Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
It is common knowledge now and everybody knows.
Who: Do I really have to say?
Why: Who is going to believe you?
How: It is in print & there’s “evidence”. Respectable people say so.
Who stole all the Tribe’s money?
Who is responsible for the percap cuts?
Who shut down the casino?
Who ruined our Tribe?
Ask anyone because it has been pounded into people’s heads that the people who make up the Walker council are to blame for all the Tribe’s troubles. Their reputations are already ruined and I doubt that they will ever be able to get back on the tribal council. It does not matter how much they proclaim their innocence. It is disheartening to see all this going on and the true culprits remain free of any scrutiny.
I think that anyone that has been a victim of false accusations should speak up and clear their name. They could also sue for defamation of character… cha -ching.
Friday, May 13, 2011
*The Walker council was giving all the tribal members $5,000 checks for any inconvenience or grief caused by the takeover. I knew about that money so I collected, but I would have really like some of that $400,000. Pictures a sign. Pink, glitterfied, BAD INDIANS
Chapter 1. Establishment
Sec. 10-3101. Base Roll
The Base Roll of the Tribe shall be the official census roll of January 1, 1937, of the Sac and Fox Tribe in Iowa, except those designated in the roll as non-enrolled members of the Tribe.
The BIA took it upon themselves to count all the people who were on or around the settlement in 1937 as official Meskwaki Indians. Meskwakis, that ministry group (whites) and the powwow stragglers (natives from other Tribes that hung around after powwows.)
It is the latter whose offspring who are the troublemakers of this Tribe. They show no remorse of the havoc they wreak on this Tribe because they know they do not belong around here. The year 1937 was the only time the Tribe had to make exemptions for those who don’t meet the Tribe's eligibility for enrollment.
Monday, May 9, 2011
Sec. 10-4101. Form and Contents of Application
(a) Applications for enrollment in the Tribe shall be made by submissions of a form approved by the Enrollment Committee.
(b) Applications shall be filled out completely and shall be accompanied by supporting documentation, including:
(1) An original birth certificate, with a raised seal or stamped with both parents’ names;
(2) A notarized paternity statement containing the signatures of both parents, provided proof that a parent is deceased can be submitted in lieu of the signature of the deceased parent;
(3) An ancestry chart;
(4) A copy of the applicant’s social security card;
(5) DNA test results using a twelve- (12) marker protocol, establishing with a 98% or greater degree of certainty that the applicant is the child of an enrolled male member of the Meskwaki Tribe.
( c) The applicant or person completing the application pursuant to Section 10- 4102 must certify under penalty of perjury that the information given is true, and must further acknowledge that fraudulently providing information on an application will render applicant’s enrollment voidable.
It's either Meskwaki women will be able to enroll their children or there will be some people disenrolled.
” Hey, they’re already enrolled!” “Just leave it alone.” “From this moment on like right now, we will be more strict about this sort of stuff." Cites unfairness
Will Meskwaki women ever be able to enroll their children? I highly doubt it especially after reading this case.
See Santa Clara Pueblo vs. Martinez
Monday, November 29, 2010
2005 Court Report
10 tribal members: Oh, really.
Tribal council: Say it. You have to say it.
10 tribal members: Yawn
Tribal council: We want you to acknowledge us as your tribal council! You’re going to have to say it using your voices.
10 tribal members: Is this going to take much longer?
Tribal council: We’re going to need you to give some indication that you consider us the tribal council.
10 tribal members: This is getting a bit wearisome.
Tribal council: Do you know who we are?
10 tribal members: Ah, getting a whiff of it. An awful lot.
Tribal council: Ok, if that’s how you want to be. You will no longer be getting your percap. Indefinitely.
That pretty much sums up what happened. I will most definitely keep bringing up what that wretched tribal council did until the bans are lifted at the casino and the 10 tribal members receive their back payments.
Apparently, there's some sort of checklist to being an authentic Indian or in this case a Meskwaki Indian.
*I know the basics, but I prefer to speak it with an Irish accent. I don’t know why I do. Perhaps, I think it makes me appear jolly. A jolly good Indian.
- Thou must be a traditional person.
I never see you at the clan feasts therefore you are not Meskwaki enough. *I don’t like what goes on at those feasts … using it the wrong way. No, thanks. I’m not going to be a part of that. Not for me.
There are also many people who are displeased that a tribal council member is working at the casino. You know, conflict of interest and all. A tribal council member working at the Tribe’s gaming establishment had always been a definite no-no until 2003. I guess that’s why the chairman scurried to the school awhile back. Time to go back to the way things used to be?
Thursday, February 4, 2010
This doesn’t unite the Tribe in case you have forgotten. 2004- 2010
-Tribal members were summoned to attend hearings about the $778,000- $779,000 missing from the school. These tribal members had their percap taken away until they appeared at the hearings and proved their innocence. Ten tribal members aren’t receiving their percap. (still in effect today)
*2005- a tribal council member admitted that the charges were bogus and that there was no missing money.
