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Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court. Grand Forks ND., May 25, 2011

Published by the Department of Education, Office of Inspector General on 2011-05-25.

Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report.

OIG Investigative Reports Grand Forks ND, May 25, 2011 - Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court
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United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon
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May 25, 2011
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Eight Members of the Spirit Lake Tribe Indicted in Federal Court
GRAND FORKS- United States Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon announced today
that eight members of the Spirit Lake Tribe have been indicted by a federal grand jury and
charged with conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal organization and aiding and
abetting.
The indictment alleges that as part of the conspiracy, the defendants did willfully
embezzle, steal, and misapply property, moneys, funds, and credits belonging to the
Vocational Rehabilitation Program, a program administered by the Spirit Lake Tribe,
Fort Totten, North Dakota.
The eight defendants; Martina Kazena, William Kazena, Raymond Jetty, III,
Tanya Jetty, Shaela Jetty, Lorna Walking Eagle, Rochelle Walking Eagle and
Bruce Walking Eagle   made their initial appearances on May 7, 2011, before United
States Magistrate Judge Alice R. Senechal in United States District Court in Grand Forks,
ND.
The eight defendants appeared at various times for arraignment. Raymond and
Tanya Jetty pleaded not guilty on May 7, 2011. Bruce Walking Eagle, Rochelle Walking
Eagle, and Lorna Walking Eagle pleaded not guilty on May 16, 2011. William Kazena
and Shaela Jetty pleaded not guilty on May 17, 2011, and Martina Kazena pleaded not
guilty on May 24, 2011.
The statutory maximum sentence for conspiracy to embezzle from an Indian tribal
organization is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Purdon stressed that an indictment is simply the method by which a person is
charged with criminal activity and raises no inference of guilt. An individual is presumed
innocent until competent evidence is presented to a jury that establishes guilt beyond a
reasonable doubt.
A trial for all defendants is scheduled for July 12, 2011, in United States District
Court in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Assistant United States Attorney Janice M. Morley is prosecuting the cases.
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