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Leatrice Tanner et al v Ryan Zinke, et al 
Case #16-5040 in the Federal Court of Appeals

All supporters of PowerNomics® and The Harvest Institute are summoned to appear in person at the Federal Court of Appeals at 9:30 a.m., Friday, November 17, 2017 to hear oral arguments in case number 16-5040, Leatrice Tanner et al v Ryan Zinke, et al. This class action lawsuit was originally filed in 2006 by the Harvest Institute Freedmen Federation (HIFF), of which The Harvest Institute is a party. The Court of Appeals is located at 333 Constitution Ave. in Washington, D.C.  Click here to read enitre article

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The U.S. Appeals Court has cancelled oral arguments on the Harvest Institute Freedmen Federation's lawsuit on Black Indian and Black Freedmen (16-5040 Leatrice Brown, et al v. Ryan Zinke, et al) originally scheduled for November 17, 2017 in Washington, DC. There will be no oral arguments. This ALERT is to inform our supporters of the cancellation. Please pass it on.

Cancellation of oral argument is not necessarily a statement that we are going to lose, but it is not a helpful sign. We won't know how the Court views our case until the Court writes an opinion. In the interim we are going to request reconsideration of the decision to cancel oral argument. Obviously the argument will not occur November 17, but it still may occur in the future
The injustices the government has committed against the former slaves held by Indian Tribes, must be made a public national issue. (See Question 83 in Dr. Claud Anderson’s A Black History Reader: 101 Questions You Never Thought to Ask, for more details):

  The Five Civilized Indian Tribes (and many other tribes) were slave owners and fought on side of South in the Civil War to maintain slavery. They refused to release their slaves after the War.

  The 1866 Indian Treaties between the U.S. government forced the Tribes to release their slaves and described the legal obligations of the government and the Tribes to the Black Freedmen and Black Indians and the benefits due them.

  In addition to releasing their slaves, the Treaties required the Tribes to give each Black Freedman and Black Indian $150, 160 acres of land and most importantly, required that the Freedmen and Black Indians be treated in all manners as members of the Tribe, including benefits and entitlements.

  The U.S. Department of the Interior had a fiduciary duty to enforce the Treaties. It eventually enforced Treaty requirements for non-Black Indians but has not enforced the mandates for Black Freedmen nor Black Indians.

  Leatrice Tanner-Brown, the lead plaintiff, is an example of how Black Indians and Freedmen have been denied economic resources in the case of the 1866 Treaties. Ms. Tanner-Brown has documented evidence that her grandfather’s land, mineral and oil rights were not managed by the U.S. Department of Interior, according to the Treaty requirements. The case asks the Department to provide the Treaty mandated accounting of the Brown family assets.

  The economic benefits due to Black Freedmen and Black Indians should have been enjoyed by Mr. Brown and by his descendents. They were not.
The economic benefits of these Treaties to Blacks cannot be ignored. That is the point of the HIFF lawsuit. We will post updated instructions for our supporters on, and we will need your help. Please help us spread the word about the cancellation.

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