Over the course of the past couple of weeks, members of the GOP and the Media have been receiving e-mails from a group calling itself “Native Integrity,” protesting the possible seating of Democrat legislators-elect Red Dawn Foster and Peri Pourier.
An e-mail came out on the 19th, and there was another one today. Then as in now, these e-mails had some circumstantial information attached showing that these legislators-elect owned or rented property in another state, along with ominous messages about how “GOP Leadership” has been trying to quash all of these allegations:
To All Republican Delegates:
Recent information has come to light that top-level officials in the Republican party are trying to suppress an active investigation into the legitimacy of two Democratic legislator-elect and to encourage the legislature to stop them from being illegitimately seated.
There is solid evidence, which we’ve attached here, that Representative-elect Peri Pourier and Senator-elect Red Dawn Foster were materially ineligible to be placed on the November 2018 ballot per residency requirements as outlined in Article III § 3 of the South Dakota Constitution.
Having heard from large numbers of voters across this state understandably outraged that such levels of corruption haven suffered in our elections here in South Dakota, we are passing on this information to every Republican delegate in the state.
We believe that elected leadership of both parties might be duly vested in helping us work to find justice for these allegations. It should be noted that this has affected other Native American Lakotas as well, such as Maggie Ross – a Democrat Oglala Lakota Sioux Woman, who was defrauded out of her rightful place to run in the general election.
Please feel free to review the evidence provided below, as well as visiting our Facebook page for updates.
Fighting for open, transparent and legitimate governance from all Native Americans.
From the 12/19/18 e-mail from “Native Integrity.”
The problem with what’s being said is that there’s not much substance. And a bit of bullshit.
The part about “top-level officials in the Republican party” “trying to suppress an active investigation?” That would be news to the top-level officials. Because as far as I’m aware, everyone has been telling the parties who have been pushing it that these may have been things to bring up…. BEFORE the election.
When you’ve been around a while, there are a few things you pick up, especially when there’s a controversy over who wins and who makes the final call on who is seated. Because now that we’re past the election, each chamber – House and Senate- determine the qualifications of who is seated.
The other problem with the “Native Integrity” group? The footer from the e-mail that came out on 12/19…
So, their address is 1200 N. Lacrosse Street in Rapid City?
An anonymous group attacking people for not falling in line when they accuse people of faking their address… at the same time they won’t publicly stand behind their accusations. And they fake their address.
Yep. I’m sure people are going to be all over that one.