Family Looking For Justice After Deadly Shooting Of Colten Boushie, Near Biggar, Sask

Colten Boushie was killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask. on Aug. 9. (Facebook)

Colten Boushie was killed on a farm near Biggar, Sask. on Aug. 9. (Facebook)

Funeral held for Colten Boushie

Red Power Media, Staff | August 13, 2016

A Saskatchewan First Nation held a funeral for Colten Boushie, shot dead Tuesday, on a property in the Rural Municipality of Glenside, —near Biggar Sask— about 90 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.

According to CBC News, RCMP said five individuals came on to a private property and were confronted by the property owners.

Boushie, 22-years-old, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

“The news release the RCMP issued the following day provided just enough prejudicial information for the average reader to draw their own conclusions that the shooting was somehow justified,” wrote FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron in a media release.

The occupants of the vehicle, including Boushie, were not known to the property owners and a verbal exchange broke out resulting in a firearm going off striking Boushie who was inside the vehicle.

Biggar RCMP charged a man with second-degree murder. He briefly appeared in North Battleford Provincial Court on Aug 11th.

Courtney Markewich reports, Family of Boushie, from as far away as Alberta and the northwest U.S., gathered on the Red Pheasant First Nation Saturday morning for the young man’s funeral.

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Debbie Baptiste described her son, Colten Boushie, as a “good guy” who liked to help out his community on the Red Pheasant First Nation.

Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said it wasn’t long ago that her son was one of the men in the community helping with other people’s funerals.

“We have our traditional ways out here, how we do things around here. And one of the things [is] when we’re burying somebody, a fire is lit and somebody has to watch it all night until morning,” Baptiste explained.

“So my sons would do that,” she said. “They’d sit out at that fire and they didn’t even know the person who was laying in there who they were burying, but they wanted to help and that’s how they’d help out.”

This time the fire was lit for her son, who Baptiste said was a well-educated and caring young man.

Family from as far away as Alberta and the northwest U.S. gathered on the Red Pheasant First Nation Saturday morning for the funeral of Colten Boushie. (OLIVIER FERAPIE/RADIO-CANADA)

Family from as far away as Alberta and the northwest U.S. gathered on the Red Pheasant First Nation Saturday morning for the funeral of Colten Boushie. (OLIVIER FERAPIE/RADIO-CANADA)

Looking for Justice 

Many mourners on the First Nation said there are a lot of questions about what happened the day Boushie was killed and how the RCMP handled releasing information about it.

“We don’t want this to be swept under the rug,” Alvin Baptiste, Boushie’s uncle, said.

“We’re focused on laying Colten to rest right now but now my family will stand up and they’re ready to support and rally for justice.”

Go Fund Me campaigns

Go Fund Me page was started for Boushie’s family asking for donations so they could host a proper post-funeral feast and other funeral expenses.

As of Friday night the Go Fund Me page raised $8,690 of its $10,000 goal. While the family’s fundraising campaign was embraced on social media, another campaign was quickly launched and shut down.

The alleged shooter’s campaign, apparently to raise money to pay for his legal defence, reached $1,000 before it was shut down. The crowdfunding site has a policy against fundraising in support of people accused of being involved in criminal activities.

Gerald Stanley, 54, of Biggar, has been remanded into custody until Aug 18th.

A facebook event called Justice for Colten has also been made with a rally outside the Provincial Court House in North Battleford on Aug 18th at 9 AM. 

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RCMP Arrest 19-Year-Old Man In Shooting Deaths Of Whitefish Lake First Nation Teen Couple

Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan were shot to death in July. (Facebook)

Cory Grey and Dylan Laboucan were shot to death in July. (Facebook)

By Red Power Media, Staff, | Aug 12, 2016

A 19-year-old man has been arrested in the shooting deaths of two teens from a Northern Alberta First Nation last month.

Dylan Laboucan, 17, and his 19-year-old girlfriend Corey Grey were reported missing from the Whitefish Lake First Nation on July 23 and found shot dead a few days later in a nearby rural area.

According to CBC News, Edward Devin Boyce Gladue, from Whitefish Lake First Nation, faces two counts of second-degree murder.

Gladue was arrested in Peace River on Thursday without incident after an intensive investigation lasting nearly two weeks involving the use of specialized units within the RCMP as well as members from the High Prairie RCMP detachment, police said.

