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IRS sells SD Indian tribe's land to settle debt
The Internal Revenue Service on Thursday auctioned off a large swath of land owned by an impoverished Indian tribe to help pay off more than $3 million in back taxes, penalties and interest — a sale the tribe says is illegal under federal laws protecting Indian land.
The 7,100 acres, or 11 square miles, of Crow Creek Sioux tribal land in central South Dakota ranch sold for almost $2.6 million, less than the $4.6 million it was appraised at, said IRS spokeswoman Carrie Resch. She did not say who bought the land.
The tribe filed a lawsuit Monday in U.S. District court in Pierre seeking to block the sale. Judge Roberto A. Lange declined their request but promised to schedule a trial to hear the tribe's arguments.
The land in question was part of the tribe's original reservation established in an 1868 treaty, and was held by the federal government in a trust for the tribe. But it was eventually allotted to individual tribal members, who then sold it to non-Indians, putting it outside the tribe's legal jurisdiction.
The tribe bought the ranch back in 1998 but the Bureau of Indian Affairs did not put the land back into trust, which would have protected it from seizure, Tribal Secretary Tommy Thompson said.
Tribal Chairman Brandon Sazue said he hopes the tax dispute can still be resolved in a way that allows the tribe to keep the land.
"It's very disgraceful, very shameful. It's devastating to us," Sazue said after the auction. "Our land is never for sale."
Lawyers said the tribe can purchase the land back during a 180-day redemption period, and the land will not change possession during that time. A trial is tentatively set for March 29-30, which is within the redemption period.
According to the lawsuit, the IRS was auctioning the land to recover more than $3.1 million in federal employment taxes owed by the tribe. The tribe didn't pay the taxes because it was told, erroneously, by an official connected to the BIA that federally recognized tribes do not have to pay the taxes, according to the lawsuit.
The auction was unnecessary because the tribe is seeking a loan to pay off its tax bill, the lawsuit said.
The tribe contends the IRS cannot legally seize and sell the land because it is owned by Crow Creek Tribal Farms Inc., a corporation set up by the tribe that is not legally responsible for settling the tribe's tax debts.
Members of the tribe have used the land and lived on it for a long time, according to the suit. "Members died and were buried on the land. Indeed, the lands were considered so important to the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe that the Tribe went into debt to acquire the land as part of its land consolidation effort to enlarge the Crow Creek Indian Reservation," it contends.
The tribe also argues that the seizure is illegal because the land cannot be taken without congressional approval and the IRS has not followed a federal law requiring an environmental assessment of the sale's impact.
The tribe's lawyer, Mario Gonzalez of Rapid City, said the IRS action was unusual. "This is the only instance that I know of where the IRS has levied on tribally owned land on an Indian reservation."
Resch, the IRS spokeswoman, said she could not comment on the tribe's legal arguments because the IRS does not comment on pending litigation.
Thompson said the IRS should have negotiated with the tribe, and that the tax bill could have been paid from trust money held for the tribe by the federal government.
"I'm kind of upset and kind of furious with the IRS," Thompson said.
The land is particularly valuable to the tribe because it has been designated as a site for construction of wind towers to generate electrical energy, Sazue and Thompson said.
Buffalo County, which encompasses the Crow Creek reservation, is consistently listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as one of the poorest counties in the nation. The Census Bureau reported that more than 39 percent of the county's population lived in poverty in 2005, when the annual median household income was just $16,868. The county had a 20 percent unemployment rate in October, four times higher than the state average, according to the South Dakota Department of Labor.
Global Governance - EU President Admits One-World Government is Here NWO - New World Order
Is Obama Really Preparing For Civil War? By Chuck Baldwin
December 11, 2009
According to an obscure report in the European Union Times (EUTimes.net),
Russian Military Analysts are reporting to Prime Minister Putin that US
President Barack Obama has issued an order to his Northern Command's
(USNORTHCOM) top leader, US Air Force General Gene Renuart, to 'begin
immediately' increasing his military forces to 1 million troops by January
30, 2010, in what these reports warn is an expected outbreak of civil war
within the United States before the end of winter.
