Trial for Aquash murder defendants set to begin
A trial for two men accused of American Indian Movement activist Anna Mae Pictou Aquash is set to begin May 12.

John Graham, a Native man from Canada, and Richard Marshall, a member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, are charged with first-degree murder. They are accused of killing Aquash on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in December 1975.

Graham wants the indictment against him dismissed because he isn't a member of a U.S.-recognized tribe. He says he can't be tried along with Marshall because he isn't an "Indian" under federal law.

The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals heard the issue on April 16. Federal prosecutors say Graham can be charged with Marshall for aiding and abetting Aquash's murder.

Arlo Looking Cloud, also Oglala Sioux, is serving a life sentence for Aquash's murder. He is cooperating with prosecutors, CBC News reported.

Get the Story:
U.S. district court upholds previous decision on Pictou-Aquash trial (CBC 4/24)
AIM case awaits several rulings (AP 4/25)

Related Stories:
8th Circuit hears Indian status appeal in Aquash case (8/16)
Aquash murder defendant seeks release until trial (4/10)
BIA official's link to informant raised in Aquash case (4/1)
8th Circuit to hear appeal in Aquash murder case (3/23)
Trial for Aquash murder suspects delayed again (3/3)
U.S. Attorney opposes separate Aquash trials (12/16)
Aquash murder defendant seeks separate trial (12/1)
Prosecutors seek to bolster Aquash murder case (11/11)
Prosecutors defend charges in Aquash murder case (11/3)
Aquash murder defendant raises 'Indian' issue (10/27)
Trial for Aquash murder delayed to February 2009 (10/20)
Aquash murder defendant opposes early trial (10/16)
Prosecutors seek alibis in Aquash murder case (10/15)
Joint trial sought for Aquash murder defendants (10/9)
Aquash family 'devastated' by delay in murder case (10/7)
'Indian' status at issue in Aquash murder case (10/7)
Judge dismisses case against Aquash murder suspect (10/3)
Aquash, Canadian woman, was 'Indian' prosecutors say (10/1)
Aquash murder defendant seeks dismissal of case (9/25)
Aquash murder defendants to be held in same jail (9/4)
Third man indicted in 1975 murder of Aquash (8/27)
Judge orders evidence search in Aquash murder case (6/24)
Another delay sought in Aquash murder trial (6/19)
Aquash murder defendant seeks trial delay (3/4)