Police don’t think the killings were a random act, and they don’t believe any other suspects were involved.

RCMP said they won’t be providing any other details or comments on the case.

Gladue is scheduled to appear in a High Prairie courtroom on Monday, August 15.

RCMP: Teenage Couple’s Deaths Ruled As Homicides; Both Victims Were Shot

Cory Grey, 19, left, and Dylan Laboucan, 17, were declared to be the victims of homicide following autopsies.

Cory Grey, 19, left, and Dylan Laboucan, 17, were declared to be the victims of homicide following autopsies.

Edmonton Sun‎: July 28, 2016

Two teenagers whose bodies were discovered in the High Prairie area earlier this week both died as a result of gunshot wounds, RCMP said Thursday morning.

Dylan Laboucan, 17, and Cory Grey, 19, were declared to be the victims of homicide following autopsies completed Wednesday.

The teens went missing from the home where they lived with Laboucan’s parents on the Whitefish River First Nation on Saturday night. Laboucan’s body was discovered by a community search party on Monday evening. Grey’s body was found by police Tuesday afternoon.

According to the RCMP statement, investigators are now focussed on arresting the person responsible. Police said a “significant amount” of evidence has been collected, and that the crime is not believed to be a random act.

Anyone with information connected to this crime is asked to contact police.

Whitefish River is part of the Whitefish Lake First Nation, also known as Atikameg. Whitefish Lake First Nation is in the High Prairie RCMP’s detachment area. High Prairie is about 370 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

http://www.edmontonsun.com/2016/07/28/rcmp-teenage-couples-deaths-ruled-as-homicides-both-victims-were-shot

Ex Parks Service Official Sentenced For Stealing Ancient Remains Of Native Americans

Effigy Mounds National Monument Harpers Ferry Iowa. Photo: russmanspot.blogspot.com

Effigy Mounds National Monument Harpers Ferry Iowa. Photo: russmanspot.blogspot.com

Associated Press, July 8, 2016

Cedar Rapids, Ia. —  A retired National Park Service official was sentenced Friday to one year of home detention and 10 weekends in jail for stealing the ancient remains of Native Americans in 1990 and stashing them in his garage for years.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jon Scoles scolded Thomas Munson, former superintendent of Effigy Mounds National Monument in northeast Iowa, for removing bones tied to more than 40 individuals from the monument’s collection and lying about it for two decades. Scoles said Native American leaders who were denied the ability to rebury their ancestors were “understandably outraged” by the disregard with which Munson handled their bones, which were significantly damaged by the time they were recovered in 2012.

“This is clearly an outrageous criminal act,” Scoles told the 76-year-old, frail Munson in a federal courtroom in Cedar Rapids as representatives from several tribes looked on. “There can be no explanation for what he did.”

The sentence ends a painful case for the National Park Service, which is tasked with preserving the picturesque monument site along the Mississippi River that many tribes consider sacred. The monument includes hundreds of earthen burial and ceremonial mounds, many in the shape of animals, that were built by Native Americans between 700 and 2,500 years ago.

During excavations from the 1950s to the 1970s, scientists dug up bones and skeleton fragments of dozens of individuals who lived and died there. The remains were kept at the monument and considered historically significant.

Munson ordered a subordinate to pack the bones into two cardboard boxes in July 1990, then drove them to his home across the river in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. They stayed there for more than two decades but decayed due to inappropriate storage conditions.

Munson told investigators he was concerned about a federal law that took effect in November 1990 requiring museums to transfer remains and any associated burial objects to affiliated tribes. The purpose of the law — the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act — was to allow for reburials consistent with tribal traditions.

But Munson believed the law would allow tribes to make suspect claims that would decimate the monument’s collection of burial objects, which he saw as more valuable than the remains. Once the bones disappeared, tribes could not make claims on the burial objects.

The National Park Service learned soon after Munson’s retirement in 1994 that the remains had vanished. Questioned over the years, Munson denied responsibility and floated several other possibilities for where they went. The monument opened another investigation in 2011 under new superintendent Jim Nepstad, and Munson returned one of the boxes. The next year, a federal agent recovered the second box in Munson’s garage.

