That AIM National provides the below advice to all who are accountable to them is an indicator that someone is starting to get scared.
That Robert Branscome , cousin to Anna, is so condemned is the grandest possible underwriting that he could receive. For, by so condemning him, his actions are sanctioned as truth.
I made a promise to Anna Mae along time ago and that promise will be completed. I sometimes wish some of you knew me better, but you can count on one thing, if I say it, I will do it, It will get done. Today, I just renew what I have already said. Today, is the anniversary of Anna Mae's death. There is not a day that I don't feel what she might have felt in those last moments. I also believe in the position she was found, she also had a few more moments to think about it. Maybe this is a day for all of us to remember. A Hero, a Warrior, a Mother, a Cousin and a Friend went down. No one did anything to stop it, they closed their eyes and walked away. Well, today nobody walks, this could have been resolved as soon as March of 76. It is sad, we as a Nation, have taken so long, fear is no longer an excuse, the only excuse now is guilt. And that don't cut it. The door to the Grand Jury is still open and my advice is get there and do it. I have always said, "I will stand for those who speak with TRUTH," that doesn't mean I am going to like it, but I will. Most of us know what took place and that has to be explained. It is not going away and everyday I just become more dedicated. There is only one way I will go down, and to be honest, they are not that good. I will close with this, just take a moment of silence, think about it and say a prayer if your inclined, Annie deserves it.
As has been noted elsewhere, four years ago there was virtually nothing on the Net regarding Anna. It was this lack of information that prompted me to provide a spot that highlighted Her. Now, advice re Anna is all over the place "precisely" because of the efforts of Robert Branscombe.
Anna Mae was Dennis Bank's lover. Does anyone seriously believe he did not make an attempt to find those who assassinated her?
Russell Means played basketball the day of her funeral...just a short distance from where the funeral was held.
No ranking AIM leader attended the funeral.
No one within the formal AIM structure has prompted the search for Justice For Anna...no one.
AIM leadership had to know what went on. Whether any of them were directly involved in Anna's assassination will out in the end...It is my hope that they were not.I say to Robert, Bravo!, keep at it...someone is now on the run.
From: "Vernon Bellecourt "
MEMO TO: Vernon Bellecourt, AIMGGC, Clyde Bellecourt, AIMGGC, Michael Haney, NCRSM, All AIM Chapters and Supporters
FROM: Dennis Banks, AIM National Field Director
DATE: December 7, 1999
SUBJECT: Robert Branscombe
During the last three (3) weeks, a considerable amount of press activity has been generated surrounding the death of Anna Mae Aquash. This activity is being generated by a man claiming to be a relative of Anna Mae, as well as a close confidante of Leonard Peltier. His name is Robert Branscombe.
I have met this man twice. Both times in Phoenix, Arizona during the Peltier tour. This man is recklessly accusing the leadership of having first-hand knowledge of Anna Mae's death. He further is stating that, not only did AIM's leadership know of the death, but also allegedly ordered her death. Moreover, he has taken this information, as wrong as it is, to a grand jury through his operative, Russell Means.
His whole appearance, demeanor and behavior is reminiscent of the FBI informant, Doug Durham. Therefore, I am advising all chapters and support groups to be aware and cautious of this man. All chapters, support groups, and their members are to look upon this man with scrutiny, and to refuse him admittance to any AIM meeting, function, or ceremony.
All leadership must refrain from talking to this informant else he distort any information to fit his version of the facts.Robert Branscombe must be viewed as a general informant who is very reckless in his actions, and does not care who he accuses of wrongdoing.
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