Eighth Circuit Affirms Convictions of Fake Indians for Abuse of Process and Obstructing Justice

Here is the opinion in United States v. Reed:

US v Reed CA8 Opinion

An excerpt:

Gregory Allen Davis and Michael Howard Reed irrationally believe that their membership in the Little Shell Nation, an unrecognized Indian tribe, means they are not United States citizens subject to the jurisdiction of the federal courts. This belief led them into serious trouble. First, Reed threatened North Dakota District Judge Ralph Erickson because he refused to dismiss federal drug charges against two other Little Shell members. Months later, when District Judge Daniel Hovland denied a motion to dismiss a firearm charge pending against Reed, Davis filed a Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) financing statement listing Judge Hovland and acting United States Attorney Lynn Jordheim as $3.4 million debtors and Davis as the secured party. After a three-day trial, a jury convicted Davis and Reed of conspiring to file and filing false liens against Judge Hovland and Jordheim in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1521. The jury also convicted Reed of corruptly obstructing justice in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1503(a), based on his earlier threats. On appeal, Davis argues that the evidence was insufficient to prove a violation of § 1521. Both Davis and Reed argue, for somewhat different reasons, that the district court violated their constitutional rights by allowing them to represent themselves at trial. We affirm.

Eighth Circuit Affirms Conviction of “Attorney General” of Fake Indian Tribe

Here is the opinion in United States v. Reed: CA8 Opinion in US v Reed

Reed is the self-proclaimed attorney general for the Little Shell Nation, anIndian tribe not recognized by the federal government.  Reed is not Native American,similar to many members of the unrecognized tribe, who join the organization via theInternet.  Reed was “adopted” by the Little Shell Nation in 2006, when he moved toNorth Dakota.  The Little Shell Nation maintains its office and headquarters inRolette, North Dakota.

Indian Frauds: United States v. Reed

Here is the opinion — US v Reed

An excerpt:

Suffice it to say the pleadings filed by Reed to date are plagued with vagueness, confusion, and indecipherable gibberish. Reed appears to be arguing that he is a sovereign, namely that he is a member of the “esens-tribus-family” or the “Little Shell Nation” Indian tribe, and, therefore, he is not subject to the laws of the United States. See Docket Nos. 25, 32, and 34. The indictment alleges that the acts occurred in the District of North Dakota and that he violated federal law.