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Systemic Racism: A Lakota Red Ribbon Grand Jury Proceeding
Red Ribbon Grand Jury ~ Chadron, NE ~ June 24th 2008
Testimony regarding specific crimes and specific injustices which exemplify the atmosphere of fascism in Dawes county Nebraska.
While covering the plight of the Lakota in Chadron the NOmadjik Media bus was sabatoged with deep red clay in the fuel lines. We were immobilized and all mechanics who responded to fix it changed their minds a day after agreeing to do the job. During this period a little research showed that a month earlier a journalist who had been studying racism in Chadron and had dissappeared several years before had just been unearthed in a local park... not all that well hidden in a relatively populated area. The public was to believe the body had been there for several years without being detected in the numerous man hunts that had combed the area after he went missing. We were lucky enough to be a AAA member with towing privledges; so after a week or more of being harassed by local police & kindly not helped by local businesses, we were able to be towed 100 miles to the safety of a real international truck shop. At this point we had not yet published anything about the issues in Chadron. Along the way our tow truck driver confided to us that he used to work as a guard at the local prison (where the current police chief had been warden). We were a little concerned about that since he was taking us "somewhere".
We arrived at the International Truck Shop and decided that the warden had probably just sent his boy along to make sure we were getting the hell out of town. The truck shop repeatdly missdiagonosed the problem with the bus and took over a week to fix it. During this period our friendly tow truck driver showed up to spy on us every day. He didn't come over an say hi. He peered at us from behind bushes and trees. He had claimed he lived 2 hours away and was going to be late getting home to his wife when he towed us there.
When the garage finally got the bus fixed, it seemed as though they knew exactly how much was in the bank account... they charged us for several hundred dollars of things they should not have, things that they had (intentionally) fixed wrong, overlooked, extra time on the lot... etc and the bill was well over a thousand dollars ... about 20 bucks less than we had in the bank. We paided the Mthafkrs and got the hell outa there.