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Why special treatment for some in the tribe?

Feb 8, 2012 - Bernadette F. Brown, Lander

Editor:

I am an enrolled member of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. I am writing this letter out of curiosity.

How can tribal leaders writer letters to the judge of the people committing crimes, such as embezzling from their own people, saying "take it easy on them"?

I also remember a case where a drunk driver hit and killed a pedestrian. Because of support from tribal leaders, this person got off with a slap on the wrist, and probation.

Are these people considered upstanding members of the tribal community?

Is it your last name, or who you are related to?

Is it respectable or upstanding to commit crimes against your own people?

I am on my third felony DUI. How do I get support and letters of recommendation from my tribal leaders to "take it easy" on me?

L.O.L. Is this the way our tribe sticks together to help our people?

Editor's note: The writer is incarcerated at the Fremont County Detention Center.

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