-Tribal members are banned from the casino. (still in effect today)
-Tribal members are given the run around, or flat out being refused financial assistance at Higher Ed because of past political affiliations, family, etc. (still in effect todayTribal members are unable to get jobs on the settlement. (still in effect today)
This has been going on for the past seven years. As for the people who say that these tribal members got what they deserve and call this justice. That’s bad. This worries me because it sets a precedent for future tribal councils to treat tribal members in the same manner or worse. Are future tribal councils being led to believe that it is acceptable behavior to abuse their power and try to bully people into submission. Unfortunately, yes. That’s why it is important for the new tribal council to give an ending to the 2003 takeover
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
May 2008: The tribal council informs the Meskwaki people that the Tribe is broke and cuts the percap.
October? 2009- The tribal council informs the Meskwaki people that the Tribe has $37 million with $7 million in reserve.
There are several theories floating around about what happened to the Tribe's money.
1. The tribal council hid the money.
2. The tribal council spent all the money.
3. The money was laundered by the tribal council.
Tribal members need to put the pressure on the new tribal council to find out what happened to the Tribe's money and if possible to recover the money.
I think it would be wise to set up a yearly spending limit for the tribal council. How about an allowance of $500,000- $1,000,000 a year. It's not fair for the whole Tribe to be left in a bind because of seven tribal members.
*I'll scan and post the Wells Fargo Bank statement that shows the Tribe's balance of $400,000,000.
Reject- leaves the door open for future acts of retaliation or what others may consider justice.
Ratify- Would it be silly to hope for a truce to be called? The Tribe can put all this behind us.
Will the ten tribal people also receive their money being held in escrow?
Referendum- To reject or ratify the Tribal Council's action that restored per-capita payments to the following members effective March 12, 2010
Frank Wanatee Jr.
Donald Wanatee Sr.
* Rescheduled to February 15, 2010
Friday, October 23, 2009
"Together, we must all ensure that Tribal councils now and in the future are held accountable for their actions."
Today, we announce our resignation. We have tried to the best of our ability to make sound decisions for the Tribe without the input of the tribal members. We apologize for conducting tribal affairs with an air of elitism. We feel our presence on the tribal council could hinder the progress of the Tribe as it is on the mend. We are attempting to disentangle ourselves from being held accountable for blowing through the Tribe’s money and the tribal members' plight.(denied their rightful money and driven into poverty).
Quack, Quack, Quack
I guess the sign; "Vote for Deron, Not Revenge" was more effective than my smear campaign because this guy got back on the tribal council, Deron Ward
What has Deron done for the Tribe that secured him a place on the tribal council? Was it his sporadic attendance at tribal council meetings, his excessive use of comps at the casino, notorious drunken antics at the casino, or was it his history of being a yes man? I do not know if it is just a coincidence that every council he has been on has resulted in extreme losses for the Tribe or maybe it’s just him. Is this guy a jinx?
Adrian Pushetonequa- lame duck
Jon Papakee- lame duck
Why are these people still clinging to the tribal council? What more are they going to do the Tribe? (shudders with dread)
* Duck translation:
quack, quack, quack- means no good.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Note to tribal members- please no more takeovers. "Ooh, they're too spensive." Soo spensive." *expensive
Why try to dictate how you think other people ought to live their lives? You can rattle off all the pitfalls of alcohol and drugs, but it is ultimately an individual’s decision to drink or use drugs. It is also that individual’s decision to decide to get help for their problem. Individual’s desire to stop, the support of their family and utilizing the programs that are available to our tribal members can lead to a road of recovery.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
1.Theft- Black Law’s definition: 1. The felonious taking and removing of another’s personal property with the intent of depriving the true owner of it; larceny. 2. Broadly, any act or instance of stealing, including larceny, burglary, embezzlement, and false pretenses.
2. Misappropriation- Black Law’s definition: the application of another’s property or money dishonestly to one’s own use.
3. Embezzlement- Black Law’s definition: The fraudulent taking of personal property with which one has been entrusted.
4. Criminal conspiracy- Black Law’s definition: In criminal law, conspiracy is a separate offense from the crime that is the object of the conspiracy.
5. Criminal trespass- Black Law’s definition: A trespass in which the trespasser remains on the property after being ordered off by a person authorized to do so.
6. Assault- Black Law’s definition: The threat or use of force on another that causes that person to have a reasonable apprehension of imminent harmful or offensive contact; the act of putting another person in reasonable fear or apprehension of an immediate battery by means of an act amounting to an attempt or threat to commit a battery.