According to these reports, Obama has had over these past weeks 'numerous'
meetings with his war council abut how best to manage the expected implosion
of his Nation's banking system while at the same time attempting to keep the
United States military hegemony over the World in what Russian Military
Analysts state is a 'last ditch gambit' whose success is 'far from
The EU Times article continues by saying, To the fears of Obama over the
United States erupting into civil war once the full extent of the rape and
pillaging of these peoples by their banks and government becomes known to
them, grim evidence now shows the likelihood of this occurring much sooner
The Times story goes on to say that there are over 220 million American
people armed to the teeth and ready to explode.
The Times article concludes by saying, Though the coming civil war in the
United States is being virtually ignored by their propaganda media, the same
cannot be said of Russia, where leading Russian political analyst, Professor
Igor Panarin has long warned that the economic turmoil in the United States
has confirmed his long-held view that the US is heading for collapse.
Many of us would be inclined to pooh-pooh such a story, but then there is
this column from Bloomberg.com entitled Arming Goldman With Pistols Against
Public, written by Alice Schroeder. According to Ms Schroeder:
'I just wrote my first reference for a gun permit,' said a friend, who told
me of swearing to the good character of a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. banker
who applied to the local police for a permit to buy a pistol. The banker had
told this friend of mine that senior Goldman people have loaded up on
firearms and are now equipped to defend themselves if there is a populist
uprising against the bank.
There is no doubt that the American people have good reason to despise these
international banksters epitomized by Goldman Sachs. Even one of Goldman's
poster-boys, Henry Paulson, US Treasury secretary and former Goldman CEO,
admitted that the American people were fed up. Schroeder quotes Paulson as
saying, during testimony to Congress last summer, [People] were unhappy
with the big discrepancies in wealth, but they at least believed in the
system and in some form of market-driven capitalism. But if we had a
complete meltdown, it could lead to people questioning the basis of the
Schroeder correctly opines, There you have it. The bailout was meant to
keep the curtain drawn on the way the rich make money, not from the free
market, but from the lack of one. Goldman Sachs blew its cover when the
firm's revenue from trading reached a record $27 billion in the first nine
months of this year, and a public that was writhing in financial agony
caught on that the profits earned on taxpayer capital were going to pay
Schroeder concludes her column by saying, And if the proles [proletariat:
plebs, working class, peasants] really do appear brandishing pitchforks at
the doors of Park Avenue and the gates of Round Hill Road, you can be sure
that the Goldman guys and their families will be holed up in their safe
rooms with their firearms.
So, do Wall Street and Russian analysts know something that we don't know?
Is this why George W. Bush initiated USNORTHCOM to begin with? Is this why
Barack Obama is beefing up USNORTHCOM? This would help explain the reports
of all those potential detention camps that have been constructed (including
the abandoned military installations that have refurbished security fences,
guard towers, etc., around them). Has the American people's disgust with
these crooks and thieves within the federal government and Wall Street
reached a boiling point?
There is no question that people are angry, and for good reason.
The fraudulent financial policies of the Federal Reserve and its lackeys in
the White House and Congress have literally bankrupted the country. Real
unemployment is most likely over 20%. Taxes (along with costly fees,
regulations, restrictions, penalties, mandates, etc.) at every level are
going through the ceiling. America's jobs have been outsourced. Barack Obama
continues G.W. Bush's irresponsibility, digging America deeper and deeper
into foreign entanglements, at the cost of trillions of dollars and
thousands of lives. The IRS continues to harass and harangue honest
citizens, squeezing them like the proverbial turnip. And now, add the
insanity of a global climate treaty being hammered out in Copenhagen, and a
universal health care bill being rammed through Congress, and the outlook is
I feel very comfortable in saying that the usurpations of power, the
encroachments upon liberty, and the arrogant tax-and-spend policies
emanating from Washington, D.C., and Wall Street these days are far more
egregious than what George Washington and the boys were enduring in 1775-76
at the hands of the British Crown. There is no doubt in my mind that if
Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, and Sam Adams were alive today, they would
have given cause for the Goldman Sachs banksters to retreat to their bunkers
The fact is, we do need a revolution! But not a revolution of anarchy and
pitchforks. (The history of France should be ample evidence of the futility
of this strategy.) We need a revolution of the individual states: to reclaim
their sovereignty and fight for the liberties of their sovereigns (We the
People). That is exactly what our forefathers did in '76.
