Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 7:17
Subject: [A-M] Indians
A weekly newsletter dedicated to the peaceful reform of the United States government.
What do we have here? Is what is happening at Pine Ridge another
WACO, Ruby Ridge, or is it just one more sad chapter in America's treatment of our
native Indian population? What has happened is that about 100 unarmed men, women and
children of the Sioux Indian Tribe seized and occupied the Red Cloud tribal office
building on their reservation in South Dakota. They vowed to stay there until the
government addressed their grievances.
According to reports the Indians took control of the tribal building at
the Pine Ridge Reservation last Sunday in order to protect the records stored there.
The protestors stated that tribal finances have been mismanaged; they are calling
for an audit and have demanded the immediate resignation of tribal Treasurer Wesley Jacobs
and all 17 members of the tribal council. One source said that they also have asked
the FBI to seize tribal records dealing with law enforcement, housing and other programs.
Another source told AUDREYS MISSILES that this report was not to be believed, that there
is a long history of problems with the FBI. Group spokesman Dale Looks Twice said
that all they wanted was for elected officials to be accountable. Eileen Janis, a
spokeswoman for the tribal president, said that tribal members have become frustrated with
Jacobs and the council majority that always supports the treasurer. The tribal
council represents thirty- eight thousand members who live mainly on the
reservation, one of the poorest areas of the nation.
On Monday of this week a group of these people met with representatives
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to decide what action, if any, the Federal
Government will take against the Oglala Sioux Tribal Treasurer and Council Members.
Hundreds of tribal members filed into the cramped office space to tell their stories to
the federal agents. Stories of land stealing, homelessness, poverty, tribal law
enforcement abuses, lack of accountability from elected officials. One report said
that the files had been turned over to the FBI. The latest word is that there is to
be a court hearing regarding the dismissal of treasurer Jacobs.
In view of the media blackout, the Indians are afraid that there
could be another bloody WACO incident. According to tribal sources the media is
being denied access to the reservation or to any news except the Press Releases from the
FBI. Information about the situation is reportedly being monitored and censored by
the feds through control of the media access and by interception of phone and internet
communications. Is the FBI the wolf guarding the chicken house?
Considering that the protestors claim an estimated seventy billion dollars has been
misappropriated the stakes are high. Have government people been cooperating with
people who are stealing from poor Indians? At this point we do not know exactly what
is taking place since there is both a news blackout and conflicting reports. What is
needed is to shine the news spotlight on the problems that the reservation Indians at Pine
Ridge are having with the their tribal government and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.