LAST UPDATED- 5/6/12
Thanks to everyone who participated in this call-in. These calls are no longer needed! Please do participate in a new call-in campaign to support Oso Blanco.
WHAT TO DO:
1) Call USP Lewisburg at 570-523-1251 and ask for Warden Bledsoe’s office to demand that inmate Byron Shane Chubbuck (#07909-051)’s missing property be recovered and returned to him intact.
Alternately, ask for AW Young, AW Hudson, or Pfleiger from the Receiving and Discharge (R&D) staff.
2) Also call office of Joe Norwood, Regional Director, Northeast Regional Office of Bureau of Prisons 215-521-7301.
3) Email sbrooklynabcf [at] riseup [dot] net to let us know how calls are going and/or comment on posts.
In October, Cherokee/Choctaw/Celtic political prisoner Byron Shane of Chubbuck (also known as Oso Blanco and Yona Unega) was preparing for a federal transfer from USP Lewisburg to FCI Oakdale, Louisiana, Special Management Unit (SMU). Lewisburg staff were well aware of the vital tribal documents included in his property which were packed out intact by Mr. Vey on October 4, 2011.
This transfer was canceled.There was a lot of delay and confusion in getting Oso Blanco’s property returned to him. Property was unpacked on January 13, 2012. Oso Blanco’s address book was torn in two. Vital documents that had been inserted inside and held with a rubber band were missing. Other items were missing. Generally the property was ransacked in a manner well beyond simple negligence or sloppiness but rather, showing clear signs deliberate destruction. Missing documents include the following:
*Copy of old original blue card
(Cherokee citizenship enrollment official document)
*New original blue card
(us federal fish and wildlife recognition of a member of a federally recognized tribe allowed to possess eagle feathers for traditional spiritual purposes)
* Native songs for use in ceremonies
* Items were also missing from Medicine Bag (staff are not allowed to go through a medicine bag without the chaplain present).
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
This latest example of vindictive abuse from the Bureau of Prisons is part of a long-term pattern of targeted harassment against Oso Blanco for his refusal to cooperate with political incarceration by the united states as he does not recognize the us as having any legitimate power over him as a sovereign Cherokee. On June 23rd 2009, Oso Blanco was assaulted by corrections officers in Receiving and Discharge– the same department which most likely carried out this recent desecration and theft.
This latest round of harassment, in the form of ransacked and stolen property, comes as retribution for his filing forms BP8, Bp9, and Bp10 against Warden Bledsoe and the chaplains for violating his sovereignty in limiting his Eagle Feathers to one feather only. Oso Blanco filed on the basis of the us having no plenary powers over indigenous nations as articulated by Steven T Newcomb in his article, “No Plenary Power Over Indian Nations“.
Oso Blanco has asserted his sovereignty as a Cherokee and his captors have responded by trying to erase the documentation that proves his Cherokee citizenship. This is a form of identity theft and anti-cultural warfare
After calling or making a commitment to call yourself, forward, repaste, repost, facebook, tweet, text, talk, and/or make flyers to hand out.
Oso Blanco also asks that you take a moment to read Steve Newcomb’s “No Plenary Powers Over Indian Nations” as well as Ray Cook’s “Beware the Voices of Political Assimilation.” These articles will give a foundation for understanding Oso Blanco’s struggles in captivity as well as for understanding the situation of indigenous people in u.s.-occupied north america.
Byron Shane of Chubbuck
P.O. Box 1000
Lewisburg, PA 17837