“This is absolutely the worst case of racist, bigoted and callous behavior I have ever encountered,” said Patt Murphy, of the Iowa tribe of Kansas and Nebraska, whose inquiry seeking an inventory of the monument’s remains prompted the investigation. He said he spent years working to get his ancestors’ remains from museums and properly reburied, but Munson denied them that opportunity.

Sandra Massey, historic preservation officer for the Sac and Fox Tribe in Oklahoma, said Munson handled the remains like “trash.”

“Those are my people,” she said. “What kind of sick mind does this kind of thing?”

Munson issued a written apology but showed no remorse in court. In a rambling statement, he said “nobody knew what to do with” remains at the time.

“A lot of it was not intentional,” Munson said. His attorney Leon Spies then cut him off, telling Scoles his client has been “experiencing some cognitive difficulties.” Spies said Munson’s theft was an “uncharacteristic act” for a man who worked with tribes for 30 years.

Scoles ordered Munson to pay $108,000 in restitution, the cost of repairing the collection. Once restored, the remains are expected to be returned to tribes.

— Associated Press

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2016/07/08/ex-park-official-gets-home-detention-jail-theft-bones/86868086/

Yelling ‘I Hate White People’ And Punching One, Wasn’t A Hate Crime, Judge Rules

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July 7, 2016

An indigenous woman in Calgary, who yelled “I hate white people” before punching a white woman in the face did not commit a racially motivated hate crime, a judge has ruled.

Provincial court Judge Harry Van Harten, in a written decision, said Tamara Crowchief’s motivation for striking Lydia White was not related to racial bias.

Crown prosecutor Karuna Ramakrishnan, who had sought a sentence of 12 to 15 months, argued Crowchief’s unprovoked attack last Nov. 1, amounted to a hate crime.

But Van Harten agreed with defence counsel Adriano Iovinelli that there was insufficient evidence to establish Crowchief attacked White because of the colour of her skin.

Van Harten said unlike offenders in several cases cited by Ramakrishnan, there was no suggestion Crowchief was associated with any group that promoted hatred toward a specific race.

“The offender said, ‘I hate white people’ and threw a punch,” Van Harten said in his ruling.

“There is no evidence either way about what the offender meant or whether . . . she holds or promotes an ideology which would explain why this assault was aimed at this victim,” he said.

“I am not satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that this offence was, even in part, motivated by racial bias.”

White was outside Jaimieson’s pub on 17th Avenue S.W., with a friend when an acquaintance of Crowchief’s approached and asked for, and was given, a cigarette.

As White and her male friend spoke to that woman, Crowchief approached and, without warning, yelled “I hate white people” and punched her in the face, knocking out a tooth.

Crowchief and the woman then walked away, but White and her friend followed and called police, who arrived a short time later and arrested the offender.

During her arrest, Crowchief told police “the white man was out to get her.”

In her victim-impact statement, White said she still doesn’t comprehend what motivated her assailant.

“I still get angry when I think about it,” she said.

“I don’t understand why this woman did this. I never did anything to her. Never even spoke to her,” she said.

Van Harten agreed with Iovinelli the more than six months Crowchief had spent behind bars, which he equated to a 9 1/2-month sentence, was sufficient jail time for Crowchief.

He placed the city woman on 12 months probation and ordered her to get psychological and psychiatric counselling, as well as counselling for substance abuse.

She must also abstain from consuming intoxicating substances and is prohibited from going to any business whose principal sale is alcohol.

Source: Calgary Herald

Regina’s White Pony Lodge Patrol Streets To Tackle Neighbourhood Violence

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White Pony lodge members took to streets of North Central this weekend.

Global News, June 19, 2016

After months of preparation, members of White Pony Lodge patrol took their first steps this weekend to combat violence and crime in Regina’s North Central neighbourhood.

“We wanted to get the community together, [to help] build rapport, build relationships within the community,” coordinator Shawna Oochoo explained.

“To show that we are here, and we do have a presence.”

The citizen street patrol was out in bright reflective orange vests Friday and Saturday evening touring streets and interacting with residents.

The group mandate is to be a positive and visible force in the community, with the hope that the patrols can help reduce violence and crime.

“If we walk out there with fear, then to me, we’re defeating the purpose,” coordinator Beatrice Wallace said.

Wallace explained she sees violence in North Central all too often.

