CAMP JUSTICE update 02/22/2000

Subject: [Camp_Justice] <<<<CAMP JUSTICE>>>> 02/22/2000
Tue, 22 Feb 2000 20:57:49 -0500
From: Mike Wicks <>
Organization: American Indian Cultural Support
To: Camp_Justice <>

From: Mike Wicks <>

Date: February 22, 2000
From: Camp Justice, Organizers, Leaders and Supporters of: "Camp Justice" and The "March for Justice" to White Clay, Nebraska
Contact: Tom Poor Bear, Camp Justice Leader, Sergeant at Arms, or Tom Clifford
"Serving the Oglala Lakota Oyate" 605-867-5821 or 605-462-6302 Camp Justice, c/o Tom Poor Bear, P.O. Box 823, Pine Ridge SD 57770
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Camp Justice Spokesperson walks out of FBI update meeting and met with Rushville City Council

February 12th marked the 35th week of "March for Justice" to White Clay, Nebraska and the establishment of Camp Justice. We are still waiting for many answers, written responses and actions we have requested from officials.

On February 10th Camp Justice and supporters filed and sent the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission letters of protest for granting liquor licenses to White Clay, Nebraska businesses. We were not allowed to file the complaint in Rushville, as the Court Clerk stated that she did not know how we would do that, so we had no alternative but to file the protest letter as instructed by Forest Chapman, Director of the commissions complaint department, with the County Clerk on Friday. Mr. Chapman assured us, that the official letters of protest would be noted as filed before deadline, because we were prevented from filing on the deadline.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs, nor Tribal Government officials, have still not stepped forward to guide us through the legal and financial process of protecting our lands or us, or on these most important issues. Camp Justice will be addressing our issues on this Friday at the Council meeting in Kyle SD. Many supporters have committed to attend.

Camp Justice met with the Rushville City Council to discuss the Protest Letters against the commission decision, as they are instrumental in granting the licenses. We wait to see how they deal with the issues.

On Wednesday, February 9th at 10:00 am the Walk for Justice, Walk for Treaty Rights, Walk for Sovereignty and Walk for Freedom to White Clay, Nebraska protesting the issuing of Liquor Licenses to White Clay businesses, was well attended. Airplanes flew overhead while 12 State patrol cars emerged on the area.

Sheridan County Judge Charles Plantz, is presiding over the hearing of our nine warriors who were arrested for trespassing. These warriors acted in sovereignty on behalf of the Lakota Oyate by crossing through Law enforcement lines to enter White Clay, Nebraska, per agreement with officials beforehand. White Clay legally belongs to the Lakota. Contrary to media reports, our legal representative stated on Friday the 18th, that Judge Plantz has not answered or filed an official ruling pertaining to the protests and arrests.

The area known as the White Clay Extension to the homelands of the Oglala Lakota has been long established as part of our territory, which President Chester A. Arthur, on January 24, 1882, issued an Executive Order to protect Native Americans from traveling the short distance to sell and barter goods for alcohol. Two subsequent Executive Orders relating to White Clay were issued by President Roosevelt, on January 25, 1904 and February 20, 1904. Nothing can change an Executive Order without an Act of U.S. Congress as stated in the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887.

On Thursday, February 10th, at 11:00 am, FBI officials met with the families of Wally Black Elk and Ron Hard Heart, our two Lakota brothers who were found dead, brutally beaten and mutilated a few feet from the Nebraska/South Dakota border on June 8th, 1999. It was in their honor, and because of all the other unsolved murders and injustices against our people, that Camp Justice and the March for Justice to White Clay, Nebraska was established.

During the FBI update meeting, Chip Burrows, Jr. stated that Attorney General Janet Reno told the FBI that she wanted this case to be solved, and wanted them to do anything to get it solved. Tom Poor Bear, Camp Justice Spokesperson asked the FBI if they judged their progress in the case as a scale from 0 to 10, where would they be today. They said they could not do that, offered more excuses, no explanations, in Tom's opinion, so Tom stood, proudly disgusted, and left the room. Many supporters still feel there is a cover-up and attempts to hide information.

