the Crow people, are at a crossroads and have an important question
to ask ourselves: Do we want to have a voice in our Tribal government
or do we want to close our eyes and continue to be controlled by an
illegal constitution? Our ancestors are watching and future
generations are depending on us. It is time to bring our government
back to the Crow people.
The 1948 Constitution
places the power in the hands of the Crow people to establish any
kind of government we want, as long as we go through the legal
process and ratify changes to our constitution through a secret
ballot referendum vote. The 2001 “constitution” and by-laws were
pushed through without a secret ballot vote, creating an
unconstitutional (illegal) appointed legislative body, the Crow
Legislature, that isn’t listening to the voices of the Crow People.
Its existence has created an environment for favoritism, secrecy,
lack of accountability, corruption and unchecked power.
One hundred Crow people
signed a petition asking the Tribal Chairman to look into this
The 2001 ”constitution”
transferred power from the people’s Tribal council and their
elected officials “one voice, one vote” to a handful of
legislators who are easily controlled by outside business interests.
The wealth of the Crow Nation (financial wealth, natural and cultural
resources) has been squandered and harmed by a few. We are at a
crossroads—the Crow Nation is $74 million in debt. The Crow
legislature has cost $600 million to pass 11 laws. We deserve better.
Our children deserve
On Saturday, August 12,
the Crow Tribal council will hold a ratification by secret ballot. We
can restore our voice, the integrity of our Nation and the right of
our Crow people to determine our destiny. We can create a form of
government that works for us by first voting for the 1948
Constitution and then participating fully in creating a form of
government that works for us and the future of our children.
VOTE FOR THE 1948
CONSTITUTION ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 12. RATIFY RESOLUTION 17-01.
You can vote electronically in your district or in Billings at Rocky
Mountain Tribal Leaders Council. Let your voice be heard! Every voice
An attorney in California wants to represent Indian beneficiaries who object to the $3.4 billion settlement in the Indian trust fund lawsuit.
Darrell Palmer says the Cobell legal team is requesting $223 million in fees -- "one of the largest fee requests in US history." He also says lead plaintiff Elouise Cobell and the other named plaintiffs "are requesting huge and unprecedented awards." Palmer, who has experience in class action settlements, wants to file objections on behalf of beneficiaries "at no charge," according to his website, classactionfairness.com. He plans to appear at the June 20 fairness hearing in Washington, D.C.
Here are possible reasons to object to this settlement:
If you qualify as a class member, you might be able to recover from $800-20,000 max.
1. The class attorneys are requesting $223,000,000.00 in attorney fees - one of the largest fee requests in US history - to be paid directly from the pockets of Native Americans.
2. The class representatives are requesting huge and unprecedented awards, ranging from $150,000 to $2,000,000.
3. The notice to the class is confusing.
4. There is no agreement for selling the trust lands.
5. The claims period is too short and the claims process is too complicated.
Law Offices of Darrell Palmer specializes in class action settlements fairness reviews.
Our attorneys will discuss your concerns about the Indian Trust Settlement with you at no charge and prepare and file your objections with the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. at no charge to you. We will also appear at the final approval hearing on June 20, 2011.
Please contact us immediately via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 888-708-0098
Call now! Your Objection must be mailed by Wednesday April 20, 2011.
Patrick Hill an alottee interviews Jay Harris, As the Allottment Acts were seen as the The Great Pulverizing Force to Break Up Tribal Lands, what is the relationship between Allottees, the Crow Tribe, Montana , US Government and the Water Compact
Click on links below to Listen Part One
Allottees discuss water rights, The Water Compact .
At the same time that the United States has allocated $3.4 billion for " land held in Trust" in the Cobell v. Salazar class action suit. ( for current or former IIM account holders / land held in trust / your rights will be affected / www.IndianTrust.com or call 1-800-961-6109)
Indigenous Crow Peoples gather at Center Pole to discuss the implications of the Water Compact, and the evolution of the Rights of Allottees. In reference to the conflict of interest and on going neglect of trust responsibilities of the BIA, What are the alternatives / strategies to having representation? click to Listen Audio of discussion