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Rosebud Treasurer Accuses Lakota Blogger of ISIS Links; Cops Say No Way

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:

Marlin Enno, Rosebud Police Department, to Byron Wright, tribal treasurer, on accusations of ISIS activity on Rosebud Reservation, 2015.06.15
Marlin Enno, Rosebud Police Department, to Byron Wright, tribal treasurer, on accusations of ISIS activity on Rosebud Reservation, 2015.06.15. Screen cap from Ann-erika White Bird, “A Letter to the Oyate,” Lakota Voice, 2015.07.17

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.

White Bird is now terrorizing Wright by running for tribal secretary in the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s hotly contested July 23 election:

RST council candidates July 2015

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….


  1. mike from iowa 2015-07-19

    First accusation out and it is straight for the jugular. Cutthroat politics. ISIS indeed. (no pun intended)

  2. grudznick 2015-07-19

    Mike, I know you are from Iowa so you don’t know much about South Dakota, but do you think those corrupt tribal governing people are republicans?

  3. mike from iowa 2015-07-19

    How would I know they are corrupt? Take your word for it?

  4. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-07-19

    Fer pete’s sake! ISIS? That’s beyond ridiculous.
    Good answer Mike

  5. owen 2015-07-19

    This story didn’t come from The Onion did it? :)

  6. caheidelberger Post author | 2015-07-19

    I haven’t seen Ann-erika make up anything yet. The letter from the Rosebud police appears to be legit.

  7. grudznick 2015-07-19

    No. The libbies in Mission can’t be corrupt! Impossible!

  8. Bob Newland 2015-07-19

    Grudz is a POS.

  9. mike from iowa 2015-07-20

    Grudz got religion? Not even I,as an unbending defender of all things liberal have ever said all Libs are angels. That would be silly. Libs are human-they make mistakes. They just don’t brag about being morally and/or ethically superior to all other less than exceptional ‘murricans.

  10. mike from iowa 2015-07-20

    Helpful hint Grudz. When trying to trap a critter,make sure the trap is disguised to look like something other than a trap. :)

  11. Deb Geelsdottir 2015-07-20

    Mike, you make me laugh.

  12. leslie 2015-07-21

    see grudz exemplify points made in craven, huffpo 7.21.15 regarding white privilege.

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