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Donna's Journal
December 28, 2003

This has been an exciting week. Since I'm knee deep in work on this computer I have been un able to follow too closely the rift in the Ponca tribe.  Today this came out in the Oklahoma City Paper, The Oklahoman and I thought you might enjoy reading:

Armed man found about five miles from headquarters
By Mae Bentley, Staff writer

White Eagle – A planned early-morning, armed raid on the Ponca Tribe headquarters never got past the staging area a tribal police chief said Saturday

   LeRoy Enloe, chief of the Otoe-Missouria police department, said his officers detained a man at 3 a.m. Saturday at the Otoe =Missouria trading post which is about five miles south of the Ponca Tribe headquarters.

    Enloe said the man was armed with fived loaded weapons - two 22 caliber pistols, a shotgun and two semi automatic rifles.

    The man told Enloe's officers that he was the first to arrive of eight men hired to storm the Police headquarters building.

    The Ponca Tribe has been split since the elections eight days ago.

    Two former councilmen - Chairman Bennett Arkeketa and Secretary/Treasurer Charlie Primeaux-lost their seats. Along with former tribe executive director Cheryl Gonseth and other supporters, they have refused to recognize the election results and have occupied the Valdez (social services) Building next to tribal headquarters.

    Other tribal members and officers, including five of the seven council members, have maintained 24 hour control of the tribal headquarters. About 20 people spent Friday night and Saturday morning there, an oficial said.

    Enloe said the detained man was non-Indian and so was not arrested.

    He was offered to the Noble County Sheriff's, then turned over to Curtis Johnson, the former Ponca Tribe police chief, with instructions to stay off Otoe-Missouria land, Enloe said.

    Enloe said the man told him that he was hired by Johnson and Gonseth.]

    “It was basically a mercenary crew,” said Enloe, who believes the othe hired guns drove on past the trading post when they saw police cars.

    “We heard later a large group had gathered at the Kay County/Noble County line, but they were gone by the time officers got there.”

    The detained man had a military identification card and was CLEET (Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training) certified. Enloe said the man said he was operating on his own accord and not as a representative of any state or military police unit, in which case he “wouldn't have faced any trouble with me.”

    His military unit, apparently Reserve or Nataional Guard, was contacted and had no knowledge of his actions, Enloe said.

    “This probably cost him his job,” Enloe said.

    The Otoe-Missouria have a cross deputization agreement with the Ponca Tribe and three other Indian tribes in the area, Enloe said.

    Arkeketa, Primeaux, Gonseth and Johnson were not available for comment, a woman at the Valdez Building told. The Oklahoman. Arkeketa and Primeaux were “working on some business right now,” she said.

    Casey Camp-Horinek, tribal election chairman, said about 20 people spent Friday night in the tribal headquarters and about 40 or 50 show up for evening meals. Nearly 30 spend the night in the Valdez building, a woman said by telephone.

    A tribal official who asked to remain anonymous said there is nothing in the Valdez Building that is useful to the Arkeketa group and their occupation is symbolic at best.

Eh-bah-deb-bah-deb-bah-deb, bah and that's all folks. ;-)

On The Ranchiquita-quita-quita here,  all is quiet except for one whiny, high pitched, Oklahoma nasel twanged voiced call,  from the man who threatens to shoot the dogs “IF” they come over here.  “The sheriff told me I can.”

I'm thinking but don't say it. “Doesn't that give you a clue? They know it is against the law. The Humane Society knows it is against the law to shoot a dog? Er.. Why are they telling you to go ahead and do that?”

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