We are sending out this important message. There are currently
approximately 15 people from Six Nations either detained or going
through the court process as a result of defending their land rights.
Information as to how you can contribute financially can be found at the
end of this message.
***PLEASE FORWARD WIDELY***
Thursday October 25, 2007
Incarcerated Six Nations Man Threatened by Institutional Staff
by Janie Jamieson
Skylar Williams, a Mohawk Wolf from Six Nations has been held without
bail at the Hamilton Barton St. Jail since the illegal arrests at
Stirling Street September 19, 2007. Today we held a rally for him
outside the jail where he has been in the "hole" for two days.
We have reason to believe if Skyler is harmed in anyway, we know he is
the target of planned and deliberate threats and violence by jail
institution staff members.
A few days ago Skylar woke up to find the plumbing in his cell on range
5 was backed up. He notified institution staff on his range. He was
accused by staff of backing up the plumbing. The mess was left.
Skylar asked for a drink of water, he was told by staff to drink from
the toilet. Skylar responded, "there's sh*t" in there. The institution
staff's paid professional advise to Skylar was to "take the sh*t out and
then have a drink." Skylar refused and notified his lawyer of the
situation. At this point Skyler was without clean water for
approximately 18 hours.
Skyler's lawyer then notified another institutional staff member with a
higher ranking position. The plumbing was fixed. Skyler left his cell
but at lockdown upon his return, Skyler discovered the plumbing
was mysteriously backed up again. The higher ranking institutional staff
attempted to solve the problem by moving Skyler to another cell.
After this incident Skyler was approached by an institutional staff
member and taken to a room with two other staff. At this point Skyler
was told by the one of the staff that that particular staff member
referred to himself as being "GOD" at Barton St. Jail. He then
threatened Skyler by telling him if he and his lawyer didn't stop
causing sh*$ for him, he was going to "fu*$" Skyler up. He also said he
would have it arranged so Skyler's lawyer would have no access to him.
This staff member went on to inform Skyler of his plan to "fu*$" him up.
(There were 2 other staff present when this threat occurred.) According
to the staff member Skyler's fate is supposed to happen in three steps...
1. Skyler would be given a "misconduct" by the institutional staff.
2. Skyler would then be sent to the "hole" for 3 days.
3. After Skyler was done in the "hole" he would immediately be sent to
the range 3 of the jail.
Range 3 is where the men who are waiting to be tried for rape, murder
and other serious crimes are held. Some of these men have already been
convicted of such crimes and are waiting to be shipped off to federal
This is where men who have nothing left to lose are sent. In this range
the inmates do special favours for the institutional staff for as little
as an extra meal or coffee. It's a place where you simply do not "rat"
on the institutional staff. Inmates are pitted against one another.
It's also a place where Skyler was told, there are men as big as 321
pounds that could really "fu*$" him up. (The jail staff asked Skyler how
much he weighed just to verify Skyler /would/ be quite smaller and at
greater risk of being injured if sent to Range 3.)
Skyler was also told by the institutional staff the last guy they had
"fu*$ed" up had to crawl to the jail cell door covered in blood. Skyler
was told there were men in Range 3 "waiting" for his arrival. Skyler was
advised by this paid government employee to "quit his bitc*ing" and "to
take his lumps."
Skyler's lawyer spoke with the high ranking institutional staff and was
told by him the only thing he could do to guarantee Skyler's safety was
to put him in isolation where he would be under 24 hour video
surveillance, however Skyler would have to give up the staff members'
names who were threatening him.
Skyler's lawyer has already filed a motion for "habeus corpus" to have
Skyler physically present in court tomorrow for his bail review.
Skyler's cell mate contacted his family this morning and informed them
in the last 24 hours Skyler has been given a "MISCONDUCT" by staff and
has been placed in "the hole" for 3 days.
The instituional staff member has kept his promise to threaten Skyler's
life and safety. This staff member's plan is gone passed the first two
Something needs to be done immediately to guarantee Skyler's safety and
security. If there is interference in Skylers safety and security or if
his life is put at risk we believe it would be the direct result of
mistreatment at the discretion of institutional staff. We believe they
are abusing their authority to ensure Skyler's life and well being is
put at risk. We believe their attempts at intimidating Skyler are
deliberate and being somewhat overlooked by senior institutional staff.
Let's hope Skyler will gets out of Barton St. Jail safely with his life.
His bail review is at the Cayuga Courthouse tomorrow at 9:00am.
Please forward immediately.
Donations for Skyler's legal defense can be sent to:
BMO Ohsweken Branch Transit # 37522
Legal Fund 3014-873
and Site Fund 3014-929
Signatories are Josephine Sandy
Donna Powless and Janie Jamieson
Cheques can be made payable to either the
Six Nations Reclamation Legal Fund or
the Six Nations Reclamation Site Fund
c/o Janie Jamieson RR#1 Ohsweken , ON.
For more info e-mail DubbleJ71@aol.com
or call (905) 768-8590