Fight For Justice
On the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Reservation
Read from the bottom up
November 15, 1996
Judge Bell from Marquette upheld the lower courts decission to return the records to FFJ. Fred Dakota's people said they would appeal this.
Representative Bart Stupak - Fax: 202-225-4744
Senator Carl Levin - Fax: 202-224-1388
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Chair, Fred Dakota - Fax: 906-353-7540
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police - 906-353-6623 or Fax: 906-353-6838
Around 9:00 P.M., Mr. Robert Curtis had gone to the edge of the FFJ compound on his ATV and was watching the deer graze on the baseball field. The baseball field is on the Most Holy Name of Jesus Church grounds. This is where they viciously tackled and threw him to the ground by two KBIC tribal police who jumped out from a dugout where they were hiding. They dragged and abused this 54-year-old elder who was on the ground off the compound. When they were off the compound they took him away and apparently one of the police officers drove Mr. Curtis's ATV away.
After awhile, his wife and children put out the word he was missing. There was an extensive search of the surrounding woods. People came and were combing the woods in the freezing weather with flash lights looking for him, all the while hoping he wasn't hurt too bad. As the hours dragged on, calls were made to the local hospitals and jails to see if he were hurt or picked up on the bogus warrant that they issued from the tribal council. After a call to the Marquette county jail where they informed FFJ that tribal police had called asking to house Mr. Curtis there but they had told them they would not accept Robert Curtis then. A member of FFJ went to the tribal police station and talked with Dwayne Misegan, whose father is one of Fred Dakota's backers on the tribal council. Officer Misegan told them "No. We don't have him in custody. And if he is still missing by nine o'clock to come in and file a missing person report."
When the police headquarters opened Mrs. Curtis and FFJ Attorney Mr. Clark went there and Mr. Clark demanded to speak with his client. Still denying that they had Mr. Curtis in custody one of tribal police officers left the room and after awhile he returned and told them they could see Mr. Curtis.
Later that same day Brad Dakota set an excessively high bond of $10,000.00 in cash for three misdemeanors charges. They are now holding Mr. Curtis in the Marquette County jail.
In the evening of Nov 8, 1996 tribal police chased and arrested George Curtis, son of Mr. Robert Curtis. As of right now the reason for arresting George are as yet unknown.
To read a brief summary of FFJ and it's begining read Tina Lam's Detorit Free Press article