Hundreds petition for native police unit
A petition calling for a special aboriginal police unit is gaining support in the North End.
Rodney Hunt, chief of the Saskatchewan River First Nation Inc., started the petition after three people were randomly shot in a 45-minute span in the North End Oct. 23. Two of the victims died.
"People are scared to go out because there's been no solution to it, and a lot of people are afraid of non-native police," said Hunt, who lives on Boyd Avenue. Beyond being afraid of crime, they're frightened of police, too, he added.
He said he and about five other people are combing the North End and circulating a petition for a special aboriginal police unit. They're finding neighbourhoods desperate for action but silenced by suspicion about talking to city police officers, who've beefed up their presence since the shootings.
Frustration is almost palpable on some North End streets, Hunt said.
Solving the shooting is proving elusive. Police said last week there have been no arrests and no updates to report.
In the first 48 hours after they started circulating the petition for an aboriginal police unit, some 600 signed it, Hunt said. Since then, about 100 more have added their names.
"People want that aboriginal police unit. It has to be a group from the area, who walk the beat and talk to people on a daily basis," Hunt said.
Police said Friday they were unaware of the petition, but issued a statement:
"The service respects diversity in all aspects of policing, both within our organization and in the community. Part of every officer's job is to develop relationships in whatever community they work in. Furthermore, these officers work in co-operation with individuals and community groups to come up with solutions to problems," said the statement on behalf of Winnipeg Police Service Supt. Dave Thorne.
"We share the desire to achieve neighbourhoods where families and individuals can feel safe. Limiting options for job opportunities within the service to any of our employees would be unfair and is not something that the service sees a benefit in doing."
Stolen artifact returned to Historical Society
- December 6, 2010
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A Native American artifact stolen in the 1990s by a disgraced Wisconsin Historical Society museum curator has wended its way back to the institution's collection, nurturing a faint but persistent hope that other stolen artifacts might follow.
The path to the recovery of the beaded, northern Plains knife sheath began in January, but the return of the sheath from an unnamed museum in New York was not announced until last week in an understated notice in a monthly society publication.
The sheath is the first to be returned of 116 — now 115 — items listed as still missing and stolen by David Wooley, a curator in the Native American ethnographic and archaeological collections who was convicted of stealing more than $100,000 worth of Native American artifacts. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2001, and the thefts took place during his employment as a curator at the museum in the 1990s.
"We have been told that it usually takes a decade for these things to start surfacing," said chief curator Paul Bourcier.
After Wooley was arrested, the museum recovered 32 missing items. The knife sheath is the 33rd, and the first since the arrest, said Bourcier.
In January, a dealer in artifacts from Montana called the museum to report he saw the sheath on the museum's website — which lists the stolen items and includes photographs of 12 of the items — and recognized it as "recalling distinctly this piece in a transaction that occurred several years ago in New Mexico," said Bourcier.
The dealer knew what happened to the sheath after that, and directed Bourcier to the website of a private New York museum, which had its Native American artifact collection images online.
"I looked at the two images on the screen and immediately knew that was it," he said.
Bourcier and staff traced the sheath, with help from the New York museum, which received it as a donation from someone who bought it from a person who bought it from a "known associate" of David Wooley.
"Once we heard the name of the person from whom the dealer got it in New Mexico, we said `oh yeah' and this was a name that came up during the investigation time and again," said Bourcier.
According to an appraisal, the recovered sheath is a pre-1850 example of a northern Plains artifact with "seed beads as well as pony (larger) beads, and demonstrates a direct trading market between the northern Plains and the Great Lakes." "Pony" beads are so-called because they were commonly used on horse gear arriving by pony trade with the first French fur trappers.
The sheath was donated to the Wisconsin Historical Society in 1963 by Mary Land of Newark, N.J.
Bourcier said no arrests were made in the recovery of the sheath, though Capitol Police assisted in the investigation. He declined to name the private museum involved, and said the sheath was returned to the collection, in storage.
One of the difficulties encountered in searching for the stolen artifacts is so few of them — a dozen — were photographed. The list, which is posted here, now includes 115 items.
"Photography was not a routine part of processing until a decade ago or so," said Bourcier. "Digitizing collections has made a huge difference," he said, noting a recent inventory was completed of the museum's entire "non-archeological collection of three-dimensional objects in Madison," a collection of 100,000 objects.
Wooley, described in 2001 by Dane County Circuit Judge Moria Krueger as a "major criminal," also was convicted of stealing an important artifact during his time as a curator for the tribal museum at Lac du Flambeau.
A Real Man Never Hits A Woman!
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To: Members in First Nations & Aboriginal Rights
Native group wants answers - woman dies from police custody
INDIAN BROOK — A native women’s association is calling for an independent review of the death of Victoria Paul, an Indian Brook woman left on the floor of a Truro police cell in a pool of urine in August 2009 while possibly having a stroke.
Paul, 44, died in a Halifax hospital about a week later.
"That’s beyond race. That goes to human rights and dignity," Cheryl Maloney, president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, said Monday at a news conference at Indian Brook, a First Nations community just outside Shubenacadie.
Maloney said her group is filing a freedom of information request to see the full report as well as videotape of Paul’s 10 hours in the Truro lockup on Aug. 28, 2009.
Halifax Regional Police compiled the report, which found that Truro police had followed proper procedures.