At "The Nebraskans for Peace" annual conference held in Lincoln, Nebraska, on February 12. At a workshop entitled "The Sovereignty Issue at White Clay" Tom Poor Bear was the speaker/facilitator. Tom also spoke to students and staff of the University of Nebraska. He spoke of the formation of the events which led to the establishment of Camp Justice and the marches, specifically speaking to why liquor sales in White Clay relates to the sovereignty issue.

Reports we have been receiving from supporters who attended the events are that Tom was well received, and the questions from the audience were serious and genuine. He was relieved to see familiar faces of supporters, and we wish to thank all our supporters for all they have helped us accomplish.

The "What You Can Do To Assist Camp Justice" letter (attached) was eagerly received, as well as copies of our press releases and protest letters.

On February 26, 2000: the 27th Annual Wounded Knee Memorial Walk for Unity. 1890---1973, A Four Direction walk into Pine Ridge, South Dakota and a walk for Justice from there into White Clay, NB will be held. Supper and a Pow-Wow at the Billy Mill's Hall in Pine Ridge will follow.

Members of Camp Justice are still assisting with security and supplies to help and protect the Sacred Canupa and protestors occupying the Red Cloud Building.

What You Can Do to Assist Camp Justice (print friendly page)

1. Utilize the letters of protest to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission to formulate your letter of protest. Send to the Nebraska Liquor Control Commission, Nebraska State Senators, Nebraska State House of Representatives, Governor of Nebraska, and officials and individuals nationwide.

2. Organize your group to assist Camp Justice in launching a national media campaign.

3. Organize your group to assist Camp Justice in bringing in national human and civil rights leaders and organizations from across the country to travel to Pine Ridge, SD and join the March for Justice to White Clay, NB. The march is held every Saturday Morning and other occasions when announced, beginning at the Billy Mill's Hall - (located across the street from Big Bat's) in Pine Ridge, SD.

4. Monetary donations that will assist Camp Justice with xeroxing, postage, wood, travel, legal and phone expenses, including calling cards.

5. Food and camp supplies to assist those maintaining Camp Justice. Help with feeding people in need as well as visitors and supporters. Help keep Camp Justice Strong.

6. Subscribe to Camp Justice e-mail Network:
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Visit Web Site Write letter of support to Camp Justice.
Camp Justice                                    Camp Justice
c/o Tom Poor Bear                           c/o Fay Cedar Face
P.O. Box 823                                   200 Eastridge Rd
Pine Ridge, South Dakota 57770       Pine Ridge, SD 57770

We will all continue to stand united and strong in our efforts to obtain the accountability and justice our nation deserves and expects.

In the Spirit of Human & Civil Justice,

Tom Poor Bear, Spokesperson, Camp Justice
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Written and Presented on behalf of: Camp Justice Organizers, Volunteers and millions of Supporters protecting the Lakota Nation.

Camp Justice & March for Justice Organizers:
Spokesperson: Tom Poor Bear. Asst. Spokesperson: Tom Clifford,
Elder Spokespersons: Chief Oliver Red Cloud, Johnson Holy Rock,
Legal Spokesperson: Jerry Matthews, NSBA, 155517, Other Organizers:
Loren Black Elk, Ben Black Elk, Wayne Black Elk, Reggie & Faye Cedar Face,
Ede Sherman, Dave Clifford, June Little, Alberta Black Bear, Chaz Little Bear,
Moses Thunder Hawk, Lloyd Fire Thunder, Billy & Rose Beane, Robin Mesteth,
Webster Poor Bear, Tony Brave, Lyman Red Cloud, Guy George Janis,
Tuck LeBeau, Steve Little Sky, Vicky Thunder Hawk, Gary Moore, Sandra Matchen,
Mike Wicks, Kathy Morning Star, Natasha Laflin and AIM leaders: AIM Arizona,
Clyde Bellecourt, Vernon Bellecourt and Dennis Banks.

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