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Big Pine Paiute Tribal Council Condemns Violent Attacks and Issues Tribal State of Emergency

BIG PINE PAIUTE TRIBE OF THE OWENS VALLEY
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Big Pine Paiute Tribal Council Condemns Violent Attacks and Issues Tribal State of Emergency 

BIG PINE, Calif. (01.10.24) – The Big Pine Paiute Tribal Council expresses deep concern for  our community and condemnation of the violent attacks on Tribal staff, substantial damage to  and removal of tribal property, and the assault on the Big Pine Paiute Tribal government on  January 7, 2024.

At approximately 6:30 p.m. Sunday, a mob of disgruntled individuals illegally broke into the  Tribal office, which triggered the alarm and alerted Sierra Security, Tribal staff, Tribal Council  members and law enforcement. Responding Tribal staff and Tribal Council members came upon  a hostile group that had broken-off locks and forcibly entered the building. They had begun  changing door locks, ransacking the office, and removing documents from the Community  Development Department Office.

This mob included former Tribal Council members and staff: Genevieve Jones, Rhonda Paz,  Roseanne Moose, Dave Moose and Cheryl Levine, who were present during the attack on Tribal  staff and Tribal Council members and the damage to and removal of Tribal property; and Retha,  Gina, and Roseanne, who lost in the June 2023 General Election by significant margins and have  retaliated against the lawfully elected Tribal Council since the beginning of their term in June  2023. They escalated their retaliation after the Tribal Administration terminated Tribal Utility  Operator Paul Huette in September 2023 for misconduct.

Other individuals who participated or who were present during the break-in include former  Tribal Council Secretary Doree Richards, Heather Torres, Eva Lent-Bacoch, former Tribal  Council member Retha Pierce-Huette, Justin Kinney (non-tribal member), Joanna Richards (non tribal member), Arthur Richards, Sonny Richards, Daniel “Spider” Pierce, Jasmine Botello (non tribal member), Jack Eddy (non-tribal member), Marc St. John (non-tribal member), Taze Nu Pa  Benson (non-tribal member), Cameron Enos (non-tribal member), and Jose Gonzalez (non-tribal  member).

The mob barricaded doors and physically blocked Tribal staff who responded to the alarm from  entering the Tribal office. Before law enforcement responded to the break-in and assault on  Tribal staff, some Tribal staff gained entry to the building through a window and managed to repel most of the mob from the building.

The mob physically attacked Tribal staff and one Tribal Council member by throwing deadbolt  locks and doorknobs at them, and by toppling bookcases. Doree Richards ripped out cords to  security equipment but failed to disable the burglar alarm, which continued to alert for more than  20 minutes until someone cut power to areas of the building. During this time, the mob assaulted  Tribal staff and a Tribal Council member, continued to ransack Tribal offices, toppled furniture,  removed property, and changed door locks. The damage to property and missing property is estimated to be more than $20,000.

No individual who participated in the mob violence is a duly elected Tribal official or employee  of the Big Pine Paiute Tribe. Instead, these disgruntled individuals are attempting to illegally  assume power and control of the government in violation of the Tribe’s Constitution. To achieve  this goal, some of these individuals are threatening and attacking our citizens, Tribal staff and  Tribal officials. Some of them attempted to take over the Tribal government in 2019 and illegally  commandeered the Tribal gymnasium in November 2023.

“We strongly condemn the violence, threats, harassment, vandalism, and physical assaults by  people who attacked, removed and damaged Tribal property,” said Big Pine Paiute Tribal  Chairperson Cheyenne Stone. “Breaking and entering, harassment, and physical violence against  our own people is criminal behavior that endangers our community. Our Tribal Council and staff have endured bullying, harassment, and physical violence since first taking office.”

“Our leadership is primarily women – mothers protecting our children and families – and we will  not tolerate these vicious attacks on our people and government,” she said. “We have notified  federal and local authorities of this violent attack and are pursuing criminal prosecution. During  this difficult time, we urge our Tribal citizens to demonstrate respect, care, and support for one  another as we move forward in 2024.”

