LDF members (8) speak out about community conflict

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By Nick Vander Puy
Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin (SBN/NFIC)

Virginia Chosa

During late March members of the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa locked themselves in a tribal center for at least 14 hours, refusing to come out until federal officials agreed to investigate allegations of corruption among tribal leaders. Protesters then kindled a fire across from the LDF casino to continue to bring attention to their allegations of financial mismanagement.

U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. attorney’s office agreed to look into the complaints.

Tribal Vice President Dee Mayo said she welcomed the scrutiny, promising no money was missing and all the tribe’s spending was properly approved according to the Associated Press.

Across the street from the LDF tribal offices there now stands a lodge and camp that tribal authorities authorized police to remove from tribal property across from the casino. On April 28th the LDF tribal council passed a resolution to remove the structure because of health and safety reasons and complaints of use of alcohol and loud drumming.

At the end of the day, and after ceremonies the lodge remained standing and the fire was kept burning.

Lac du Flambeau tribal council member Geraldine "Weeders" Brown spoke about the council action against the lodge and fire which she said violated health and safety standards. (Click audio file below to hear Geraldine Brown: Violations of LDF Ordinances and Laws)

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Provided here are several video/audio interviews by Nick Vander Puy in which various LDF members speak out about the protest from their respective positions.

Tom Maulson, It's Happening All Over Indian Country

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Wally LaBarge, Protesters are Desecrating Our Lands.

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Virginia Chosa, Concern About Investments.

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Brandon Thoms, People Are Supporting Us.

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Bobby Williams, The Meaning of the Fire.

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Paco Fralick, Dishonesty in Government.

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Betty Jack, Open Your Eyes and Ears.

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On The Net: www.ginew.org

Link to video of the fire being extinguished

Link to audio interview with LDF elders Goldie Larson & Mike Chosa

Link to Chippewa grandmothers write about arrest at LDF occupation

Link to Associated Press story: Standoff at Lac du Flambeau reservation ends peaceful

Nick Vander Puy can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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