Blog No.151

"There are two kinds of Evil in this world: Those who do Evil and those who do nothing about it."~ Cat West


Oct 05, 2015


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Eddie Peltier, Richard LaFuenteI do my best to deliver factual information. The "Documents" pages are there for you to look and see for yourself. An innocent man is in prison for crimes committed by the corrupt, who run the reservation the way a criminal organization would run a city if they had all levels of government supporting and protecting them.

There are many more Good People in Spirit Lake than there are corrupt, evil people there. It is the system that is corrupt, evil and I expose here all that I can.

I can be reached at this email:  Contact Cat  . I respond to most of my emails, however, I reserve the right to not respond to whack jobs. I keep all information confidential. For those who wish to attack, you'll either be ignored, or, if you are really clever, you'll end up on the Moron Squad page.  Some insults are more entertaining than others. I share with the class.

For those interested: The 13th Mandated Report is out. No government Agency has yet to properly reply to any of them.

Update on Richard LaFuente

Richard LaFuente was freed from prison June 5, 2014 with no real explanation. He had been turned down for parole the previous June & was not due until 2016. He has no adjustment services to leap 30 years into the present.

Freedom is only the beginning. He and the others falsely accused with him need to be exonerated, and the real killers and their accomplices, held accountable.


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October 5, 2015
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By now you should be reflecting on past blog posts, and on TV News shows that discussed the issue of corruption in the BIA, and the horrific ongoing damage they and their accomplices in the ACF, HHS and other government agencies have been doing to the children of Spirit Lake and every other reservation in the country.  Along with their partners in crime, Casey Family Programs, over the decade, billions of our tax dollars have gone into funding so-called ‘programs’ which were nothing more than elaborate money laundering schemes, involving some of the wealthiest and most powerful politicians and their allies, all connected through non-profits, organizations, and intra-agency as well as agency-non-profit-organizations staff swapping.

Look at the Westerhuis scandal in South Dakota. Millions of dollars going into so-called programs to benefit Indian Students, but which were really being funneled through a series of organizations and contractors that despite having different names or titles, really were the same people, eating up the bulk of the funding for so-called ‘Administrative costs’.  Westerhuis had two agencies that paid him from the same funding: Mid Central Educational Cooperative, of which he was the Business Manager, and Oceti Sakowin Education Consortium which ran the program.

And since there was no requirement for them to track any actual success or failure of the GEAR UP program, there was also no need for them to track where the money was actually going.

You don’t think for one minute that Westerhuis thought of this on his own, do you? He could not have pulled this off without the BIA and every other Federal Agency involved, winking, nodding and looking the other way while someone was wiggling their fingers behind their back, signaling that they expected to be paid for their part as well, one way or another.

All of these programs run through the BIA. The BIA, in turn, does nothing. They have no accountability.  They could, if they wanted, stop this sort of crap but they never have and they never will. They never get asked. They never have to answer.

It’s time to change that.

If just one employee such as Tamara Darnall, doing her job, found ‘problems’ enough to ask questions and demand accountability, and that in turn led to Westerhuis losing the contract, and that led to his family being slaughtered and their 7,000 sq foot home with all the amenities being torched a mere few hours later, you have to wonder how much more there was to find and why had no one at any of the other agencies even bothered to ask questions?

Glaring Similarities

The story is that Westerhuis abruptly decided to slaughter his family with a shotgun and then set his home ablaze and then suicide himself with that same shotgun. Seems a little extreme to me. 

Why would a guy who’s killing himself set his house ablaze? That’s what people do when they want to cover up evidence of a crime. A dead man has no fear of the law or being nailed for a crime, so why go that extra step?

Which leads me to yet another ‘coincidence’:  Casey Family Programs has never had to provide data to prove any of their claims of service nor the success or failure rates of their policies. Ever.

In fact, Casey Family gets hundreds of millions of government dollars, in what one Harvard Professor deemed a ‘Scam’, and they don’t even count how many children are abused or horrifically murdered (many tortured to death).  Their theories and practices are counter to common sense and continually put children in greater danger, ignoring the failures of the past, both distant and recent as well as ongoing, which made it so children had no escape from their abusers, predators and those who made multiple reports were ignored.

They have made no changes. They don’t have to justify or prove their theories, and no one asks where the money is going… because Federal Contracts in Indian Country are ALL treated like piggy banks, exactly the way the GEAR UP grants are treated.

They are nothing more than a trough at which the pigs feed. The crumbs leftover after the cronies and their accomplices have all gulped their fill, is little or nothing.

Consider again the fact that GEAR UP claimed $4,000 per student for the software that lists for sale to the public at $499 and the Student rate is $300 per student. This went on for years, until one person in the State Department did their job and asked questions: “Where’s the money going?  Where’s documentation? Where’s the data proving the program is succeeding?” 

But no one in government will ask those questions of Casey Family Programs. Too many fingers are in the pies that they serve up at our expense.

(I seem to recall another suicide by shotgun involved with government grant money awhile back. I can’t quite recall who it was. When it comes to me, I’ll share it. That this latest case was also a murder/suicide by shotgun and a fire, rang a bell for me. I’ll keep digging. )

We are outraged that $16 Million or so was bilked from both the taxpayers funding GEAR UP in South Dakota and from the students that were intended to benefit from those funds.  Imagine how many other States are running the same scam?