Civil Litigation for damages against individual Appointed (Bear) council members
7. Conversion- Black Law’s definition: The wrongful possession or disposition of another’s property as if it were one’s own.
8. Conspiracy- Black Law’s definition: an agreement by two or more persons to commit an unlawful act.
9. Trespass- Black Law’s definition: An unlawful act committed against the person or property of another; especially wrongful entry on another’s real property.
Banks Receiving and Disbursing Appointed (Bear) Council Funds
10. Conversion of tribal funds
12. Interference with business advantage
13. Breach of fiduciary duty
14. Breach of duty of due diligence in accepting and disbursing tribal funds, without elected council authority
Friday, October 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Rasmussen- good riddance
All other of the Tribe's attorneys
Jochum- good riddance
Tribal court- referendum
Tribal police- referendum
Gaming commissioners- good riddance
Most of the people at the tribal center
Jon- good riddance
Adrian- good riddance
Deron- good riddance
In a way, to be indifferent to that suffering is what makes the human being inhuman. Indifference, after all, is more dangerous than anger and hatred. Anger can at times be creative. One writes a great poem, a great symphony, one does something special for the sake of humanity because one is angry at the injustice that one witnesses. But indifference is never creative. Even hatred at times may elicit a response. You fight it. You denounce it. You disarm it. Indifference elicits no response. Indifference is not a response.
Indifference is not a beginning, it is an end. And, therefore, indifference is always the friend of the enemy, for it benefits the aggressor -- never his victim, whose pain is magnified when he or she feels forgotten. The political prisoner in his cell, the hungry children, the homeless refugees -- not to respond to their plight, not to relieve their solitude by offering them a spark of hope is to exile them from human memory. And in denying their humanity we betray our own."
- Larry will resign if he receives six months severance pay. Bah, humbug
- The attorney general will recommend to the tribal council that Larry be rehired if the referendum results in his job termination. *Larry/Laurie referendum on July 16th*
No quorum for the tribal council in ages. Apparently everyone just mumbled "I'm going to resign" and then took off for a vacation. These people need to stop wasting the Tribe's time and officially resign.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
I had a little chat with the people who plan on running for the tribal council. I tried to convince them to come out and start talking to the community straight away. Let people know where they stand on issues and ask the tribal members what changes they want to see on the settlement. Apparently, they want to wait until the nominations…??? "It’s up to the people who they want on the tribal council." I tried to tell them that the tribal members would like someone to follow and support more than ever because of what’s going on here. I hope they reconsider and start putting up signs, handing out flyers and come out to talk to us.
*getting ready for the fall election
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
-listen to the tribal members.
-provide documents to back up your claims that the Tribe is in financial trouble.
-hold referendums on all major decisions regarding the Tribe especially if it involves a lot of our money.
-honor the referendums
-disrespect the tribal members
-be so damn secretive. You're just drawing suspicion upon yourselves.
-point at charts as if this justifies your (bad) decisions.
-ignore us. We(not me) voted for you and thanks to us(not me) you're on the tribal council.
-insist that not revising the RAP is for our best interest. Revise the RAP. If doing so only allows for the distribution of $125. That's fine. At least people will know that you're not full of bs.
What the tribal council learned from the nine tribal members whose percap has been successfully withheld for 4 years: no percap, no resources to hire a lawyer, no resistance, no unforeseen problems from the tribal members. The tribal council cut our percap so that we would be a defeated people and then they would be able to accomplish whatever they wanted without any interference from us. What were they planning on doing?
Sunday, May 24, 2009
The tribal council's lawyers say that the tribal members percap is being held in ESCROW and they will be given back their percap once they return all tribal property.
The current tribal council continues to hold this grudge against these "dissident" tribal members.
Give them back their percap and lift the bans from the casino. OR, the Meskwaki people can ask that the members on the chief appointed tribal council return all tribal property (MONEY) they stole from the Tribe. Take away THEIR percap and ban them from the casino until they return the $25 million dollars they stole from the Tribe to fund their political campaign. just a thought...
* Hey, the tribal council dragged the 2003 takeover into 2009 NOT the tribal members.
***Only 4 people of the 9 people not receiving their percap were on the Walker council. The tribal council withholding the percap of the other 5 tribal members just shows that the tribal council wanted to financial destroy their political opponents. I would also like to point out that the tribal council never produced any evidence that $778,000 or $779,000 was missing. There was never any record of any police investigation, or a Department of Interior investigation. The Department of Interior has a copy of the audit and they indicated that the audit showed that nothing was wrong. The lack of federal action on the audit undermines the tribal council's allegation of "missing money."