Due to the mob mentality, the Big Pine Tribal Council has placed the tribe in a STATE OF  EMERGENCY. The tribe is reviewing security measures to prevent similar incidents and  encourages the local community to subscribe to our Text Alert System to receive OFFICIAL  communications from the Big Pine Paiute Tribe thought the QR CODE below. Please ignore the  illegal, fake correspondence from those attempting to overthrow the duly elected Tribal  government.

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Enraged Piner
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5 months ago

Forgot how mad mad the past council is!! And the BEAR MACE COUPLE!! When the BRYANTS BROKE THE WONDOW THEY MADE THEIR OWN CRIMAL CASE!! How stupid you people sound!! Good luck!! What kind of birds don’t fly??!! JAILBIRD GARRETT ! Have fun !

Truth
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6 months ago

Let’s not forget that not only does Cheyenne stone not live on the reservation that makes her ineligible to run for council in the first place, but the fact she did the Britney Spears thing, shaved her head bald, got scabies, and crashed into the big pine tree when it was alive and healthy not to long ago.
Nor the fact she’s the constant aggressor to her old relationship full of domestic violence and drunken behavior from her. Least we forget her stint in the looney bin from which she returns with a laundry list of meds to keep her sane now. What’s to say she forgets her meds one day while she’s trying to run the tribe?
As for j. Valasquez. It’s shame to see her come from a decent family of good people and yet still do so much negative in the community. She’s not the only in the mix, but she is definitely one of the main ones the drama and position surround. Her husband garret is very unprofessional and lack of real world experiences shows. Perfect example of why tribal politics shouldn’t be able to get you the job just because your spouse is in power or you know people of power within the tribe. His mom is good people, I pray his colonial style of hate doesn’t reflect back on to her.
I’m not in favor of new council battling back and forth as well. But you can definitely see there needs to be a mediated meeting between both old and new and discussed a real solution. Instead of continuing the hate they’re spreading. It’s quite embarrassing to the rest of the world what’s going on down there.
Never forget when Cheyenne and Stacy burned down their grandpa and uncles place which was a holy place for many native people, that in itself should show what a bad leader that could be. Don’t forget according to the government, when a tribes stops its beliefs and language, they cease to be a tribe. Should focus more on building up the tribe and helping the people out.
And know bear mace is never the answer to resolve arguments. 🤦🏽‍♂️

Anonymous
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Reply to  Truth
6 months ago

Wow. Sure hope you have facts to back all this up with. How do you know where anyone lives, how do you know when people go to the doctor or what kind of meds they take? How do you know anything about another person’s medical condition? And how does any of that even relate to an invalidated election? Are you a tribal member? If so, use your constitutional right to vote at the next election and leave your slander with those who refuse to read the constitution, choose breaking and entering as a solution, and refuse to accept their loss.

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Truth
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Reply to  Anonymous
6 months ago

Sounds like the words of a disgruntled council member or tribal employee now. There’s no slander when it’s simply truth. Unfortunately I’m not simple minded enough to put my name down and have my family harassed just for knowing the truth. Or my house broken into, or if the other side is offended have my family bear maced.
Everyone knows how cheyennes family is, something wrong with each sister, and nephews. Bad actions usually show with bad symptoms. Even the dad tried to divorce out the family long ago, but was sucked back in by fear and bullying. I always imagine the scene in “norbit”, where’ he says “bad house, bad house” while being punished to the basement.

The truth is both sides make this issue very embarrassing for the tribe. To divide an entire community because you can’t simply open the floor fairly for all those to speak and voice their opinions is very toxic form of oppression. Truly, Indian country needs to stop hiring those just because they know someone or are with someone. It seems that may have started the downfall of a decent place. Just shameful as a whole.
If a council has nothing to hide or fear, make meetings open with a sense of freedom of no repercussions for things being said and issues being voiced. Don’t lie about transparency and wanting the best for the community, when that’s clearly a boarding school style tactic to deceive the outside world.

