OP-ED: Anti-Indian Conference in Washington State

By Intercontinental Cry 

 The April 6, 2013  NW Round-Up Regional Educational Conference held at the Lakeway Inn in Bellingham, Washington was sponsored by the foremost Anti-Indian organization in the United States. Citizens Equal Rights Alliance is one of several Anti-Indian organizations operating in Washington State. "https://www.facebook.com/events/116897151834758/

As the registration   form for the conference states, the conference was for learning about how to fight American Indian fee to trust, casino gambling, water rights, land acquisitions and sovereignty. CERA vice chair Butch Cranford of Plymouth, California and CERA board member.  http://intercontinentalcry.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/CERA_BELLINGHAM_2013_Conference_Registration_Form.pdf

  Elaine Willman from Hobart, Wisconsin were featured speakers at the Bellingham conference on Federal Indian Policy Issues. http://citizensalliance.org/main/index.htm

Interviewed   live from the April 6 CERA conference on Far-Right Christian Anti-Indian Radio KGMI, Willman characterized tribes as casino bullies who now want half the water, stating that the only way to stop them is to strengthen states’ rights and private property rights and get rid of Federal Indian Policy. http://kgmi.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6315295

Philip Brendale, another speaker at the April 6 CERA conference in Bellingham  http://www.lyndentribune.com/indian-policy-conference-april-6-in-bellingham/, has considerable experience fighting tribal sovereignty, as evidenced by  http://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/492/408 this U.S. Supreme Court case against Yakama Indian Nation. Brendale is noted in http://www.klamathbasincrisis.org/settlement/letters/beckyKBCbrendaleBA052108.htm this article from the Klamath River Basin water http://www.programs.irehr.org/issue-areas/tea-party-nationalism/tea-party-news-and-analysis/item/422-tea-parties-property-rights-and-anti-indianism-in-the-klamath-river-basin  dispute, as is Elaine Willman. Interviewed by Tea Party activist Kris Halterman on the same live radio podcast with Willman, Brendale said tribal fishing rights should be eliminated, along with other treaty rights.

On the March 30 http://kgmi.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6304284 episode of Halterman’s program  Saturday Morning Live, Willman stated that secret collusion between Washington State, the Federal Government and Indian tribes through government to government relations — otherwise known as Tribal Centennial Accords — is, “taking down Washington State.” She closed by saying that the April 6 CERA conference would teach local officials and citizens how to take on tribal governments. http://kgmi.com/Saturday-Morning-Live/13467803

On a November 3, 2012 KGMI podcast about Native American tribes, Willman distorted American Indian treaty history beyond recognition, stating that their special, taxpayer-funded, race-based perks allow them to, “confiscate natural resources.” Not satisfied with calling for the elimination of tribal sovereignty, Willman went on to state that, “Tribalism is socialism [and] has no place in our country!” http://kgmi.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=6107204

Brendale’s wife is a lobbyist and media expert with Eagle Forum, a Far-Right Christian organization. This phenomenon of Free Market, Far-Right Christian Indians used by white supremacists for cover in subverting tribal sovereignty is a sad but true aspect of American political insanity.

Using Indians who oppose tribal sovereignty as speakers is a key strategy of CERA, giving them cover from accusations of being white supremacist. As Brendale admits in   this video where he was helping to fight the Nisqually Tribe, his mission is to, “take down federal Indian policy.”  http://stopnisquallyjail.blogspot.com/2011/10/speaker-philip-brendale-at-our-thurston.html

Reverend Tom Grey is an anti-gambling missionary. He might have been the Tom Grey who was listed as a speaker at the CERA conference in Bellingham. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/gamble/procon/igrey.html

Lana Marcussen, CERA legal counsel,  http://www.citizensalliance.org/links/pages/articles/1people1law.htm asserts destroying tribal sovereignty is a civil rights struggle to free the Indians. As  http://www.perm.org/articles/a016.html this article shows, she is a states’ rights, anti-sovereignty advocate. She has been  http://www.standupca.org/tribes/Santa Ynez Reservation - Chumash/sy-band-claims-super-sovereignty active in fighting tribes in California.

The local organizers for the Anti-Indian conference were CERA board member Tom Williams of Lynden, Washington and  http://skip-richards.com/ Skip Richards, a Bellingham consultant with a twenty-year history of Anti-Indian organizing as both a property-rights advocate and a collaborator with Christian Patriot militias. His photo on his  http://www.linkedin.com/pub/skip-richards/67/773/706 LinkedIn page is from a militia recruiting meeting he hosted at the Laurel Grange in October 1994.

On the March 30   episode of  Wealth Wake Up with KGMI’s Dick Donahue, http://intercontinentalcry.org/anti-indian-conference/kgmi.com/episode_download.php?contentType=36&contentId=6304298  Tom Williams said the facade of tribal sovereignty allows Indians citizenship privileges without paying taxes. Accentuating his ignorance about treaties, taxation and Indian law, Williams revealed his underlying bigotry, stating, “We should not support them; they should be citizens like the rest of us.” http://kgmi.com/Wealth-Wake-Up/5677391

Skip Richards got his start as a merchant of fear in the early 1990s when he was a paid field agent provocateur of the Building Industry Association, which had teamed up with the Washington Association of Realtors to undermine Washington State’s Growth Management Act. From 1992 to 1996, the industry funded and organized field agent provocateurs who went on a rampage inciting vigilantism against Native Americans and environmentalists in 14 counties, culminating in the arrest and conviction of eight individuals on federal firearms and explosives charges.

