indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+ indianz.com on soundcloud
phone: 202 630 8439
Kill The Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines
Print   Subscribe
ICT interview with Blackfeet man jailed over Facebook post

Filed Under: National | Politics
More on: blackfeet, crime, internet, montana
     

Indian Country Today interviews Byron Farmer, a member of the Blackfeet Nation of Montana who was arrested and jailed by the tribe for a posting on a Facebook group called Blackfeet Against Corruption:
Was being arrested and jailed for five days over a free speech issue worth it?

I didn’t much like it. Our jails aren’t country clubs. I am a big guy so was never in danger, but I have to admit I was very angry. It was hardest on my family, but they understood the importance of BAC’s mission. But yeah, it did a firestorm of good. My five days in jail brought BAC millions of dollars in free national coast-to-cost advertising about what’s going on in our home. My arrest was the trigger that finally swung around the big national media spotlight to shine right on the Blackfeet Reservation, where it caught tribal leadership speechless, embarrassed, and scurrying. Ever since then the Blackfeet Tribal Council has been on the defensive and under non-stop media and legal pressure.

Where you surprised about the firestorm your arrest caused?

Americans may not understand the mysterious inner workings of Indian country, but they sure as hell understand what free speech is. So the national media immediately jumped on the news and printed my Facebook postings that triggered my imprisonment. Americans read my tame, innocuous comments and couldn’t believe that that sort of clearly Constitutionally-protected speech aimed at elected leaders could result in an arrest, let alone jail in America. People everywhere were really bewildered and angry and that fueled more media coverage. But I would have gladly done five months if that’s what it took to wake up the world to what is going on here.

Get the Story:
Blackfeet Man Jailed for Speaking Out, Hits Back Harder (Indian Country Today 11/26)

Related Stories:
Column: Blackfeet Nation goes quiet on controversial matters (7/25)
Blackfeet Nation chair defends arrest over Facebook posting (7/18)
Blackfeet Nation man arrested for posting on Facebook group (7/17)


Copyright © Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Stay Connected:
On Facebook

On Twitter

On Google+

On SoundCloud
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Lawmakers take action on Native youth and Indian Country bills (9/29)
Dakota Access enlists big name law firm ahead of court hearing (9/29)
Congress goes on break again after failing to pass spending bills (9/29)
Oklahoma lawmakers push for approval of tribal water rights deal (9/29)
Documents detail settlement amounts in tribal trust fund lawsuit (9/29)
Supreme Court accepts case involving Mohegan Tribe employee (9/29)
Supreme Court accepts case linked to NFL team's racist mascot (9/29)
Lakota Country Times: Powwow, Indian relay unite for big event (9/29)
Native Sun News Today: Meet the world's only Lakota magician (9/29)
Dave Archambault Sr.: The roots of the battle at Standing Rock (9/29)
Jim Kent: A tale of two warriors comes alive in sacred Black Hills (9/29)
Mary Annette Pember: Water protectors rounded up for praying (9/29)
Dina Gilio-Whitaker: A model for tribal consultation with UNDRIP (9/29)
Chukchansi Tribe schedules election for three council positions (9/29)
Seneca Nation prepares for tribal council election in November (9/29)
Donald Trump hired firm to lobby for tribal casino deal in Florida (9/29)
Bureau of Indian Affairs faced pressure to approve gaming deal (9/29)
Graton Rancheria eyes November opening for $175M casino hotel (9/29)
House approves national water bill without #NoDAPL amendment (9/28)
County sheriff announces additional arrests of #NoDAPL resisters (9/28)
Mary Annette Pember: Sheriff is looking into reports of 'gunshots' (9/28)
Ute Tribe mounts battle against 'modern day Indian land grab' bill (9/28)
Field hearing scheduled on energy development in Indian Country (9/28)
Native American Financial Services Association hires new director (9/28)
Lakota Country Times: Thank you ceremony honors Black Elk Peak (9/28)
Native Sun News Today: Northern Cheyenne Tribe election season (9/28)
James Giago Davies: Oceti Sakowin assert sovereignty once again (9/28)
Mark Fogarty: Young Native journalists cover historic movement (9/28)
Peter d'Errico: Briefcase warriors must defend original nations (9/28)
Seminole Tribe removes James Billie from chairman's position (9/28)
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe granted role in casino land dispute (9/28)
Wilton Rancheria makes significant progress on casino project (9/28)
Mohawk Council of Kahnawake takes action on online gaming (9/28)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Federal Register | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.