Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chair to Stan...

Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chair to Stand Trial Dec. 15

There are 40 comments on the KDLT-TV Sioux Falls story from Dec 15, 2010, titled Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Chair to Stand Trial Dec. 15. In it, KDLT-TV Sioux Falls reports that:

The chairman of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe in South Dakota is scheduled for trial March 1 in a construction contract bribery case that has led to the convictions of several other tribal officials.

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Observer

Pukwana, SD

#1 Dec 15, 2010
This indictment is just the tip of the proverbial isburg. As an elder and a Crow Creek Sioux Tribal member, I have watched in amazment as Chairman Big Eagle and many of his fellow councilmen have appeared to plunder the tribal treasury in so many different ways over many years. I knew eventually he would be caught by the authorities and now it seems he has been (Thank God and the FBI). However, He and other tribal politicians have messed things up so badly that it will take a miricle to straighten it all out. It has been like living in in a third world country under a dictatorship on our reservation. The corruption runs very deep here. His son also sits on the tribal council and I can only hope he is not corrupt. Chances are if/when convicted and sentenced, Chairman Big Eagle will not get the full thirty years but hopefully he will receive enough time behind bars that it sends a clear message/warning to any future corrupt tribal officials. My big question is what connection does Chairman Big Eagle have with the U.S. Attorney that Brenden Johnson declined to prosecute?
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#2 Dec 31, 2010
Hoka hey

Good News,

soon the Crow Creek Nation will have a Good reason for sponcering a really big Traditional Celebration and 'wacipi'(pow-wow).

All Nations will come dancing,

In Spirit.

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Good News.

P/s;
.... Maybe the same kind of connections used with the State, the Feds and the BIA that had removed a tribal auditor before he could finish the tribal audits,,, Removed for questioning mismanaged funds, missing fundings,,, ect...?,( 1996 )
just a thought.
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To CC Elder

Platte, SD

#3 Jan 3, 2011
Duane Big Eagle's connection to Brendon Johnson's office is not political nor does he have some magical control. Truth be known his step daughter Marlis works for the FBI in the same office. The US attorney's office of South Dakota to protect its intergity choose another agency to process this case. Thus avoiding a conflict of interest. They have chosen very well too. The procescuting attorney is from montana, he is the same individual that indicted, processed and convicted 10 council members from the Crow agency a few years back. Wheels of justice turn but very slowly. Please rember The US attorney's office has been involved from the start with the first indictments all the way back to Scott Raue. They have done such a good job that awards were given to the investigators and procecutors.
Crow Creek Agency
It's funny how people who get to close to the truth get put down, lied about, run down and then pushed out or removed through lies and deception.
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#4 Jan 4, 2011
"truth be known",,,, YES.!!!
"Truth, Integrity and Justice",,,, The words that will soon change the whole appearance of the Crow Creek Nation.
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Once, a group of Crow Creek members questioned the Blood Degree of Mr. Duane Big Eagle Sr.
The South Dakota Federal Court ruled at the time, "To do so, would be detrimental to living relatives".
Traditionally, No One Man was to be more important than that of the tribe as a whole.
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The U.S. Attorneys Office being involved from the very beginning, shines a brighter light on the Hope that Justice can be achieved in time, even in the South Dakota's Justice Department.
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Many Great 'Thanks' and Many more Awards for the Investigators and the Prosecutors for cleaning up the Crow Creek Agency,,, and;,,, Many Thanks to all the people of the Crow Creek Agency who stood up against the corruption in the past, and present.
( It really was time and it all really went on for Way to Long, and; Many Good People were destroyed and hurt for questioning the councils actions in the past,,, way to many to be easily that forgotten ).
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I'm sure the Investigators and the Prosecutors know by now - the name of the tribal auditor that was removed before he was finished doing the tribal audit's.
( If not, I have his name,,, hint.. he moved to Montana ).
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As a Crow Creek member,,, I have to ask why our tribal leaders allowed this to continue for so long,
even though I know none will answer,
I only know it was easier for our leaders to stay quiet than it was to get involved to get attacked.
not to mention the kick backs and the awards for staying silent,
It shows how divided the Crow Creek Nation is in it's idea's of peace, happiness, prosperity and equality..
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Many good thoughts to all those involved in exposing the corruptions to Justice,
The people of the Crow Creek Nation has had to endure this life style for quite some time, too long.
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They say,,''Communication is the key to education'',
but when there is no communication's, there are no keys to our future.(?.
maybe that is something our tribal leaders need to think about,( the word 'leaders'.)
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P/s, as I mentioned once before,,,
a relative said some of the tribal members use the computer in the tribal office, and that some of them are reading these post from the tribal office computer.
it's all apart of the news chain-link.
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Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#5 Jan 4, 2011
'False Rumors',-'False Gossip',,,
Is,,, Has Always been,,, Crow Creeks middle name.
It's Amazing - some of the things said that were believed.(except for much of the truths.)
Absolutely Amazing.( Rumors and Gossip ruined a many good people ).
but, what else can we expect from an isolated community on a need to know basic's.(?.
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Another LBST Member

