The Story of Eddie Peltier's Murder
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It is said that when an Indian is murdered, his spirit is “restless” and cannot continue his journey until the murderer or murders are brought to justice. If that is so, the Spirit of Eddie Peltier has been stirring for a long time.
IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS
Others, who stood around and watched, did nothing and said nothing, thought they would be in the clear. But Eddie got a piece of them too.
This story will tell you what happened and how it happened. You will learn the dynamics of life on the Spirit Lake Reservation, "The Rez", and how those who perpetrated this evil, and those who helped them, are walking around, terrorizing their community, and living in fear and mistrust of one another.
It is a sordid, ugly tale. And it is all true. And while you are cringing at some of the details, know this one thing for true: This is NOT the only place this is happening. You can place this evil and these cowards and the few good and courageous people who defy them, on just about any reservation in America.
And, if you think it doesn't affect you, think again. This evil is not contained, but rather because it is so protected by a government that looks the other way and squelches anyone that dares to stand up, this evil emanates, contaminates us all. If we are to save ourselves, we dare not continue to look away. Further, we must act.
This and other versions of their stories have alibi problems: The Wedding Party was the previous Friday and the party had completely ended at noon, Saturday.
Another BIG problem is that Roger had been, until approximately 1:30 AM, locked up in the Tribal Jail on the Rez. Locked up for drunk and disorderly. It is a matter of record. It is a rule that once a drunk is jailed, they are NOT released until 8 AM the following day, so they can sober up.
James made a special trip, used the power of his badge to force the early release of his brother Roger. So, apparently, they were never near St. Michaels that early morning, nor the previous night.
Eddie was the first casualty of that morning, the Truth was next and continues to this day, to be hidden.
Several people claimed to have heard and one person came forward to state that she heard a woman screaming: “Stop hitting him James! You’ve already killed him!” coming from inside Celeste Hermann's residence in the early morning hours. The statements were never checked out. People were told to never speak of it again. But they did.
How all this came into being will be revealed along the way. There will be some high profile types with blood on their hands. Some you have heard about, and others still under their rocks, squirming anytime one is turned over and the stink of their lives rises to a point not easily ignored.
No one wants to touch it, it is that bad. No one wants to tell it because they are afraid of reprisals, and with good reason: Eddie was not the first, nor the last to be done away with so business as usual could continue in Indian Country.
Indian Country, where everyone goes by two or more names, families with control over the government funds that come and go from the rez without audit oversight; control the Tribal Council, control jobs, and control who gets what from money, to jobs to food to feed their family. They control who gets arrested, goes to prison, and who gets away with murder. Those with the power can deal the drugs with impunity, molest their children without consequences, rape their neighbors and laugh at the tears.
Power. It is all about power.
Put enough money or good times in the pockets and hands of the big boys from the outside, give them free run of the resources, and you are guaranteed to keep that power, have and gain even more access to people in high places, especially in the FBI and the Justice Department.
Everything is a secret there. Nothing gets out. That is why there are so many "surprises" about who is spying within the organization and selling their souls and our secrets to the enemy regimes, for decades at a time. No one, it seems, is allowed to ask questions. Obedience, first rule of power.
This is where our government turns its back on pure evil, my friends. It is business as usual in Indian Country.
Things get complicated to the outsider who was not born or inbred into these families. Outsiders get lost just in following who is who, and don't go any further. Outsiders can't relate to Indians. Even other minorities who have gained ground, cannot relate to Indians. It is like they are pale shadows on the land.
Crimes go unpunished. Good people suffer. First Nations People become invisible on the social radar. Stereo-typed beyond any other race, they simply cease to exist on the social spectrum when good people everywhere think of themselves as Americans. Oh yeah, and the indians too. Third World tactics right under our noses, go unseen. Right here in America. Democracy? Justice? Don't make me laugh. Don't make me cry.
The few who do figure it out, well, the government has no use for them. Revealing the whole truth will, without a doubt, tarnish some erstwhile stellar reputations in the hallowed halls of the Justice Department and beyond. Maybe send a few of them to prison. History would have to be re-written. Champagne toasts and awards rescinded. Can't do that, now can we? Keep it complicated. Prying eyes stay away. Business as usual.
Government's main job, especially in Indian Country, is to make itself immune from consequences. They have become adept at looking the other way, and of leaking information that will undo a proper investigation. They can stop the truth with the stroke of a pen transferring any FBI Agent that investigates the case too well, to another anonymous detail, far, far away...