Haters Gonna Hate
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Reply to  Truth
6 months ago

The current Council has meetings open to the public in-person AND via Zoom. The Council before them ONLY had closed meetings with no Zoom option. There were no General Council meetings for nearly 3 years! But you didn’t have a problem with that did you? Because It’s all personal. You continue to bring up old irrelevant gossip about people you clearly hate. You speak about “oppression” while publicly spreading gossip about other Natives (lateral oppression). Unless you’re non-Native and in that case who cares what you think. I only see one side breaking into the tribal office to steal documents, that’s the only group that’s embarrassing to me.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Truth
6 months ago

Oh my god, give it up already. You people did not have a quorum to remove Council and elect a new one. You lack reading comprehension and don’t understand the Tribal Constitution, that’s nobody’s fault but yours. Trying to bring up old gossip and drama is very telling. Only people with no leg to stand on do that. Get a life and MOVE ON. Don’t break into federal buildings and you won’t be maced, seems pretty simple to me.

FormerBlessedChurchMember
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Reply to  Truth
6 months ago

Play stupid games. Win stupid prizes.

And when you play around with Pinerz, the grand prize is a face full of bear spray.

Anonymous
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6 months ago

This whole situation is so sickening!!! Why are these people trying so hard to over throw the council? For years the same people have been sitting on council and haven’t did anything to benefit the tribe. For years the tribe has been at a standstill. Then the new council was was RIGHTFULLY voted in and all you people have done bitch and complain, bully, and try everything in your power to stop the tribe from chance to do good things for EVERYONE! The old council was crooked as hell and only did things that benefited themselves and people in their circle. They swept things under the rug that made their circle look bad. The programs that were available the help the community only helped who they wanted to help. They were so judgmental and hateful. And what were they doing with all the $$$ that was for the people when they were denying people checks, shutting of peoples water and laughing about it. They were all driving new cars and walking around with their noses in the air. You people are just upset that you can’t stick your hands in the cookie jar anymore! The new council has did more for the PEOPLE in these past few months than those others have did in years! Some of you claim to be Christians and you are the shadiest people I’ve ever seen!!! Who in their right mind would want you people running the tribe especially after your actions the other night! That just shows how you lie and how hateful and dishonest and dirty you are! You have some nerve thinking your in the right and anybody that thinks you people are in the right are just as nasty as you are. You weren’t voted in for a reason just except it and stop embarrassing yourselves and our tribe!

Enraged Piner
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6 months ago

Well if you want to overlook that TRIBAL EMPLOYEES USED BEAR MACE ON THERE OWN TRIBALS MEMBERS THEN WHATEVER!!
All this past council does is lie and don’t follow laws and the constitution!! They even said they don’t have to follow ROBERTS RULES !! How ignorant is that!! You people can talk all you want cause the truth is out!! Big Pine was a safe place now due to the BEAR MACE COUPLE OUR COMMUNITY SUFFERS!! And JACKIE SHAME ON YOU FOR THE LIES YOU TELL AND THE DRAMA YOU CAUSED IN THIS ENTIRE TRIBE!! You should be ashamed of yourself and your husband!! Cause your husbands mother is so ashamed!! You guys are a disgrace and have no morels!! You should be fired for using BEAR MACE ON HUMANS!! But now you bear macing people will have serious criminal charges brought against you!! So you have fun with that!! Fraud 4 you have been voted out by BIG PINE GENERAL COUNCIL!! In only six months you managed to divide an entire once peaceful people!! I hope your real proud of yourselfs!! Garrett have fun in jail!

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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

You people are the ones that should be ashamed!! If anyone divided our tribe it’s you ugly people with hatred and LIES!!! Nobody would have got sprayed if you weren’t being shady and breaking into a federal building digging around in files covering cameras and ripping cords out of the wall! Totally disrespecting our tribal building and our tribe! And as for Garrett and his wife what I seen in the videos is those two defending our tribal building and ALL of the tribes documents and ALL of our tribal members personal information! Reatha and violet have been known for taking peoples personal info! And if anyone is gonna be having fun in jail it’s gonna be “y’all”.

Eva Bacoch
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6 months ago

This is coming from a crazy woman who has been given absolute power from Cheyenne Stone who is not living on the Big Pine reservation and who is not eligible to be sitting as their chairperson. Their tribal council has been rightfully removed from their tribal council seat by our general membership. They refused to meet with the newly elected Tribal Council and continue to threaten and terrorize our community by retaliation of taking away benefits from elders, they removed the whole election committee who verified the petition signatures for their removal. They brought known biker gang (the Mongrals)members to our reservation to control and intimidate our members and newly elected council from rightfully gaining access to our tribal building. The 2 bikers even escorted Cheyenne Stone to her court appearance. Jacklyn and the removed council hindered our right to petition for removal at every turn and we were still able to elect new council representatives. I invite you all to come watch my video and see Jacklyn verbally attack people and Garrett Bryan assault members with bear mace numerous times! We were unarmed and they were unprovoked and yet he still continued to spray in our faces at close range! Jacklyn Bryan claiming harassment and stalking when the person was just going to our local store. Videos can be found on Eva Bacoch and Heather Torres Facebook pages. This is the what we are facing.

