Stoney Point Trial Update - Oct 24 / 96


Stoney Point First Nation #43 -- Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig

For Immediate Release - Thursday, October 24, 1996

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On Wednesday October 23, 1996 the trial against six members of the Stoney Point First Nation resumed in the Sarnia Provincial Court House.

Stewart George had one charge dismissed and pleaded guilty to one count of mischief. He was charged for causing minor damage to a car driven by Kettle Point Band Councillor Gerald C. (Crybaby-Booper) George on September 6, 1995 after a verbal confrontation on Army Camp Road. He was fined $300.00.

Defence lawyer Donald Hendersen gave the explanation that the incident occurred because of a letter printed in the Forest Standard by Kettle Point Band Councillor Gerald George on August 30th, 1995. The letter said "I am glad that these Army Camp Indians [Stoney Pointers] call themselves separate from my First Nation because I would not want any of my fellow band members to act like animals and give my home a bad name."

When the O.P.P. issued a news release on September 7, 1995 about this confrontation between Gerald and Stewart, they stated that "A private citizen's vehicle was damaged by a number of First Nations people armed with baseball bats. As a result of this, the O.P.P. Crowd Management Team was deployed..."

It was during this O.P.P. confrontation at Ipperwash Park that Dudley George was fatally shot in the chest, and the question still remains; "Who killed Dudley George?"

The five other Stoney Pointers facing charges had their trial adjourned to Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. The Stoney Point People are seeking a three- to four-week adjournment so that they can obtain and review the report of the Special Investigations Unit and study the disclosures which were only recently received.

It is within the context of the Stoney Point People asserting their Indigenous rights to their territory that all of the criminal charges have been laid. "All of the charges that the Stoney Pointers have contested have either been withdrawn or dismissed" said Marcia Simon.

The Aazhoodenaang Enjibaajig right to self-determination can NO LONGER be ignored. Gaining respect and honour for this right to self-determination will continue. Calling the Aazhoodena Gchi-Nshnaabeg [elders] "animals" will not be tolerated!

For more information contact;

Marcia Simon
Phone: (519) 786-4052 Fax: (519) 786-6642

Six fearless Stoney Pointers standing in a row
One said "I'm guilty" and money began to flow
"Three hundred dollars and you are free to go!"
Leaving five fearless Stoney Pointers standing in a row...
- Marcia F. Simon

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