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November 3, 1999

United States Government War
Against the American Indian Movement

Following a lengthy twenty-five (25) year investigation of Ward Churchill, Glen Morris and their Indian and non-Indian co-conspirators, collaborators, dupes and unwitting pawns, the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Councilís Council on Security and Intelligence is releasing this lengthy report. We do so because of the continued attacks by this group of deceitful and treacherous frauds against the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement and of our international political and diplomatic Corp, the International Indian Treaty Council. They perpetuate these attacks by fraudulently representing themselves as being members of the American Indian Movement, and the so-called confederation of autonomous aim chapters, now using their web site to sow disruption, division and confusion.

The ringleaders of this conspiracy are two wannabees, white men masquerading as Indians, who are very deceitful and treacherous individuals by the name of Ward Churchill and Glen Morris (see Ministry for Information on Glen Morris and Russell Means, the CIA/Contra Connection). We are convinced they are the continuation of a campaign to destroy the American Indian Movement and its leadership that began in the White House office of Richard Nixon in 1972 during the Trail of Broken Treaties march on Washington D.C. in November, 1972 (see Trail of Broken Treaties Manifesto in AIM Archives; also see Council to the President, John Wesley Dean III Correspondence to Acting FBI Director W. Mark Felt under AIM's Council on Security and Intelligence Page).

Four items that should be given special attention are:

  1. Churchill's book, Agents of Repression, page 438, item 49, reads:

    "49. Author Churchill experienced one of these sweeps firsthand when, while driving across Pine Ridge on June 27, 1975, the day after the gunfight at the Jumping Bull residence that claimed the lives of AIM member Joe Stuntz and FBI agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams, he stopped to urinate alongside the road, about five miles south of Porcupine. Over the ridge came an APC, accompanied by some 20 FBI and BIA police personnel, moving "on line," carrying M-16s, and dressed in Vietnam-style jungle fatigues, boots and bush hats. Most of the group was also wearing military-issue flack-jackets. Needless to say, the whole scene afforded a sense of deja-vu to the viewer, given that he had spent a year in Southeast Asia in combat."

    Churchill further states that he served in Vietnam as an Information Specialist. We say, misinformation specialist.

  2. The second item is an interview conducted with Churchill by Amy Goodman and Bernard White of Radio Pacifica and Station WBAI 99.5 FM, New York City. Again, these are Churchill's own words:

    "Well, in 1969, after I came out of the Army, I was a draftee and sent to Vietnam. I came back from that a little bit irritated of the posture of my government. I'm also an American Indian and I was sent to Southeast Asia to uphold a treaty, which did not require that I be there. I considered it a fact before I even left there that while I was over there that, the United States was in the process of standing in complete violation of 371 odd treaties that were on record with my people or related peoples right here in North America. If weíre going to be busy enforcing treaties, it ought to home, not over there.
    With that perspective, I became politically active and had a roommate, at least part of the time, in Peoria, Illinois, which is where Iím originally from. His name was Mark Clark. Mark was a downstate defense captain for the Black Panther Party in Illinois, where in December 1969, he was the first person killed in an armed raid on an apartment on Monroe Street in Chicago, which also took the life by assassination of the chairman of the Illinois Panthers, Fred Hampton. That, I guess you can say, caught my attention. And since there were clear indications from the onset of direct FBI involvement in that, and since there was a clear attempt made to cover that up, I became active in the effort to bring out the information of exactly how the murders of Hampton and Clark had occurred.
    And one thing followed another from there. I became involved in the Leonard Peltier case. After I joined the American Indian Movement, a couple of years after the point that I'm talking about here."

    (See Churchill File, Council on Security and Intelligence).

    This is no coincidence. Our investigations show that the FBI raid on the Jumping Bull residence, which sparked the firefight that led to the deaths of FBI agents, Jack Coler and Ron Williams, and AIM member Joe Stuntz, was, in fact, a botched FBI job caused by agents/informants of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and/or other military and intelligence agencies that may well have instigated the shootout or, at least, were in and about the Jumping Bull community. FBI agent informants were no doubt also involved in the death of Anna Mae Aquash. The fact is, Fred Hampton, Mark Clark, agents Jack Coler and Ron Williams, and AIM member, Joe Stuntz, and Anna Mae Aquash are dead, and our brother, Leonard Peltier remains in prison after 23 years.

  3. The third item is the blatant manipulation of Peter Mathieson, Oliver Stone, CBS and 60-Minutes, regarding the "Mr. X" hoax, which was orchestrated by David Hill, Bob Robideaux, and Ward Churchill. (See Dino Butler article published in News from Indian Country, May 1995). In the article Dino states, "There is no Mr. X. There was no white man coming to our camp that day bringing dynamite. Those are all lies created to keep Leonard in jail longer." (See Council on Security and Intelligence, Churchill File).

  4. You may also see Jodi Rave interview of Ward Churchill in November of 1993 at Boulder, Colorado, specifically the last three paragraphs on page two (2) which continues to page three (3).

    "Question: That must have changed just recently?
    Answer: Yes, about three years ago, the name of the university, it was still a college then. So I agreed to teach some extension courses for them. I thought that once I would do that, and at Loneman School on Pine Ridge I would do some workshops there ... but what they assigned me to do was to teach the police force in Rapid City.
    Question: Oh, really?
    Answer: Yah, the guys were taking courses on weekends and shit, so they could make their rank. It was a money maker for the school. I needed the money. I was teaching the Rapid City Police Department about the American Indian Movement."

  5. For those of you that have visited our web site,, see the remarkable progress that the legitimate leadership of the American Indian Movement Grand Governing Council, the International Indian Treaty Council, the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and Media, and all of our other projects listed on our web site have accomplished; work that continues over a thirty-year period of time.

    On the other hand, this group of detractors have done nothing for the Indian people, or for humankind in general. Everything they have done is self-serving to put money in their pockets, be it their revisionist writings, lectures, movies, etc., while they continue their campaign and attempts to divide and destroy the American Indian Movement.

There is so much more information that we can share with you that is in this report. Everything that is represented in this Press Statement and following report entitled, The United States Governmentís War Against the American Indian Movement are factual based in part on our careful review of the first of 17,722 pages of declassified documents from various U.S. government agencies under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).

Additionally, it is based on a twenty-five year investigation by the Council on Security & Intelligence, and the conspiratorís and collaboratorís own words, writings, representations, and as important, their actions. (See Council on Security and Intelligence, the United States Government War Against the American Indian Movement) <>, the role of the White House and Secret Service, Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), other U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

Finally, as you review the total report, we trust that you will come to the same conclusions that we have.

Vernon Bellecourt
National Representative

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