The worst abuse I’ve had to put up with recently came from the recycled fabrications Annette Bosworth’s losing legal team put on the record about me during her trial in May. Such lies pale in comparison to the harassment Lakota blogger Ann-erika White Bird has drawn from her own local government. According to her latest post on Lakota Voice, White Bird’s dogged watchdoggery of the Rosebud Sioux Council has earned her two criminal investigations. Most recently, following White Bird’s effort to obtain documents on council members’ travel expenses, tribal treasurer Byron “Barney” Wright told tribal police that White Bird is working for ISIS.
The Rosebud Police looked into Wright’s wild accusation and found no sign that White Bird is a terrorist:
Wow—maybe the tribe needs to invite Jason Ravnsborg to council to educate them on the Islamic State. Or maybe they just to invite me to educate them on blogging. Yes, we bloggers can be scary, especially to government officials who aren’t used to transparency and watchdog journalists, but we’re not terrorists.
Six candidates for treasurer, nine for president (including voting rights activist O.J. Semans—”Voting for O.J. is O.K.!“)—that’s a lot of tribal people wanting to participate in democracy. That’s the sort of political activism that may make some of white South Dakota nervous….