Urgent appeal

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Sep 17 10:15:27 PDT 1998


Please pass this on to all people of conscience.

I was in contact with Frank and Helen last night. They are still under extreme pressure from the RCMP and Vancouver Police and they have been evicted from their apartment, have no money for food or for medications Frank needs as a result of the horrible beating he suffered at the hands of the RCMP and Vancouver Police, they are trying to arrest FRank again on an old charge from 1992 for which they claim, now, after having had him in custody before, was not fully discharged, they need a lawyer desperately, and Frank has been told that he has been marked for death.

I know these people well, they have suffered horribly, they are genuine, they are victims of the Canadian Residential Schools and genuine freedom fighters for First Nations Sovereignty and are therefore designated as dangerous by the powers that be.

Please circulate this widely, send it to the office of the Prime Minister of Canada, Jean Chretien with letters of protest, those of you in B.C. please bring together your forces to support them, if anyone can spare any money to help them with food, medicines or legal assistance, please send checks specifically addressed to Frank Martin or Helen Michell at Roderick Louis, Apt 2, 1568 East 3rd, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V5N 1G9

I am in regular contact with Frank and Helen, I vouch that they are genuine freedom fighters who have genuinely suffered horribly and implore any and all to circulate this widely and help.

If there are any attorneys of conscience, trained in international law but particularly practicing either Civil or Criminal Law in B.C., please contact me at once as they desperately need legal help. Please also forward this to the U.N.

Thank you,

Jim Craven

Dear Mr. Young:

My name is James Craven. I am a Professor of Economics at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington, USA, I am both a U.S. and Canadian Citizen and member of the Blackfoot Confederacy. I was a Tribunal Judge in a recent Tribunal (observed by IHRAAM, a UN NGO) in Vancouver, B.C. (June 12-14) dealing with crimes against Indian children in the Residential Schools of Canada. I have been in regular contact with Frank Martin and Helen Michell, cross-examined their testimony at the Tribunal, and found and still find them to be entirely honest, credible and highly committed to basic human rights for Indians and non-Indians alike.

It is my sincere belief that they have been marked for ongoing harassment and even worse by police and governmental forces in Canada as a result of damaging evidence that they have revealed and/or possess relative to a previous beating of Frank by the B.C. Police and/or other matters having to do with ongoing abuses of Indian children.

I implore your organization to at least listen to their complaints and evidence and give them a fair hearing as to their credibility and veracity on various matters they may choose to discuss.

Should you require any further elaboration or documentation from me, my address, phonenumber and e-mail are given below and also, I can arrange to meet with you personally in Vancouver, B.C..

Thank you for your consideration of this matter.

James M. Craven Professor and Dept. Head, Economics Canadian Citizen, Member, Blackfoot Confederacy Biographical Subject in Marquis "Who's Who in: The World, America, The West, Science and Engineering, Finance and Industry" and the "Cambridge Dictionary of International Biography."

Last night (Jul 23 rd) Frank Martin (Bella Bella) and his wife Helen Michell

(Carrier) were arrested again--following a meeting on Indian activism

and plans for actions and protests.

Frank was arrested on the basis of an alleged previous warrant in

1992; the problem is, that he was just previously arrested (charged

with being an 'illegal alien) and nothing was said about any alleged

previous warrant and he was released on bail--"gating".

I am unaware of the charges against Helen but sincerely believe that

this latest round of arrests needs to be examined and questioned

thoroughly; my personal opinion is that his is clear reprisal for the

testimonies and activism of Frank and Helen related to issues

presented at the Tribunal at which I was one of the Judge's (Pro

Tempore) and possibly as a result of certain issues disclosed

recently on SISS related to the Vancouver Club about which they may

have had knowledge also.

I implore all people of conscience to call for an examination of

these latest rounds of arrests, intimidation and harassment. Helen is

presently in the Vancouver jail and Frank is at Maple Ridge as I

write this.

They have been made destitute and fear for their safety and that of

their children. I publish Helen's appeal again to urge all people of

conscience to assist these freedom fighters in any way possible.