Sometimes the spear-carriers, those who believe the hoax and get excited enough to threaten opponents, are looking for a windfall economic opportunity. But the only ones who usually profit from these hate campaigns are the social movement entrepreneurs and their industry backers. What you’ll often see in their aftermath is a rightward or criminal shift in public policy rules and regulations as a result of the consolidation or seizure of political power. In a July 1996 High Country News interview, Skip Richards stated the two things he needed to know in politics were, “who to threaten and who to bribe.”

The other local Anti-Indian activist on the event billing was Marlene Dawson, a realtor on the Lummi Indian Reservation who in the 1990s lobbied Congress to cancel funding for Lummi Head Start for their kids as well as elder care programs as a way to punish the tribe for asserting jurisdiction over water usage on the reservation.

For background on Richards, readers might find the following Public Good Project special reports useful.

 http://www.publicgood.org/reports/pdf/Reign_of_Terror.pdf Reign of Terror
http://www.publicgood.org/reports/skipnov2.html Common Sense About the Richards Militia Controversy
http://www.publicgood.org/reports/militiachron.html Militia and CLUE Activity in Whatcom and Snohomish Counties
 http://www.publicgood.org/reports/richards.html Skip Richards’ Years of Contact with Christian Patriot Militias
 http://www.publicgood.org/reports/wuinps/ Wise Use in Northern Puget Sound
HYPERLINK http://www.publicgood.org/reports/nosodist/ A Not So Distant Mirror


Anti-Indian Organizations in Washington State


CAPR Citizens Alliance for Property Rights  "http://www.proprights.org/"http://www.proprights.org/

CDFE Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise "http://www.cdfe.org/"http://www.cdfe.org/

CERA Citizens Equal Rights Alliance  "http://www.citizensalliance.org/"http://www.citizensalliance.org/

CERF Citizens Equal Rights Foundation

CSE Citizens for Safety and Environment

EFF Evergreen Freedom Foundation  "http://myfreedomfoundation.com/"http://myfreedomfoundation.com/

IJ Institute for Justice "http://www.ij.org/wa"http://www.ij.org/wa

ONU One Nation United

PEP Private Enterprise Project HYPERLINK "http://pepwashington.com/"http://pepwashington.com/

WFB Washington Farm Bureau HYPERLINK "http://www.wsfb.com/"http://www.wsfb.com/

WPC Washington Policy Center HYPERLINK "http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/"http://www.washingtonpolicy.org/


Anti-Indian Roster by State


Tony Bowman, Holbrook–CERF

GB Saucerman, Phoenix–CERA

Dennis Williams, Fort Defiance–CERA


Butch Cranford, Plymouth—CERA

Rheba Hewitt, San Bernardino—ONU

Wally J Leimgruber, El Centro–ONU

Chip Worthington, Rohnert Park—ONU


Nicholas H Mullane, North Stonington–ONU


Frank Messersmith, Crawfordville–ONU


John Furbee, Harrison–ONU

Daniel M Johnson, Nez Perce–ONU


Rich Porter, Paxton–ONU


Carol Kelly, Plymouth—CERA

Kim Shea, Carver–CERA


Clare Fitz, Onamia–CERF

Howard B Hanson, Minneapolis—CERA


Chris Kortlander, Garyowen–CERA


Naomi Brummond, Roselie—CERA

Joel Lamplot, Pender–CERA

New Mexico

Charlotte Mitchell, Jemez Pueblo—CERA

New York

Judy Bachman, Vernon—CERA

Richard Tallcot, Union Springs—CERA

Jerry Titus, Little Valley—CERA

David Vickers, Erieville—ONU/UCE


Dick Platfoot, Wapakoneta–ONU


Larry Boggs—ONU

Mike Cantrell–ONU

Marla R Peek, Oklahoma City–ONU

LeeAnn Ragains, Kingfisher—CERA

Mickey Thompson–ONU


David Jacques, Winston–ONU

South Dakota

Jim Petik, Keldron—CERA

Darrell Smith, Mobridge–CERF


Jackie Allen, Toppenish—CERA

Elizabeth A Campbell, Seattle—ONU

Janet Devlin—CSE

Trent England–EFF

John Fleming–GOP

George Garland, Gig Harbor—ONU

Paul Guppy—WPC

Steve Hammond–CAPR

James Johnston, Oak Harbor–ONU

Kim Halvorson, Marysville—ONU

Tom and Carol Lewis–ONU

Barbara Lindsay, Tacoma—ONU

Fairalee Marcusen–ONU

Linda Matson—ONU/PEP

William Maurer–IJ

Tom and Patty Mitchell, Marysville–ONU

Alan Montgomery, Seattle—ONU

Glen Morgan—EFF

Doug Olson–ONU

Kent Pullen–ONU

Cynthia Rasmussen, Port Ludlow–ONU

Marilyn Sherry, Normandy Park—ONU

Dennis Swanson—CSE

Brent Warwick—CSE

Dan Wood—WFB

Bob Williams–EFF

Tom Williams, Lynden—CERA

Lyle Zeller–CSE


Curt Knoke, Gresham—CERA/CERF

Marianne D Pender, Keshena–ONU

Scott Seaborne, Neenah—CERA

Nancy Smeleer, Menominee–ONU

Elaine Willman, Hobart—CERA



CAPR Citizens Alliance for Property Rights

CERA Citizens Equal Rights Alliance

CERF Citizens Equal Rights Foundation

CSE Citizens for Safety and Environment

EFF Evergreen Freedom Foundation

GOP Republican Party

IJ Institute for Justice

ONU One Nation United

PEP Private Enterprise Project

UCE Upstate Citizens for Equality

WFB Washington Farm Bureau

WPC Washington Policy Center


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