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Reader shares thoughts on recent alleged hate crime

June 19, 2020

To the Editor:

In regards to the recent case involving shots fired in the direction of native Americans exercising their treaty rights to spear fish on little St. Germain Lake.

Once again these actions fall under federal jurisdiction, not only because of the treaty rights being violated but also potential hate crimes. This is not the first time James Kelsey has interfered with the natives peacefully exercising their rights.

We the people should not allow attorney Steve Lucareli and the state court muddy the waters involving these most serious issues.

The only state laws that should be addressed would be intoxicated use of a firearm, reckless endangerment and/or attempted murder which I am sure would be the case if Mr. Kelsey was a man of color.

All of these violations should be entered into a federal complaint to help make it more plausible. It is senseless to proceed with these matters in a local-state court which is broken.

I would highly recommend that the Tribal council contacts the U.S. attorney for our district and request an investigation and file a complaint in federal court.

I am a firm believer in “Equal Justice Under Law.”

This is a very important topic that I believe should be discussed given the times we are in where equality is at the forefront.

Thank you, I hope this is helpful for use.


Tim Upchurch

Eagle River



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