HISTORICAL BREAKTHROUGH FOR NATIVE AMERICAN
On August 2, 2012, Navajo born Emerson Joe who changed his name to Nii’ Nee’ when he was adopted by the Lakota Nation, stood before Judge Sheryl Bachart in the Circuit Court of Newport, Oregon for sentencing on a DUI charge. The DUI charge was the last of 4 out of 5 charges for which Emerson Joe was arrested and incarcerated, the most serious of which was a felony: possession of a stolen vehicle. The DUI charge turned out to be small pickin’s compared to the most significant issue in the trial: Providing false information to a police officer, which was in fact his Lakota Sovereign Independent Nation issued driver’s license. In his trial, the jury acquitted him of the false information charge, that is, his Lakota driver’s license, thus recognizing the Sovereignty of the Lakota Nation. The ID considered “false” was a legitimate driver’s license issued by the Lakota Sovereign Independent Free Nation which until this trial bore no legitimacy in an American court of law. The jury’s acquittal of this charge in this case sets the precedent that the Lakota Nation’s sovereign independence is now legally recognized and accepted as valid ID in a court of law. The United Nations recognized the Lakota’s sovereign independence but the United States did not. This is a historical breakthrough for Native people!
Emerson Joe stood trial for the entire proceeding pro se, meaning without representation by a lawyer – another feather for his people. He walked the Red Road alone earning himself the highest rank of Braveheart among the Lakota Nation, and LEGENDARY among the legal circles of Newport, Oregon. Emerson Joe did his walk on fire before an all white court of law solely from the information gleaned from the book Lust for Justice: The Radical Life and Law of J. Tony Serra by author/artist Paulette Frankl. Serra is acclaimed one of the greatest criminal defense lawyers of the century. Emerson Joe studied the book like a textbook until he felt confident he could do this alone.
National Geographic ran a cover story on the Lakota’s sovereign independence in the August 2012 issue.
It is now Emerson Joe’s goal to establish independence for all the Native Nations to at last be free and out from under the unfair rule and treatment that they have received from the white man’s conquest and broken treaties for centuries.
Emerson Joe is serving out the remainder of his 6 month sentence in the Lincoln County Jail in Newport, Oregon.
Paulette Frankl, 505-603 3260 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emerson Joe % Shawna Bleigh:541-817 3659
CELL: 505-603 3260