Stormmy Paul of the Tulalip Tribe watches the fire heat up the "Grandfather Stones" the volcanic rocks he collected at Mount St. Helens for the sweat lodge he hosts Wednesday nights at his father's home on the reservation.
for work. Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona and New Mexico passed without incident. Then he said it was his grandmother's inheritance. No, no, it belonged to a friend, he decided, before he was placed under arrest. attorney who prosecutes federal crimes in Seattle. Stormmy and his brother Carter, six years his junior, worked with their father on a fishing boat. The Tulalips have their own government, laws, police and court system. Indians there answer to their own on many issues. The St. He got a wholesale cigarette business license through the Nez Perce tribe in Idaho, he said. The tribe does not have a cigarette compact. They came in believable brand name packaging: Marlboros and Newports made in China. "I thought they were just a regular company. said the tribe "didn't like the way (Stormmy) did business."He refused to say any more because his own smoke shop may currently be under investigation. "I didn't keep track of how much I was making, but everything I made, I put right back into the business. He was selling cigarettes, one Indian to another. That's perfectly legal, he said, according to the Treaty of Point Elliott. They suspect even more money was involved before federal agents closed in. "That's just what a democracy is. The cigarette business that once kept him in cash and casino chips had now opened a door to prison. Later, he discovered that he could still face years behind bars. So Stormmy refused the plea deal, tried to fire his lawyer and didn't show up for his March 2006 hearing. Stormmy's case hit a personal nerve: Browne's teenage son is a Tlingit, a member of an Alaskan indigenous tribe."We've violated the letter and spirit of our agreements with Native Americans," Browne said. "We promised them that when we took their land they could continue their practices uninterrupted."Browne tried to persuade the judge to suppress statements and evidence. Shot down every time, Stormmy in September 2006 pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to smuggle and traffic contraband cigarettes. That's when Harry Smiskin, a Yakama Nation member, won a cigarette smuggling case. Innocent. He can go to work. The sound reached Stormmy's elders, those on the other side. They stood by him, he said. They gave him strength to cling to the one thing he's sure of when he spoke to the judge."That is my Indian name," he said. "I like to think of myself as a strong Indian man."
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from volcanic rock he collected at Mount St. Helens in the center of the sweat lodge he hosts Wednesday nights on the reservation. Helens in the center of the sweat lodge he hosts Wednesday nights on Under Armour Micro G Limitless 2 the reservation. With him are Tommy Dalton (center) of the Tlingit Tribe and Tom Herman of Mountlake Terrace.
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