1. I am employed by Oglala Lakota College and was scheduled to teach 5 classes the Spring Semester as Adjunct Professor, meaning a salary of $8500 was lost, plus the College was unable to find instructors to teach the classes I had been assigned to teach, and my classes had to be canceled.
2. I had been removed from my home with Leroy Waters with whom I live as man and wife. This was not only an injury to me, but an injury to Leroy, whom I cooked for, helped him cut wood, and doing the chores of making a home together, and most of all, just plain companionship has been denied us a life we chose to be together.
3. I had absolutely no resources to suddenly live somewhere else. I ended up living in someone else's home, my computer set up in their living room on a cardtable, in the middle of their daily lives. I very quickly drained all my money, and was penniless, yet I had a lawsuit pending, and responses to be made.
4. Being forced off the reservation from my home, I had to leave behind my files and much of my paperwork. Defendants had moved to have my case dismissed because I had not responded within the time limits.
5. I had not internet access since October, 2005 until February 4, 2006. Since I am pro se, I had very limited access to the law to be able to compose my arguments for my lawsuit, and therefore, my suit was denied because I did not fully understand how to present my evidence and what arguments to present.
6. I had just gotten out of the hospital, having had major surgery for a ruptured hernia, due in part from having to carry around a heavy computer and monitor and printer, and paperwork. I had to work in someone's living room, suffering with the pain of surgery, without the care and comfort of my common law husband, under threat that my case would be dismissed. Under the circumstances, as evidenced by my request for a restraining order, I did not write a very good request. It was hurriedly done in hopes that I would be able to teach my classes. Yet I failed to put this important factor in the request. My thinking was not too good because I ran out of my diabetic medication, and did not have access to my supply which was back at my home on the Reservation. Not taking daily medication affects one's ability to think straight, one's ability to remember things, as a diabetic.
7. I was finally forced to find a separate house to live in. I could not go on living in someone else's house forever. Because I could not return to the Reservation, I lost all my classes to teach. I had to beg my exhusband to help me find a place to live, and I applied to social services for help, which is very limited. I live in a house, rented, which I have to depend on others to pay the rent and utilities, or I would not survive.
8. I am the civil rights leader and founder of Lakota Wawokiya Civil Rights Organization, registered with the State of South Dakota. Many Lakotas were calling me at Leroy's phone number on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Because the civil rights were so new, the Org was not fully established. Without me, people had no one to call, no one to help them. I am sorely missed by many Lakotas who are being oppressed by the justice system, both U.S. Federal and State, and the Tribal government. I sent the Court several examples of how I had helped Lakotas with their civil rights, which the Judge chose to disregard as too unimportant to mention. She felt it more important to protect the Tribal government the right to exclude anyone they wanted to, for any reason or no reason, because to grant a temporary restraining order would be "a great injury to tribal sovereignty".
9. Most of all, I am deprived of living in my home, one that I helped build. I am deprived of planting a garden and living a self-sufficient life, which is like income. How do you think people survived during the Depression without money? Now, I have been thrust into a situation where I must pay for rent and utilities instead of the choice of being able to provide these things for myself.
10. Immediate loss of address and phone number makes it very difficult to get a job, or continue any functions effectively, such as writing arguments for lawsuits and trying to survive or apply for assistance. One's life is greatly disrupted by just this fact alone.
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