"While the executive summary gives us a better understanding of what happened to Victoria while she was in the lockup, we still have many unanswered questions," Maloney said.
"We need to see for ourselves what exactly happened to Victoria in the final hours."
Truro Police Chief David McNeil said Monday the full report is a confidential internal document that will not be released. He said the summary offered more information than police are required to make public, but they did so in a "spirit of openness."
"We wanted to hopefully bring some answers to some questions they may have had," the chief said.
He presented the summary on Dec. 3 to Victoria’s sister Kimber Paul and representatives of the native women’s association.
Maloney said that while the summary doesn’t answer all their questions, it does more fully fill in the blanks between the time Paul was arrested for public intoxication outside a Truro bar at about 3 a.m. on Aug. 28 of last year and when she was transported to hospital at about 1:30 p.m.
Paul was picked up along with her son Deveron Paul, who was detained in the cell next to hers. Police say she and her son were belligerent and fighting the arresting officers.
Maloney said evidence shows that Victoria Paul, while drunk, was walking and talking when booked at 3:15 a.m.
The abbreviated form of the report says video from the cell showed Paul dropping off to sleep not long after being detained. She sat up at 5:34 a.m. and a minute or so later seemed to fall back to sleep.
At about 6:30 a.m., she rolled off the bed and appeared to be in some discomfort, the report says.
At 8:21 a.m., Sgt. Lee Henderson and others moved Paul back onto the bed, then put her back on the floor.
Commissionaire Jim Skinner said he checked on Paul several times starting at about 6:30 a.m., tapping her foot with his search wand in an attempt to get a response. He said he looked in on her more often than required, which for impaired people is every 30 minutes.
The report says Skinner was so concerned about Paul’s state that he contacted supervisor Gerard White for advice on what to do. He was told that if she was grunting, she was fine.
At some point, her son also became concerned about her welfare and asked that something be done.
By 10:39 a.m., she was still on the floor and appeared to be in pain, the report says. Ambulance personnel were finally called and arrived at about 1:16 p.m. Paramedics found Paul lying face down in a pool of urine.
The report says that when Paul arrived at Colchester Regional Hospital in Truro, she was crying and moaning and pointing to her face. She was transferred the next day to the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, where she died a week later on Sept. 5.
Maloney said the Paul family would like to know why police and other personnel took so long to call for medical help and why Paul was moved from the bed to the floor and then left there for so many hours.
She said the sequence of events needs to be studied by someone not affiliated with police.
"An independent review is the only way Victoria’s family can be sure that standards of care were met," Maloney said.
Kimber Paul said it was distressing to learn more details of her sister’s time in custody, but she wants the full story.
"I lost a sister, so it’s not so easy to look at," she said of the report.
The report recommends Truro police review a policy that says a booking officer cannot call for medical help. It also says the force should take another look at its injury assessment training.
Chief McNeil said his department has accepted both recommendations.
In fiscal years 2005 through 2009, U.S. Attorney's Office (USAOs) resolved about 9,000 of the approximately 10,000 Indian country matters referred to their offices by filing for prosecution, declining to prosecute, or administratively closing the matter. USAOs declined to prosecute 50 percent of the 9,000 matters. In addition: (1) About 77 percent of the matters received were categorized as violent crimes, and 24 percent as nonviolent crimes. (2) Declination rates tended to be higher for violent crimes, which were declined 52 percent of the time, than for nonviolent crimes, which were declined 40 percent of the time. According to staff from the USAOs, the difference in declination rates may be related to the evidence that is generally available for each type of crime, because, generally, less evidence is available for violent crimes. (3) South Dakota and Arizona were the top two districts receiving Indian country matters, with 2,414 and 2,358 matters, respectively. (4) The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) were the most prominent referring agencies, with 5,500 and 2,355 matters referred, respectively. Matters referred by the FBI were declined 46 percent of the time by the USAO, and matters from BIA 63 percent of the time. According to USAO, FBI, and BIA officials, this may be attributed to differences in the types of crimes investigated by the two agencies and the agencies' policies on which matters to refer to USAOs. (5) Two charge categories accounted for 55 percent of matters referred. There were 2,922 assault matters received (29 percent of the total), while the other leading charge was sexual abuse and related offenses, with 2,594 matters received (26 percent of the total). USAOs declined to prosecute 46 percent of assault matters and 67 percent of sexual abuse and related matters. The FBI and the BIA referred 79 percent of the Indian country matters to the USAOs. USAOs declined 63 percent of Indian country criminal matters referred by the BIA and 46 percent of Indian country criminal matters referred by the FBI. Representatives from USAOs, BIA, and FBI told us that this difference in declination rates may be the result of differences in agency protocols for referring matters to a USAO. For example, while FBI officials said that they may elect not to refer matters that they believe lack sufficient evidence for prosecution, BIA officials said that they refer all matters that they investigate to the USAO. Also, one agency may not have a presence in a certain area, leaving the other to make all of the referrals to the USAO. For example, the FBI does not have a presence on some tribal land in Arizona, and so criminal matters from that area are referred by the BIA. Furthermore, FBI officials noted that in many districts USAO guidelines assign primary responsibility for investigation of certain types of crimes to either the FBI or the BIA.
- U.S. Department of Justice Declinations of Indian Country Criminal Matters
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