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Reply to  Eva Bacoch
6 months ago

Let’s see the video of you breaking into the building, covering cameras, disconnecting the security camera. Oh wait, we will as soon as the security footage is released. Why would you think that’s OK? How would you know who wrote this? Chairperson living off rez? Haha Your lies just keep coming.do you all meet in secret just to make them up? Why don’t you explain how an election committee can verify signatures when they didn’t have the signature book or the ballot box? Stop lying about meeting, they offered over and over and you and your group refused. Tell the truth, take responsibility for your actions. The removal process was not followed. You are relying on a 26 year old letter that either misquoted the Constitution or quoted a constitution that doesn’t exist.maybe read it? Why don’t you explain numerous tribal members contacting the Tribal office stating they were misled when they signed. Petitions should have their purpose on EVERY signature page. How about explanning how this all started? How about explaining why the previous refused to accept a complaint about Paul Huette and his sexual harassment of girls. The new administrator accepted it and all hell broke loose. This us what started it, Retha and Violet manufacturing lies to protect Paul’s dirty deeds. No one wrote an email to TERO regarding his job. That shit was straight manufactured by Christians protecting a predator. You have no standing, especially now that you have all committed multiple crimes. You can’t actually think what you did was ok.lets talk about bullying ‘the crazy woman’, real nice. Really shows your concern for a fellow human being who may be traumatized by all of your hate, but she will definitely come through this, just as she’s met all the other challenges in her life. You And your group are not leaders. Just admit that you didn’t follow (or understand) the process and move on. You could do it all over again the right way. Oh wait, then you won’t get enough signatures because the people you lied to and paid to sign aren’t going to sign it again. Your mean spirit, your inability to understand simple processes, your total lack of integrity or compassion, and your incessant lies disqualify you from ever being a leader. Stop trying to spin it. You participated in a breaking and entering, you’re on camera doing it, and some of you got pepper sprayed be a use you were in the building activity participating in a crime. Stop lying.

Eva Bacoch
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Reply to  Anonymous
6 months ago

How about you come out of hiding behind an anonymous profile while addressing me.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Eva Bacoch
6 months ago

Why would I? So you can harrass and threaten me too? Grow up. The truth hurts.

