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Letter to Senator John R. Thune

The Resource Sentinel
Howard B. Hanson
26 W St. Albans Rd
Hopkins, MN 55305
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Senator John R. Thune
383 Senate Russell Building
Washington, D.C.

Dear Senator Thune;

The Resource Sentinel has a long history of public service educating citizens about flawed and often times corrupt policies that violate our constitution and its guarantees of the equal protection of our laws, for all United States citizens. We have been doing this for thirty years. For twenty-five years, we have been studying Federal Indian Policy. While talking to Tribal members about their election process several have told us about civil rights violations they have experienced, because of the manner in which their Tribal Business Councils handle elections and then use their so called “Sovereignty” to deny claims of civil rights violations or any wrong doing.

After the election of 2006, we supported a group of citizens in Big Horn County, Montana who filed an election fraud lawsuit against officials from the Secretary of the State, the Department of Interior, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They cited thirteen violations of election laws and procedures. These incidents occurred at two polling places located within the old boundaries of the Crow Indian Reservation. Ballot boxes were unsecured both during and after election hours. A non-Indian poll watcher was forced to leave at 8:13 p.m., by tribal members, despite his requests to watch the processing of the ballots. There was also confirmation that the ballot boxes remained unlocked through November 9.

More shocking Tribal criminal behavior surfaced after the election. A tribal member, who had voted twice, felt guilty about it and admitted that Crow Tribal officials had handed out two voter registration cards to tribal members. One had their Crow name and one had their American name. The Tribal leaders then urged them to vote multiple times at different polling places. The population of Big Horn County is approximately 60% Indian and 40% other. The Tribe also ran a slate of candidates for local county positions and violated spending limits placed on other candidates

The cheating in this particular election may have also changed the United States Senate by defeating Senator Conrad Burns. At least that is what former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell was quoted as saying.

Recently we were asked by Todd C. Fast Horse and his friends, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, to initiate an open letter campaign to public officials requesting their support to insure that official poll watchers, governed by State and Federal election laws, be present at all reservation polling places during Primary and General Elections.

They say that the Tribal Election Board has used their so-called “Sovereignty” to dismiss civil rights cases dealing with claims of election fraud. Tribal members are just as concerned about their lack of civil rights, in dealing with their Rosebud Sioux Tribe Election Board, as were those citizens of Big Horn County Montana, that were cheated by Crow tribal officials back in 2006.

We sincerely hope and pray that you will use the power of your high office to support our efforts promoting awareness of this issue, while immediately helping our friends on the Rosebud Reservation. We are also writing President Obama and requesting that he charge our Justice Department with putting an end to voter fraud in this country. We ask for your support of that request also.

Please help us stop the lying and cheating by giving all United States citizens the assurance that every election polling place in our country has legitimate poll watchers and that they take a solemn oath to abide by the strict following of State and Federal election laws.

Sincerely,

Howard B. Hanson

Enclosures:

Letter from Todd C. Fast Horse
Resource Sentinel Letter to Rosebud Sioux Business Council
Todd C. Fast Horse Letter to the Editor

 

An editorial about the lack of oversight by our Justice Department concerning voting fraud titled: “Justice Must Protect the Rights of Voters From Fraud”

The Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, filed by the Citizens group in Montana

Copies to: Judiciary Committees, The President, The Media

 

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