Jim Craven

Urgent Action

These people recently testified at an Inter-Tribal Tribunal dealing

with the Residential Schools in Canada and almost immediately after

their testimony, actions commenced against them. I was one of the

Tribal Judges on that Tribunal and their testimony was moving and

very damaging to some of the "powers that be". Please circulate this

widely and help if possible.

Jim Craven

Forwarded Message Follows -------

Date: Tue, 07 Jul 1998 15:12:34 -0700

To: (Recipient list suppressed)

From: Steve Kisby <skisby at web.net>

Subject: Appeal from Helen Michell

July 6, 1998, update.

Frank, Helen Michell's husband, is being held in a Pentiction jail (in the

interiour of British Comumbia, Canada) and is being deniged his medication

perscribed by a Doctor in Vancouver. The Penticton, B.C., court file

number is 7247C.

Prior to being put in jail, Frank had lost 20 lbs as he couldn't eat

properly as a result of a beating by police, which broke his jaw. The

medication is for the injuries receive during the beating. So far, $150

has been raised toward his bail of $500 and we desparatly need people to

come forward with help toward the remaining amount.

In Helen's words:


Helen Michell

2985 West 12th Avenue

Vancouver, B.C.

V6K 2R2, Canada

July 3, 1998

Universal Declaration of Human Rights:

Article 25; (1) Every one has the right to a standard of living adequate

for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food,

clothing, housing, and medical care and necessary social services, and the

right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, DISABILITY,

widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his

control. (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and

assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy

the same social protection.

This is what my husband read out in the welfare office to the workers and

to the police officers before his arrest. I believe my husband is a

prisoner of war.

To the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates ;

On July 1, 1998, Canada celebrated one hundred years of GENOCIDE, on the

Indigenous people of this stolen land. The R.C.M.P. (Royal Canadian

Mounted Police -- Canada’s national police force), also celebrated one

hundred and twenty-five years of GENOCIDE on the Indigenous peoples within


On July 2,1998, we as an Indigenous family of North Central British

Columbia, Canada’s most western province, are in need of protection from

the British Columbia and Canadian government systems, and the Royal

Canadian Mounted Police. Our need for protection is vital because we are

against this illegal “treaty” process happening now in this province.

And now a taste of GENOCIDE;

For the past six months we have been living in Port Coquitlam, just outside

of the city of Vancouver, and we are on welfare. The government welfare

workers have been very discriminating towards us as a indigenous family,

and I have seen many discriminating social workers throughout the province.

These workers would do a variety of things to us everytime such as

with-holding our rental cheques, cutting the amounts of our cheques down,

laughing at us because of our disposition, kicking us out of their office

without our cheques, or threatening to call the police. Throughout all of

this, the white people who visited their offices were getting their

cheques, with no problem. They usually have a security guard at the office,

but today, there wasn’t any, and so they must of planned to call the

police. Our son had moved in with us, that made the social workers mad.

She said we couldn’t live together because we were related. We found a new

place in Vancouver where we could all live together. That made the social

workers furious, but they paid my son’s rent in the new place for the month

of June anyway. Our rent was paid in Port Coquitlam. Now it is July, the

social workers refused to pay my son’s rent at his new home and refused him

his sustenance cheque. Our half of the rent was paid already . So we were

back at the office to try and get our sons rent paid. We were already under

stress and illness, so we were considering putting our belongings into

storage and living in our van again. The workers wouldn’t budge. Instead

they called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on my husband. There was no

charges laid but my husband got hauled away , by a rude and discriminating

police officer. My husband was not read his rights and was not informed

what the charges were. Except that they say they had a warrant for his

arrest for being an “Illegal alien” in Canada. I had not seen any warrant

to this day. We had already been arrested in the past, twice each, on this

same charge. The rude R.C.M.P. officer threatened to take me to jail if I

didn’t stop taking pictures with my camera. As indigenous people in North

America, we have “dual citizenship” in Canada and the United States. So

they violated their own laws in this country and also violated our

Indigenous Human Rights. The R.C.M.P. officer who arrested us on the

“illegal alien” charge was also an indigenous person. He couldn’t tell the

difference between his own kind and an alien. While they were arresting my

husband, I quickly jumped into my van and raced into Vancouver. I have

never been so scared and alone. Later my husband called me and said there

is a warrant for my arrest also, for being an illegal alien. I called the

office of the elected member of the provincial legislature for Port

Coquitlam at 4 p.m. the same day and spoke to the office worker there. She

did some investigating and said the government social worker had no right

to treat us like that. They should of transferred my son’s file to

Vancouver before July. So the social workers were in the wrong, but now my

husband is in jail. My sons cheque was mailed out that day at 4:30 p.m.

thanks to the elected member’s office worker. How many other Indigenous

families have to suffer as we do, just to survive everyday? Most welfare

workers act as if the money is coming out of their pockets.