New Underwood, SD

#6 Jan 14, 2011
When the US Attorney's Office, The FBI, The CIA, The IRS and whoever else help end the corruption get done over there, could you send them to Lower Brule? PLEASE!!!!
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#7 Jan 15, 2011
Chances are you may very well get your New Year's Wish,
I hear the Obama Administration wants to know what's happening to the Federal Funding's.

As for Crow Creek, I saw many people, many Elders question the Tribal council about their corruptions,
Many of these Elders passed away just waiting for the tribal council to give them an answer,
but no answers ever came for them.

While other people just simply stated, "We All know what their All doing over there", and left it at that.
Others are saying,, "They are all Devils over there doing Satan's work".
:) If that was the case, than all it would have taken was for one of the 'Many Different Christian Church Denominations Father / Priest to preform a Historic Christian séance to drive out all the Evil guys, and woman, A long time ago.
( but now the tribes children have inherited it's tribe and it's tribal leaders debts.).

Another thing to keep in mind is that it wasn't just the corrupt tribal officials involved here,
these corrupt tribal officials have always had tribal backings of their friends, relatives and 'others' that got in on some kick backs for looking the other way and for remaining silent in the dark cold nights,
and all these people are still here on the reservation just waiting for their second chance at the control'$.

All this Rotating Corrupt Tribal Council Leaders, people and officials around in the past to cover each others tracks has not worked out for us,
It has only brought large debts and bad publicity.

Our Tribal Leaders should be 'Ashamed' of themselves for the way they allowed things to have turned out,
instead they act 'Proud', False Pride Acts,'Proud to take poor peoples money' to use for their own.

Many of us 'poor' people living on the reservation because we don't have anywhere else to go, We were also too scared to stand up and say anything,
To scared to stand and speak on the behalf of our childrens futures, making us just as responsible because were all too divided to unite and stand strong against a simple cause of corruption.

turning on one another.

The People are the sovereign,
What does the People say?,
Where are the Brave and Proud People?.
The Proud Indigenous Nation.
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#8 Jan 15, 2011
P/s,

In not forgetting to mention / remembering,

I am sure there are many poor people on the Crow Creek Agency / Reservation / Reserve
that are more than happy to be assisted by the FBI, The Justice Department, The Honorable Attorney from Montana,(the CIA?:)

It was very plainly seen that the people themselves could not have brought any of these corrupt people / "Leaders" to any kind of Legal Justice without their help.
they are good special people for what they are doing,,, signed on to do,,, Dutiful People.

we Thank them kindly,,, for their Sacrifices,,, and; we Thank their Families too.

We have Good Thoughts for All.