America's founding document (the Declaration of Independence) declares that
our states are free and independent. And so they are. We are not one
nation with one all-powerful central government. We are a confederation of
nation-states, united in a voluntary union, with each State reserving to
itself the power and authority of self-determination, and ceding to the
federal government limited, specifically delineated duties and
limitations--limitations that have been totally ignored to the point that,
for all intents and purposes, our once-great constitutional republic has
been thoroughly expunged. Therefore, it is NOW time for the states to stand
up to this meddlesome, every-growing tyranny that is known as Washington,
D.C., and defend the rights and liberties of their citizens!
What Dr. Ed Vieira (an attorney with 4 earned degrees from Harvard, who has
successfully argued cases before the US Supreme Court) wrote a few weeks ago
should serve as a template for every State governor and legislature that
truly cares about liberty. See Ed's column at:
As Vieira says, the states should resurrect their militias. Many--if not
all--states have the legal authority for such entities in their
constitutions. In some states they are called the State Guard. Some plainly
use the word militia. Whatever they are called, they need to be activated.
And all that is necessary for this to be accomplished is the order of the
governor. It's that simple!
And as Vieira said, states need to adopt an alternative currency--including,
and most especially, gold and silver. In other words, they need to develop
their own private economies, complete with their own banks and exchange
mediums. They also need to reject the multinational agribusiness and develop
their own in-State agricultural and energy businesses.
I would dare say that the first State that determines to follow Vieira's
sagacious counsel (and rumblings of this have already begun in states such
as Alaska, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, New Hampshire, Indiana, Tennessee,
South Carolina, etc.) would have so many liberty-loving patriots flock there
that its economy would explode with prosperity--resulting in a domino effect
of many other states following suit--and the revolution that this country so
desperately needs would indeed take place. Furthermore, such a revolution
would be constitutional, lawful, moral, and, yes, in compliance with the
laws of Nature and of Nature's God.
In the meantime, is Barack Obama really worried about civil war? He might
be. It is my observation that Washington politicians and bureaucrats are the
most paranoid people on the planet. The problem is--as with most
power-hungry Machiavellians--their paranoia often translates into more
oppression and less liberty for the citizenry. And if this is true, it
simply means that the states need to hurry up and do what needs to be done!
Goodmorning John, What I see happening here, is a race going on. It\'s a race between obama and the people of the United States. obama (I don\'t use a capital O in his name because he is undeserving of any respect)but the race is, who\'s going to get to their destination first, Civil war or NWO ? If civil war breaks out before nwo, then obama WILL lose the war against his own people, and all his tyranny will be for nothing. The people of the United States, will take back what\'s there\'s. But if obama gets this signed in Copenhagen, then he will have world toops support to fight against the people of the USA. Also remember that in Canada our banks and our gov\'t have been raping us on a daily basis and getting away with it for years. So if Civil War breaks out there, so will it begin here. As a Canadian I am sick and tired of new laws, being implemented at every turn, and Ontario\'s Henchmen (OPP and RCMP)out there enforcing stupid rediculous laws by gathering money in the way of fines. The arrogance of the police when stopped, some of them act as if they are God like when they approach you. The government has made them JUDGE N JURY on the spot, especially with the NEW LAW OF .05 alcohol limit. Which also entitles them to take your car to an impound for a min. of 3 days, which makes money for the towing co., fined, and contacting your insurance co. for additional monies to be gathered. If the government needs more money for partying and wild spending, they just make a rash of new laws that will generate more money for their GREEDY WAYS. I am one CANADIAN who is sick and tired of Banks and Government taking advantage of their authority, given to them in trust, by the CANADIAN people. AS CANADIANS WE NEED TO STAND UP FOR OUR RIGHTS AND STOP SITTING IDLELY BY ALLOWING THIS TO HAPPEN. Unless you are in agreement with the absorbinate profits, our government protecting corporations, big business and bankers, filling their pockets with your money and charge you higher taxes to fill their pockets even more. The whole world has gone wild with GREED and has to stop before it\'s to late, for all of us. IF YOU LIKE YOUR FREEDOM OR WHAT WE CALL FREEDOM RIGHT NOW, THERE IS FREEDOM AND THIS ISN\'T IT !! IT\'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE, FAR WORSE IF SOMETHING ISN\'T DONE, NOW!!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE AND GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE, THIS CAN\'T BE DONE ONE ON ONE, IT\'S GROUP EFFORT. DON\'T BE SHEEPLE BE PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!
