Two indicted in state court for Aquash murder
Two people have been indicted in South Dakota for the December 1975 murder of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash.

John Graham, 53, and Thelma Rios, 64, are charged with felony murder in relation to kidnapping and with premeditated murder. Graham also charged with felony murder related to rape.

Graham is a Native man from Canada. The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals said he can't be tried in federal court because he is not a member of a U.S.-recognized tribe.

Rios is a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The crimes for which she is charged occurred in Rapid City, off the reservation.

South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, who handled the Aquash case when he was serving as U.S. Attorney for South Dakota, said the state charges came about because evidence indicates that Aquash was taken to Rapid City and held in a home that was owned by Rios. Jackley said Aquash was raped at the home.

Get the Story:
Pennington County Grand Jury indicts two in 1975 AIM slaying (The Rapid City Journal 9/11)
2 charged in 1975 American Indian Movement slaying (AP 9/10)
AIM Case Moves To State Court (KELO 9/10)

8th Circuit Decision:
US v. Graham (July 28, 2009)

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