NATIVE AMERICAN COMMISSION PAGE 5 :  POCATELLO ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE  [IDAHO] [HUNTER GRAY]

 

 

Here is a man -- my direct ancestor -- who always fought for the Indian people:  John Gray with his wife, Marienne.  Attached is an old and special arrowhead and the medal of St. Ignatius of Loyola -- patron of warriors, my saint, and that of many in our family over the several great epochs.  See  http://www.hunterbear.org/family_stuff.htm

 

 

HUNTER GRAY / HUNTER BEAR - ORGANIZER 

AT OUR FAR UP HOME IN EASTERN IDAHO

Member, United Auto Workers, Local 1981 [AFL-CIO]

[Contemporary photo by Thomas Gray Salter]

hunterbadbear@hunterbear.org


 

NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR:  [February 6 2007]
 
My almost four year struggle with my extremely serious version of Systemic Lupus [SLE] continues unabated -- but we do sense that It and I are somewhat at a combative standoff.  It's plenty problematic and I definitely have to fight to keep it "down" [more or less] -- but recently I wrote:
 
"Life for me is sometimes like being on a sloping plateau -- bounded by cliffs below and cliffs above.  But we are now more on the upper end of that slope than otherwise -- and I am setting my sights for the climb to yet higher ground. So I continue to keep going and keep fighting.  Always have and always will.  The cut, shuffle and deal, while not always to my liking, has had so far many satisfactions indeed and will most likely have more.  In any case, poker-faced and generally stolid,  I keep Playing Life -- and Death."  [From Personal Report on a Quiet War -- Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]
 
All of the way through this I have, as always, continued to think, write and publish, handle a wide variety of advocacy cases, and speak regularly in our Eastern Idaho region on human rights/social justice issues.
 
See, as one recent example,  http://hunterbear.org/HUNTER%20GRAY%20IN%20NEW%20WEST%20MAGAZINE.htm

Our family is Roman Catholic -- dating back to the early Jesuit missionaries in the late 1600s and the 1700s.  And our Catholicism is well mixed with our Native American religious beliefs.  None of these perspectives frown on my strong black coffee and tobacco pipe -- and those are certainly important components in my survival and my work!

 
In Solidarity, Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]
 

 

NEW!  SEE DUEL IN THE SHADOWS:  IDAHO HARASSMENT -- http://hunterbear.org/duel_in_the_shadows.htm

[UPDATED]

 

UPDATE POST MARCH 1 2007: SOME NATIVE AMERICAN DEATHS --  "LAWMEN" SINS OF OMISSION/COMMISSION
 
Robert and Damian Belgarde, father and son and members of the Turtle Mountain Ojibwe Nation, were shot to death in cold blood in rural Grand Forks [N.D.] County in September 2001.  No one has yet been arrested for these killings.  There has been no arrest, either, in the case of murdered 19 year old Russ Turcotte, also a Turtle Mountain Ojibwe, who disappeared in July 2002 -- and whose naked brush-concealed body was found in November 2002 by a rancher several miles west of Devils Lake, North Dakota.  For North Dakota and related details, see our website page:
 
http://hunterbear.org/NATIVE%20AMERICAN%20COMMISSION%20PAGE%204.htm
 
 
Here in the Pocatello, Idaho setting,  police at Chubbuck [a suburb of Pocatello] shot and killed 22 year old Felipe Galloway, a Shoshone/Bannock, in December, 2002.  Police claimed they had "mistaken" an aerosol can held by the young Indian in his home as a handgun.  Two adjoining police departments -- Pocatello and Blackfoot -- who provided "peer investigations," white-washed the whole thing.  The FBI took the position that Felipe Galloway's civil rights had not been violated.   It was subsequently shown by private attorneys that the ostensibly mistaken aerosol can contained no fingerprints whatsoever of the slain young man [the only prints on the can being that of a cousin.]  In a civil proceeding which was recently settled, the Chubbuck police have agreed to pay Felipe Galloway's family the sum of $90,000.  For background details on this killing and some other regional situations, see this website page of ours
 
http://hunterbear.org/NATIVE%20AMERICAN%20COMMISSION%20PAGE%205.htm
 
Keeping on,
 
Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear]

 

 

  CONTEMPORARY, ORGANIZED HATE. [E.G., STORMFRONT WHITE NATIONALIST COMMUNITY --  SCROLL DOWN.  10/26/04

We are now able to reach, via our e-mail lists and collateral sources, about 10,000 people in just a few minutes.

THIS PAGE WILL BE REGULARLY UPDATED.

UPDATE:  IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY FAILS TO RESPOND  -- TANGIBLY OR OTHERWISE:  MAY 23  2004.  Not another word from them.  Reasonably enough and, on its own steam, the story has spread widely in certain ISU student circles.  Obviously, it will be one of a number of examples featured by our Anti-Racism Conference.

Idaho State University has so far failed to do anything visible
regarding the recent [April 24] police harassment of my grandson/son,
Thomas, and his special friend, Mimie [from Zambia].  Here is my very recent
letter to its administration:

Hunter Gray
2000 Sandy Lane
Pocatello, ID  83204
May 10  2004

Dr. Douglass Covey
Vice President for Student Affairs
ISU

Dear Dr. Covey:

This is with respect to my grandson/son, Thomas Gray Salter and his friend,
Mimie Chilinda -- each an ISU student.  Thomas is American Indian and Mimie
is African.  And both are very visibly so.

I appreciated our conversation of two weeks or so ago.  However, I have
heard nothing further from anyone at ISU.   There has only been a pro forma
call from a Chubbuck police lieutenant on April 29 2004 which, although
mutually civil, was not strikingly productive.  We do not consider that an
objective answer.

We declined to go to the Chubbuck PD to view their tape.  That exercise
strikes me as essentially diversionary.  We could argue for an hour  or more
about a minor deviation  vis-a-vis the "center line."  That really is not
the point -- no one arrested him for reckless driving -- anymore than an out
tail light [which barely came up] is something major in nature. [He
purchased a new tail light and was given the wrong one, had exchanged it.]

The point is that Thomas and Mimie were driving along, shortly after 1 am on
April 24.  They were stopped on the edge of ISU and hassled for
several minutes by the  Chubbuck police officer.  Thomas was accused of
drinking
[he had not]  and, according to both he and Mimie, Thomas
was called a "liar" by the officer when he denied any drinking.  He agreed
to the cop's demand for a sobriety test and Mimie suggested the straight
line thing.  In the end, the officer declined all of this and left.

Before we came to Pocatello seven years ago, I was -- for many years -- the
leader of the Mayor's Committee on Police Policy at Grand Forks, ND.  The
Department at that point came to be seen as a positive model and was cited
as such by the Justice Department.  Although a full professor [and other
things] with a full teaching load at University of North Dakota, I did many
years of work with Student Services.  Attached are two letters which attest
to these human relations involvements. [BTW, I am not angling for a job!]

[Note by Hunter Bear:  I enclosed paper copies, but here's the link to the
letters if anyone is interested:
 http://www.hunterbear.org/there_is_a_saying_in_our_native_.htm

As I told the Chubbuck lieutenant, I don't think Chubbuck police officers
have any business at ISU.  I also believe any police officers interacting
with university students -- minority or otherwise -- should be specially
and vigorously trained.

Sincerely.

HUNTER GRAY  [HUNTER BEAR]   Micmac /St. Francis Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

This racial issue, not uncommon at Pocatello and environs, is far from over.

IDAHO STATE UNIVERSITY INITIALLY RESPONDS:  APRIL 27, 2004

On April 26, 2004, I filed a formal request for an investigation and appropriate action with the ISU Vice President for Student Affairs regarding the harassment of minority students by a Chubbuck police officer in the University area. [See the synopsis immediately following.] Today, April 27, I received a swift and positive response from the VP which assured us of a full investigation.

JUST WHAT WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT -- HARASSMENT OF MINORITIES [APRIL 24 2004]:

Note by Hunter Bear:  On April 24, 2004 at 1:10 am, my grandson/son, Thomas, and his special friend, Mimie -- both Idaho State University students -- were riding in Thomas' Jeep in the Idaho State University area.  Thomas was driving.  Thomas is dark-skinned and Mimie, from Zambia, is very black.  They were going north on 5th and turning right on Humbolt.  The police officer who stopped them was in a Chubbuck police car -- and Chubbuck is several miles to the north of ISU.    The officer accused Thomas of drinking and crossing the center line several times.  Neither Thomas nor Mimie had had anything to drink and Thomas had not crossed the center line.  The cop wanted Thomas to take a sobriety test and, when Thomas agreed, the cop backed off and gave no test nor any ticket. When he backed off, the officer said something else had come up somewhere and he had to leave.  Only reluctantly, did the officer give his ostensible last name -- and he gave no first name.  The ISU area is served by Campus Public Safety and the Pocatello Police Department. 

 

POCATELLO AREA ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE TOOLING UP  [HUNTER BEAR]  OCTOBER 26  2004

Our Pocatello Area Anti-Racism Committee [PARC] is gathering much indeed on
regional racial and culturally ethnocentric prejudice and discrimination.
This is in preparation for action stuff on those and related fronts - and a
conference we are planning.  PARC is composed of American
Indians, Chicanos, Asians, African Americans, and Africans.

Many of the local police show inordinate interest in "minority vehicles" -
often stopping them for reasons either flimsy or simply non-existent. A high
proportion of minority people are followed in stores and, when checking out,
are asked for multiple IDs. [I, myself, was for all practical purposes
accused of stealing a shirt  I was wearing- a shirt, threadbare at one
elbow, which I had bought more than a decade earlier in North Dakota!] Few
minority people hold supervisory - or major jobs in general -- in retail and
related endeavors.  There is some evidence of housing discrimination. When
by themselves - or with young peer friends - African women students are
frequently psychologically bullied in restaurants and public facilities by
middle aged Anglo men who stand directly in front of them, blocking their
view and forcing them backward.  There is a notable absence of Indians on
the Mayor's Police Committee -- and at least three major efforts by some
Committee members to seat me have been vetoed by police officials.

When unarmed Felipe Galloway, a 22 year old Shoshone Bannock , was shot to
death by regional police on an extremely minor matter in December 2002, we
raised Hell. No minority person has been killed by lawmen in this area since
then. PARC is also committed to full justice in the still unsolved murders
of three Indians in North Dakota. Robert and Damian Belgarde were shot to
death in rural Grand Forks County in September 2001 -- and 19 year old Russ
Turcotte  was murdered in a remote area west of Grand Forks in July 2002.
 

The developing conference will be called Racism, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
in the Pocatello Area. It will focus on issue identification, strategies and
organizing, and local/regional hate groups [e.g., National Alliance, Stormfront].

Hunter Gray [Hunter Bear] Regional DSA Anti-Racism Coordinator/Chair of Native American Commission of SPUSA

 

RECENT WHITE SUPREMACIST STUFF  [OCTOBER 26  2004]

CONTEMPORARY HATE STUFF [HORRORS! WE ARE "DISCOVERED" ONCE AGAIN!]  HUNTER BEAR  10/24/04

NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR:

[Without becoming alarmist, we have learned to take these things with
sensible seriousness and thus are posting this fairly widely.  This outfit's specifically relevant link which we found doesn't seem to "take" -- but Storm Front is prevalent via Google.]

Well, what else is new? Ever since we came to Idaho years ago, where we have always been involved on behalf of racial/social justice,  there have been strange things -- many obviously hostile. Surfing assiduously, Maria has discovered that we have been discovered by yet another one of the White Hate groups -- the Stormfront White Nationalist
Community and placed somewhere on their website.  Stormfront White
Nationalist Community > General > Lounge  Their one public comment here with reference to us appears to be, "This place is funny." I haven't combed their very full website although they appear to be very interested in ours.  Maria thinks this is the group that copied and publicized my now-very-old IWW Red Card [issued literally a half century ago at Seattle.]

Their cut and paste arrangement is confusing.  Primarily they now focus on
this website link of ours: http://www.hunterbear.org/IDAHO%20and%20the%20wild%20west.htm 

This contains a number of my pieces, including one on "Idaho Hate Groups."  My page also reprints a piece of mine ["Idaho as Place"]  from a few years back, published in the nicely done NORTHWEST ETHNIC VOICE
whose editor is Bob Rossi of Oregon, a union organizer and Socialist Party USA member.  And my page contains, too, an article of mine on our local Idaho setting published by the fine socialist journal, AGAINST THE CURRENT.  And there is more.

In its website,  Stormfront reprints at least a couple of pieces of mine on Western regional hate organizations.

In addition, among the pages on our website which Earthlink data indicates are suddenly being viewed substantially are:

http://www.hunterbear.org/continued_reflections_on_hate_gr.htm ["Continued Reflections on Hate Groups and Other Sicknesses"]

http://www.hunterbear.org/interlude.htm  ["The Wild Wild Wobblies -- And My Great Appreciation and Respect"      With photos of pages from my old IWW Red Card]

We have noticed -- these past few weeks -- odd, out of place vehicles coming up around here and then quickly going back down. Some may simply be lost but, given the obvious curiosity of several, I have been increasingly suspicious.  Our basic phone is unlisted but another, which serves a computer, is not.  According to Caller ID stuff, it and our cell phone as well have been receiving weird calls -- sometimes from the same outside
number.

Our neighbors fall into various ethnic groups and are just fine.  Many are
Mormon and others are of other faiths -- and they are all friends.

Recently, I thoughtfully and publicly listed my entire firearms
collection -- along with a  statement  on principled and sensible
self-defense -- on the far upper end of our Lair of Hunterbear
Index/Directory.
 http://www.hunterbear.org/directory.htm

And we do have three noisy activist dogs:  our Shelty, the black Siberian
husky, and our deep voiced Australian Stump Tailed Cattle Dog.

In Solidarity - Hunter Bear   DSA, SPUSA, Solidarity, CCDS -- and UAW and
United Association for Labor Education

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This place is funny.

From The NORTHWEST ETHNIC VOICE [May/June 2001]POSTS ON NW ETHNIC VOICE, HATE GROUPS, OUR RATTLESNAKE FRIEND [MY AGAINST THE CURRENT ARTICLE], AND POLYGAMY ISSUES


NOTE BY HUNTER GRAY
This article of mine -- on Idaho as Place -- has just appeared in NORTHWEST ETHNIC VOICE [May/June 2001] Northwest Ethnic Voice -- "a progressive review of multi-ethnic music, food, and culture" -- "exists to give expression to the self-managed cultural trends of immigrants and the
children of immigrants in our region. We believe that our cultural and
class experience, despite its self-contradictory nature, prefigures a better
world in which all are treated with dignity and respect and directly control
the most basic aspects of our lives.The new issue features a lead piece on a
popular Egyptian singer, a piece on social change in Armenia, a debate about Greek political issues, a recipe and pieces on home and its meaning from a Native American and an Italian-American activist. We continue to be a force for rebuilding a left within ethnic communities, liberation theology and exploring the interaction between race, ethnicity and class. All writers are union members and activists."

Idaho Hate Groups -- And Other Racist And Related Stuff For a number of
years, there has been very justifiable media and other
public focus on the pervasively violent Nazi-type hate groups [Aryan
Nations, Identity "church" ] clustered in their camps and compounds in
North Idaho -- Hayden Lake setting, etc. These outfits have been losing
ground significantly in the past few years -- aging leaders, factionalism,
public exposure, legal attacks, very much the mobilization of decent people
in the region, etc. -- but still, of course, continue to pose a definite
threat. However, other hate enterprises are moving into Idaho at this point
[ National Alliance etc] to set up their covens, distribute and broadcast
racist and anti-Semitic and homophobic material -- and this will invariably
lead to more anti-people actions and outright violence. These
developments are causal -- moving to "light new fires" -- but they are also
symptomatic, i.e., finding lots of old but fertile soil: the
much-publicized hate stuff in North Idaho has always taken the focus away
from the far, far more entrenched prejudice/discrimination situation that
pervades much of Idaho [not all of its people and institutions, certainly,
but many indeed.] This more "traditional" and "old timey" and relatively
pervasive grassroots dimension can certainly involve some local and
state police operations which are inherently and historically very
anti-civil libertarian -- and which, despite sometime pious disclaimer,
certainly have racist and related attitudes and practices. Unemployment and sub-employment, especially among teenagers and young adults, is an obvious socio-economic ill for everyone -- but when this involves Anglos, in a racist etc. setting, it spells serious trouble -- as it has in other
comparable situations such as that involving thousands of farmers and
ranchers losing their land in the Northern Plains. Good people in Idaho --
and they are not scarce -- have their work cut out for them. Avowed
socialists and other healthy-minded left radicals and genuine civil rights
and civil liberties activists generally -- and we are still rather scarce
at this point -- have much basic trail-blazing to do! Hunter Gray
[Hunterbear]
Hunter Gray
www.hunterbear.org

In response to the question [on a discussion list, 3/25/01] : As I
indicated, the National Alliance is one of several hate groups that is
"moving into Idaho at this point" -- a shift that is occurring concurrently
with the much reported decline [unfortunately, not the demise] of the Aryan Nations situation in North Idaho: e.g., Hayden Lake, Sandpoint. As far as is known, the National Alliance "headquarters" is still being maintained in West Virginia. The National Alliance, as virulently poisonous a weed as one could encounter, does appear to be making Idaho a project focus: with its considerable hate leafleting suddenly developing in several areas -- and
possibly providing the motivation -- in one of those areas -- behind
the very recent [two days ago] midnight fire-bombing of a Black woman's home here at Pocatello.

Hunter Gray

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HUNTER GRAY  [HUNTER BEAR]   Micmac /St. Francis Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

HUNTER BEAR [HUNTER GRAY] 

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN IDAHO

MORE ON STORMFRONT WHITES [AND A WORD ON LOCAL EARTHQUAKE POSSIBILITIES]   HUNTER BEAR   10/25/04
NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR:

Normally, I wouldn't trouble folks with some of this. But
Stormfront White Nationalist Community is pretty damn
Nazi and in any case worth some close attention. We
won't overdo it.

Yesterday, when I posted on the Stormfront White Nationalist
Community and our [possible] developing conflict with them,
I tried to send their link which provided more
info on their nature and character/goals and objectives.
But the link simply did not work.  So here is some of that, gleaned
from the stuff Maria found on their website.  [Google has much
as well.]  My own Hunterbear links transferred OK -- both on
their sites and my posts -- as did the pieces from our Hunterbear
website on Idaho hate groups and related dimensions which they
had reprinted. Stormfront has been on the Net for a decade, has
other "projects", a global reach, includes some of the most notorious
haters, a National Alliance hook-up -- and more.  But first on something
else:

Today,  we got -- at my urging -- earthquake insurance.
Many around these parts don't see it as all that necessary.
But I have a feeling.  With quakes in Japan, and Mt St Helens doing
its thing --plus a modest earthquake history locally [some heavy damage] --
we acted.  Even structural damage could cost high.  I don't trust
FEMA.  We are so far up that a flood hitting us would wreck the
world and pretty safe -- as I assess it -- from brush and forest
fires.  Three years ago, however, my computer began to
jiggle and it was a small quake centered in western Wyoming.

In 1831, the Iroquois fur hunters and related Indians saw
what came to be called Mt St Helens
erupt -- they were, of course, well to the
east.  Apparently there were ground tremblings. They, especially those who
had had a Jesuit ed [like John Gray] had some handle on what and why.
Local Indians gave it a supernatural explanation.  But traveling with the
Iroquois for a brief period, were two Hawaiian Natives who knew more
and passed it along.  They were, btw, known as Owyhee and that is
where that oft place name comes into sw Idaho, nw Nevada and eastern
Oregon.   And now to Stormfront:
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HUNTER GRAY  [HUNTER BEAR]   Micmac /St. Francis Abenaki/St. Regis Mohawk
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

IN THE MOUNTAINS OF EASTERN IDAHO


Brief update on September 2001 ND Native killings -- the July 2002 murder of Russ Turcotte -- and a word on Pocatello, ID  [January 25 2004]

Note by Hunter Bear:

A year or so ago, Grand Forks, ND police arrested  and charged Jeremy DeCoteau in the September 2001 murder of his father, Jerome DeCoteau.  I knew Jerome DeCoteau but Jeremy is a son I do not know. 

No arrests have been made in the murders of Robert and Damian Belgarde -- father and son, killed out in Grand Forks County in September 2001. Promises by the Grand Forks Sheriff's department have come to nothing so far.  We continue to see these as anti-Indian racial murders, pure and simple.

No arrest has been made in the murder of  19 year old Russ Turcotte, killed west of Grand Forks in July, 2002.  In my opinion, this is a psycho-sexual murder, done by an individual or individuals passing through the state that night -- and has no real North Dakota connection.  A $50,000 reward offered in the state [but not elsewhere] by members of the Turcotte family has netted no solid clues of any kind.  Frankly, I'd look for Russ' killer in the Seattle/Tacoma or Portland metro setting.

I was making plans early this past summer to go to North Dakota -- and
specifically Grand Forks and the capitol at Bismarck -- on all of this.  I
then became ill and unable to travel.  If at all possible I will still do this  -- if matters are not satisfactorily
resolved.

Things continue to be racially very negative at Grand Forks.

Here at Pocatello, no Indians have been killed "under color of law" since
unarmed 22 year old Felipe Galloway was shot to death on December 21 2002 by Chubbuck police -- seeking him on a very minor matter.   Chubbuck adjoins Pocatello.  This killing was thoroughly white-washed from a number of official perspectives. [We made a big protest outcry on that and related matters.]  Things continue to be racially negative in the Pocatello setting. We have actively renewed our planning for a regional Anti-Racism Conference and collateral activities.  

Fighting on -

HUNTER GRAY [HUNTER BEAR]
www.hunterbear.org

When you cut to the bone  and cut away the college degrees, academic and other titles, published books and articles, ours is essentially a working
class and Indian family.  We consistently join unions  -- and we always
support them with the greatest vigor.


It's critical to always keep fighting -- and to always remember that, if one
lives with grace, he/she should be prepared to die with grace.
 

NOTE BY HUNTERBEAR, 10/26/04

We're moving toward an organizing conference at Pocatello in the fairly near future.

The killing, by Pocatello area [Chubbuck] police of unarmed 22 year old Native Felipe Galloway,  on December 21, 2002, has been thoroughly white-washed from a number of official perspectives.  No surprise there -- and no surprise that racial incidents involving law enforcement personnel of the general region continue right along.  The letter -- concerning poor police/community relationships -- that I sent the Pocatello mayor, Roger Chase, on October 18, 2002 [with a copy to Pocatello police chief, Ed Guthrie] was never answered by either official.  Meanwhile, the police chief and the police department's community relations officer [a person who is certainly no friend of ours], have been holding  police department television sessions for the general community -- but these are not constructively meaningful.

Our Pocatello Anti-Racism Committee is now committed to holding a regional conference on racism and related anti-people isms.  Its focus -- and likely its specific title -- will be Racism, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties in the Pocatello Area. This would be similar to very effective events that I've organized on these matters in other settings.  Much more on this in due course.

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NOTE BY HUNTERBEAR, 1/25/03:     

The stark reality of a dead young Native man, killed by a police officer while allegedly holding an aerosol spray can,  has been given the usual official Pocatello-area treatment:  ostensibly obscured and presumably covered up.  But, like other less sanguinary but still serious racial incidents in this setting, the cold, chilling reality of this injustice lives on in the awareness of a great many concerned grassroots people.  And so do all of the other injustices.  Concurrently, that great many folk are also aware that new racial situations can easily occur at any point.  Our network of aware and concerned people -- transcending racial and ethnic lines -- continues to grow, step-by-step.  And so, too, does our exploration of constructive steps.

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Note by Hunterbear:  January 30, 2003

This story -- "Tribes Ask For FBI Probe" -- is on page 2 of the Idaho State
Journal  [1/30/03]  It is not on the paper's website this morning
http://news.mywebpal.com/partners/669/public/index.html .  Often, these
stories which reflect the increasingly explicit racism in the Pocatello area
are kept off the front page of the paper -- and not carried on its website.
I'm herewith quoting from the basic lead paragraphs.  Felipe, 22,  was shot
by a Swat Team member as he held an aerosol spray can in his hand at his
grandmother's home.

---------------------------------------------

"Shoshone Bannock Business Council Chairman, Blaine Edmo, has asked the FBI
to investigate the shooting death of tribal member Felipe "Max" Galloway as
police attempted to arrest him.

Galloway, formerly on Bannock County's Most Wanted List for a parole
violation, was shot December 21 by Chubbuck patrolman Farley Merica during a
police raid at Galloway's grandmother's home.

Edmo said the criminal investigation by Pocatello police and a later
administrative investigation by Blackfoot police which exonerated Merica
could not be impartial because the agencies deal with each other on a daily
basis."

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See this page from our website for updates on the Pocatello area situation:

http://www.hunterbear.org/NATIVE%20AMERICAN%20COMMISSION%20PAGE%205.htm

Hunter Gray  [Hunterbear]
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

 

POCATELLO-AREA PROSECUTOR BACKS POLICE KILLING OF YOUNG NATIVE [IDAHO] --  Hunter Gray  January 3, 2003

Very Widely Posted

The racial situation in the Pocatello, Idaho area continues to deteriorate.
At special risk are Native and Chicano people.

