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Thursday, May 10, 2007

Turtle Mountain Chippewa excludes insulting author

Turtle Mountain Chippewa Nation passes exclusion order for insulting author

The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Council unanimously passed a resolution banning Rob Port from tribal lands for insulting comments about the tribe and its members posted on and published in the Dakota Beacon. The resolution was passed Thursday at 3 p.m.

The resolution states:
"WHEREAS, there has been no effort made on the part of the Dakota Beacon to retract the article, amidst numerous complaints by tribal members; and
WHEREAS, Rob Port, author of the article and webmaster of has made no effort to either retract or apologize to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians; now
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that, Rob Port, author of the aforementioned article and webmaster of, be excluded and removed from all land on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in the State of North Dakota and from such other lands as may be acquired on behalf of said Tribe and be added thereto under the laws of the United States and pursuant to Title 39 of the Turtle Mountain Tribal Code, in order that the peace, health, political integrity, economic security and general welfare of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa be secured; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, Steve Cates, publisher of the Dakota Beacon, and Dakota Beacon, Inc. publicly retract the January 2007 article “The Appalling State of North Dakota Indian Reservations” by issuing a letter to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, with said letter placed by the tribe for publication in regional news outlets and issuance to each of the other tribes in the State of North Dakota; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution be transmitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, North Dakota Congressional Delegation Members, the Governor of the State of North Dakota and the North Dakota State Indian Affairs Commission for follow-through, oversight and information."
Here's Rob Port's response:

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Anonymous said...

Hi. My name is Andy Laverdure. I am an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band. I live on the reservation. The statements made by Rob Port and his followers on the site are some of the most horrible statements ever made. Indian women have been called "welfare whores". Indian children have been called "bastards".

According to Rob, Indians do not pay taxes, they do not contribute to society, they only leech off the government "sucking on the government's tit". Because of this, all Indian society is a welfare society. Rob is stating that all reservations should be abolished. All treaties should be abrogated.

Steve Cates, publisher of the Dakota Beacon (where the original articla appeared in Jan. 2007), is just as bad, for allowing such an article to be published. The Dakota Beacon is a major republican journal printed and widely distributed in North Dakota! For ND Governor Ed Schaeffer is a regular contributor! Margaret Sitte, a republican bigwig in the state is a major supporter. The republican party, by publishing the Rob Port article in the Dakota Beacon is agreeing with the "solution" to the "Indian Problem" by default, becaust they are party to the statements made by not decrying the article that was published.

Anyway, I have more to say. I wish more people would get involved, in whatever way they can. We need to get this resolved. Also, is there a way this information can get to Lakota times? Help, if you can. thanks.

Anonymous said...

I love the Sioux people and Nation.

It is sad that your people are once again being exploited.

The enemies (using the Sioux language) have already taking your lands and your hunting and fishing areas.

They raped your daughters and women and killed your children.

They have poisoned your water and your scare lands.

They destroyed your homes and source of food.

They point their fingers at you and laugh with ridicules and shame you in front of your children.

They designed the schools system so that you will fail. They are still moving ahead with their extermination plans.

Next year they will take a piece of land or your fishing and hunting rights.

Exploitation and termination plans were enforced by the federal government, then the state governments, then the county governments, then businesses and companies.

Now universities and colleges!!

When will the Sioux Nations unite and stand together and stop all this exploitation.

The future of the Sioux nations is before you.

If universities and colleges continue to exploit the Sioux nations with mascot, your children will continue to be exploited, ridiculed and laugh at in universities and colleges.

It will cause them to leave schools. Your children and grand children will not receive their degrees because of these exploitation and discrimination.

The Sioux Nations must stop these exploitations and discriminations that are embedded and rooted into the school system by using “Sioux” mascot.

You must not let the enemies take advantage of your life, your culture and identities and pride.

I know that all the Sioux Chiefs would have stood against exploitations and discrimination by universities and colleges.

Now is the time, not next year or not in two years, but today all Sioux nations must stand-up and unite and vote against this exploitation by universities and colleges.

Do it for your people, children, grand children and your future.

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