If, my true colors show that I am against people stealing from the Tribe. Great! I would like the new tribal council to conduct a forensic audit(very detailed) as opposed to the basic general audit. I want EVIDENCE to support the wrongdoings of any individual whether they were on a Tribal council, or an employee of the Tribe. Any wrongdoings that are found... I would like the Meskwaki people to be a involved in deciding what to do with them. As for my so called defense for the Walker council?? The Meskwaki nation newsletter wrote about the 2003 takeover from the chief appointed council's(Bear council) viewpoint. I just wanted people to have a glimpse from the other side of the takeover. I'll defend ONE person from the Walker council and I will not defend anyone from the Bear council. They just used the Walker council/takeover as an excuse to steal money from the Tribe and then covered up their crimes when the BIA recognized them as the elected tribal council in Nov. 2003. It was the perfect crime because I heard that only $13 million of the $21+ million has been accounted for... $1-2 million for every member of the chief appointed council? I believe what happened in 2003 was the start of the Tribe's financial problems. The Tribe never recovered from that mess and now we're feeling the after-effects of those selfish _______.
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDUREPART I - CRIMESCHAPTER 53 - INDIANS
Sec. 1167. Theft from gaming establishments on Indian lands
(a) Whoever abstracts, purloins, willfully misapplies, or takes and carries away with intent to steal, any money, funds, or other property of a value of $1,000 or less belonging to an establishment operated by or for or licensed by an Indian tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission shall be fined under this title or be imprisoned for not more than one year, or both.
(b) Whoever abstracts, purloins, willfully misapplies, or takes and carries away with intent to steal, any money, funds, or other property of a value in excess of $1,000 belonging to a gaming establishment operated by or for or licensed by an Indian tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for not more than ten years, or both.
(Added Pub. L. 100-497, Sec. 23, Oct. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 2487; amended Pub. L. 103-322, title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(S), (U), Sept. 13, 1994, 108 Stat. 2148.)
1994 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(S), substituted ''fined under this title'' for ''fined not more than $100,000''.
Subsec. (b). Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(U), substituted ''fined under this title'' for ''fined not more than $250,000''
18 USC Sec. 1168
TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDUREPART I - CRIMESCHAPTER 53 - INDIANS
Sec. 1168. Theft by officers or employees of gaming establishments on Indian lands
(a) Whoever, being an officer, employee, or individual licensee of a gaming establishment operated by or for or licensed by an Indian tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, embezzles, abstracts, purloins, willfully misapplies, or takes and carries away with intent to steal, any moneys, funds, assets, or other property of such establishment of a value of $1,000 or less shall be fined not more than $250,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both;
(b) Whoever, being an officer, employee, or individual licensee of a gaming establishment operated by or for or licensed by an Indian tribe pursuant to an ordinance or resolution approved by the National Indian Gaming Commission, embezzles, abstracts, purloins, willfully misapplies, or takes and carries away with intent to steal, any moneys, funds, assets, or other property of such establishment of a value in excess of $1,000 shall be fined not more than $1,000,000 or imprisoned for not more than twenty years, or both.
(Added Pub. L. 100-497, Sec. 23, Oct. 17, 1988, 102 Stat. 2487; amended Pub. L. 101-647, title XXXV, Sec. 3537, Nov. 29, 1990, 104 Stat. 4925.)
1990 - Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 101-647 substituted ''or imprisoned'' for ''and be imprisoned for''
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Tribe must cease and desist lowering monthly per capita payments- has violated, and is violating IGRA U.S.C. 2710
At the last financial meeting the tribal council told the people that they were lucky to be getting $500 instead of $125- the amount we would be getting if they revised the Tribe's RAP.
Ugh. Takeover 2003. I know your eyes are probably starting to glaze over at the mention of 2003 takeover.
I was under the impression that the sole reason for the takeover was to get the Walker council to honor the recall petitions and to call a special election. Which the Walker council finally did, but the chief appointed council snubbed them. After this, the chief appointed council lost all credibility especially when they took all that money from the casino and spent it. I was disappointed in both councils for not putting aside their differences to prevent our casino from being shut down.
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Tribal Members: We ask for the resignation of Adrian Pushetonequa, Wayne Pushetonequa, Frank Blackcloud, Deron Ward, Eddie Kapayou, Keith Davenport and Jon Papakee. Resignation is to be effective immediately
The tribal council stares at us with their cow eyes and cross their arms defensively.
Tribal members: We are unhappy with the tribal council's performance.
A tribal council member runs out of the meeting, clippety-clop...
Tribal Members: It's the sensible thing.
Tribal council member 1: Is this just about the money?
Tribal council member 2: (sputters) You're just a bunch of cynics!
Tribal Members: The Meskwaki people are not asking for retribution at this time. It would be in your best interest if you take our offer.
The tribal council sits in stoic silence.
Tribal council member 1: Uh we would like to discuss this further. Maybe if you all go home and sleep on it.
