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TRIBAL JUSTICE NEWS - July 26, 2013

Public Safety Initiatives and Special Announcements

Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and Civil Rights Division Indian Working Group Create Communication Bridge (Washington, D.C.)

On July 15, 2013 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was established between the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division Indian Working Group (IWG). The MOU will create a communication process that will ensure that civil rights violations are brought to the IWG when the civil rights of a member of the Navajo Nation is violated. The MOU promotes and encourages enforcement of federal civil rights laws by increasing communication between the Commission and IWG. The MOU outlines procedures and provides guidance to the Commission and IWG in sharing information about civil rights issues affecting citizens of the Navajo Nation.

“This MOU between the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission and the Indian Working Group establishes a strong mechanism to assist the Civil Rights Division to address civil rights issues involving citizens of the Navajo Nation,” said Eve Hill, Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights. “For far too long Native Americans have experienced discrimination and injustice, and the federal government can and must stop such discrimination.”

• More information: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/July/13-crt-792.html

Justice Department Announces Open Solicitation for National and Regional Tribal Organizations - Attorney General's American Indian/Alaska Native Task Force on Children Exposed To Violence

This solicitation from the Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will support an organization that will (1) assist the Attorney General's Task Force on American Indian/Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence (AI/AN Task Force) to conduct public hearings and listening sessions in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities to help the AI/AN Task Force gain a fuller understanding of the issues surrounding AI/AN children's exposure to violence, (2) provide primary technical writing services for the final report from which the AI/AN Task Force may draw specific policy recommendations, and (3) provide all necessary support for the AI/AN Task Force and the public hearings.

The deadline to apply for funding under this announcement is 11:59 p.m. eastern time on July 29, 2013.

Read the solicitation: http://www.ojjdp.gov/funding/FundingDetail.asp?fi=316

Questions regarding this announcement should be directed to the contact information listed in the solicitation.

Significant Criminal Prosecutions

ARIZONA

Peach Springs Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuse of a Minor (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona)

On July 22, 2013, U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced that Terry Harris Lee, of Peach Springs, Ariz. and an enrolled member of the Hualapai Nation Indian Tribe, was sentenced to 180 months in federal prison, followed by a term of lifetime supervised release. Lee pleaded guilty on May 2, 2013 to sexual abuse of a minor in 2012.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/press_releases/2013/PR_07232013_Lee.html

Camp Verde Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Violent Assault (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona)

On July 17, 2013, U.S. Attorney John S. Leonardo announced that Rosalio Perez Gutierrez, Jr., of Camp Verde, Ariz., was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty on May 6, 2013 to the charge of kidnapping. On March 26, 2012, Gutierrez chased after another man and wrestled him to the ground. The victim sustained serious and life threatening injuries as a result of the assault. The kidnapping and related attack occurred on the Yavapai Apache Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/az/press_releases/2013/PR_07192013_Gutierrez.html

CONNECTICUT

Jury Finds Former Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Guilty of Embezzlement (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Connecticut)

On July 24, 2013, Acting U.S. Attorney Deirdre M. Daly announced that a federal jury in New Haven found Michael Thomas, the former Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, guilty of embezzling from the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal nation. The jury found Thomas guilty of one count of theft from an Indian tribal organization and two counts of theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funds. Thomas faces a maximum term of 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $750,000. Thomas also faces forfeiture of $102,393.34 and two personal computers. His hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2013.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/ct/Press2013/20130724-2.html

MINNESOTA

Red Lake Woman Charged With Murder (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Minnesota)

On July 15, 2013, U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones announced that Alison Ann Brown, a Red Lake woman, was charged via a criminal complaint with one count of the murder of Bryan James Lussier. Brown was arrested and remains in custody. According to an affidavit, witnesses told officers that Brown and Lussier got into an argument, and Brown stabbed Lussier with a kitchen knife. Brown fled the scene on foot. If convicted, Brown faces a potential maximum penalty of life in prison.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mn/alisonbrowncharged.html

MONTANA

Crow Agency Resident Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana)

