Illegal Oneida arrest
On Oct. 18, the Oneida Nation Police went to the home of
Danielle Patterson and took her into custody without notifying her attorneys,
held a private hearing and transported her to Cambria Co. Prison in Ebensburg,
Pa., over 300 miles away. The Oneida Nation Social Services also appeared to
"check" on Danielle's three children who have been in the custody of
her sisters ever since. Last November, Safety Inspector Arthur Pierce threatened
to take Danielle's children away from her. Danielle is a single mother.
She was charged with "contempt of court" and
faced criminal charges for assaulting a police officer, Nov. 21, 2001 when 22
police officers forcibly entered her home under the authority of a
"Beautification Program" by the Oneida Nation of New York. The program
is a sham under which homes are inspected, condemned and demolished under the
guise of health and safety (see October NEWS & LETTERS). The videotape
clearly shows the assault on Danielle, not on the officers.
On Danielle's court date approximately 50 people protested
outside of the court. The nation offered Danielle a "deal." Her
"assaulting an officer" charge was dropped and she received time
served for the "contempt of court" charge. Danielle would be
released from her kidnappers if she vacated her home within 24 hours and made
sure no one interfered with it's demolition. Danielle complied with the
deal. Before the trailer was destroyed, MJ Schenandoah, Danielle's niece,
was attacked by Nation Police while she led many members of the crowd in
traditional Iroquois social songs.
Many attempts have been made to make a peaceful resolution
of the issue regarding inspections of homes. It is believed that the Oneida
Nation of New York, Inc., only wants to use its accumulated power and wealth to
force all people from their aboriginal homelands and utilize the status of the
tax-free sovereign land.
--Oneida Nation Territory residents www.oneidasfordemocracy.org
Published by News and Letters Committees