So, before you ask: "Why doesn't the government do something about this?" learn more and then write to your representatives and demand an investigation. Ultimately, it is YOUR vote that is key to them staying "in Power". Therefore, it falls to us, ALL of us to open this up, clean it out and save ourselves.
If you are waiting for someone to come along and do this for you, you condemn your children and their children to the consequences of your apathy. I am just a messenger. I am not your maid and I do not clean up your messes.
No one is paying me and I cannot stop. The Truth will not let me stop. I may never know Peace in my lifetime, but I will do my part so that I can find it when I go.
And before you sniff and blow this off as mere rantings, libelous or slanderous on my part, ask yourself as you read deeper and deeper into this untwisting tale, why those bad guys don't want anyone, ANYONE to take me to court.
Simple answer: Once in court, I can prove my case. They cannot stop me from proving what is said here. Judge Benson, Lynn Crooks (USAG,ret), Dennis Fisher (USAG fired for shoplifting) and others, they all endure the slings and arrows because they want it not to get one foot into a courtroom. They don't want documents they thought they destroyed to show up and be their undoing. They hate it, but they stay silent because they have to. Think about that.
Back to our story:
James Yankton: Ruthless and stupid, but well connected in all the right places.
Every logical bone in the body of common sense says that this man and his family were the prime suspects, yet he was handed everything he needed to cover his tracks, misdirect blame, and continue his abusive, corrupt behaviors. One would have to ask "why?" but few dare.
James Yankton and his brothers were easily able to overtake any investigation into this case. They had help:
Life on the Reserve is different than life in the rest of the USA. On the reserve, the Feds have jurisdiction over your life. There was one man who represented the Federal government at the highest level on the Reserve and that was Spencer Hellekson. A man without integrity, without self-control and without scruples. James Yankton's best friend, Spencer Hellekson.
Given Spencer's lost ways, one can only guess what
other deviations he is into and that keep him beholdin' to Yanktons and
their evil. Has anyone ever audited Hellekson's spending v. his income?
Is he into child molesting like the Yanktons? He must be to some degree
as he has moved heaven and earth to protect them from arrest or even
from having charges filed when it is common knowledge that James raped
his daughters and that one or more have given birth to their own brothers.
Spencer is too close to NOT know. And given that he protects them from charges or investigation for rape, molest and embezzlement, I can only conclude that he gets his share of all of the above. Why else would he do it?
(NOTE: Spencer Hellekson reluctantly, was forced to retire (age) in 2001, but he maintains the same tight contact and support of the Yankton family, especially with James Yankton, Jr.)
Other highly questionable "accidents" had blown past his radar before, but this one would not. Melvin had begun connectiong with the Native Spiritual Path and would not condone, overlook, nor abide this murder. His designating Eddie's death as a "homicide" triggered a chaotic chain reaction which ultimately destroyed the lives of the innocent and allowed the guilty to seize power and control of the rez.
James Yankton, with the help of his friends, Spencer Hellekson, FBI and corrupt individuals such as O.J. Semans (also a B.I.A. cop) and U.S. Attorneys, Lynn Crooks and Dennis Fisher, an alternate scenario was created and 11 innocent young men were framed for the murder and stood trial.
Their No. 1 suspect to frame was Loren Grey Bear, Melvin Grey Bear's son. This enabled Hellekson and the BIA to request that Melvin Grey Bear be removed from having any access to the case. In fact, he was transferred out of state, to Idaho, while the case against his son was being manufactured in the crudest of fashions.
NOTE: During this time, the Yanktons threatened and harassed the Grey Bear family, attempting to run Melvin's wife, Lorraine Grey Bear off the road in a daylight game of "chicken". But she refused to be intimidated. Even with her husband transferred two states away, they could not intimidate her into leaving. The Yanktons fear anyone who stands up to them, even if it is a mother with young children in the car. They are known as the biggest cowards on the rez. Typical of bullies, they fear everything and everyone.
Note: Bernice Juarez, a devout Christian, was out of town at the time. Her house was the first house the investigators went to to see if anyone had heard or seen anything. They remarked at the time that the yard was neat, well kept and the house was orderly. This was within an hour of the body being "found" on the highway nearby. Hardly the scene of a violent drunken party hosting nearly 50 people the night before, none-the-less, through the magic of threats, lies, beatings and torture, Lynn Crooks, Dennis Fisher and the rest of them managed to create this as the "scene of the crime".
(*NOTE: Posting to the rez, any rez, is considered as being sent to Siberia in the FBI. These are not the best and brightest nor do they have the stellar integrity the FBI would like to be assumed by us all. These are one step from washing out, agents.)
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