Tribal council member 2: Call Olson
Tribal Members: Don't fight this. Just walk away. Weren't you aware that lawyers are only in it for the money. The Tribe won't be able to afford your lawyers services unless they cut the percap completely.
Tribal council member 3: You mean he only pretended to be my friend because of my (clears throat) the Tribe's money?
Tribal Members: Yes
Tribal council member 4: Moo?
The tribal council member who ran out swaggers back in with Steve Olson trailing behind him.
SO: My clients don't need to be subjected to this abuse.
Tribal Members: We were your clients. We will no longer be requiring your services.
SO: I have a contract with the Tribe.
Tribal Members: The members of this Tribe are concerned that your actions taken during the 2003 takeover may have rendered any contracts with the Meskwaki Tribe null and void. Besides, why would you want to stick around and endure the wrath of natives who don't like to be taken advantage of? You are banned from the Meskwaki settlement. The tribal police have orders to take you off the Meskwaki settlement. Buh-bye.
Friday, May 15, 2009
2. Propane tanks were taken away
3. Electricity was shut off.
4. Cars were repossessed
5. Many can't afford house insurance and half was taken out of their percap payment.
6. Phone services were shut off.
7. People were forced to go to the food pantry
8. Bad credit
9. Percap was cut
10. Told lie after lie
11. The tribe's money was spent without the consent of the people.
Waniska nebwakaki- means something along the lines of their intentions are no good. (hard to translate to English)
*Former and current tribal council
Amazing the information you can get just by talking to the Meskwaki elders. I suggest you bring frybread or a pie to thank them for their time.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tribal council uses the Tribe's money to pay for their lawyers. Tribal council uses the lawyers AGAINST the tribal members. Tribal council employs these lawyers to get away with what they're doing to the Tribe. No good.
Children's trust funds. Could this be the next thing the tribal council takes from the Meskwaki people?
Should the tribal council have the power to revoke a child's trust fund and enforce the return of the trust fund to the tribe?
When a child dies, the money they are entitled to for a Children Trust Fund account will go to whoever inherits their estate (along with any assets belonging to the child). This is the child's personal representative, usually the child's parents- but could be the husband or wife if the young person was married. The money would then belong to the parent or spouse and he or she will need to declare it as part of their assets.
*This seems more appropriate.
Why were the children's trust funds discussed at length at the bank meeting? with a fair amount of drooling I might add.
Which tribal council revoked several children's trust funds and divvied up the money among themselves? Low.
Tribal council and their followers
Tribal council's lawyers
Money being pilfered into foreign bank accounts
If, certain people and the tribal council want the Meskwaki people to have NOTHING then the Tribe should pay for the basics:
Hand out daily food rations (loaf of bread per household and a sack of potatoes)
Sorry, folks. There will be no percap payments in this ideal future for the Tribe.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Will people listen and follow if you're a religious person? Will they believe in whatever you say? Is this power?
I, Jessrabbit, am a traditional(jackass) person. I've been told that I'm a jackass, but that I'm not a traditional person. (really) that was during 03' takeover. Besides what is a traditional person? Does attending clan doings make a person more traditional than those who don't? I refuse to attend clan doings because I don't respect nor do I care for the person that heads my clan.
As you know, the elected Tribal Council was presented with petitions requesting a recall election. Although the petitions were signed by more than the number of people required by the Tribal Constitution, the elcted tribal council has decided no to abide by the Constitution and has refused to schedule the recall elections. This refusal defies the will of the people and in the petitions that were submitted. Since then, even administrative verification, the petitions were declared null and void without merit by the former council.
We have no just Tribal court that can require the Tribal council to hold an election.
The Minneapolis Bureau of Indian Affairs has said that the Tribe should work out this problem internally. So the Tribe is faced with the question of what to do when elected tribal officials fail to meet their responsibilities, and defy the will of the people and the Tribal Constitution.
We believe that the only way to resolve this problem is to look at the Tribe's traditional ways. After much prayer and deliberation, our Jessrabbit Chieft concluded that, if the elected Tribal council was going to act lawlessly, refuse to do its duties, and refuse to subject itself to a vote of the people, then shed had to step forward in order to restore a responsible tribal government and bring peace to the Tribe.
The Chief Jessrabbit has chosen us to assume these responsibilities.
To further her decision she has appointed members of the Tribe to take over the duties of the Tribal council and work toward amending and updating the Tribal Constitution. From this, we will make it out goal to achieve what has prescribed.
The Tribe has established a tradition of democracy since it adopted its Constitution in 1937. It is unfortunate when elected officials choose to disrespect our Constitution. Had they followed their sworn oaths to office, none of this would have been necessary. But the council broke the law, and now our Jessrabbit leader has asked us to restore the tribal government. Therefore, we ask for your recognition and support. We also ask that you set aside your personal feelings about the Chief's selections. By working together, we can all make sure from on that the tribal governments serves the people, so that your voices are heard and acknowledged. Through your support we will also conduct an audit of how our tribal moneny is being spent. Together, we must all ensure that Tribal councils now and in the future are held accountable for their actions.
