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FROM: CBC SASKATCHEWAN NEWS ONLINE

http://sask.cbc.ca/regional/servlet/...ke_adams041007

Smoke Not An Indian, Says U.S. Judge

REGINA - A tribal court in the U.S. has ruled that the man known in Regina
as Charlie Smoke is not who he claims to be.

A judge on a South Dakota Indian Reservation says Smoke is actually
Tennessee-born Charles Roger Leo Adams Jr. and the court has no authority over him
because he is not an Indian.

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Adams was turned over to state authorities and is now in jail on a charge of
false impersonation.

A former Regina resident, Adams fought a long battle with Immigration Canada
to remain in the country. The government forced him out of Canada last year
based on fingerprint records that prove he is an American citizen.

Adams' former wife, Lisa Big Eagle, supported him during his fight with
Immigration Canada, but his reluctance to take a DNA test concerned her.

"I have always been confused from the beginning, but I didn't want to believe
that it could be this other person," says Big Eagle. "I supported him,
because I naturally had to I was his wife."

"But every time I brought up the DNA, he cringed and didn't want to talk
about it, and I said, 'we have to, we have to, it's just been rolling on too
long.'"

Adams has always claimed he was born on the Akwesasne Reserve in Ontario and
is of aboriginal ancestry.

He was deported to the U.S. on April 29, 2003.
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