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Hello Robert Kakaygeesick jr and Ernest Cobiness
John Thunder is now charged with extortion. He has been released and must appear in court November 25, 2013. In 1999, you Robert were a council member of Buffalo Point First Nation. You and Dorothy Camp were a quorum of the Chief and Council, you as two councillors signed a Band Council Resolution directing the Department of Indian Affairs to conduct a democratic election replacing the disputed Hereditary Chiefs system.
Today the hypocrisy of the Government of Canada that defended Chief John Thunder in 1999 has changed, into a full 180 degree turnaround. The reason is clear, while the rights of indigenous people to democracy means nothing to the Canadian Government, the rights of white people will be defended.
John Thunder ran afoul of white people therefore the Government of Canada and the RCMP will protect white people, even against a white Chief.
In late 2012, a group of protesters occupied the band office on the reserve for over a month, demanding Thunder resign.
Thunder is a non-elected, hereditary chief and a number of residents accused him of mismanaging the First Nation. Eventually, Thunder secured a court injunction to have the protesters removed from the band office.
A year ago, I was in Tehran.
Some excepts (with Typo corrections) from my 2012 letter to Iranian Ambassador in Ottawa, ... I would like to tell you about a group of indigenous people who are not allowed to have a democracy in their community. I am taking a camera to interview a ninety year old woman who has never been allowed to vote. Florence Kakaygeesic is over ninety years old and her husband who is deceased a number of years ago was in the U.S military.
Robert Kakaygeesic Sr. was a traditional man, a kind person and Florence was never aggressive, so their rights were never upheld. Robert Sr. died without ever having voted in tribal elections and Florence will die without ever having voted because in Canada democracy is not a right if you are an indigenous person.
Frank Thunder was supposed to be the real hereditary Chief but he was serving in Vietnam when his adopted brother James Thunder took over. James was white and his son John Thunder took over after his father.
In 1999, I tried to help the people when they occupied their government office. Two council members ( quorum of three) signed a legal document asking for a democratic election. The Government of Canada, the Department of Indian Affairs denied their directive. So, the people of Buffalo Point have been denied any democracy.
James Thunder got an injunction against the people and armed police (RCMP) came into the office, arrested the people and charged them. The police came in with dogs, tear gas ready, and with all kinds of weaponry in case the people resisted.
Their lands have been stolen, occupied by white cottage owners who were leased reservation lands by the white chiefs. The real owners of the lands, the indigenous Ojibway people do not get paid for their lands being taken from them. If Canada is such a champion of human rights, why are they denying the people of Buffalo Point a right to democracy.
Maybe if Florence Kakaygeesic were on Press T.V., her voice might finally be heard outside of Canada, the so called Champion of Human Rights might have to answer the world why they deny democracy to indigenous people.
Frank Thunder served several tours in Vietnam but the Americans don't care about his right to democracy anymore than they cared about Robert Kakaygeesic Sr, another United States veteran who died never having had the right to vote.
End of letter to Iranian Ambassador.
After the failed 1999 occupation of the Band Office, people of Buffalo Point tried in 2012 to once again occupy the band office in an effort to get democracy. Once again the Government of Canada, the Canadian courts and the RCMP ensured that the indigenous people's right to democracy was denied. As the Winnipeg Free Press wrote last year, October 26, 2012.
Winnipeg free press... BAND OFFICE OCCUPIERS DEMAND RESERVE CHIEF'S OUSTER By: Alexandra Paul
RCMP and the courts of Canada do not uphold the rights of the people of Buffalo Point, they will however ensure that the white people who invested in the stolen lands at Buffalo Point, got 99 year leases, and built cottages will be protected from the Chief who is appointed by his father. The right of the people to democracy will not be protected by Canada, the Courts or the RCMP if it affects only indigenous people, but they might do something if it affects white people.
Robert and Ernest,
My advise is for you to contact lawyer Norm Boudreau, ask the courts for a forensic audit that will get information into the court about the finances of the First Nation. The courts will not do this to protect the rights of the indigenous people but they might do it to get more evidence against John Thunder. Canada will protect the rights of the cottagers, so if you want an election, you must also protect the agreements that were made with the cottagers. As bad as that might feel for your people, you will not get an election without some compromise for the whites who now occupy your reservation lands.
You are all poor. You have no money for lawyers and when you were charged back in 1999, it cost you a lot of money to fight for your rights in court. John had all the money and you had none. At the time the cottage owners supported the Chief and of course the courts and RCMP sided with the white people. You lost in court.
The RCMP do everything the Government tells them to do. Their pay cheque are Government of Canada cheques. The only reason the RCMP went after John Thunder is because white rights must be protected.
I am sending out this email to all my over four hundred email addresses. What the RCMP did last week in Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick is nothing new, the RCMP did this to your people in 1999 and in 2012. They came in with dogs, tear gas, assault rifles, all to oust indigenous people who were peacefully occupying their own band office in an effort to get something everyone else in Canada expects as a right, the right to be able to vote.
Robert, The American media never gave a damn about your father who served in the US military, nor did they defend the right of Frank Thunder when he came back from Vietnam. The US media never even published anything about your people and the RCMP coming in with assault rifles to enforce a dictatorship that the people opposed. The Americans never came to the defense of three soldiers who served in the US military, men who put their lives on the line.
Ernest, your father Eddy Cobiness also served in the Military, the United States Navy. So much for democracy for your people. The United States said they were fighting for democracy against communists in Vietnam. Three young men from Buffalo Point in Canada believed the Americans and volunteered.
Vice-Chair American Indian Movement