While it's common knowledge the U.S. Government supports dictators in
Asia, Africa and Latin America, it's less well-known that it supports
dictators here at home--in particular on American Indian reservations
like the Oneida of New York. In this story
by Cassandra Harris-Lockwood, we learn how Oneida gangster Ray
Halbritter became CEO of the Oneida casino/media empire (owner of Indian Country Today
by selling favors to President Clinton, who in turn had Bureau of
Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Ada Deer appoint Halbritter as leader
of the Oneida Nation.
While the intrigue involving former Governor Cuomo, who, along with
Halbritter, facilitated the casino -- against the wishes of the Oneida
people -- might seem bizarre, in the end it was about money and power.
That money and power has brought what the Oneida feared: crime, drugs,
prostitution and ruthless retribution by Halbritter's special police
when Oneida citizens dare oppose his criminal enterprise.
Oneidas for Democracy