Enraged Piner
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6 months ago

The elected out council has done nothing but cause destruction to a once peaceful community! They refuse to follow tribal laws and ordinances. They even went as far as bringing back non members that gave up their enrollment with an amendment that could not be rescinded!! These elected out council members have broke rules after rules! Conflicts of interest everywhere! Hired a husband and wife where the wife is his boss??!! Then these same EMPLOYEES
husband and wife were the same people that BEAR MACED A CROWD OF WOMEN AND WOULDNT SPRAY THE MAN BECAUSE HE DIDNT WANT HIS ASS KICKED!! They are still employed after almost killing people with BEAR MACE!! WHAT LEADER ALLOWS BEAR SPRAY TO BE IN AN OFFICE FILING CABINET!! The chairwoman in this case allowed employees to attack with BEAR MACE!! They want to lie to everyone because they been voted out and won’t leave!! They are making a false narrative to try to cover up all the destruction they’ve cause in a once peaceful reservation!! Tribal businesses has no business on this site but since it’s on here !! Let’s tell the truth!! All they got are lies to feed the community!! It’s so sick and embarrassing!! They don’t understand the games they are playing if our tribe becomes unrecognized!! The seriousness of the situation!! They’re destructive and are hiding things in that office that they don’t want anyone to know about!! WHY ELSE WOULD THEY BE TRYING TO KILL PEOPLE WITH 4 cans of bear mace!! NOT PEPER SPRAY!! BEAR MACE WHICH IS AN ILLEGAL WEAPON AGAINST HUMANS! BEAR MACE IS FOR BEARS DUHHHH! And no one was in the building!!
Garrett Bryant broke the window himself and Jack Sepsy pushed him into the broken window and a few seconds later Garret BRYANT HANDED HIS WIFE JACKIE A CAN OF BEAR MACE WHERE SHE CONTINUED TO THREATEN PEOPLE WITH IT!! She even says “I HAVE BEAR MACE GET BACK!!”
And did I mention they are still employed??
So if you don’t know the truth you better ask someone!! And yes there are videos!! ALL THESE LIES WILL COME TO LIGHT!! THESE FOUR FRAUDS ARE CONDONING VIOLENCE IN THE WORK PLACE??!! Cause that’s how I see it!
My heart goes out to the community of Big Pine Tribe!! MAYBE NEXT ELECTION YOU NEED TO THINK LONG AND HARD WHO YOU VOTE FOR!! OBVIOUSLY WE ALL MADE THE WRONG CHOICE!! We fixed it with a petition and they went ALL OUT TO STOP THEIR OWN PROCESS!! They interfered on so many levels it’s unreal!! Closed builds to stop it! AND THEY STILL GOT VOTED OUT!!
Their mad mad!! And won’t turn in keys and passwords
They didn’t even want to meet! And they have no remorse for their actions and like I said the BEAR MACE COUPLE IS STILL EMPLOYED! Which is straight up mind blowing!!THE 4 FRAUDS NEED TO GO
GET OVER THEIR POWER TRIP AND GET ON DOWN THE LINE!!

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

The Cult and her “yall’ followers. Under her spell.

FormerBlessedChurchMember
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6 months ago

The “shadow council” and their followers’ failed insurrection attempt landed on Jan 7th instead of Jan 6th. Someone called their cult “terrorists”. I agree with that assessment. #Y’allQueda #Klanuary6th #Klanuary7th.

If the “shadow council” and the “trump-ettes” (as they call themselves) feel their are righteous and just in this matter, then why was their entire team dressed in ALL BLACK? Why did they break in AT NIGHT, IN THE DARK? Why did they cut the power to the tribal building? Why were they trying to violently blockade themselves inside the building? Why did they try to get into the building AT NIGHT when nobody was there? Why did they cover up all the security cameras with plastic bags? Why did they RIP OUT the power cables to all the security cameras?

That isn’t the way a legitimate group of leaders operate. That is the way criminals behave.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

The cameras don’t lie. You are exactly right, the truth will come out.

Jacklyn Bryan
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

This isn’t about a petition anymore Eva. You’ve lost this group any credibility in making this about political confusion. This is now about serious federal violent crimes, terrorist threats and stalking that is happening against tribal government employees and officials and their families and has been for months. Take a giant step back and get some control so things don’t escalate further. I’m disgusted at Marc St. John pointing a 5 inch drill bit like a gun and threatening Garrett multiple times with it pointed at his head. YOU ALL CONTRIBUTING STANDING BEHIND MARC ST.JOHN-HOW DARE YOU! Garrett has a Constitutional right to defend his life and that of his wife, when our harm is imminent and has already occurred! You all stalked us and you baited us there to what we assumed was an accidental alarm. First trying to run me off the road, then I’m scene 10 then 20 growing to near 40+ on 2, 3 then 4 people. Check yourself! I’m thankful HE deescalated and responded with appropriate force by macing all the burglars and neutralizing all attackers in the building and those that excited. He’s the kind of Indian men that make our people proud. He make me proud! Shame on you all for doing this to him after losing his father. All the maced got what they deserved.

I feel sad for some of the good people you’ve confused with your evil manipulation, your supporters who think you’re right. Your actions shame our ancestors! You were inside the building and you should have retreated when you saw Marc St. John holding the door closed on Garrett and working with Doree and others to barricade the door to his office. You didn’t. You had to get maced. Take a step back and stop. Get control. Be an example of looking at a greater good, please!