Imagine further, our outrage when we all learn where more than a billion dollars has been drained off by all those involved with Casey Family Programs and all the other organizations that also get their bite of that same Pie that CFP feeds on. *Snorffle, grunt, oink*

How much angrier we are going to be when (if ever someone starts auditing and asking questions) we learn how many children were sacrificed so those pigs could keep that scam running, while declaring that they are helping those poor children.

Just like GEAR UP claimed to be helping Poor Indian Students… the truth is, those who ran it, only helped themselves and their cronies.

The GEAR UP scandal is small fry. But it involves the Board of Education where a member was allowed to collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in salary while also working for American Indian Institute for Innovation “AIII” which was also another shell company designed to take a cut of the GEAR UP Grant monies. 

She was not alone:

“Westerhuis, his wife and Stacy Phelps, a state Board of Education member who runs the South Dakota GEAR UP program in Rapid City, were the incorporators.

The directors shown in state records are Phelps, John Herrington of Lewiston, Idaho, and Carlos Rodriguez of Washington, D.C. Herrington and Rodriguez were the officers for the original AIII.”--- Rapid City Journal, 09/23/2015

Remember all those names. They are connected to politicians, Federal and State Agencies and they are all connected to this. They all knew about it or should have known about it but looked the other way. *hands behind back, wiggle fingers*

GEAR UP is not an anomaly. GEAR UP is the epitome of how grant money is corrupted in Indian Country. It happens all the time. The BIA and in the case of GEAR UP, the Bureau of Indian Education, are all complicit in these practices.

People who run these operations and get these millions of dollars become very powerful political players and they all scratch each others’ backs.

That’s why a US Senator like Heidi Heitkamp can pretend that all this child abuse is shocking news to her, despite her previous job as the State Attorney General, where these crimes would be reported by those who were trying to fix the problem she pretends doesn’t exist.  Did she not get a single child abuse case from a single reservation for the entire 2 terms she was Attorney General?  Does anyone believe that?

Too Easy

Look how easily the Board of Education Member, Stacy Phelps was able to use her position to help secure the grant monies and the contracts for Westerhuis and his buddies, while also working for and with them! No one batted an eye.

Start looking at the names of those involved in the GEAR UP scandal. They belong to multiple organizations and also have government appointed agency positions that were a clear conflict of interest, but which insured they would keep that gravy train rolling as long as they were getting a great ride from it.

No one batted an eye. And don’t think no one knew. They all did. It’s common practice. It’s blatant corruption.

We see the four dead kids and their dead mother in those pictures of the Westerhuis family. We see a man who supposedly (conveniently) destroyed all the evidence in a fire as he then supposedly blew his brains out and we accept that it was just them as victims, just him as the criminal, bad guy. But we know that all we have to do is sift through the documents and the business dealings and more and more nasty, ugly little names will squeal out and run for cover.

Imagine what will crawl out and squeal and squirm and run for cover if anyone ever asks the basic fundamental questions about Casey Family Programs.

Like I said earlier, the Harvard Law Professor looked and she found a scam. But nobody cares. And unless there’s a mass murder/suicide and fire, everyone is going to pretend everything is just peachy in child protection as practiced on a theory that children must stay with their abusers, because Foster Care is the Devil.

The same corruption that dismisses good foster care and keeps children in the hands of abusive family or derelict Foster Parents with multiple citations of abuse and neglect against them. Why? Because Good Foster Parents ask questions, rock that boat, and bring up all those disclosures of rape, abuse, etc from the children.

Abusive parents, Abusive Foster Care homes never rock that boat. They collect the money, keep their mouths shut and no one, absolutely no one in power will listen to those children.

Hell, no one in power will even read the 13 Mandated Reports issued by Thomas Sullivan! At least three children have been brutally murdered because that report was ignored, but no one is going to rock that boat. It has hundreds of millions of dollars a year in it.

That’s the kind of gravy train people will kill for. We know they’ll let children die for it.

All it takes is for someone in government to do their job and start asking questions, demanding accountability…

Look how it shook up the GEAR UP scam?

I hope they keep looking into that program and the way the scam was run in South Dakota. You know it was run that same way just about everywhere else.  Now we’re talking a whole lot more money, aren’t we?

Let’s see whose house burns down next, shall we? Let’s see how many home, office and storage units ‘catch fire’. 

We’ve seen the BIA actively shred hundreds and thousands of files that would tie them to child abuse and child trafficking scams…

I wonder if shotguns will be involved? I wonder if they will all be ruled murder-suicides?

No worries. No one will ask the questions because we are not pushing the issue on those whom we elect and those who are appointed by them to do this job.

All’s quiet on the ACF, Children’s Bureau, BIA, BIE, HHS, FBI, etc…

We can change that. We can, at the very least, make them uncomfortable by demanding they do their jobs and give us answers. We can do that, can’t we? Those millions of dollars they are putting in their pockets… that’s our money, right? Or does neither money nor the lives of children count for anything these days?

We have an increasingly violent society presently.  We got it by ignoring the abuses of the children the last 40 years and more. We have an escalating drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence and child abuse problem. 

We earned it with our silence for the past 40 years. We can begin to change that, but we’d have to not be silent ever again. All we have to do is speak up, ask questions.

GEAR UP pretended to be all about helping the Poor Indian Students. We are outraged at what was really going on. We are saddened by the murder of 4 children and their mother over that whole scandal.  

But what is happening to little children on and off the rez, because CFP claims to be helping those Poor Children, will shake you to your core and bring you to your knees.

A little rock has been turned over and whole lotta ugly has crawled out. There is a much bigger rock to turn over, and what lies beneath is more evil than you can imagine.

You know where to find me.


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