Court affirms conviction in 1975 AIM murder

Published: Mar. 30, 2018 at 3:44 PM CDT
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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit refused to overturn John Graham’s conviction in the murder of fellow American Indian Movement member Anna Mae Aquash.

Graham claimed the court lacked jurisdiction over him because he is a Canadian citizen whose extradition allegedly violated a treaty.

Graham was convicted in 2010 of the December 1975 kidnapping and murder of Aquash.

Aquash had been accused by other AIM members of being an informant for the FBI. She was kidnapped from Denver by Graham, Arlo Looking Cloud and Theda Clarke, driven to Rapid City and then to the Badlands where she was executed. Graham was convicted of executing Aquash by shooting her in the back of the head.

Looking Cloud was also convicted and sentenced to life in prison. That sentence was reduced to 20 years due to his cooperation in the Graham prosecution.

Clarke was never prosecuted and died in 2011.