Anonymous
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Reply to  Jacklyn Bryan
6 months ago

Having the bear spray seems to be a premeditated response to PEOPLE not bears. Maybe these folks were at standing rock and saw how the cops dealt with a “mob”.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Anonymous
6 months ago

Or maybe it was in the office as a response to the continued threats to ‘storm the office’, harassment of staff, BBs shot through windows, broken windows and the constant bullying behavior that the fake ass council has proven to be their approach, over and over, culminating in a PREMEDITAED crime of breaking and entering where they got caught and sprayed. Maybe if LEOs would have gotten there 10 minutes earlier it would have been clear who was breaking in and no one would have been sprayed. Oh ya, I forgot, the people breaking in had already made sure there would be no LEO response, Maybe they should blame the deputy who slowed the response (at their own request and by their own admission). Hmmmm.

FormerBlessedChurchMember
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6 months ago

ICS instructed law enforcement NOT TO RESPOND, while legitimate tribal representatives and staff were being pushed, threatened with potentially DEADLY WEAPONS, and having doorknobs and locks thrown at their heads.

This is solid fact, and can be verified by listening the recordings of the police scanner from January 7th between 6pm and 10pm.

What I want to know is, why has there been ZERO RESPONSE from Inyo County? They are CLEARLY assisting criminals and are not afraid to do so, on record, on tape, and on video.

Have they even been asked about their activities by any newspapers?

Usually, when Inyo County violates the rights of indigenous people in this valley, they immediately follow up with a BIG WARM FLUFFY statement about how they are “working with tribal partners” to “resolve the matter”….. But that’s only when their PR Officer has material (video evidence) to work with and a believable, coherent story to spin in their favor……

From what I can tell, Inyo County has NONE of those things. They are completely defenseless and without any unifying cover story that is even remotely believable.

I doubt they have ANY credibility with the Big Pine Paiute government anymore.

I’M curious to see what type of bogus story Inyo County’s PR team tries to frame up for the public? They can’t say they are protecting the Native people in our community. Not even the other tribe’s trust them. In fact, Inyo County was sued by the Bishop Paiute Tribe a few years ago AND THEY LOST IN COURT!….. And Inyo County lost because they were supporting the illegal conduct of a terrible police officer (who tried to arrest a tribal cop).

I bet Inyo County Sheriffs are scurrying around right now, trying to convince every native person and leader they know (that isn’t from big pine tribe) that they are working as hard as they can.

If it was such a clear case of corruption and conspiracy by local law enforcement, caught on video, most people wouldn’t be able to believe it.

FormerBlessedChurchMember
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6 months ago

The same group of people broke into the tribe’s gymnasium only a few weeks ago (with aid from Eva Bacoch). Eva openly admits this. As her reward for assisting with their break-in, she was anointed as a leader of the “shadow council”.

Also, going back to 2019, THE SAME GROUP, AGAIN, barricaded themselves inside the SAME BUILDING. They even locked two elected government officers inside the building, and wouldn’t let them leave until they submitted to their demands.

This group has displayed a PATTERN of criminal acts and violence.

The accusation of “pre-mediatation” is pure projection, as this group ADMITS to planning the break-in and insurrection WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

Lastly, these alleged criminals RECORDED THEMSELVES admitting they were advised by Inyo County Sheriffs Officers (specifically Paul Dorame). They went even further and repeatedly stated, on camera, that Inyo County Sheriffs Officers had PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of the break-in, and even went so far as to ASSIST THE BURGLARS by providing them MORE time to change door locks and barricade themselves inside the building.

This is ALL publicly available information and you can all listen to the police scanner recordings yourselves.

Paul Dorame is specifically referenced by 911 dispatch, and advised other law inforcement officers NOT TO RESPOND.

Furthermore, Sheriff Paul Dorame and Inyo County Sheriffs officers openly indicate they had prior knowledge and ongoing communication WITH THE BURGLARS, because they are again, recorded on the police scanner stating “it’s just the NEW Tribal Council gaining access to the building” —— How would ANY Law Enforcement have this knowledge without being there UNLESS they were assisting the criminals themselves??????????