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rcrow creek sioux member

Mesa, AZ

#9 Mar 27, 2011
this is so embarrassing to be a member of the CCST,
when does anyone hear the name Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and than FBI, IRS, leaders indicted. lands taken for back taxes in amount of several million.
Our poor children will never recover from all these
uneducated Tribal leaders taking all that they can.
and get away with it. Getting kick backs from contractors that just want to do the job and are
qualified to. The problem with the politics on Crow Creek. No one cares. OK members time to care about your toksas and yourselves.The most disburbing news recently heard, we don't have enough housing for our reservations members. so got approved for some single family apartments.,
one problem no land on the CCS Res can be made available to begin construction. What happen to all of our land!?? Maybe the judge can ask DBE once he goes to trail?????
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#10 Mar 27, 2011
r crow creek sioux member Tempe, AZ

No disrespect in not answering your questions here,
but if you go to the ---> "Trial date set for SD tribal leader"

you can see a few posts' from other Crow Creek Members,

In regards to our needs, it's been requested,,,
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1. an Internet Web site.( I suggested this).
2. a Radio Station.(a Crow Creek Elder suggested it).
3. Our Constitution and By-Las needs to be changed and Updated,,, "Teeth" needs to be added to the Laws.( suggested by another Crow Creek member),

My questions are close to yours, you can read my questions too,
I've read articles on the internet, stating,, many Crow Creek children don't have enough food, parents are drunk or strung out on Meth.
The Blessed Children, our Precious Children are taking their own lives, tribal leaders are calling for outside help, Outside Interventions on this problem too.

and now, you mentioned the need for Houses, and yet, No Land to build these needed House's on.
((yes, tell it like it really is, No need to sugar-coat anything when your trying to rebuild hope for the tribes future.))

as for the ''Constitution and By-Laws'',,, I remember a few times in the past, they were brought up to be changed.
once during the Crow Creek Tribes Infrastructure Fund scandal to rebuild Fort Thompson, than again after that.
I don't remember hearing what was changed these past few times.?, nor, have I seen the records of these changes.

But it's back, the ''Constitution and By-Laws'' are back, Full Circle, as another 'obstacle'?,or, a stepping stone?. again.

anyway, If you read the other posts from the other crow creek members, it will give you more thoughts and maybe even more questions.
if anything, you can let me, or,,'us' know what you think there.
(here at the link, because, at the moment, it seems to be the only active link to the happenings on the Crow Creek Reservation.

we really do need more inputs, interest, ideas,
stories effecting the peoples choices

take care
keep thinking and keep sharing your thoughts.

go to:
http://www.topix.com/forum/city/fort-thompson...

Trial date set for SD tribal leader
BRS

Pukwana, SD

#11 Apr 4, 2011
How can Marlis Big Eagle work for the FBI when she has a criminal record for embezzleing from Lynn's Super Market when she worked there as a check-out?
To CC Elder wrote:
Duane Big Eagle's connection to Brendon Johnson's office is not political nor does he have some magical control. Truth be known his step daughter Marlis works for the FBI in the same office. The US attorney's office of South Dakota to protect its intergity choose another agency to process this case. Thus avoiding a conflict of interest. They have chosen very well too. The procescuting attorney is from montana, he is the same individual that indicted, processed and convicted 10 council members from the Crow agency a few years back. Wheels of justice turn but very slowly. Please rember The US attorney's office has been involved from the start with the first indictments all the way back to Scott Raue. They have done such a good job that awards were given to the investigators and procecutors.
Crow Creek Agency
It's funny how people who get to close to the truth get put down, lied about, run down and then pushed out or removed through lies and deception.
Observer

