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Screening: Our Sacred History & White Man Lies - Free John Graham!
Date Wednesday June 04
Time 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location Details
At the RCNV
515 Broadway, Santa Cruz
(near the intersection of Ocean St. & Broadway)
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorSanta Cruz solidarity


A film by Native Youth Movement member, Billie Pierre (Nlaka'Pamux/Saulteaux)

Between 1973 and 1976, more than 76 traditional Lakotas and members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) were killed on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These deaths were part of the F.B.I.'s "Reign of Terror", designed to destroy traditional people's resistance to corporate projects such as uranium mining.

Our Sacred History & White Man Lies is a new documentary film offering a unique look at the government's brutal repression of indigenous resistance to land theft. From Pine Ridge to the corrupt present-day investigation into the 1970's murder of AIM leader Anna Mae Pictou Aquash, the film reveals the history and background of many of the pawns and players that are setting up former AIM members for her murder.

This free FILM SCREENING and info night will include literature on John's case and related resistance movements, and will be introduced by a friend and supporter of John Graham.

Wednesday, June 4th
7:30pm at the RCNV - 515 Broadway, Santa Cruz


Leonard Peltier, AIM member and land defender, was extradited from Canada in 1976, on false evidence implicating him in the killing of two F.B.I. agents who led an armed assault on Pine Ridge Reservation the year before. Peltier is still serving two life sentences as a Native Prisoner of War.

John Graham was arrested in Canada in December 2003 and charged with the 1975 murder of his friend and comrade in AIM, Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. When Anna Mae was found murdered on Pine Ridge, authorities attempted to conceal her identity and cause of death. Now, 30 years late, the US government has once again fabricated a case based on flimsy testimony, framing former AIM members for her murder. In 2007, John Graham was extradited to South Dakota, and is in prison awaiting trial for September 2008. If convicted, he faces life in prison without parole.

for more information:

Free John Graham! Free Leonard Peltier!

Added to the calendar on Thursday May 29th, 2008 1:37 PM
§Mural from the streets of Victoria, BC, Coast Salish Territory
by Santa Cruz solidarity Thursday May 29th, 2008 1:37 PM
"I fear that John will not receive a fair trial in the U.S. anymore than I did. It is court record that the FBI lied to extradite me back to the U.S."
-Leonard Peltier
§Honor the spirit of warrior Anna Mae Aquash
by Santa Cruz solidarity Thursday May 29th, 2008 1:37 PM
§Free John Graham
by santa cruz solidarity Tuesday Jun 3rd, 2008 3:47 PM

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by Vancouver Native Youth Movement
Wednesday Jun 4th, 2008 12:04 PM
In the past few years, the memory of Anna Mae Aquash has been minimalized to that of a helpless woman who was murdered because she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

In reality, her murder is a part of a bigger picture, a ruthless campaign waged by the US who had uranium development and profits to gain. This resulted in the murder of at least 76 Indians in the districts of Pine Ridge, in the early 1970s.

Anna Mae is remembered by her comrades for her kindness, her sweetness, and her fearlessness. Despite her small size, she was physically capable of taking on any man in a fight. She was also knew her guns, was an expert at handling them. Like all the AIM’sters who were active in Pine Ridge, she knew the consequences of taking a stand, and she continued to do so, refusing to bow down and be a good little Indian. She made no compromises, and lived her life fully experiencing what few of us are brave enough to attain. True freedom.
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