On July 24, 2013, U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that Mary Agnes Leider, a resident of Crow Agency, Mont. and an enrolled member of the Crow Tribe of Indians, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the death of a three year-old child. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 22, 2013 and she is currently detained. The probable cause of death of the victim was determined to be severe head injuries caused when thrown from a moving motor vehicle. The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation. Leider faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and 5 years supervised release.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/index.html

Lame Deer Man Pleads Guilty to Attempted Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana)

On July 23, 2013, U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that Joseph Daniel Bahr, Jr., a resident of Lame Deer, Mont. and an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, pleaded guilty to attempted sexual abuse. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 23, 2013 and he is currently detained. Bahr faces possible penalties of life in prison, a $250,000 fine and lifetime supervision.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20130723132944.html

Chippewa Cree Tribe Member Pleads Guilty to Assault (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Montana)

On July 17, 2013, U.S. Attorney Michael W. Cotter announced that Martha Mae Mitchell, a resident of Box Elder, Mont. and an enrolled member of the Chippewa Cree Tribe, pleaded guilty to assault resulting in serious bodily injury. On Jan. 23, 2013, Mitchell became frustrated when a 9-month-old child would not stop crying. Mitchell twisted the baby’s legs and both arms causing injuries to them. The crime occurred within the exterior boundaries of the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation. Sentencing has been set for Oct. 22, 2013 and she is currently detained.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/mt/pressreleases/20130717095617.html

NEW MEXICO

Alamo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Assault Charge (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico)

On July 25, 2013, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Prescott Apachito, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Alamo, N.M., pleaded guilty to a federal assault charge under a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Apachito was arrested on Feb. 11, 2013 based on a criminal complaint charging him with assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm. Apachito has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled. At sentencing, Apachito faces a maximum penalty of ten years in prison followed by a term of supervised release to be determined by the court.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/press-releases/2013/July/238%20-%202013-07-25_apachito_pr.html

Mescalero Apache Man Sentenced to 37 Months in Federal Prison for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico)

On July 24, 2013, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Gary Raymond Ahidley, a member and resident of the Mescalero Apache Nation, was sentenced to 37 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Ahidley pleaded guilty on April 11, 2013 to unlawfully possessing a firearm in Nov. 2010 in Otero County, N.M and was prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition because he previously had been convicted on federal assault charges in Feb. 2007. During his plea hearing, Ahidley admitted possessing a Luger 9 mm handgun in Nov. 2010.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/press-releases/2013/July/2013-07-24_ahidley_pr.html

Federal Jury Finds Shiprock Man Guilty on Multiple Charges (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of New Mexico)

On July 11, 2013, U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales announced that Clay O’Brien Mann, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, N.M., was found guilty on involuntary manslaughter, assault and firearms charges. Mann was arrested in July 2010, on a criminal complaint alleging that he killed a Navajo man and assaulted another Navajo man and a Navajo woman with a dangerous weapon on the Navajo Indian Reservation on July 24, 2010. Mann has been in federal custody since his arrest and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nm/press-releases/2013/July/218-130711%20Williams%20Assault%20Plea.html

NORTH DAKOTA

Belcourt Man Sentenced for Sexual Abuse (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of North Dakota0

On July 19, 2013, U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that Nodin J. Azure, of Belcourt, N.D., was sentenced to five years’ and 10 months’ imprisonment to be followed by five years of supervised release on a charge of sexual abuse. Azure pleaded guilty to the charge on Jan. 23, 2013. He was also ordered to pay a $100 special assessment, pay restitution in the amount of $3,136.41 and was ordered to register as a sex offender. On May 24, 2011, Azure went into a bedroom where a woman was sleeping and proceeded to have sexual intercourse with her. This offense occurred on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/news/2013/07-19-13-Nodin%20Azure%20Sentenced.html

Fort Yates Man Sentenced for Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of North Dakota)

