and protested regularly against the government for its mistreatment and colonization of our first nations. For her murder to be addressed with such lies and deceit by the people she considered friends and family was devastating to our family and incredibly demoralizing. Her murderers and their supporters have used  100 years of bad history and the very institution ( FBI) that my mother had died fighting against to hide the fact that they had murdered one of their own women. Our family and nation are so highly offended by this act of cowardice and their continued support of her murderers while they attempt to reinvent themselves as advocates for missing and murdered women.

Our continued efforts to bring my mother  justice in ndn country is representative of the forgotten and silenced victims and families who still struggle on their own to find closure in our communities today. Women are still suffering in our midst silently fearing being ostracized publically for speaking up and denouncing illegal acts that we are told every day is our right to do so. I have been publically called fed, pig, diversionary, hater, assimilated and FBI pawn by those who support my mother’s murderers because we dared to demand unconditional justice for my mother. The silence has to stop, the victims’ families need to be embraced, respected and supported, the deceased need to be honored by unconditional justice. The lateral violence that plagues our communities can no longer be an excuse; but it can be the way out of the darkness, by acknowledging it and demanding unconditional truth and justice with in our own communities no matter what or who it offends. It is the one place we have control of, in our own homes. How can we expect the world to take notice of our nations injustices if we allow them to occur in our own backyards while accusing others of the same atrocities?

My mother never allowed the government to define her, nor did she ever succumb to compromising her integrity for the sake of running with the masses. She believed in truth and unconditional justice and the power we as women held in taking ownership of our destinies in our own communities, by adopting zero tolerance, demanding unconditional justice , bringing action into our communities on the ground level and not allowing the government to dictate when, how and if that was going to happen.

Denise Pictou Maloney~

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9 Responses to “The Silenced”

  1. Good Riddance Russell Means « Influenced to Death Says:

    […] knee occupation as reported by spiritual leader Matthew King to the FBI, nor the numerous other innocents murdered over the years, nor the rapes, beatings and abuse children have had to endure over the years because of their actions and bastadized teachings and hijacking […]

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  3. Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree Says:

    Reblogged this on Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog and commented:
    Influence to Death WP blog needs to be read…
    1st Nations people pointing out some uncomfortable & illegal truths about AIM & their long reaching influences…
    Read Rezinates WP blog as well…
    Conflict of Interest posts show how AIM got away with murder, rape, pedofile behavior, thefts, & who protected & represented AIM….in collusion in premeditated murder!

  4. Voices of the (outraged) people…! | Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog Says:

    […] Knee occupation as reported by spiritual leader Matthew King to the FBI, nor the numerous other innocents murdered over the years, nor the rapes, beatings and abused children have had to endure over the years because of their-AIMs actions and bastardized teachings and […]

  5. Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree Says:

    Powerful intel, words & evidence AIM/Abourezk/FBI/US GOVT are guilty guilty guilty of murder, rape, burning of human beings still alive list goes on & on….
    We know the guilty are burning in hell now, & more are about to join them…Creator/Jesus’ rules are forever eternal.

  6. We are what we consume, remember that when you have your next Big Mac Attack & also remember why it is being fed to the masses! | Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog Says:

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  7. The individual who gave the order to rape & murder Anna Mae Aquash was AIM’$ US Govt HANDLER, the Syrian Sioux! | Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog Says:

    […] knee occupation as reported by spiritual leader Matthew King to the FBI, nor the numerous other innocents murdered over the years, nor the rapes, beatings and abuse children have had to endure over the years because of their actions and bastardized teachings and hijacking […]

  8. The “Shame of it All!” The truth hurts, but it is STILL the Truth! | Looking Back Woman-Suzanne Dupree blog Says:

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