FW: FLORIDA AIM CONDEMNS BILLIE VERDICT
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Fri Feb 23 11:24:56 MST 2001
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Subject: FLORIDA AIM CONDEMNS BILLIE VERDICT
American Indian Movement of Florida
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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
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
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
of Macrombie Worth, under which the state had no jurisdiction in this
and flaunting their ability to ignore and violate the sovereign rights of
This trial must be seen in the totality of the ongoing war against
peoples and Indigenous sovereignty by the United States, state, and local
The American Indian Movement since its rebirth in 1968 has stood
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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