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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

Kind of hard to deny being in the building now that the video is out. Video shot from the people who broke in and wasn’t released. Shady af.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

Yeah think long and hard about who you are gonna vote for. People that are being honest and helping the whole tribe, or the shady people that only help who they want to and dress all in black and break into the tribal office and assault people by throwing door locks at them and call themselves Christians. If the old tribal council was so legit then why was our tribe sanctioned? Why when checks were being passed out some people had all kinds of money taken out of their checks and some didn’t get a check at all? Where was that $$ going? In their pockets? Since the new council took over EVERYONE was getting their ENTIRE checks. And you want to say they are being shady. With the old council bills were going unpaid and the new council had to come along and get the tribe back on track. Yeah so think long and hard who you would want to vote for.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

The REAL “power trip” is this fraudulent Council attempting a violent government take over. Your lies won’t stand and karma is coming for you.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

Retha- maybe you should not be so worried about the tribe and focus on your family. Your husband is a predator, your brother the molester pastor and thief of imah thrift store, sister, who stole from a dying man and your little drunk driving twins are out of control!! You should learn to read so you can understand what your constitution means. A petition doesn’t remove anyone. A petition gets you a meeting where at said meeting you have to have 51% of eligible voters present and voting for this decision to happen. You and your delusional group did not have that and you did not turn in your petition like it says in the constitution. It does not say, if said petition is against 4 members turn in to the member that is not being petitioned it says turn in to the tribal council. That’s strike 2. It also does not say to have the election committee verify signatures. How are they supposed to verify signatures? From pictures they probably have on their phones? Strike 3! Then we have the issue of lying to people to get them to sign your petition. Strike 4. Your whole process was corrupt from the beginning. All of you are mad because you are no longer in control, you can’t take from people, bully people and then offer up your fake smile and bible quotes. The community is finally seeing you for who you really are. Your family has always been so sickening. It’s time for you to sit down and shut up. We’re all sick of your lies and manipulation.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

Amen to that!!! Couldn’t have said it any better!!!

FormerBlessedChurchMember
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

“once peaceful”?

This is the THIRD TIME the last three years this same group has broken into a tribal building attempted to barricade themselves inside.

In 2020 the same group broke into the same tribal building, locked elected officials inside a room and formed a human chain/barricade so the officials couldn’t leave.

two months ago, the same group (with the support of the shadow council) broke into the Tribe’s gymnasium, and attempted to hold their own elections.

Then last week, they broke into the Tribal headquarters again.

And to be clear, these same geniuses RECORDED THEMSELVES in the act. You can’t make this stuff up. And all the evidence can be found on YouTube.

They’re turning violent insurrections into an annual event over on the Rez……. And Inyo County Sheriffs office is LOVING IT.

As Sheriff Paul Dorame was overheard saying to Sheriff Noonan at the gas station in Big Pine last week “As long as they (Tribal Citizens) are all mad at us then we’re good, right?”

What is Sheriff Rennie doing about all this?

I heard there have been SERIOUS allegations involving some of those on the video (related to other serious crimes) but that Rennie’s department hasn’t even referred them to the District Attorney!!!!! And we are talking about violence and harassment against young women in our communities…..

It looks like Inyo County is not only ENCOURAGING violence in our tribal communities, they are actively assisting the perpetrators….

I heard the sheriffs are in POSESSION of the evidence, but they are protecting the perpetrator because he is friends with many of the local fire department and police force…… Which all seems to true, when considering the recent actions/in-actions taken by Inyo County Sheriffs.

No Throwing Rocks *or locks* in Glass Houses
No Throwing Rocks *or locks* in Glass Houses
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

“Conflict of interest everywhere! Hired a husband and wife where the wife is his boss??!!” If you’re mad about a married couple being hired, what if I told you that Retha did the same thing at the Big Pine Post Office?? Would it piss you off to hear that she (Retha) hired TWO people to fill ONE position?? Maybe not. But what if those TWO people Retha hired for the ONE mail delivery position were her daughter and her daughter-in-law??!! That’s right, A MARRIED COUPLE WORKING TOGETHER and HIRED BY THEIR MOM!!!
Then those three FEDERAL POSTAL EMPLOYEES are the same people that were BEAR MACED WHEN THEY CUT THE POWER, AND BROKE INTO A FEDERAL BUILDING on 1/7/24. They are still employed as federal postal workers after burglarizing a FEDERAL BUILDING. What kind of “leader” (postmaster) allows that?? And after thinking about it, what’s stopping them from doing that at the Big Pine post office?? If you’re on their naughty list how are you sure you’re receiving all of your mail? They obviously have no problem taking matters into their own hands by doing whatever they see fit.
You can’t be upset with the hiring of one married couple, and not the other. At least Jackie and Garrett were filling TWO positions.

