FW: FLORIDA AIM CONDEMNS BILLIE VERDICT

Craven, Jim jcraven at SPAMclark.edu
Fri Feb 23 11:24:56 MST 2001






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From: Aimfl at aol.com [mailto:Aimfl at aol.com]
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2001 9:52 AM
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Subject: FLORIDA AIM CONDEMNS BILLIE VERDICT


American Indian Movement of Florida
PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT
Sheridan Murphy, State Executive Director
Mark Madrid, State Information Director
at AIMFL at aol.com

FLORIDA AIM CONDEMNS BILLIE TRIAL VERDICT

Miami, FL- The American Indian Movement of Florida (Florida AIM) condemns
the
recent verdict in the Miami-Dade County trial of Miccosukee citizen Kirk
Billie as an attack upon the sovereignty of the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians
of Florida and all Indigenous peoples.

Kirk Billie's actions were solely within the purview of the Miccosukee Tribe

to determine punishment. The Miccosukee Tribe handled the situation
according
to their traditions and laws, which have existed since time immemorial. The
224-year-old United States of America attacked the sovereign rights of the
500 citizen Miccosukee Nation by arresting and then trying Kirk Billie for a

second time, this time in Miami-Dade County court. Prosecutor Reid Rubin
showed his disdain for Indigenous national sovereignty by having Miccosukee
citizen Sheila Tiger kidnapped and held prisoner for days to compel her
testimony in this case. Further Mr. Rubin contemptuously tried to force Mr.
Billie's parents to testify against him.

While some may see this as simply a case of the state of Florida seeking
justice, in reality this case has nothing to do with justice. This case was
about the imposition of the State of Florida and its laws upon the sovereign

Miccosukee and its people. This case was about flagrantly ignoring the
Treaty
of Macrombie Worth, under which the state had no jurisdiction in this
matter,
and  flaunting their ability to ignore and violate the sovereign rights of
the Miccosukee

This trial must be seen in the totality of the ongoing war against
Indigenous
peoples and Indigenous sovereignty by the United States, state, and local
governments.

The American Indian Movement since its rebirth in 1968 has stood
unwaveringly
in support of the sovereign and treaty rights of Indigenous Nations. In no
treaty and in no agreement has any Indigenous Nation surrendered its
sovereignty to the colonial settler states imposed upon them. Had this trial

simply been about the actions of Kirk Billie it would have garnered neither
the profile, nor the attention it received from the State of Florida and the

media. Instead this was a trial about the imposition of the will of the
colonial settler state and the state of Florida upon the Miccosukee people.
Such flagrant violations of sovereignty cannot be ignored or tolerated.

Florida AIM stands in full, complete and total support of the Miccosukee
Tribe and the Miccosukee people and offers our assistance in their struggle
to maintain their sovereign rights in the face of a hostile state and a
hostile America by whatever methods are necessary to do so.
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