Justice Elizabeth Bennett, a B.C. Supreme Court judge, has ruled that John Graham should be extradited to the United States to stand trial for the
1976 murder of Anna Mae Pictou Aquash. Graham and Pictou Aquash were members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1970's.
Many have pointed to the patently unfair trial of AIM member and now political prisoner Leonard Peltier after himself being extradited to the U.S. from Canada in 1976, as well as to the revelation of campaigns of repression and violence of AIM by the FBI as reasons to deny the United States' request.
Read on for the corporate news' account.
[editor's note, by ron] Also see the statement from the John Graham Defense Committee.
"The main thesis (Ward) Churchill put forward in 'Some People Push Back: On the Justice of Roosting Chickens' is an accurate account of the depravity of U.S. foreign policy and its relationship to terrorism....at a moment when right-wing forces have targeted not only Churchill but academic freedom and the left in general, it is more important than ever to stand firm on that point."
"Former AIM member, John Graham is facing extradition to the USA on charges of a murder. The 1976 murder of Anna Mae Aquash is widely belived to be carried out by the FBI. Sentancing will take place in Vancouver BC, Canada on February 21, 2005. Given that extradition hearings are basically a rubber stamp process, John Graham sentance will most likely be unfavorable."
"A B.C. Supreme Court judge questioned Tuesday what she called 'layers of hearsay on hearsay' evidence used to support the extradition of a Canadian man to the United States for a murder committed almost 30 years ago."
"Today, the B.C. Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett dismissed the defence's motion to stay the proceedings. The defense had based its motion on a 2003 extradition case known as 'Tarantino,' in which the judge stayed proceedings due to unreliable evidence submitted by the requesting country.
John's attorney, Terry LaLiberte, had described how U.S. District Attorney Robert Mandel in South Dakota 'deliberately or negligently' certified that evidence exists, when in fact, it does not. He pointed out that the certified witness, Al Gates, is dead, and that another witness, Frank Dillon, denies making the statement attributed to him."
In Heather Ramsay's review of Nancy Turner's new book "Plants of Haida Gwaii", she finds a curious passage which notes that the knowlege of medicine derived from some plants is "considered to be private knowledge and because of this, and the danger of misuse, uninformed people should keep away..."
When she enquired about this, she was told "[i]t's because in the past everything has been taken from us. How can you ask us to give you more when you have taken our children, our culture, our land, our ocean, our trees? What have we got left?"
"Quebec's Inuit want a government apology and financial compensation for a mass slaughter of sled dogs that they claim plunged their remote communities into decades of dependency.
Without access to the sled dogs, hunters were unable to trap and provide income for their families. It created a level of dependency and physical inaction that prompted many to drink heavily and simply wait for monthly welfare cheques, Echo of the Last Howl states."
"The (Cheam) band, located across the Fraser River from Agassiz, and its members
may disagree with the law, but they cannot do so with impunity from
prosecution, (Provincial Court Judge Jim) Jardine ruled in one of two separate cases in provincial
court that date back to September 1999."
"Aboriginal groups and tax-based communities in the Northwest Territories are dipping into a new pot of money to cut deals with the developers of the Mackenzie Valley gas pipeline project."
January 19th 'Montreal'
PHOTO PRESENTATION and STORY-TELLING
Zine Launch of
'LONG Before LONG After'
512 Years of Resistance to Kanada
The federal government's bill to modernize Canada's century-old animal cruelty act could lead to "cultural genocide" for aboriginal hunters, a Liberal senator said yesterday.
"An Indian helicopter dropping food and water over the remote Andaman and
Nicobar Islands has been attacked by tribesmen using bows and arrows.
There were fears that the endangered tribal groups had been wiped out when
massive waves struck their islands."
"After months of negotiation, victims of abuse at an Indian residential school in the Yukon are being told their claims are invalid.
Federal officials have determined students of the Baptist Mission School in Whitehorse are not eligible for government compensation."
"For thousands of years the Poplar River First Nation, an Ojibway Indian tribe in Manitoba, crossed this water quietly, ever so quietly, not a sound, paddles slipped into the water as if they were slicing clouds.
Bruce is wondering why others don't believe -- can't believe that building a road into this forest opens the path to its destruction, that cutting down the trees to make pulp into toilet paper seems wasteful. Why companies with their bottom lines and consumers with their insatiable needs don't think of the trees as having voices and the animals living in them as having souls."
Tuesday-Friday, 10 am, 800 Smythe St. BC Supreme Court.
Today in the BC Supreme Court in Vancouver the extradition hearing of John Graham began. The hearings are schedualed to take place for the next 2 weeks, though a decision could be made earlier.
The US is seeking to extradite John Graham on an indictment for first degree murder of Anna Mae Aquash whose body was discovered in the remote badlands outside of Wanbli SD in 1976. Both John Graham and Anna Mae Aquash were members of the American Indian Movement, and were actively supporting Traditional Lakotas who were in the middle of a life and death struggle to protect sacred lands from uranium mining. In late 1976 Leonard Peltier, who was also active in AIM in SD in the 70's, was extradited from Vancouver, Canada for the murder of 2 FBI agents. He was convicted, and is still in prison despite the fact he has already served his time. It is now in court records that his extradition was based on fabricated evidence. Parallells between Peltier's and Graham's case, can be made.