MPR’s Kevin McKiernan reports on continued occupation of the Gresham Novitiate, which is in it’s in twentieth day. Issues and demands of Indians inside are starting to escalate. At this point, 350 National Guardsmen surround the abbey, and tensions remain high.
Possession of abbey appears as a vehicle for exposing problems seething for many years. In towns near the reservation, families supporting occupiers have had phones disconnected. There are numerous charges of racial prejudice. There is a public unease, racial epithets, and angry whites displaying guns, as Shono residents are mad at prolongation of takeover. A department store plays CB radios and John Birch literature is being sold at gas stations. Despite Alexians not wanting to press charges, DA says multiple prosecutions will be made.
The standoff remains with no word as to acceptance or rejection to sell for $700,000 in return for peaceful vacation of novitiate. Government office has not responded to the latest Warrior Society amnesty request.
Menominee Restoration Committee leader Ada Deer says, “We’re sensitive to the frustrations and tribal members in the novitiate. Working together is necessary, let’s not fight among ourselves. We need all the help we can get. This includes the Warrior Society and the American Indian Movement.”