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Pine Ridge

Occupation Peoples

Grass Roots Oyate

January 16, 2000

Until we Win

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FACT: Because of the Grass Roots’ efforts, a "draft" version of the 1999 General Fund Audit has been released to the general public. Copies can be obtained from the BIA Superintendent’s office.

FACT: Auditor Jaime Arobba will begin an audit of the Tribe’s 1999 Indirect Cost Fund next week. He hopes to have a draft of his findings within two weeks.

FACT: Arobba’s findings have been given to the FBI and U.S. Attorney in Rapid City, S.D. It will be their responsibility to determine if any of Arobba’s findings are considered criminal fraud or embezzlement. No word on how long this process will take.

FACT: The Grass Roots have sent a letter to BIA Superintendent Ecoffey requesting technical assistance in the form of a copier, fax machine, office supplies, etc. to expedite their government reform process. The Federal 25CFR requires the BIA to allocate funds for government reform.

FACT: The members of the Oglala Lakota Nation do not require input from the Tribal Council, nor the BIA on government reform. Once the changes are documented and written on a "sample ballot", they are forwarded directly to the Secretary of Interior to begin the secretarial election process.

FACT: The Grass Roots Oyate sent notice to Tribal Secretary, Stacy Two Lance informing her that, contrary to rumors, we will not attend a negotiation meeting on Saturday with members of the Tribal Council. No negotiations can begin until Chuck Jacobs is permanently removed from all tribal positions.

FACT: The Oglala Sioux Tribe is operating in a negative balance. Chuck Jacobs and his staff continue to issue checks for themselves and members of the Tribal Council. Meanwhile, the Districts received only half of their regular allocations. It is uncertain where this money is coming from.

FACT: Since the release of the audit, federal program funds are temporarily frozen.


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