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Erik Hanson

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The executive office of the White House is developing yet another strong arm of the federal government and this time, it may carry enough political correctness to rally the liberals and split the patriots. In an ingenious series of expansion of powers, the feds have been systematically empowering tribal councils and tribal police across the western United States. Most patriots are already aware that most every department in the executive branch has been getting armed to the teeth over the last couple years, including the Postal Service, Department of Education and the Internal Revenue Service, but this development could trump all the others.



Why, you ask? Because the face of this newest push to steal your land and water rights will not be some jackbooted thugs from some government agency -- like in Grant County, Nevada -- but the faces of Native Americans that “had their lands stolen from them”. Attached to this movement will be the standard sense of entitlement that we are used to, but also the “shame and guilt” that they believe we should bear because of wrongs and perceived wrongs that were done to them through the glories of rewritten history. The race card has been highly effective in the past, and, while it may not have the social impact it used to for those bastardizing the African-American segment of our population, it has not been put to use much for Native Americans yet. That is all about to change.



Unfortunately, the people who will draw the short stick on this are the Native Americans. Most of them, like us, just want to be left alone and live their lives, but the Federal government is making sweet promises that tribal councils are having a tough time turning down: more power, more authority, more money, more control—or so they think. In the end, they are nothing but a tool, and they will be taught the same lesson their ancestors were taught: the U.S. Government is not to be trusted, and promises made on paper are meaningless. After all, they were the first people of this land told to turn in their guns.



So, let’s look at what is going on. In northern Idaho, the Coeur d’Alene tribe has applied for not only the water rights for the water on their grounds, but also all water that flows into “their” lake. This means they could gain control of all water in northern Idaho and a good deal of western Montana and eastern Washington. Don’t think it can’t happen; most residents in northern Idaho who applied for their water rights three years ago just recently received a letter from the State that their rights have been denied. They could appeal to the courts if they wished. Add to this the claim that all wildlife that use these waters also belong to the tribe, and now the tribal council that was set up by executive order will be telling the citizens of Idaho if they can hunt or not and make us subject to regulation and inspection.



You might think it would be a joke if a tribal officer comes onto your property and wants to inspect your well and buildings within a given range of water, but letters have been going out to sheriff’s offices across the western states from the U.S. Department of Justice via the district offices of the given states that local tribal authorities have been certified and given authority to act as federal agents.



From Wendy J. Olson, U.S. Attorney, to Sheriff Dave Resser:


“I am writing to let you know that the Central Violations Bureau (CVB) Docket for the Coeur d’Alene Reservation will soon be in operation. Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale signed the general order authorizing the docket earlier this month. The Coeur d’Alene Reservation CVB docket is an important step in improving public safety in Indian Country. Through the Central Violation Bureau program, Coeur d’Alene tribal law enforcement officers who have received their Special Law Enforcement Commission (SLEC) from the Bureau of Indian Affairs will be able to issue citations for a specific set of federal misdemeanor violations ON or AFFECTING the Coeur d’Alene Reservation. These violations will be enforceable in federal court in the same way the CVB violation notices by BLM and Forest Service law enforcement officers are enforced in federal court. A similar docket is being implemented for the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in southeast Idaho and for the Nez Perce Reservation in central Idaho. “



Amongst this list of federal misdemeanors is simple assault, injuring trees on tribal land, and damage, alteration or defacement of any archeological resource located on public land, tribal land, or Indian allotment. This directly violates the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Oliphant v. Suquamish Indian Tribe that declared that tribes do not have the authority to exercise authority over non-tribal members. Now, with the additional provision outlined in this letter, violations only need to affect the reservations. This greatly broadens the ability to interpret the scope of enforcement to just about anyone in the state.



Add to this that that the U.S. Department of Justice, last February, has already given three tribes the ability to prosecute non-tribal members in tribal court, effectively turning tribal councils into federal courts. Other tribes will also be able to execute this power in March of next year. This program was supposed to be limited to trying cases of domestic violence, but with these new powers of arrest being vested to the tribes, the power to prosecute has already been expanded even before it was given.



These developments are happening at frightening speeds. Federal Authorities have figured out how to easily circumnavigate the states in implementing laws and restricting freedoms of the citizens of the states. This is not something that may happen; it has already occurred. Once the tribal police become certified as federal officers, they can investigate anything that they say affects the tribe. If they win all the water rights they seek, we might find the EPA a more reasonable agency with which to deal.



This is the new arm of our Federal government. They may be pawns, but any concerted effort to stop them will result in slandering remarks about racism and “reminders” that they owned the land first. Add to this that National Forest Service is contemplating shutting down certain sections of public lands to human traffic, and the western states may soon become a very inhospitable place to live. Prepare yourself and prepare your community.

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