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Pine Ridge

Occupation Peoples

Grass Roots Oyate

January 16, 2000

Until we Win

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Do NOT Believe this


Date: Friday, January 21, 2000 7:17 AM
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.


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