Thank you all so much for your condolences. It means a lot to us. Some times, it seems we are alone here as we have very few close friends in the local area. Most of the people we are close to are cruising, as they should be. We do draw strength from you all.
We are trying to keep our perspective on all that is going on. But it becomes VERY hard to do. We have always thought that the American justice system was the best. Now we are facing the reality of what our system has become.
One thing that we are more than a little concerned about is the complete autonomy that the Bureau of Indian Affairs
(BIA) has investigating this murder. It seems that not even the FBI can intervene. Remember the official statement directly copied from the BIA site says, “The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) mission is to: "… enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives."
(from the BIA web site at: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Conflict of interest.......
This sets up the opportunity for an investigation that only focuses on what they want to find! With no possibilities of any oversight or a view into the investigation, how do we know that critical evidence was not withheld? Keeping in mind, that the investigation drives the trial.
With that in mind, the third person we feel was included in the investigation by the sheriffs office has not been included in the investigation that the BIA did. During the first few days the sheriffs office was looking into the matter, this 3rd person was questioned and was found that he had what looked exactly like a bullet hole in his leg. He had the leg X-rayed in the tribal medical
facility. After repeated efforts by the sheriffs office, the tribe chose to never release that X-ray or a copy of it. WHY? We were told by a number of people close to the tribe that anything pertaining to this 3rd person would be very hard to get as his parents were high in the tribal community.
So, by not fully investigating the crime, some one might go free!
The next thing that we believed was that ALL PERSONS were treated the same under the law. We now find that this is NOT true! The law is NOT blind as we see so often in so many photos of the famous statue with the scales!
It seems the tribe has the ability to “opt-out” of certain penalties. So, even if they do find one or both of the persons now in custody, guilty, they will never have to face some of the penalties that you or I would. Maybe it is time, in this political climate of “transparency” to take an in depth
look at this inequality among ALL US citizens.
We want to thank Imagine2frolic and Maxingout (on the http://www.cruisersforum.com/
board) for suggesting we contact a victims lawyer. We never even knew such a lawyer type existed. And who would have thought we would NEED one? We will be looking into one here in the Phoenix area ASAP.
Once again, we would like to warn people.....
We want those of you who gamble or attend shows or shop on any
Indian reservation or Indian Casino to be aware,
that if you or a loved one, become a victim of a crime on a reservation—
all your legal
rights DO NOT APPLY.
Greg & Jill