* chiefs rarely hold leadership positions in their own tribes.
Chief Jessrabbit appointed tribal council:
Jessica Rabbit- Me
Jessica Rabbit 2- clone
First Name Last Name- (comes from a big family- VOTES)
First Name Last Name- (sucker)
First Name Last Name- (VOTES)
First Name Last Name- (VOTES)
First Name Last Name- (sucker)
* gross misconduct or malfeasance
There's a petition going around to fire Larry Lasley.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
TRIBE HAS $177+ MILLION
THAT'S ENOUGH FOR 6 YEARS OF PERCAP
LIE$ & LIARS GIVE US BACK OUR PERCAP
2. Jeff Rasmussen
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
So, this means that the tribal council has to give the people back their $2,000 percap because that is the result of the referendum.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
2. Leo Dean Peters?
3. Elisabeth Roberts
4. Aaron Walker
5. Alex Walker
6. Lyle Walker
7. Donald Wanatee
8. Frank Wanatee
9. Priscilla Wanatee
They haven't received their percap since 05'. I believe they are still being fined an excessive $1,000 a day for not showing up to their hearings. They are believed to have information pertaining to the $400,000-$700,000 that was unaccounted for during the 03' takeover?! BS. June 24, 2003 two tribal members(not mentioned on the list above) withdrew $400,000 in cash from the Home Federal Bank. Date, names, signatures, and the amount they withdrew. I have this information and I will upload it soon. My scanner is on the blink.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
NO PERCAP PAYMENTS, NO JOBS, NO SETTLEMENT SCHOOL, NO WATER, NO SEWER, NO GARBAGE PICKUP, NO CHILDRENS TRUST FUNDS, NO FUTURE!!!
AN OPEN LETTER TO COMMUNITY
The elected tribal council betrayed our trust. Their arrogance blinded them. They ignored the concerns of the people and set themselves up to be rulers , rather than representatives. They ignored the will of the people and refused to honor recall petitions. They have rejected our proposal to have an election. They have ignored the will of the people.
No, if you do not make per capita payments, you do not need to submit a tribal revenue allocation plan.
Is the tribal council going to cut the people off completely? I believe they were going to until Calvin Johnson filed a lawsuit against the tribe about the percap last year. Don't bother getting your hopes up the lawsuit was dismissed.
Tribal council is hiding behind 290.9 How may a tribe use net gaming revenues if it does not have an approved tribal revenue allocation plan?
We need a tribal council who wants the tribal members to have percap.
2. "You're living way beyond your means."
3. "Go back to school, the tribe will pay for it."
4. "Get a job."
5. We're losing what is means to be a Meskwaki."
6. "We can have a community garden." We're cutting the percap and you will starve! followed by an evil cackle. I swear I could see green money signs in his eyes.
Get off my back and stop telling me how to live my life...
What is the "no good plan" or one member's vision for the tribe and being carried out by the current tribal council
2. Tribal police- to make sure nobody can do what they did in 03' takeover
3. Take away the percap from tribal members who have gone against them
4. Disenrollment- there's a list
5. Tribal bank- Tribal members won't know the true state of the tribe's finances.
6. Decrease percap to no more percap. Zero.
7. Out of state tribal members are slowly losing their tribal membership rights. Will they eventually be disenrolled?
Was cutting the percap a way to rein the people in? Are certain leaders hoping that if their "no good plan" is carried out successfully, the people will come flocking back to the clan houses? Is this really all about power, influence, and greed? You know some people are funny that way; they don't like OTHER people to have anything.
I wonder why they don't just get a dog to lord over and kick around. A certain breed of dog can provide great companionship and they will unconditionally love their masters. Dogs are loyal to their masters unlike the tribal members who no longer support you.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Vice Chairman: see Chairman
Treasurer: see Vice Chairman
Secretary: see Treasurer
Member: Eddie Kapayou Jr.
Member: Jon Papakee
Member: Adrian Pushentonequa
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
The tribal council has done this to our elders. Did you know that with a different tribal council this all wouldn’t be happening.
Motion made by Frank Black Cloud to approve the following FF & E high school bid packages; #2AV Equipment, #3 Server and Network, #4 Computers, and #7 B&G/Cust/ Trans/Maint. Which includes the walk off mats, for a total of $575,895.18. Second by Keith Davenport. Vote:5 yes, 0 no. Motion carried.
It’s a shame. The students that attend the high school should be getting the equivalent of a private school education. Unfortunately, they are getting just the opposite. A poor standard of education in a fancy new building.
