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Round Valley

What Really Happened?

by Nicholas Wilson, with sidebars by Mark Heimann and Jeff Elliott What really happened on that lonely road on the night of April 14th? What really happened in the manhunt for Bear Lincoln? Many residents of the Mendocino County reservation accuse law enforcement of police brutality, racial and cultural prejudice, and civil rights violations during the zealous manhunt for an accused cop-killer.

They also believe deputies mistakenly ambushed two innocent Indian men, killing one.

Comparisons are already being made between recent events at Round Valley and the 1975 police behavior on the Pine Ridge Reservation, which ended with Leonard Peltier convicted of killing FBI agents. Like Pine Ridge, police are accused of warrantless searches, brutality to elders, pointing guns at children false arrests -- and possibly framing an innocent man. Will the 1995 events of Round Valley also be remembered in shame?

The Indian Wars are not Over

by George Snyder Behind current events lies very fundamental conflicts between two cultures.

The Dark Legacy of Nome Cult

by Jeff Elliott For almost 150 years, the valley has been witness to racism, murder, and the unspeakable horrors of genocide. More of a concentration camp than resettlement area, Natives were driven to the reservation from throughout the Redwood Empire.

Support Groups for Round Valley

How you can make a contribution to groups supporting justice for Round Valley Indian Reservation and Bear Lincoln.

Original art by John DeSalvio

Albion Monitor September 2, 1995 (

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