Testimony of Jeanette Eagle Hawk in the
Trial of Arlo Looking Cloud
February, 2004

MR. McMAHON: Call Jeanette Eagle Hawk.

JEANETTE EAGLE HAWK,

called as a witness, being first duly sworn, testified and

said as follows:

DIRECT EXAMINATION BY MR. McMAHON:

Q. Would you tell the jury your name, please?

A. Jeanette Eagle Hawk.

Q. Where do you live?

A. I live in Manderson, South Dakota.

Q. I am going to take you back a ways, back into the

seventies. Can you tell me where you were living then?

A. Back in the seventies I was living, I was working as a

legal worker in Oglala, South Dakota.

Q. Who were you working as a legal worker for?

A. The Wounded Knee Legal Defense-Offense Committee.

Q. What is your employment now?

A. I work for the Oglala Sioux Tribe.

Q. In what capacity?

A. I am the community relations person for the tribe.

Q. What type of work did you do for what is -- that's known

as WKLDOC, isn't it?

A. Yes.

Q. What type of work did you do for them?

A. I work basically as a legal worker. Whenever they

called us we would go out and interview people and take their

statements.

Q. And you were based out of Oglala?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you actually have an office down there?

A. Well, it was, yeah, it was a house. It was a house, but

there was a office there.

Q. Who did you work with?

A. I worked with Candy Hamilton, Charlie Long Soldier.

There was various other people, but I don't know their last name.

Q. Did you know Arlo Looking Cloud?

A. I know Arlo. He was, they had a relationship, him and a

friend of mine, and that's how I know him.

Q. Were you active in the American Indian Movement?

A. Yes, I was.

Q. Did you ever see Mr. Looking Cloud at any of those events?

A. Well, I have seen Arlo, but I haven't personally know

him or spoke with him. You know, I wasn't, you know, I just

seen him around.

Q. So you just saw him at some of the events, but you

didn't really speak with him?

A. Yes.

Q. I want to call your attention to December of 1975,

particularly around December 10th. Did you have an occasion

to go to the WKLDOC office in Rapid City?

A. Yes.

Q. And why were you going there?

A. Well, the reason why we went there was whenever we go

out and we do interviews with people, we take their statements

down, we usually bring them up to Rapid City to the office up here.

Q. Was that more of a main office?

A. Yes.

Q. And did anyone travel with you?

A. Yes.

Q. Who was that?

A. Candy Hamilton and Charlie Long Soldier.

Q. Do you remember, did you go to the WKLDOC office then in

Rapid City?

A. Yes.

Q. I have put up Exhibit 35. That has been identified as

showing at the back of the WKLDOC office. Do you recognize that?

A. Yes.

Q. When you went to the office on December 10th of '75,

approximately what time of the day did you arrive?

A. It was in the evening, late evening when it was dark.

don't know the time, but it was dark.

Q. Which door did you go in?

A. We went in through the kitchen door, which was in the back.

Q. So is that the door that we see there?

A. Yes.

Q. Who went into the house?

A. Well, basically it was all three of us that went in, but

it was Candy and Charlie that went in first, and I was kind o

going in last.

Q. When you come in the back of the house, what is the

first room that you get in to there?

A. There was a crawl space. There wasn't, you know, it

wasn't a small crawl space, but an area you go in through the

back door and it was right there, and then on the side was the kitchen.

Q. Where did you go?

A. When I walked in I went in through the kitchen, in the

kitchen. I went into the kitchen, and it was all dark in

there. The lights were turned off.

Q. Did you go any further into the house?

A. No.

Q. Why not?

A. We were informed that we weren't supposed to go into the

other parts of the house.

Q. Had you ever been prevented from going in to other areas

of the house prior to that?

A. No.

Q. So what did you do then?

A. Well, I stayed in the kitchen, because we weren't

allowed to go into the other areas of the house.

Q. Did you see anybody else walking around in the kitchen

or the other areas?

A. Well, there was people in the kitchen, but I don't know,

I can't remember who they were. But when I went in, when I

peeked into the other room, which was a larger room past the

kitchen, I seen people in there.

Q. Do you remember who any of them were?

A. Yes.

Q. Who?

A. I saw Thelma.

Q. Thelma who?

A. Thelma Connor. (Conroy)

Q. Also known as Thelma Rios?

A. Yes. And I seen Bruce Ellison, and I seen Clyde.

Q. Clyde who?

A. Bellecourt.

Q. Okay?

A. I also seen Laurelie and Ted, and I also seen several

legal workers.

Q. When you say Laurelie and Ted, are you talking about

Laurelie and Ted Means?

A. Yes.

Q. Did you stay at that house that evening?

A. Yes.

Q. Where did you stay?

A. We stayed in the kitchen area in the small crawl space,

we slept back there.

Q. Who slept back in that small crawl space?

A. Me and my son.

Q. Were you ever allowed that evening to go beyond the

kitchen space?

A. Just for a little while.

Q. When you did that, did you see anyone other than who you

have already identified?

A. No.

Q. Did you see, ever have an opportunity to see if Anna Mae

Aquash was there?

A. No, I never knew, but later on that night Charlie Long

Soldier told me that --

MR. RENSCH: Objection, hearsay.

THE COURT: Sustained.

BY MR. McMAHON:

Q. The following day did you leave the WKLDOC office?

A. Yes.

Q. Where did you go to?

A. We went back to Oglala.

Q. At any time did anybody talk to you about what was going

on there at the house the prior evening?

MR. RENSCH: Same objection, Your Honor.

THE COURT: Overruled.

BY MR. McMAHON:

Q. You can answer that yes or no.

A. What was it again?

Q. At any time did anybody tell you what was going on at

that house the prior evening?

A. Later on, yes.

Q. Later on that day, or later on after you had left?

A. Later on that same night.

Q. And was that the conversation you were going to relate

that Charlie Long Soldier told you?

A. Yes.

MR. McMAHON: That's all I have at this time. Your Honor.

THE COURT: Cross.

MR. RENSCH: I have no questions.

THE COURT: Thank you, Ma'am, you may step down.

Well, is your next witness short or long?

MR. MANDEL: Guessing about fifteen, twenty minutes


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