(BROWNING) – BLACKFEET TRIBAL CHAIRMAN WILLIE SHARP JR. PREDICTS

A “SLOWDOWN” ON THE BLACKFEET TRIBAL BUSINESS COUNCIL TODAY, IN LIGHT OF

FRIDAY’S INCIDENT AT TRIBAL HEADQUARTER IN WHICH THE HEAD OF HOMELAND

ON THE RESERVATION ROBERT  DESROSIER ATTEMPTED TO REMOVE OR ARREST TRIBAL

BUSINESS COUNCIL MEMBERS CHERYL LITTLE DOG, WILLIAM “BILL” OLD CHIEF AND PAUL McEVERS.

ACCORDING TO SHARP, DESROSIER CLAIMED TO BE ACTING PURSUANT TO

ORDERS FROM ROGER “SASSY” RUNNING CRANE AND SHANNON AUGARE, MEMBERS

OF THE OTHER PART OF THE SPLIT FACTION.

SHARP SAYS DESROSIER INITIALLY LEFT BUT LATER CAME BACK  WITH A CONTINGENT OF

OFFICERS IN “RIOT GEAR AND ARSENAL,” TO CARRY OUT WHAT SHARP CALLED THEIR “HASTILY

PREPARED BIA LETTER AND  A COURT ORDER GENERATED AND SIGNED BY TRIBAL

COURT JUDGE ALLY EDWARDS.    SHARP SAYS EDWARD IS THE SAME JUDGE,  WHO PRESIDED

OVER SHANNON AUGARE’S D-U-I CASE IN TRIBAL COURT.

THERE WAS APPARENTLY NO RESULT OF THE RAID ON TRIBAL HEADQUARTERS

AND SHARP SAID IN A PRESS RELEASE SATURDAY THAT “HOMELAND SECURITY HAS

NO AUTHORITY OR JURISDICTION TO ACT  IN SUCH A MANNER ON THE RESERVATION.

SHARP SAID THAT WHEN BUSINESS RESUMED TODAY HE IS, QUOTE, READY

TO BE REMOVED AND ARRESTED” HIMSELF IF NECESSARY.

THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS HAS SAID IN A LETTER THAT THEY DID NOT RECOGNIZE

THE RE-APPOINTMENT OF McEVERS, LITTLE DOG AND OLD CHIEF, WHO AUGARE, AND ROGER

SASSY RUNNING CRANE ARE NOW ATTEMPTING TO REMOVE BY FORCE.    RUNNING CRANE CLAIMS

THAT HE IS THE OFFICIAL TRIBAL BUSINESS COUNCIL SECRETARY AND APPARENTLY HAS THE

BACKING OF THE BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS.