United States Commission on Civil Rights

Confidential Draft Report
“Enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968”

May 1990


Indian Civil Rights, page 19
burning of Red Lake Chairman Roger Jourdain's house along with other property.  I believe about 13 buildings were burned and, unfortunately, two deaths occurred.[39]

1980: The Red Lake Council passed a resolution barring the news media from the reservation.[40]

1982: Another resolution barring the news media was passed.[41]  Also in 1982, a BIA consultant reported, "The Red Lake court has never had a jury trial and juries were not being provided, even when requested by parties." [42]  Around that time, an
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          [39] See Reply of Superintendent, Red Lake Agency to Commission Inquiry, reprinted as Exhibit 5 to the Portland Hearing, supra note 25, at 139-43.  A federal court hearing claims arising from these incidents describes in detail what it calls "the events on the day of the uprising" in Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians v. United States, 800 F.2d 1187, 1188-91 (D.C. Cir 1986).  See also Testimony of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, printed in Washington D.C. Hearing, supra note 4 at 321, 327, where the tribe takes issue with this characterization.

     [40] Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians Resolution No. 36-80, reprinted as Exhibit 6 to the Portland Hearing, supra note 25, at 151.

     [41] Referred to in the letter to Chairman Roger Jourdain, from Dennis Whiteman, Superintendent, Red Lake Agency, May 27, 1982, reprinted as
Exhibit 4,  Portland Hearing, supra note 25, at 126.

    
[42] Schmickle & Buoen, Indians' rights are often denied in tribal courts, Minneapolis Star and Tribune, Jan. 5, 1986, at 1A, reprinted as Washington, D.C. Hearing, supra note 4, at 159; Nat'l Center for State Courts, Red Lake Court of Indian Offenses[:] Management Audit Technical Assistance Report 13 (1928) (prepared by James Farrar and Priscilla Wilfart) (on file with the Commission).  The Solicitor's Memorandum, supra note 38, mentions the denial of jury trials at the Red Lake court.  See Testimony of the Red Lake
 

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