BPTribalMember
BPTribalMember
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
6 months ago

This Council has done more for our community in 7 months than the last Council has done in 2 years! The last Council could barely finish their meeting minutes and they hid from General Council behind the pandemic, stop lying. And what has Gina Jones ever done for our people? Besides setting bad precedent after bad precedent, which is why this violent group thinks they can remove an entire tribal council with only 30% of our voting population.

Anonymous
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Reply to  Enraged Piner
5 months ago

What does elected out mean? 🤔

Anonymous
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Reply to  Eva Bacoch
6 months ago

These law breaking fools don’t get it. Breaking and entering a Federal Building, destroying and stealing property, conspiracy to overthrow an existing Tribal Government, terrorist threats, stalking, spreading lies. They lost a Tribal Election June 2023. The shabbily put together a petition to remove current Tribal Council, held their meeting, NO QUORUM present, so the RECALL FAILED, then they proceeded to elect a fraudulent Tribal Council replacement. The former Tribal Council and Administration failed in their fudiciary duties to keep the Tribe up and running. They became late with audits and federal reporting, creating Federal sanctions against our Tribe. Why would we want them as our leaders?

Anonymous
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Reply to  Eva Bacoch
6 months ago

You didn’t have a quorum to remove Council or elect a new one, your shady attempts to gain power failed, time to move on. Stop creating division and violence in our community. You should feel really embarrassed for your involvement in this. Do you really think this makes you look good?

LaughingAtYourJournalism
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6 months ago

Who wrote this? 🤣 some of those “mob members” mentioned actually did NOT partake in this event/ were not present. Shame on you .

You really should fact check before publishing such horrendous accusations on people. Taking someone’s false information and running with it will jeopardize ESN credibility. I thought you provided news not gossip ?

Jesse Steele
Jesse Steele
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Reply to  LaughingAtYourJournalism
6 months ago

We apologize if the source of this information was unclear. This wasn’t written by Eastern Sierra NOW. It was sent to us as an official news press release by the Big Pine Paiute Tribe, and so we published it like we do every other official press release we receive. If corrections, retractions, or additions are later released, we’ll publish those too. Tonight we spoke to some of the people mentioned in the press release and advised them to send us a statement of their own if they’d like to present their standpoint, and if they do so we’ll also publish that. Our purpose is indeed to tell the news. With the initial statement that was given to us, that’s what we’ve done here, and we’ll continue telling the story as more information is received.

Anonymous
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Reply to  LaughingAtYourJournalism
6 months ago

Everyone listed is on camera at the scene. It’s going to be pretty hard to deny being involved.

Carlos Paz
Carlos Paz
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Reply to  Anonymous
6 months ago

That is not true you should make sure they are all on camera and video until then this statement is false which it is.

Anonymous
Anonymous
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Reply to  Carlos Paz
6 months ago

Rhonda and her lollipop at the the scene.

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Reply to  Anonymous
5 months ago

And was requested to bring documents in person by sheriff deputies then she left.

FormerBlessedChurchMember
FormerBlessedChurchMember
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Reply to  Carlos Paz
6 months ago

WHO is denying their presence or participation in the crimes? If they’re so confident, why don’t they hop on the comments, use their full name, and deny if publicly?

I’ll answer my own question. Because when this crime eventually goes to trial here in Inyo County, the participants/supporters of the crimes will be CRIMINALLY LIABLE for making false public statements about their involvement and prior-knowledge of the crime.

Someone should has Gina Jones if she had prior knowledge that the break-in was going to happen? Should Inyo County Supervisors be actively supporting burglaries and violence? What does District 4 Inyo County Supervisor Jen Roeser have to say about all this? Roeser is regularly on Facebook lavishing praise and support on some of the same people that broke into the Tribal building (Retha and Paul Huette). The corruption and fecklessness of Inyo County elected leaders and law enforcement is truly staggering.

Native people in Inyo County are under threat.

I pray that the FBI gets involved fast before someone is injured or worse.

Unfortunately for Native people, the FBI doesn’t show usually show up until AFTER the loss of life. Truly sad and disheartening for EVERYONE who lives in this valley.

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