The rumor is the lawyer who was representing the Lower Sioux tribe was run out of the reservation and banned indefinitely. Rumor is (gasp) that lawyer is now representing the Meskwaki tribe.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
2. Raise percap back to $2,000. I'm also in favor of back pay from 6/08. For the hard times that we've been put through and the fact that we have been lied to.
3. Give percap back to the people whose percap was witheld from them since 04' plus back pay.
4. Fire some people who have been there too long. Investigate them.
5. Conduct a forensic audit going back to 96'.
6. Scrap plans for bank. The majority of the tribe says NO!
7. Cease all unecessary projects.
8. Let the people own their houses.
9. Build houses for women.
10. Tribe's constitution needs to be revised.
11. Tribal court... yay or nay?
12. More of the casino's profits need to go to the tribal members. Let them add more money to the savings account. Just in case.
13. Get more funding from the state. It's a way of making the government honor the treaties.
14. I'm worried about the children's trust funds. Investigate?
15. Need to hire more natives from our tribe.
16. Pow-wow needs to go a budget.
17. Free turkeys for every household on Thanksgiving or was it Christmas?
Why does the tribal police get new vehicles while the tribal members' get repossessed?
Should those on the tribal council receive a salary? It's lot of responsibility and it will give them less reason to embezzle.
(a) The tribal revenue allocation plan in inadequate, particularly with respect to the requirements in 290. 12 and IGRA, and if you fail to bring it into compliance;
(b) The tribal revenue allocation plan is not adopted in accordance with applicable tribal law;
(c) The tribal revenue allocation plan does not include a reasonable justification for limiting per capita payments to certain groups or members; or
(d) The tribal revenue allocation plan violates the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1698, any other provision of Federal Law , or the United States ' trust obligations.
290.10 Is an Indian Tribe in violation of IGRA it it makes per capita payments to its members from net gaming revenues without an approved tribal RAP?
290.9 How may an Indian tribe use net gaming if it does not have an approved tribal revenue allocation plan?
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Why are rights being undermined?Gordon Miles-Davenport, Mililani, Hawaii
POSTED: March 26, 2009
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I am writing to voice concern over the recent happenings at the Meskwaki Settlement. As most may know, the tribal members met Feb. 27 and successfully passed a referendum. At a meeting Mar. 12 the tribal council overturned this referendum using a clause from the tribal constitution that doesn't apply to usage.
Regardless of the question posed by the referendum, this decision should alarm and certainly provide pause for thought to tribal members. Essentially and in reality, this action by the council attempts to negate any and all citizens' right for redress. In other words, "we know what is best." Referendum/recall is injected into many state constitutions and the charters of numerous municipalities. It is placed there to allow common citizens the ultimate say/voice in a direct legislative election process. For any government to reject any constitutionally allowed referendum shows arrogance and disregard to their constituency, not to mention the law.
The real questions are: Why would any constitution hold a clause such as referendum/recall if the elected officials can arbitrarily overturn the same? Answer: not possible. Unless stated otherwise, a referendum is binding. Simple.
Who thought up this crazy idea of using another clause from the same constitution to undermine the citizen's rights? Answer: I know that not all councilmen were part of this action. Ultimately, this action lies in the hands of a few. I suggest that tribal members seek to find out who the responsible party is and fire him. Do not allow "outsiders" or politically "unelectable" individuals to run roughshod over your rights. Do not risk that which is more important than money, your right to voice a concern, to elect, to accept or reject any action taken by your leaders.
As I said earlier, no matter the question on the referendum, this is about your rights. Do what you must to retain them, or they will be gone.
Chapter 1. In General
Sec. 10-6101. Grounds for Disenrollment
Any of the following may constitute grounds for disenrollment:
(a) A person found guilty by a court of law:
(4) More than one conviction for drug trafficking, manufacturing, or distribution.
(5) Treason against the Tribe or the United States
(b) A person was enrolled through error or fraud.
(c) A tribal member has resided away from the Meskwaki Settlement for a period of ten (10) years, and has not within that time signified to the tribal council his desire to continue Tribal Membership.
(d) A tribal member who is disenrolled for grounds stated in subsection (a) cannot be reenrolled unless exonerated by a court of the crime for which he or she was previously convicted.
Sec. 10-6102 Exclusive Procedure
(a) This Article shall be the exclusive means for Enrollment Committee and Tribal Council consideration of disenrollment matters.
(b) No action to disenroll a member shall be taken unless authorized by the Tribal Council.
October 08" Percap was cut down to $500 because the tribe was still broke. Tribe's Executive Director now makes more than $100,000 after a raise.
Feb. 09' Tribal council admits that the tribe has money. Explains that buying a $13 million bank would be profitable? I don't care for these games or liars.
