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Kickapoo Tribe refiles charges against women

http://www.newsok.com/news/tribes/

10/21/04

Tribe refiles charges against women


By Ann Weaver
The Oklahoman


McLOUD - Criminal charges have been refiled in tribal court against three women who spent two weeks last year barricaded inside the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma's administration building. Two more defendants have been added.

The trespassing charges against Auchee Wahpepah, Valentina Jimenez and Glenda Deer had been dismissed without prejudice on Sept. 29.

Kickapoo Attorney General Geri Wisner-Foley filed a new case against the three women this week, adding Juanita Prado and Zelma Garza as defendants.

The women are charged with burglary and trespassing in their occupation of the tribal headquarters that began Dec. 19.

The women vowed to stay inside until tribal Chairman Tony Salazar was ousted and federal officials agreed to audit the tribe's finances.

Prado and Garza are accused of being part of the initial takeover that lasted until tribal police forced their way into the building on New Year's Day and arrested Deer, Wahpepah and Jimenez.


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Chairman Tony Salazar is a huge disappointment to the majority of our people. There are many who are outraged at his obvious vindictiveness.

We feel we have already been tried and convicted by the tribe through Chairman Tony Salazar. At the June General council meeting Salazar was wanting to impose punishment before our case was heard in court. Salazar solicited from the council several times, what punishment to impose upon us. At this same meeting, the Chairman asked his followers to banish Glenda Deer, this was voted on and passed. Salazar also called for a vote to terminate Kickapoo Tribal Judge Charles Tripp, who originally ruled against Chairman Salazar in his recall election. Salazar and his Business Committee also removed Greg Bigler as Attorney General and replaced him with Geri Wisner-Foley.

We will not get a fair trial, in the Kickapoo Tribal court system. There seems to be prejudice in this case already. Geri Wisner-Foley needs to be advised that she represents the Kickapoo Tribe as a whole, not just Chairman Salazar, who interviewed and hired her. Since our tribal court has been established there has never been outside interference from the Business Committee until Tony Salazarís reign. It appears that if the Chairman does not agree with the outcome of the court decisions then repercussions will follow such as we have seen in the past with Judge Phil Lujan, Judge Charles Tripp and Attorney General Greg Bigler. This is a total travesty of justice and we will plead not guilty and request a jury trial.

Chairman Tony Salazar continues to fan the flames of a fire he started. We will continue to fight the corruptness that has split our tribe and do what we must to ensure the future of our children and grandchildren.

A date of November 5, 2004 has been set for the arraignment at 10:30 am, at the Kickapoo tribal court located 3 and Ĺ miles north of Mcloud, Oklahoma on state highway 102.

~auchee wahpepah, glenda deer, zelma garza, valentina jimenez, and juanita prado~


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