It is a sad state of affairs indeed and I agree also the only hope we have now is for the states to draw the line and begin the preparation, for what is coming seems inevitable. As Lindsey Williams said it looks like only divine intervention can help us at this point. "I cannot say what I really want to on this issue and that is a statement in itself." I believe perilous times are ahead and war is always their answer.
Why Switzerland Has The Lowest Crime Rate In The World
When thinking about the mass extermination camps of a holocaust think..
The key to freedom is to be able to have the ability to defend yourself, if you dont have the tools to do that, then youre going to be at the mercy of whomever wants to put you away.
CIA Talks About Bin Laden Being Trained By CIA on CNN
Dr Kelly WAS murdered and there has to be a new inquest, say six top doctors
Six doctors who believe government scientist David Kelly was murdered have launched a ground-breaking legal action to demand the inquest into his death is reopened.
They are to publish a hard-hitting report which they claim proves the weapons expert did not commit suicide as the Hutton Report decided.
They have also engaged lawyers to write to Attorney General Baroness Scotland and the coroner Nicholas Gardiner calling for a full re-examination of the circumstances of his death.
The doctors are asking for permission to go to the High Court to reopen the inquest on the grounds that it was improperly suspended. If Baroness Scotland rejects that demand, or the court turns them down, their lawyers say they will have grounds to seek judicial review of the decision.
Dr Kelly was found dead at a beauty spot near his Oxfordshire home in 2003, days after he was exposed as the source of a story that Tony Blair's government 'sexed-up' its dossier on Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction to justify invading Iraq.
James Bradley, whose father was a flag raiser on Iwo Jima, traces the long fuse lit by Teddy Roosevelt's administration in 1905 that lead to WW II and more in the video below.
Below is from an article I wrote back in 2007 "The American deception… convenient truth"
And then there was Pearl Harbor
"Everything that the Japanese were planning to do was known to the United States"
Army Board, 1944; "It is the official position of the U.S. government and its courts that the conspiracy is truth "
F D R blinded the commanders of Pearl Harbor and set them up by :
Denying intelligence to Hawaii.
On November 27th, misleading the commanders into thinking negotiations with Japan were continuing to prevent them from realizing the war was on.
Having false information sent to Hawaii about the location of the Japanese carrier fleet .
1940… F D R had a fleet moved from the west coast to Hawaii and remain stationed at Pearl Harbor, commander Admiral Richardson complained that there was inadequate protection from air attacks and no protection from torpedo attack. Richardson twice disobeyed orders to berth his fleet there and in October personally raised the issue with FDR and was soon replaced. Admiral Kimmel, brought up the same issues with FDR. Navy I Q analyst McCollum wrote an 8 point memo on how to force Japan into war with the U.S. The next day FDR put them into effect and all eight were eventually accomplished.
The U.S. was warned by the government’s of Britain, Netherlands, Australia,Peru, Korea and the Soviet Union that a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor was coming.
Murray N. Rothbard wrote: ". . . America’s entry into World War II was the crucial act in expanding the United States from a republic into an Empire, and in spreading that Empire throughout the world, replacing the sagging British Empire in the process. Our entry into World War II was the crucial act in foisting a permanent militarization upon the economy and society, in bringing to the country a permanent garrison state, an overweening military-industrial complex, a permanent system of conscription. It was the crucial act in creating a Mixed Economy run by Big Government, a system of State-Monopoly-Capitalism run by the central government in collaboration with Big Business and Big Unionism. It was the crucial act in elevating Presidential power, particularly in foreign affairs, to the role of single most despotic person in the history of the world. . ."