This tribal council is treating its people as bad or even worse than the white people did our ancestors. At least they received blankets when they were cold(they were infected with small pox). But hey, that's better than the response the tribal council told its people during the especially cold winter of 08'. "Get a job." I think some members went to a church to ask for donations to pay their heating bill. Some just layered clothing and braved the cold of their homes.
This tribal council is as popular as Bush was in his second term in office.
Enough is enough
It's the last resort to go to court to block the bank. The only way to be heard by this tribal council is to take them to court. People have been voicing their opposition to the tribal council's actions and decisions. All efforts were to no avail. It's funny and sad that the people on the tribal council think they automatically have a higher intelligence than the tribal members. The bank isn't even on the settlement, it's like 22 minutes away. Not very convenient for the tribal members especially those that can't get around. I'm sort of worried too. Tribal bank and no paper trail . . . I'm not saying I don't trust natives, I just don't trust some of them. The children's trust funds are also losing money with all the bank hopping the tribe has been doing.
Isn't it illegal to skim the interest on children's trust funds as one previous tribal council was known to do. To fund their cause of________. $$$
A lot of tribal members have been forced to go on food stamps, energy assistance, and there's also mention of bringing back commods. Cars have been repossessed, bad credit runs rampant and some people have even filed for bankruptcy.
I miss the good ole days. When percap was at $3,000 an amount that was not too much or too little. The political drama was nonexistant and embezzling was kept at bay. Life was good. Dare I say carefree? Everyone was taken care of and bills were paid. People pursued an education, held down jobs or even both. I guess this situation has forced members to become more appreciative of the percap and even more selective in who they choose to vote for in the elections.
Fall 09' terms are up for four tribal council members.
Tama, Iowa (AP) 3-09
Some members of the Meskwaki Tribe are going to court to block the tribe from buying a Marshalltown bank.
Six tribal members filed a request for an injunction in Marshall County District Court to stop the deal with family-run Pinnacle Bank. They want to give more time to a pair of petitions circulating through the tribe calling for a public referendum on whether to buy the bank.
Attorney Darrell Meyer filed the motion, asking the court to delay the bank purchase until a referendum can be held.
Tribal leaders planned to start a new bank about two years ago but turned to Pinnacle Bank when it became available.
William and Marilyn Beohm purchased the bank in 1970 and remain the majority shareholders.
Tama, IA (AP) 3-09
Meskwaki members have rejected a tribal action that reduced their montly payment from tribal casino profits
The tribal council, which was already in place, was rejected Feb. 27 in a vote by the full settlement.
Last year, the council reduced the monthly payment from revenues from the Meskwaki Bingo-Casino-Hotel from $1,800 to $500 for adults, and from $500 to $125 for children.
Tribal elders said when they lowered the payments that increased gambling competition around the state and a nationwide economic downturn required the action.
Worst Tribal Council Ever
Enrolled Meskwaki tribal members living outside the state of Iowa are not eligible to vote in matters regarding the Meskwaki tribe. This includes elections, referendums, etc. The majority of the tribe's members live out of state. So, it's more like 300 concerned members who live on and around the settlement that are weary of the bs that the tribal council is putting them through. We have a lawyer representing the tribe that has a bad reputation in Indian Country, Steve Olson. Our tribe has a contract with his law firm and our tribe is giving him $750,000 a year for three years.
The tribal council completely disregards the tribal members' concerns, questions, and they don't inform the people of what they're doing until it has already been done. For example they bought a known flailing bank for $13 million! Just nine months after they told the tribal members that the tribe was broke and they were cutting the percap. They recently rejected a valid petition to recall two tribal members. One whose name can be found on Iowa's sex offender list and the other tribal council member who is currently facing charges of domestic abuse. After the percap was cut in June 2008, the tribal council also upped the prize money in our pow-wows. It makes sense since the chairman and other tribal council member are known to hit the pow-wow trail hard. Amid times of financial crisis this is a bit odd and makes the actions of the tribal council sketchy and low.
The tribal elders even went to the tribal council and pleaded for the tribal council to give the elders an increase in percap due to the fact that they in poor health, can't get jobs, can't pay their bills. They were denied any help. So, tribal members have to look outside of the tribe for help. The tribal council is acting like the tribe's casino profits belongs to them. When the money is supposed to go back to tribe and tribal members. A tribal council is supposed to take care of the people and act in the best interest of the tribe. They aren't doing anything for the people. Building a lot of fancy, expensive buildings isn't going to help the people at all. The tribal council is intent on building a legacy(buildings) at the expense of the people.
I honestly don't know what's wrong with the tribal council. If, they are ill advised or just no good. Apparently, there's going to be petitions to recall the whole tribal council. Good riddance!
I heard that the Lower Sioux Tribe of Morton,MN went through a similiar situation. Is there anyone from the Lower Sioux Indian Tribe who can give us some info on what more our tribe can do to resolve this problem?