It's fast getting to the time to start seriously thinking -- among other
approaches -- of economic boycotts: selective buying campaigns.

Sadly but not surprisingly, the Bannock County [Pocatello ID] prosecutor,
Mark Hiedeman, has backed the Chubbuck [suburb of Pocatello] police killing
of unarmed Felipe Galloway, a 22 year old Native youth wanted for parole
violation.  He was shot in his grandmother's home on December 21 by a
Chubbuck policeman who remains unidentified and who was part of a SWAT team
operation.  For days thereafter, police would neither confirm nor deny the
fact that the victim was unarmed.  But, although the prosecutor now concedes
Felipe Galloway had no firearm, he indicates that Felipe allegedly held a
metal "spray can" -- an aerosol deodorant can -- in his hand.  The
prosecutor plans no criminal investigation into the killing.

And, not surprisingly, the local newspaper -- Idaho State Journal -- which
traditionally whitewashes lawmen injustices, but which appears to keep these
stories off its broadly reaching website -- carried this on today's front
page:

"Prosecutor clears Chubbuck officer of shooting death /  Suspect allegedly
shouted, "Just shoot me"

Felipe Galloway's family has indicated it may well sue.  Let's certainly
hope so.

This follows a string of racial incidents involving Pocatello-area police
and Native youths in high school, racially mixed parties in a predominately
Anglo neighborhood, Chicano-owned business.

Given the stacked deck nature of this situation, and  the fact that
Pocatello-area officials are far from sensitive to  minority concerns, the
time may well be coming in which economic pressure will be placed on the
basic power structure -- i.e., the business community:  boycotts / selective
buying campaigns.

In Solidarity -

Hunter Gray  [Hunterbear]
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'


 

YOUNG NATIVE MAN SHOT TO DEATH BY CHUBBUCK [POCATELLO AREA] POLICE OFFICER 12/21/02  [HG 12/24/02]

Felipe Galloway [Shoshone/Bannock], wanted locally on a parole violation, was shot to death on Saturday, December 21 -- and police, thus far, will not indicate whether he was actually armed.  Since three days have now passed, it seems unlikely that he was.  Chubbuck is essentially a suburb of Pocatello and adjoins the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Chubbuck police have asked the Pocatello Police Department to "investigate" the situation -- ostensibly objectively [!] -- and the local newspaper, Idaho State Journal, always right there to white-wash lawmen injustices, proclaimed on page 3 today that "Shooting victim had long criminal history."  There were a number of offenses -- far, far indeed from capital ones -- and Felipe Galloway was only 22.

This is simply one more event -- obviously one of the most tragic yet -- in the deteriorating racial situation in and around Pocatello, Idaho.

 

POCATELLO ANTI-RACISM COMMITTEE

SINCE THE FOLLOWING LETTER WAS WRITTEN, THERE HAS BEEN -- IN ADDITION TO NO RESPONSE TO IT FROM THE RESPECTIVE POCATELLO CITY OFFICIALS -- EVIDENCE OF AN INCREASINGLY EXPLICIT RACIST ETHOS IN THIS TOWN:  E.G., COVER-UP AND DENIAL OF ANTI-INDIAN DISCRIMINATION AT HIGHLAND HIGH AND POLICE HEAVY-HANDEDNESS AT THE SCHOOL AND ARBITRARY POLICE/CITY COUNCIL CLOSURE OF A PREDOMINATELY CHICANO/NATIVE BAR. [UP-DATE:  THE BAR'S LICENSE WAS REINSTATED ON 11/21/02.]

AND SOME OTHER NEGATIVE THINGS HAVE OCCURRED. 

THE POLICE OCCUPY A GENERALLY FAVORED POSITION IN POCATELLO -- AS FAR AS MANY [BUT NOT ALL BY ANY MEANS] OF THE ANGLO POPULATION ARE CONCERNED.  AND THIS IS TRUE AS WELL WITH RESPECT TO NEWS MEDIA ATTITUDES WHICH FREQUENTLY MINIMIZE  NEGATIVE POLICE ACTIONS IN THE CONTEXT OF POLICE/COMMUNITY RELATIONS -- AND OFTEN APPEAR TO BE SIMPLY PLAYING A BASIC PR ROLE FOR THE POLICE.

