Human Rights Watch Report Cites Corruption At Lower Brule

Jan 12, 2015

Tribal offices at Lower Brule.
Credit Charles Michael Ray

An international watchdog group says they've uncovered evidence showing widespread corruption in the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe.   
 
The new report released Monday is titled "Secret and Unaccountable-- Tribal Council at Lower Brule and its Impact on Human Rights"  
 
The group Human Rights Watch cites documents uncovered that show millions in federal funds that disappeared.  

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UPDATE: The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe issued a press release responding to the Human Rights Watch report.  Tribal officials call the report biased and inaccurate. 

Information obtained by Human Rights Watch backing their report is below.

Lower Brule Tribal Council

1.Constitution & Bylaws of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

2. Executive Summary of the “Fairplains Presentation to the Lower Brule Tribal Council” on July 22, 2005 at Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council Chambers from R. Dennis Ickes to members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council

3. Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council, Minutes of Tribal Council Meeting, September 2008

4. Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council, Minutes of Regular Session, February 9, 2009

5. Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Council, “An Open Letter to the Tribal Members of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe,” December 4, 2012

6. Lower Brule Sioux Tribal Government, “Memo to All Tribal Members,” December 6, 2012

7. Letter from Lakota George Estes, Sheryl (Estes) Scott, Gail Ziegler, and Janice (Bad Horse) Larson to Tribal Council Member and Secretary, John McCauley, August 23, 2013

US Federal Single Audits

8. EideBailly, Financial Statements, September 30, 2009, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, June 30, 2010

9. EideBailly, Financial Statements, September 30, 2010, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, June 21, 2012

10. EideBailly, Financial Statements, September 30, 2011; Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, June 21, 2012: Part 1Part 2

11. EideBailly, Financial Statements, September 30, 2012, Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, June 27, 2013: Part 1;Part 2

Lower Brule Farm Corporation

12. Lower Brule Farm Corporation, Minutes of the Executive Board Meeting, June 16, 2001

13. Lower Brule Farm Corporation, Fall Board Meeting Minutes, October 23, 2002

Mni Wiconi Water Project

15. US Department of the Interior, Office of Inspector General, “Audit Report: Lower Brule Sioux Rural Water System, Mni Wiconi, Rural Water Supply Project, Bureau of Reclamation,” June 1999

Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior Correspondence

16. Letter from Krissanne R. Stevens, awarding official, Bureau of Indian Affairs to Michael Jandreau, November 15, 2012

17. Letter from the US Department of the Interior to Sheryl Scott, regarding a Freedom of Information Act request, May 15, 2014

Lower Brule Corporation

18. Lower Brule Corporation, Confidential Business Record prepared for the Board of Directors, “Lower Brule Corporation Report Through the Week of June 16, 2006,” June 2006

19. Federal Charter of Incorporation Issued by the United States of America: Lower Brule Sioux Tribe for Lower Brule Corporation, a Federally Chartered Corporation, April 2007

20. Letter from Dennis Ickes, President Windwright LLC to Michael Jandreau, Chairman, Lower Brule Corporation regarding Westrock Advisors, March 12, 2009

21. Lower Brule Corporation, “Resolution Approving the Formation and Chartering of Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, LLC, a Delaware For-Profit Limited Liability Company,” September 9, 2009

22. Lower Brule Corporation, “Resolution Duly Adopted by the Lower Brule Corporation Approving and Appointing the Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, LLC. Board,” September 9, 2009

Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise (LBCDE)

23. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, “Articles of Organization of the Company,” September 9, 2009

24. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, Balance Sheet, September 15, 2009

25. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, “Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, LLC Operating Agreement,” undated

26. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, US Securities and Exchange Commission Form D, “Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities,” December 13, 2010

27. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, “Resolution to Appoint Gavin Clarkson as Board Member and Liaison to Appoint Officers, to Establish Bank Accounts, to Authorize Signators, to Indemnify Clarkson and Ickes, to Authorize Development of Offering,” December 20, 2010

Westrock Group

28. National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent Regarding Westrock Advisors Inc., June 4, 2007

29. State of Connecticut, Connecticut Department of Banking, In the Matter of Westrock Advisors Inc., August 20, 2008

30. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent Regarding Westrock Advisors Inc., November 21, 2008

31. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Stipulated Award, FINRA Dispute Resolution, February 23, 2009

32. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Stipulated Award, FINRA Dispute Resolution, March 23, 2009

33. State of Alabama, Alabama Securities Commission, In the Matter of Westrock Advisors, Inc. et. al, Administrative Order No. CD-2009-0027, September 25, 2009

34. United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Notice of Exempt Offering of Securities, Westrock Group, Inc, August 6, 2010

35. State of Connecticut, Connecticut Department of Banking, In the Matter of Westrock Advisors, Inc., January 10, 2011

36. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Expulsion of Westrock Advisors Inc., for Failure to Pay Fines and Costs, January 12, 2011

37. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent Regarding Donald Horton Hunter Jr, Former President and Chief Executive Officer of Westrock Advisors, Inc., August 16, 2012

38. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, Regarding William Howard Coons, December 21, 2012

39. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent, Regarding Neil Arne Evertsen, January 30, 2013

40. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Department of Enforcement v. Juan Carlos Parets, Jaoshiang Luo, and Shawn Charles Haynes, Order Accepting Offer of Settlement, June 20, 2013

41. Seaport Loan Products, LLC and Aldwych Capital Partners, LLC v. Lower Brule Community Development Enterprise, LLC, Supreme Court of the State of New York, Memorandum Decision, October 28, 2013