This “illegal alien” charge is two years old this July, and they have never

bothered us all this time. We have been in their court rooms and police

station, they have been in my house in Port Coquitlam a few times. I think

because we are to out spoken against a fraudulent “treaty process” here and

to politically active that they want us dismantled and destroyed as a

indigenous family. They sure are doing a great job of it.

A few weeks after this illegal alien charge in July, 1996, my husband was

brutally beaten up, by ten Vancouver city polices in the downtown section

called gastown. Half of his face was completely smashed in from a police

flash light. That beating took place on August 8, 1996, and my family has

suffered terribly because of that incident. He was in terrible pain and had

two tumors in his head, 27 broken bones under his ear, and his jaw was

broken down the middle of his mouth. At one time, because of the tumors,

my husband went under, while riding on the bus. They took him to the

hospital in an ambulance. They were getting ready to do a brain operation,

without anybody’s consent. My husband said he woke up to knives in the

operating room. He quickly jumped up and grabbed his clothing and raced out

without putting on his clothes. He changed his clothes in the bushes

outside the hospital. Since the beating , my husband has been under two

special doctors care and is taking special medication for his head. This

arrest cuts him off his treatment, which is another human rights violation.

Since this brutal beating , the head sergeant of that Vancouver police

outfit died of liver cancer, a week before his retirement. Five other city

police officers have become mentally ill, of which one died this past

Saturday. We have no hand in what ever is happening to them. Justice still

wins in the end regardless of the injustices. They have offered Frank an

out of court settlement which started at $50,000 and the last offer was

$250,000. How much does a humans right to life cost? In my words no amount

of money could replace what we went through, a life of shambles and the

loss of many lives. Today is July 3, and it is my husbands birthday. Happy

birthday Frank, where ever you are. We all love you, be strong and stay

alive please. Maybe they will try to kill my husband while he is in

custody, so they don’t have to pay anything. I know they are already paying

for that brutal beating.

On June 30, 1998, we buried my cousin, who was murdered on the east side of

Vancouver. Her sister was buried a month ago. I think she was murdered

also. The cousin we buried on June 30, her face was smashed in, on the same

side as my husbands face, when he was done in. When I looked at her in the

coffin, one last time, I flashed on my husbands face when he was beaten up

by the police. We called for an investigation on her death. Now they say

there are ten more indigenous women murdered or missing from the east side

of Vancouver.

In 1993, our little family drove to New York city to lodge our complaints

to the United Nation, regarding our disposition in this country. It seems

like our lives went from bad to worse, after that journey. The United

Nations had no ears for indigenous peoples in Canada. Since going to the

United Nations , I have buried a brother and two nephews, and my oldest

sister. My brother was involved in a drug conspiracy case, he was a

witness. Both him and his girlfriend were killed. One nephew was run over

by a truck and killed instantly, his killer was never found or convicted.

Another nephew was stabbed six times, by a Canadian government supported

indigenous leader, who didn’t want to pay out settlement money owed to my

nephew, for the flooding out of his log houses and land. It’s weird that my

nephew knew when he was going to die, and who would do it to him. My sister

was contaminated with blood cancer, she passed away a month after the

Vancouver police beating on my husband. The same things happened to my

parents and my grandparents, who are also deceased.

My husband and I have been together for seventeen years now. In those

seventeen years we have never tasted an ounce of FREEDOM without fear of

prosecution or worse. Our life together has been spent in the court rooms

and on the run. They could never convict us on any charge, there was

always a stay of proceedings. Throughout most of our time together, we

spent most of our lives as fugitives on our own lands. Our children were

always with us . We also have a grandchild, who we haven’t seen in two

years, because they live in Prince George, in the center of the province.

