There have been books and songs and plays written about Anna Mae Aquash. But she was no folk hero — she was flesh and blood. A young Mi’kmaq woman who took up arms against the United States government, Anna Mae was a revolutionary. But when she was found murdered in the South Dakotan countryside, it tore her movement apart. It took thirty years to find out who pulled the trigger. But that’s not the same thing as knowing who’s responsible for her murder. 

Featured in this episode: Kevin McKiernan, Steve Hendricks

To learn more:

From Wounded Knee to Standing Rock: A Reporter’s Journey by Kevin McKiernan

The Unquiet Grave: The FBI and the Struggle for the Soul of Indian Country by Steve Hendricks

The Spirit of Annie Mae by Catherine Anne Martin

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Additional music:

Unanswered Questions” and “Clean Soul” by Kevin Macleod, “I Am A Man Who Will Fight For Your Honor” by Chris Zabriskie, and “The Wrong Way” by Jahzzar adapted.

I dunno” by grapes (c) copyright 2008 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. Ft: J Lang, Morusque

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