“There’s been stabbings, murders, robberies, just in front of our house.”

North Central accounts for seven of the past nine murders in the city, dating back to April 2015.

Total crime rates in the area are also more than double other neighbourhoods around the city, according to Regina police.

“My girls weren’t allowed to walk down the streets by themselves because I was living in fear. I want to change that,” Wallace said.

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Regina’s White Pony Lodge patrol streets to tackle neighbourhood violence

The group hopes to spread positivity to all areas of their community.

“When we walk, we’re happy. We don’t walk scared or intimidated. We know what we’re doing is good,” Wallace said.

White Pony Lodge said they still need more volunteers to be the neighbourhood’s guardian angel.

“It’s not all negative. It’s good people. We need more good people,” member Destiny Goforth said.

The group will be on patrol every Friday and Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. Volunteers are required to fill out a waiver when they sign up.

The group is also accepting donations from the public and are seeking the following items:

  • Bug Spray
  • Raincoats/Ponchos
  • Sunscreen
  • Bottled Water
  • Reflective vests
  • Radios
  • Snacks ie. cookies, crackers

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WATCH: New Video Highlights Project Devote

May 31, 2016

A new video highlights Project Devote with the theme “the Power of Our Voices” to commemorate Victims and Survivors of Crime Week.

It takes place across Canada from now until June 4th.

“Project Devote recognizes the need and importance of maintaining contact with family members,” says RCMP Sgt. Rob Lasson, a Project Devote Team Commander.

“Our full-time Family Liaison works with Project Devote to provide families with information, support services, and referrals to community agencies that can help assist families whose loved ones have been murdered or are missing.”

The video was produced by Justice Canada as part of their online Sharing Our Stories initiative.

The hope is to raise awareness about issues facing victims and survivors of crime and the services, programs, and laws in place to help them and their families.

The designated week is also about acknowledging the dedicated work of service providers who assist victims and survivors of crime, and their families.

Project Devote is a provincial integrated task force of the RCMP and Winnipeg police focusing on missing and murdered exploited persons.

Manitoba Justice has designated four prosecutors and a Family Liaison/Victim Services Worker to work with Project Devote.

The video highlights the work of the project’s Family Liaison and features interviews with victims’ family members and investigators.

“Our team members are deeply committed to resolving each investigation,” says Winnipeg police Sgt. Shawn Pike, who is also a Project Devote Team Commander.

“Our main goal is to bring justice, and some sense of comfort, to the victims and their families.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Project Devote tip line at 1-888-673-3316.

Valuable information could include previous contact or past knowledge of the victims, and could prove helpful to the investigation.

If you want to remain anonymous, you can call Manitoba CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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Mother Of Indigenous Woman Found Naked On Thunder Bay Street Criticizes Police Response

A woman was found naked and calling for help on this street near the rail tracks on the north side of Thunder Bay, Ont., around midnight on March 10. Thunder Bay police say there is no evidence to support a criminal charge. (Jody Porter/CBC)

A woman was found naked and calling for help on this street near the rail tracks on the north side of Thunder Bay, Ont., around midnight on March 10. Thunder Bay police say there is no evidence to support a criminal charge. (Jody Porter/CBC)

By Jody Porter, CBC News Posted: Mar 22, 2016

Witness says woman told police a man tried to kill her, but police say no grounds for laying charges

The mother of a 28-year-old woman found naked and crying for help late one night in Thunder Bay, Ont., says police are ignoring a crime because her daughter is a First Nations woman and an addict.

Robin Sutherland, 31, said he and another man responded to a woman’s calls for help on Clavet Street around 12:15 a.m. on March 10.

“We saw a naked lady approaching us and she was quite distressed, screaming for help, and so she came up to us and I gave her my sweater to warm her up,” Sutherland said.

He stuck around after police arrived, waiting to get his sweater back. He said he heard the woman tell police she had been paid for sex that night and the transaction had gone horribly wrong.

“She started off by saying that he tried to kill her and drown her in the lake,” Sutherland said.

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The industrial area across the railway tracks, near Lake Superior, on Thunder Bay’s north side, is a common place for prostitutes to be taken, says the mother of a woman who says her daughter sells sex to support her drug habit. (Jody Porter/CBC)

The woman’s mother said her daughter told her the same story.

