CALL TO ACTION INFORMATION

The Voice of the San Carlos Apache People April 18, 1998

Updates for the month of December
Updates for December 21, 1998
Updates for December 28, 1998

Call to Action reaffirms their position to continue to exercise their rights of freedom of speech, freedom to assemble and associate and all other rights afforded them. We affirm a stance that emphasizes no threats, no violence and peaceful assemblies.


BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATED
Tribal members are fired, threatened or charged for exercising their rights

POLICE BRUTALITY
No laws violated by people, all incidents instigated by police.

TRIBAL COUNCIL ACTIONS

Tribal Council holds secret and illegal meetings, resolutions passed and presented with no
minutes or tapes of meetings.


TRIBAL PROSECUTOR FAILS TO BRING CHARGES

People file charges against police chief, and police for assault charges.
No charges filed to date by tribal prosecutor.


TRIBAL JUDGE SINGLES OUT CALL TO ACTION MEMBERS

Members of Call to Action have false charges and bail doubled, one individual held without bail pending prosecutor recommendation, had to spend 3 days before being released.


TRIBAL CHAIRMAN REMOVED

Resolutions passed to relieve Chairman of Administrative duties, most recent to remove chairman from the Council and request him to turn in all property and vehicle. Chairman escorted by police out of his office.


GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONTACTED

Call to Action have contacted agencies and elected Representatives to call for investigation on turmoil in San Carlos.


WHAT IS THE TRIBAL COUNCIL TRYING TO COVER UP?

Speculation surrounding the events are the 8.6 million dollar deficit and also the mineral rights of the Tribe. Tribal Council's open checkbook of Tribal funds, and lack of concern regarding charges of criminal activity by current Tribal Council and Vice Chairman have tribal members in uproar. To look the other way is to condone the actions.


Call to Action calls on all Indian People across the Country to join in the struggle of stamping out corrupt government systems and ensure basic civil rights of all Indian People, on behalf of our elderly, youth and spiritual leaders throughout the Indian nations.


CALL TO ACTION BEGAN THEIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST CORRUPTION ON MARCH 17TH BEGINNING WITH AN EMPLOYEE WALKOUT. MARCH 19TH WAS DECLARED INDEPENDENCE DAY - FROM THIS DAY FORWARD WE WILL NOT ALLOW OUR LEADERS TO OPPRESS OUR PEOPLE.


EVERY DAY SINCE THEN, THE PEOPLE HAVE GATHERED AND REAFFIRMED THAT WE WILL NOT STOP UNTIL A GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE IS PUT IN PLACE AND ACTIONS AGAINST THE PEOPLE BY THIS COUNCIL ARE ACCOUNTED FOR


AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT, (AIM) have come to the call of the People. AIM has a moral obligation to protect children and elders and have come out as security for our people in efforts to denounce corruption. AIM has empowered the Apache people and brought with them their force of weapons that consist of intellect and technology. AIM has provided world wide resources and stand by the People as witnesses to the abuse. AIM have been invited guest of the Apaches, yet the Council have attempted to escort them off the reservation in efforts to stop the peoples protests.


BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATED
As individuals exercise rights afforded in the Tribal Constitution and Indian Civil Rights Acts, Tribal Council have taken action to quash any involvement of Call to Action and going so far as passing resolutions that interfere with civil rights, deeming assemblies in front of Tribal Council headquarters to be disorderly conduct. Three leaders of Call to Action have been charged with up to five counts of disorderly conduct for making speeches in front lawn of the council hall. Tribal members associated with Call to Action have been fired from their jobs or intimidated by Tribal Council members. Freedom of Speech is denied, no protection is provided to ensure the civil rights of all members. The safety of members of Call to Action are now in question. Clearly the Tribal Police are not protecting the People and enforcing the laws. The Tribal Council and the abuse of the San Carlos Police Department against their own Tribal Members is a national disgrace to Police around the Country.


POLICE BRUTALITY
Innocent People have been charged with crimes they did not commit. Some tribal members had to flee the reservation for their own protection, from the abuse and threats made by Tribal Council members. Lives of members have been torn apart because of their association with Call to Action.


TRIBAL COUNCIL ACTIONS

The Vice Chairman and District Council have since March 19th, been holding secret meetings. No posting of meetings, no Tribal Secretary, no minutes and no tapes of these meetings are available to the public. The Tribal Council has called in backup units from reservations throughout Arizona and New Mexico including the County Sherif Dept with their canine units to monitor the activities of Call to Action. Council have abused the expenditures from the Casino, reserving rooms for incoming officers and free meals for all police officers. The financial structure of our Tribe has been dismantled and all checks & balances removed.


TRIBAL JUDGE SINGLES OUT CALL TO ACTION MEMBERS
Up to 14 individuals have had warrants for their arrest for charges of disorderly conduct, trespassing, malicious mischief, assault & battery. All charges are false and an attempt to make Call to Action appear the criminals. The Judge ordered bail doubled for some individuals that were associated with Call to Action. Call to Action has raised approximately $2,500 in bail money within the past month. Call to Action is requesting an investigation for these flagrant charges and abuse of power on innocent people.


TRIBAL CHAIRMAN REMOVED
The Tribal Council have enacted their own rules to remove the Chairman from office. Violations of the Constitution on removal process and other actions are questioned.


GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONTACTED
The People have called upon the BIA, FBI and US Attorney General's office to step in on behalf of the people. The US Government has a moral obligation to Indian People to ensure civil rights are not violated, responds are they cannot intercede unless a major crimes act has occurred. Indian People must not accept this lame excuse and wait for a major crime to be committed. We ask for Worldwide resources to ensure the freedom of our People.


Tribal Governments across the Country are dealing with and facing accountability charges by their people. As Apaches, we believe that all people are created equally and should be treated as equals, we recognize the Apaches were the last to surrender and vow that we will be the first to stand up.


As with all Indian nations, we recognize that:

Apache is not just a name, it is a way of life and we will do all we can to preserve it.


For more information contact: Brenda Victor or Gail Haozous (520)475-2743

THE CTA web page with photographs!

You can also E-mail Call to Action at: azperidot@gila.net