Pukwana, SD

#12 Apr 6, 2011
Finally, some good news about Duane Big Eagle's corruption case. US Attorney General Eric Holder has intervened in the bribery case of Crow Creek Tribal Chairman Big Eagle. Big Eagle attempted to cite United States v. Bin Laden, in which 144 acts in six conspiracies in 12 countries were alleged. Holder responded, stating the "Big Eagle" is no Osama Bin Laden," requesting that the court deny the solicitation from Big Eagle. Holder stated that US Attorneys have approximately 1,500 pages of discovery material including statements by approximately three dozen witnesses against him. In another observation, I see that Kate Ratzliff is now running Duane Big Eagle's Northshore Bar and Grill. My guess is that he is busy hidding all of his ill-gotten assets before he goes to the "BIG HOUSE" in June. He is doing what any greedy crook would do. He wants some of his dirty money to be there when he gets out. Bernie Madoff turned most of his spoils over to his family and I suspect Big Eagle is trying to do the same. I hope the justice system can find the loot and return it to the tribe just as they did in Madoff's case. I wonder if there is a way for an individual to bring a lawsuit against Big Eagle on behalf of the people of Crow Creek to recover tribal money and assets?
is God

Aurora, CO

#13 Apr 7, 2011
Observer wrote:
.. I wonder if there is a way for an individual to bring a lawsuit against Big Eagle on behalf of the people of Crow Creek to recover tribal money and assets?
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Good update.

It almost seems as if the people (the 'Individuals' themselves) can't get their own money back ?.( as if their families are all in on it too, one big tribal Conspiracy to get all they can, and to cover up the rest.
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The people can't get a share of their own wealth back?.
I always said,,,,
False Pride acts: "Proud to take Poor Peoples money".
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Truth and 'Legal' Justice is our only 'real' Hope.
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Convict them All for us.!!!!
Crow Creek Agency

Aurora, CO

#14 Apr 7, 2011
wa-ste.
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'progress is god'
(?)
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Crow Creek Agency

Aurora, CO

#15 Apr 7, 2011
"Observer". Crow Creek Tribal Chairman Big Eagle.
Big Eagle attempted to cite United States v. Bin Laden, in which 144 acts in six conspiracies in 12 countries were alleged. Holder responded, stating the "Big Eagle" is no Osama Bin Laden,"
Really?, "Osama Bin Laden"?.
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Really?, "Osama Bin Laden"?.

I guess that would be the best he could up with?.
and to think,,, He's our Tribal Chairman :)

Tribal Chairman Duane Big Eagle Sr. using "Osama Bin Laden" as a reason, an excuse, or, for 'defense',
may finally put the Crow Creek Reservation's injustices in the media,, for a while.
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Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#16 Apr 11, 2011
I remember hearing,, " No Question is a Dumb Question",.
but than again;
were from the Crow Creek Reserve, it's a little different there on the reserve.
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Osama Bin Laden and his Holy Gang of Holy Warriors blew up the New York towers on 9/11.
Killing Thousands of non-combatant civilians, Men, Women and Children.
calling it,,,'Another' Holy War.
Osama Bin Laden is still being hunted down by Our United States Government.
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Q:

Why did the Crow Creek Tribal Chairman, Duane Big Eagle Sr.
use Osama Bin Laden as his defense in the embezzlements from the Crow Creek Reserve?.

Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden as an Example?
Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden as an Excuse?,
Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden as a Reason?.
Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden as a Defense?.
Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden for Encouragement?.
Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. use Osama Bin Laden for Comfort?.

How did Duane Big Eagle Sr. mirror himself, his case, to Osama Bin Laden?.
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"Why and How" Did Duane Big Eagle Sr. Use, or Refer to Osama Bin Laden in his Embezzlement and Bribery court case against him?. give us an example, a tip for the understandings.
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you only gave us enough of the story to speculate....
'Duane Big Eagle Sr. attempted to cite Osama Bin Laden", 114 acts.
Attorney -->"the "Big Eagle sr. is no Osama Bin Laden.
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( you must know,,, This a perfect example of how 'Rumors' are started on our reservations :)
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Do we have a 'Holy War' going on in Crow Creek?.
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badger

