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Shot at?

May 29, 2020

To the Editor:

I had heard there was an incident on Little St. Germain with a shot being fired, so I was interested to read Brian Jopek’s story. I do not recall anywhere in the story that the tribal members were “shot at.” What I read was that a shot was fired, nowhere does it say that the investigation showed the shot to be fired at anyone. I did read that a tribal member was quoted as saying “we’ve been shot at before.” This did catch my attention, and in fact I called Mr. Jopek to talk about the story. I felt it was well written and reported the facts that were available to him at the time he wrote the story. In fact, I said that the quote about getting shot at would cause a reaction, and I further stated that to my knowledge, going back to the start of treaty right exercising, there has never been a case reported of any tribal member being “shot at.” I base that on personal experience from 1983 to 2000, and reading papers and watching TV since then. Have there been shots fired in the last 30-plus years while tribal members were on the water? Yes. However, not shot at as far as I am aware, I could be wrong, it wouldn’t be the first time, but I think the headlines from someone being shot at would have been hard to miss. 

I think the old saying “don’t kill the messenger” just may apply here for Mr. Jopek. As to what “crimes” were committed, I’m sure we will read all about it as it moves through court.


Duane Harpster

Boulder Junction


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