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There were reports from several people who had been living onsite since the beginning of Spring Council. It seems as if the Forest Service is waging an unprecedented attack on Constitutional Freedoms, by issuing tickets to folks for various offenses. The most common offense by far has been called the Participation in a group event in the National Forest without a permit.
Spring Council Consensus June 10 2001
R8/9 E T 12N
Cache Creek Meadows

On June 10, 2001 at 9AM at Cache Creek Meadows a court of common law jurisdiction was duly established by We The People of the Sovereign Republic of the United States of America under Article 3 of the Constitution of the United States of America. Any and all actions by any law enforcement officer will be seen as an acts of treason against the sovereign Republic of the United States of America.

Signed,

We The People.

(CLARIFICATION: The above statement is NOT a consensus reached by the Rainbow Family Tribal Council, which can only reach decisions July 1-7 on the Land, at the site of the Annual Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes. This was a consensus reached only by Spring Council, on the site of what is now the Annual Gathering of the Tribes.)

There were reports from several people who had been living onsite since the beginning of Spring Council. It seems as if the Forest Service is waging an unprecedented attack on Constitutional Freedoms, by issuing tickets to folks for various offenses. The most common offense by far has been called the Participation in a group event in the National Forest without a permit.

Such important activities as digging latrines or setting up kitchens or laying water pipe were being obstructed by the ticketing of individuals performing these services. Individuals performing these activities, or merely carrying kitchen gear into the National Forest were given $100.00 tickets.

Finally, on Saturday June 23, 2001, after 2 weeks of this constant harassment, and a conversation with the LEO branch of the FS that claimed the local FS just "doesn't understand the National Strategy", and upon hearing that the harassment included preventing kitchens and latrines and water systems from being constructed, the District Ranger of the Boise National Forest decided to approve certain kitchens and the water pipe that had already been set up. This action ostensibly removed the burden of some volunteers them of the burden of having to fear for their legal safety when approached by the Law Enforcement Officer branch of the National Forest Service. Time will tell. The District Ranger asked to be informed when future kitchens were set up, to advise on latrine and water pipe locations, and to approve future kitchen sites.

The FS LEO harassment continues on the county roads leading into the Gathering, and many citations had searches of vehicles with K-9 Units and drug testing equipment available for each vehicle stopped. Vehicles have been pulled over for things like; hanging objects from a rear-view mirror, driving too close to the center of the road, driving "in excess speeds for the road conditions" (15mph). It should be noted that local county and State Law Enforcement are not involved in most of this harassment, occurring on both roads leading into the Gathering, FS582 and 579, off of Hwy 21 North of Lowman, Idaho.

Typically people arriving at the Rainbow Gatherings are greeted and directed where to park, where the trailhead is, important information relevant to the Gathering, and sometimes a Rap 107, which can be found at: www.welcomehome.org is also distributed to folks arriving.

But at the Idaho Gathering, many have driven by a dark and unlit Front Gate, or have driven through with no direction on how to park or where the trailhead is, to flounder about the large cow-patty-filled meadow that serves as the parking area for the duration of the Gathering.

People attempting to shine a flashlight on the road have been charged with "directing traffic", thereby "participating in an illegal gathering". The violation on the citations given to such volunteers is called a violation of CFR 261.01k in the Federal Register. Again, $100.00 tickets are issued, and those who refuse to show their id are threatened with arrest. At least 2 have been arrested for not showing their identification.

Full details of how many have been ticketed are available on the Boise national Forest website at www.fs.fed.us/r4/boise.

An article describing the harrassment is at:  http://www.missoulian.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2001/June/21-262-news07.txt


There are still many law enforcement officers entering the site and occupying the perimeter. But the Gathering is growing quickly, and it seems the pressure is lessening. There are over 4,000 people at the Gathering as of 6-26-01, kitchens are still being set up, and water filters are being installed. There is plenty of camping and shade, with huge open meadows throughout. Water is not plentiful, but should suffice. All water must be boiled for at least 20 minutes or filters. There are filtration units set up throughout the site.

There are some positive articles in the local Idaho papers about the Gathering. One such article can be found at:  http://www.proliberty.com/observer/20010616.htm

Another article worth reading comes out of the Missoulian, by a reporter who looked at the Montana site, that the site in Montana was immaculate after cleanup efforts were finished. The link to this article is:  http://www.missoulian.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2001/June/04-155-news01.txt

A permit was applied for this year, but never granted. A story on this is found at:  http://www.missoulian.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2001/June/19-255-news05.txt
Later a permit application was submitted that was signed, but this too was denied.

One reporter commented that Governor Racicot has done far more environmental damage to the National Forests in Montana by allowing widespread destruction of resources by mining and logging companies.

The latest call for help (June 27, 2001) with the gathering by local and state officials is described in the following article:  http://www.missoulian.com/archives/index.inn?loc=detail&doc=/2001/June/27-274-news06.txt

Other Rainbow-related articles in the Spokane Spokesman Review can be found at:  http://nl4.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SR&p_theme=sr&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=500&p_text_search-0="Rainbow%20Gathering"&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=-14qzD&p_perpage=25&p_sort=YMD_date:D&xcal_useweights=no
Or at:
 http://nl4.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SR&p_theme=sr&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=500&p_text_search-0="Rainbow"&p_field_date-0=YMD_date&p_params_date-0=date:B,E&p_text_date-0=-180qzD&p_perpage=25&p_sort=_rank_:D&xcal_ranksort=4&xcal_useweights=yes