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[Myrtle Poor notes...
" I remember Dave Price and Bill Wood, tell me about Anna Mae Aquash. Dave described her body to me. He said from what he had heard she had been burnt and her clothes put back on her and that after her clothes were put back on she was shot...he showed me pictures of the body and said that that if I don't cooperate this is what may happen to me...The two FBI agents constantly reminded me of what happened to Anna Mae Aquash. And every so often the FBI agents showed me pictures of Anna Mae Aquash's body and I was really scared...Bill Wood said that all the way along he knew that the body found on Pine Ridge was Anna Mae's body but that he had her hands severed from her body and sent to Washington for identification and to verify his own observations."]
January 8, 1998
W. Lee Rawls
Assistant Attornet General
Office of Legislative Affairs
U.S. Department of Justice Washington, D. C. 20530
Dear Mr. Rawls:I have recently been contacted by Robert A. Pictou-Branscombe of Rimrock, Arizona in reference to his efforts to have the murder of his cousin Anna Mae Pictou-Aquash, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, properly addressed by federal officials. I have enclosed a copy of that correspondence for your review.
Mr. Branscombe provides articles summarizing the violent death his cousin endured. He reports that highly questionable tactics were used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in pursuing a resolution to this crime, including removing her hands from her body and sending them to the FBI crime lab.
Through the enclosed information, Mr. Branscombe also asserts that the identities of the murderer and his accomplices are known to federal officials. He asks that this matter receive the long overdue attention it is due. I have assured him I would seek your assistance in providing all appropriate action on his request.
I would greatly appreciate your consideration of Mr. Branscombe's circumstances, as well as any additional assistance your office can provide which may facilitate a better understanding of this matter. Please direct your response to my Sioux Falls office, listed above.
Thanking you in advance for your assistance, I am
United States Senate