CBC News is not identifying the mother because she said her daughter still fears for her safety.

“She said, ‘Mom, I thought I was going to die. He almost threw me in the water, naked,'” the mother said. “She showed me her bruises and how he dragged her and tried to drive off with her hanging on to the vehicle because her clothes were in the vehicle and she was all naked.”

“When he got out and attempted to throw her in the vehicle, that’s when she ran,” the mother added.

She said she is aware that her 28-year-old daughter sells sex in order to pay for the fentanyl to which she has become addicted, but said that is not an excuse for police inaction.

‘It’s because my daughter is First Nations’

“I think it’s because my daughter is First Nations and is a drug addict and that’s already two strikes against her, and this man who attempted to kill her is not First Nations,” the mother said.

CBC News attempted to contact the woman, without success, through Facebook and through her mother.

Thunder Bay police said they are also attempting to get in touch with her again.

“At the time of the original investigation, there were no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges,” said Thunder Bay police spokeswoman Julie Tilbury. “We would be interested in following up further with the complainant.”

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Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette, of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, says studies show indigenous women who are sexually exploited are more likely to become counted among the missing and murdered. (Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette/Facebook)

The police response is “disheartening,” especially as awareness grows around the dangers faced by indigenous women, said Cora-Lee McGuire-Cyrette, the interim executive director of the Ontario Native Women’s Association.

“There’s a direct connection … reports show that those [indigenous women] who have been sexually exploited are at even greater risk of becoming a missing or murdered indigenous woman,” McGuire-Cyrette said.

Sutherland said he noticed police showed “a bit less care and less compassion” when the woman told them she was a prostitute.

After the ambulance came to get the woman, Sutherland said, the police officer handed him back his sweater using two fingers and said “to wash or burn it as soon as I got a chance.”

Sutherland said he didn’t think twice about giving the woman his sweater, even though it had his keys and money in the pockets.

“She needed help, I wasn’t going to just leave her there,” he said.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/naked-woman-thunder-bay-police-1.3501149

Two People Enter Not Guilty Pleas In Murder Of Emily Blue Bird

Emily Blue Bird

Emily Blue Bird

By Red Power Media, Staff

Two people accused of murdering a Pine Ridge woman pleaded not guilty

A man and a woman from Pine Ridge charged in the death of Emily Blue Bird on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation have pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court on Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 23-year-old Elizabeth LeBeau is charged with first-degree murder, and 29-year-old Fred Quiver is charged with being an accessory. Quiver also goes by Fred Brings Plenty.

Blue Bird, a 24-year-old mother of two was missing for nearly three weeks. Her body was discovered in a creek near Pine Ridge.

Frustrated by a lack of progress in the search by law enforcement, Carla Cheyenne, Blue Bird’s aunt, said her husband, Tom, chairman of the Grassroots Chapter of the American Indian Movement, organized the search party that found her body on Jan 21st.

The relationship between LeBeau and Quiver isn’t clear. It’s also not clear how they knew Blue Bird.

Two People Arrested In Connection With The Death Of Emily Blue Bird

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Emily Blue Bird, 24, was last seen on the evening of Jan. 1

By Red Power Media, Staff, Updated Jan 27, 2016

Two suspects arrested in connection with Emily Blue Bird’s death

The Rapid City Journal reports, two people have been arrested in connection with the death of Emily Blue Bird, the 24-year-old mother of two whose body was discovered Thursday afternoon in a creek near Pine Ridge.

Two suspects are currently in tribal custody at this time on tribal charges, said Nedra Darling, a Washington, D.C.- based spokesperson for the Department of the Interior’s Office of the Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. Darling declined to release the identities of the two suspects or the charges they face, and referred all inquiries to the U.S. Attorney’s office in Sioux Falls.

Frustrated by a lack of progress in the search by law enforcement, Carla Cheyenne, Blue Bird’s aunt, said her husband, Tom, chairman of the Grassroots Chapter of the American Indian Movement, organized the search party that found her body on Thursday.

According to Native News Online social media postings reported Blue Bird was last seen New Year’s Day evening at the Yellow Bird convenience store between Pine Ridge Village and the Prairie Wind Casino & Hotel.

There were rumors Blue Bird had been sighted in Rapid City since January 1, 2016.

Authorities indicated an autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of Blue Bird’s death.