United States

#17 Apr 11, 2011
As far as i can see the people need to get behind Peter Lengkeek and Wilfred Keeble and support them! these two councilmen are there for the people and they are there with their hearts. These two are the only one's moving forward and making progress, despite what they are against they still do very well and make things happen! The rest of the council don't do a darn thing, they just waste the people's money, they don't work they don't answer the phone when needed, nothing! They are puppets being controlled from a jail cell, will they ever wake up, i think not! they are incapable, all except Peter L. and Wilfred K.
Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#18 Apr 12, 2011
The People just Love these two, Peter Lengkeek and Wilfred Keeble.
We need more like these two. taking care of business for the people of Crow Creek.
While the ''other council members'' are just There, doing nothing, wasting poor people's money?,
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These public complaints are good to see because we know all the council members have computers and some of our poor people of crow creek are using the computer at the tribal office.
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You said: they ''Don't Answer Questions''..
Redirecting you from your Questions, Ignoring your Questions,'Stalling', in hope's you will forget you even asked.
or, in hope's that it will all just go away, or, in hopes you will just go away.
at least until our great country gives our tribe more swindling funds. a merry go round.
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You said: "The Crow Creek Tribal Council Puppets being controlled by the Puppet Master from 'Jail' "?, of all places...
The Corruptions may be back to the same ole cover up's, missing money, and were all back to the same ole complaints once they are out of Jail.
It is a Conspiracy, the Poor People of Crow Creek against their own council members, their families and their friends. That's ''Conspiracy''.
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but; for us Poor People, that's just the way we crow creekers grew up in Fort Thompson's politics and political insurrections.

the Crow Creek Tribe needs more Respected Leaders like Peter Lengkeek, Wilfred Keeble,
Brandon Sazue and the 12 courageous witnesses.
People like this are our real Hope, our Futures Hope.
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I like:
"False Pride Acts,,, Proud to take Poor Peoples Money"

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Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#19 Apr 12, 2011
Crow Creek Agency
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they ''Don't Answer Questions''..
Redirecting you from your Questions, Ignoring your Questions,'Stalling', in hope's you will forget you even asked.
or, in hope's that it will all just go away, or, in hopes you will just go away.

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Or, die.
Than the whole tribe will Honor and cry for those that died.
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Maybe we should all teach to Respect, Honor, Listen and Protect the welfare of our elders, today, while their still alive, here with us.
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What's changed since?, the Infrastructure Arguments, to the Trial Arguments of Duane Big Eagle Sr. Quoting Mass Murderer of New York's Towers, "Osama Bin Laden" in his Defense for Corrupt Acts committed on our small reservation?,
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I for one,( I know of others ) am happy for this investigation, Crow Creek has had many of these in the past, but this one is really different compared to all the other investigations in the past,
but, In regards to the past,,,

Where does the people take their complaints when they are harassed and intimidated for questioning their councils?.
( so, that it doesn't come back to this point of having to rely on, waiting for, "Courageous" people to stand up,, with the help of the FBI just to corroborate the peoples years of complaints?.)

Who listens to the peoples' complaints?
the FBI?.
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Crow Creek Agency

Denver, CO

#20 Apr 13, 2011
For all the 'cyber' Crow Creekers,

Here's a Crow Creek Myth Buster.
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In all the years I've been growing up and living on the Crow Creek Rez.
Elders and older guys have been telling us stories that the Tribal Chairman Duane Big Eagle Sr.
was a Non-Native adopted into the Big Eagle Family.

In the past years, I've even seen people address the courts trying to get a Blood Check on the grounds claiming Duane Big Eagle Sr. was a Non-Native person,
The Federal Courts denied the petition stating that,,,,'to do so would be ''detrimental to living relatives''.

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The Myth Buster:

Duane Big Eagle: Chairman of Crow Creek Dakota Reservation,
* Direct descendent of Dakota Chief Big Eagle *
http://diversityfoundation.org/TeamMembers_4....

Chief Big Eagle - Family Tree link.
http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/...

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I truly believe in our Elders,
but,, could it be that these stories were all just a stink Crap of Rumors?.
( speculations ).
Who is wrong?.
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Here, the Truth of the matter should finally be laid to rest.
spare our future generations from reliving the "Question" over and over, from time to time.

For The People....

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