I think the world should know what is happening to us and other Indigenous

people in Canada. who stand up for their international rights. We cannot

get a lawyer to represent us. No human being would represent us as humans.

In every way they violated our HUMAN RIGHTS, as an Indigenous family. Where

do we go from here? Can anyone help us?

Human Rights is fifty years old and many of the Indigenous people in North

America never live past that age, because of all the abuses and useless

policies, and discrimination is a disease more contagious than aids.

We are seeking funding for filing suits to sue the Canadian government, the

police forces, and Canadian supported indigenous governments. It looks like

there is no way, in this world, we could dare to go that far. With our past

experiences though, we know there is a higher power and miracles do happen.

We are fighting to survive in this heartless world, and it sure isn’t

getting any easier. For many of our people, suicide is the easy way out. We

plan to stand up for our rights as a family.

Please send letters that support us to the Canadian government.

Meci cho (Thank you very much)

Telqua (Helen Michell)

Bear Clan families of Maxan Lake

James Craven

Dept. of Economics,Clark College

1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA. 98663

jcraven at clark.edu; Tel: (360) 992-2283 Fax: 992-2863

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"Hitler's concept of concentration camps as well as the practicality

of genocide owed much, so he claimed, to his studies of English and

United States history. He admired the camps for Boer prisoners in

South Africa and for the Indians in the Wild West; and often praised

to his inner circle the efficiency of America's extermination--by

starvation and uneven combat--of the 'Red Savages' who could not be

tamed by captivity." ("Adolf Hitler" by John Toland, p. 702)

"Set the blood-quantum at one-quarter, hold to it as a rigid

definition of Indians, let intermarriage proceed...and eventually

Indians will be defined out of existence. When that happens,the

federal government will finally be freed from its persistent

Indian problem." (Patricia Nelson Limerick, "The Legacy of

Conquest: The Unbroken Past of the American West" p338)

*My Employer has no association with My Private and Protected Opinion*

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James Craven

Dept. of Economics,Clark College

1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA. 98663

jcraven at clark.edu; Tel: (360) 992-2283 Fax: 992-2863 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------- "The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards Indians; their land and property shall never be taken from them without their consent." (Northwest Ordinance, 1787, Ratified by Congress 1789)

"...but this letter being unofficial and private, I may with safety give you a more

extensive view of our policy respecting the Indians, that you may better comprehend the parts dealt to to you in detail through the official channel, and observing the system of which they make a part, conduct yourself in unison with it in cases where you are obliged to act without instruction...When they withdraw themselves to the culture of a small piece of land, they will perceive how useless to them are their extensive forests, and will be willing to pare them off from time to time in exchange for necessaries for their farms and families. To promote this disposition to exchange lands, which they have to spare and we want, for necessaries which we have to spare and they want,we shall push our trading houses, and be glad to see the good and influencial individuals among them run in debt, because we observe that when these debts get beyond what the individuals can pay, they become willing to lop them off by cession of lands...In this way our settlements will gradually circumscribe and approach the Indians, and they will in time either incorporate with us as citizens of the United States, or remove beyond the Mississippi.The former is certainly the termination of their history most happy for themselves; but, in the whole course of this, it is essential to cultivate their love. As to their fear, we presume that our strength and their weakness is now so visible that they must see we have only to shut our hand to crush them..." (Classified Letter of President Thomas Jefferson ("libertarian"--for propertied white people) to William Henry Harrison, Feb. 27, 1803)

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James Craven

Dept. of Economics,Clark College

1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd. Vancouver, WA. 98663

jcraven at clark.edu; Tel: (360) 992-2283 Fax: 992-2863 ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------- "The utmost good faith shall always be observed towards Indians; their land and property shall never be taken from them without their consent." (Northwest Ordinance, 1787, Ratified by Congress 1789)

Those who take the most from the table, teach contentment. Those for whom the taxes are destined, demand sacrifice. Those who eat their fill, speak to the hungry, of wonderful times to come. Those who lead the country into the abyss, call ruling difficult, for ordinary folk. (Bertolt Brecht)

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Louis Proyect


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