BUT THIS IS CERTAINLY NOT THE CASE WITH ALMOST ALL NATIVE AND CHICANO PEOPLE -- AND MANY IN THE SMALL BLACK COMMUNITY -- WHO VIEW THE POCATELLO POLICE SITUATION IN A VERY JUSTIFIABLY JAUNDICED FASHION.  FROM THESE MINORITY PERSPECTIVES -- AND FROM SOME SENSITIVE ANGLO ONES AS WELL -- THE STANDARD POCATELLO POLICE/MEDIA COVERUP IS NOT ONLY THIN -- BUT GONE.

THIS IS THE BASIC PORTION OF AN E-MAIL LETTER WHICH I SENT ON OCTOBER 18 2002 TO THE MAYOR OF POCATELLO -- WITH A COPY TO THE "NEW" POLICE CHIEF.  THERE HAS BEEN NO RESPONSE TO THIS LETTER.  AND, NEEDLESS TO SAY, I'VE CERTAINLY NEVER HEARD FROM ANYONE FURTHER ON THE SO-TERMED "POLICE COMMITTEE" MATTER.   HUNTER GRAY  [2/26/03]

 

October 18 2002

Hon. Roger Chase  [From Hunter Gray]
Mayor
City of Pocatello

Dear Mayor Chase:

This is a friendly letter.

We do not know one another at this point.  Last January, I was the keynote
King Day speaker at the city-wide ecumenical service [the Reverend Bray's
Central Christian] but I think that was one of the few of the many King Day
doings that you were unable to make. . .

I'm a Native American who grew up in Northern Arizona, have been
active for decades in Native rights, union labor, civil rights.  I'm -- for
a title of sorts -- regional coordinator of the Anti-Racism Commission of
Democratic Socialists of America I'm also chair of the Native
American Commission for the Socialist Party USA.  I retired as full
professor, and former chair, of the Indian Studies Department at University
of North Dakota, Grand Forks -- where I was also, for many years, head of
the Mayor's Committee on Police Policy, and later Chair of the City's
Community Relations Committee  until we moved here.  We came to Pocatello,
back to the Mountain West, in the late summer of '97 -- and almost
immediately encountered very strange police and related experiences and
situations.  The arrival of Chief Guthrie has, I believe, alleviated this
situation considerably -- but I strongly think the Pocatello Police
Department continues to have some serious problems in human, and especially,
minority relations.  The recent situation on upper Valleyview [our general
neighborhood] illustrates that -- and the Highland High matter of yesterday
raises significant questions.

In the summer of '98, a member of the Pocatello Police Advisory Committee
asked me if I'd be willing to serve on that body.  I was quite agreeable --
since I'd done much of that to the satisfaction of most at Grand Forks.  But
I never heard another word.  In January, 2000, another person raised the
possibility of my joining the body -- but, again, nothing.  Six weeks ago,
the person who had originally raised this back in '98, once again asked me
if I'd be willing  to serve -- and was even more specific.  I was quite
agreeable -- but have heard nothing.

Far more important than my serving on any committee is the need for
Pocatello to develop and further and retain strong positive police/community
relations based on mutual respect. To do so, some sort of police committee
with strong and committed and sensible folks is critical.  I hope that comes
about -- and very fast -- whoever specifically sits on it.

In the early '80s, the Grand Forks PD was in seriously bad shape -- and the
minority relations piece of it was horrific.  Changes were effected and it
became a much-studied model -- including by Federal agencies.  Then, in
April of '97, the massive Red River flood occurred.  I had been officially
retired from UND for several years and we left many months later and, still
later, the quite good police chief, Chet Paschke, retired.  Since then,
there've been increasing problems on many city and related fronts --
including the still unsolved murders of three Native men in September 2001
and the mysterious, more recent disappearance of a 19 year old Native youth
last July.  I've been deeply involved in all of those situations from the
outset . . .

Again, this is in no sense a criticism of Chief Guthrie or many of his
people.  But there are some very substantial police/community relations
problems here in Pocatello -- and, with respect to other law enforcement
agencies, around it.

Hunter Gray [formerly John R Salter, Jr]
2000 Sandy Lane
Pocatello, ID 83204

Hunter Gray  [Hunterbear]
www.hunterbear.org
Protected by Na´shdo´i´ba´i´
and Ohkwari'

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