On July 18, 2013, U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that Duane Kidder, of Fort Yates, N.D., was sentenced on two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon. Kidder pleaded guilty to the charges on April 11, 2013. On Jan. 16, 2012, Kidder assisted co-defendant Lionel Jewett in assaulting a woman in Fort Yates. Jewett assaulted the woman by using a garden hoe and a fence post pounder. Jewett pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2012. In a separate incident, on Jan. 30, 2013, Kidder assaulted a woman by kicking her in the face with his foot while he was wearing shoes.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/news/2013/07-19-13-Kidder%20Sentenced.html

St. Michael Woman Pleads Guilty to Felony Child Abuse and Witness Tampering (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of North Dakota)

On July 15, 2013, U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that Hope Louise Tomahawk Whiteshield, of St. Michael, N.D., pleaded guilty to one charge of felony child abuse, which caused the death of a young child, and one charge of witness tampering. The incidents occurred in June 2013 on the Spirit Lake Indian reservation and each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years’ imprisonment. Under the terms of the Plea Agreement, the United States will be recommending a total sentence of 30 years in prison on the two felony charges and the defendant has agreed not to seek a sentence of less than 25 years imprisonment.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/news/2013/07-15-13-Whiteshield%20Pleads.html

Tokio Man Pleads Guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of North Dakota)

On July 15, 2013, U.S. Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced that Jerome Louis Blackbird, Jr. of Tokio, N.D., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Erickson to a charge of abusive sexual contact. Blackbird, Jr. pleaded guilty to engaging in sexual contact with a minor female child. The incidents occurred between 2007 through 2009 on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation. The charge of abusive sexual contact carries a statutory maximum penalty of four years’ imprisonment.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/nd/news/2013/07-15-13-Blackbird%20Pleads.html

SOUTH DAKOTA

Blackfoot Man Pleads Guilty to Abusive Sexual Contact With a Child (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota)

On July 25, 2013, U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Ta-Sunka-Hinz Thunder Hawk, of Blackfoot, S.D., pleaded guilty to an indictment that charged him with Abusive Sexual Contact with a Child. The conviction stems from an incident in March 2013 when Thunder Hawk had sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 at a residence near Blackfoot. The maximum penalty upon conviction is life in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both; and a period of supervised release of at least five years up to life.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/Pierre-2013-07-25-Thunder%20Hawk%202.html

Oglala Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting a Woman (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota)

On July 23, 2013, U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Billy Bores a Hole, of Oglala, S.D., pleaded guilty to a charge of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon. In March 2013, Bores a Hole assaulted a woman by kicking her and stabbing her repeatedly, causing life-threatening injuries. The maximum penalty upon convictions is 10 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2013-07-23-Bores%20a%20Hole.html

Wanblee Man Indicted on 15 Counts of Sexual Abuse and Intimidation (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota)

On July 16, 2013, U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced that Charles Chipps, of Wanblee, S.D., was indicted for allegedly sexually abusing and intimidating victims between 2006 and 2010. Chipps was indicted on June 18, 2013 for seven counts of Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Minor, three counts of Abusive Sexual Contact of a Minor, three counts of Aggravated Incest, and two counts of Witness Intimidation. Chipps faces a mandatory minimum of 30 years in prison up to a maximum of life in prison upon conviction and a $250,000 fine.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/sd/pressreleases/RC-2013-07-16-Chipps.html

WYOMING

Utah Woman Charged with Assault Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Wyoming)

On July 16, 2013, U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that on May 23, 2013, Tahlene Shaw Serawop, a Ute Tribal Member, was charged in an indictment with one count of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. The charge against Serawop stemmed from an incident that occurred on Dec. 20, 2012 on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/news/2013/07jul/13-050_jul16.html

Northern Arapaho Man Charged with Assault with a Dangerous Weapon with Intent to do Bodily Harm and Second Degree Murder (U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Wyoming)

On July 10, 2013, U.S. Attorney Christopher A. Crofts announced that Dean Moss, an enrolled Northern Arapaho man from Arapahoe, Wyo., appeared in Federal Court on charges of assault with a dangerous weapon with intent to do bodily harm and second degree murder. The charges stem from a stabbing which occurred on June 9, 2013, in the Great Plains Housing Area on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

http://www.justice.gov/usao/wy/news.html

 

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