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MAY 15, 2016


"Slumbering Thunder" with Elaine Willman
Elaine Devary Willman, MPA is the author of Going To Pieces…the dismantling the United States of America, first published in 2005. The book reports on first person visits and experiences of tribal members and citizens residing on or near seventeen Indian reservations during her extensive road trip across the country from Washington State to New York State. Willman’s book is selling faster now in 2015 and 2016 than when initially published because the fears expressed in the book are now America’s reality.

Subsequent to her two year attendance at Ventura College of Law, Ms. Willman received a Masters degree in Public Administration from Cal State University in 1991, and has obtained 96 credits towards her doctoral work in public policy. Having lived in Western States for over thirty years, and within two Indian reservations for more than twenty years, Ms. Willman has extensive knowledge about federal Indian policy, land use status within Indian reservations, dual-jurisdiction and Constitutional conflicts that impact the rights and lives of tribal members as well as other American citizens.

Ms. Willman’s mother and grandmother were enrolled Cherokee members; her spouse is of Shoshone ancestry, and is a direct descendant of Sacajawea. She served as National Chair of Citizens Equal Rights Alliance (CERA) from 2001 – 2007 and remains an active CERA Board Member. Mrs. Willman has blended her local land use and strategic planning expertise with federal Indian policy to inform and engage counties, towns and citizens that are co-located within or near federally recognized Indian reservations.

From 2008 until June 2015 Ms. Willman served the Village of Hobart, Wisconsin, as their Director of Community Development and Tribal Affairs. Having made several trips to Montana to study and oppose the CSKT Water Compact, Ms. Willman determined to move her household and business to Ronan, Montana in July 2015 to address the current and long-term impacts of federal and tribal government over-reach in Western Montana.

Contact: Phone: 509-949-8055


Two of her recent articles were recently published in Western Ag Reporter, and because of the second article, she was recently given a monthly column in

Rights of Indians and Non-Indians

CERF/CERA believes and defends the constitutional rights of Indians and non-Indians. Our mission is to change federal Indian policies that threaten or restrict the individual rights of all citizens living on or near Indian reservations. We do not tolerate racial prejudice of any kind. We do not knowingly associate with anyone who discriminates based on race.


Slumbering Thunder…a primer for confronting the spread of federal Indian policy and tribalism overwhelming America.  (March 2016)


Slumbering Thunder is a lay-persons reference manual for understanding the basics of federal Indian policy, including tools for challenging federal and tribal government over-reaching. The book is especially helpful to local community leaders, elected officials, private property owners and citizens. Slumbering Thunder is a compendium of author Willman’s direct work with local community groups, local governments, and includes informative commentaries on a range of subjects.  Slumbering Thunder includes an extensive Index for easy reference assistance. Slumbering Thunder includes recent federal policy allowing tribal governments to long-term lease their private Indian trust lands to Middle Eastern countries without prior approval or federal oversight. ($25)




GOING TO PIECES…the dismantling of the United States of America.

(May, 2015)

This is the true story of two women who took an adventurous road trip across seventeen Indian reservations from Washington State to New York State. Author Willman and videographer Kamie Biehl interviewed and listened to tribal members, farmers, cattlemen, teachers, bankers, and sheriffs…all folks residing within the reservations. The purpose of the book was to obtain first-person accounts of life on Indian reservations, never reported in mainstream media. The remarkable thing about Going to Pieces is that it has consistently sold well, and is now selling even the more so in 2016 because concerns expressed by folks on Indian reservations 11 years ago, are right in the face of tribal and non-tribal citizens now. Going to Pieces is a great way to enjoy a fascinating read while learning the fundamentals of federal Indian policy. This 2nd Edition Reprint includes an extensive Index. ($25)


Will the United States Go the Way of Zimbabwe?
By Elaine Willman, MPA


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Here is a riddle for you: What does the Klamath Basin area in southwestern Oregon and northern California, the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, and the African country of Zimbabwe have in common? Answer: Government reform and intentional harassment of farmers ends food production, and in Zimbabwe’s case, brings starvation.

In an article published on Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is begging white farmers to return to Zimbabwe. Once known as the “breadbasket” of southern Africa, readers may recall that in the early years of the decade 2000, the Zimbabwe government conducted major reforms that resulted in terrorizing white farmers, and forcing them to flee the country, turning their land over to the black population Fast forward to 2015 and even with assistance from the USA, the UK and Australia, USAID cannot supply enough food to Zimbabweans to stave off their escalating starvation. Mind you, this catastrophe is the result of government reform. Ring a bell?

One would think such a scenario could never occur in the United States. One would be quite wrong. In the past decade most of the cattle/farm production in southwestern Oregon and northern California has been devastated by government reform. And now four life-giving dams will be removed through a bullying cabal of federal agencies gone entirely rogue, four Indian tribal governments, political pressure from the Greenies and Agenda 21 folks, and the ignorance—even cruelty—of California and Oregon Governors. Removing four dams will eliminate any possibility of water storage for crop production. More government reform is taking out America’s food.

All the western states are targets for the removal of food production. That’s the goal of the current federal administration that harmonizes nicely with the One World Order folks. In Bellingham, Washington, thanks to a huge EPA grant to the Swinomish tribe, enormous billboards on the Interstate trash their area farmers for “polluting the waters.” In California, the San Joaquin Valley has already had its crop production decimated, and that area once provided over 20% of our country’s food.

Removing access to water is the federal game, using any and all available federal agencies to assist. EPA’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) is a major tool that is thankfully being challenged in court. Rapid escalation of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is additional federal weaponry. The precious Sage Grouse is being used to eliminate cattle production, just as the Spotted Owl wiped out the timber industry. The BLM, USFW, DOI, USDA, BIA and all of the federal alphabet agencies acting alone or in concert are racing to wipe out food production and property ownership before the current President’s time runs out. Meanwhile, he’s doing everything he can with his infamous phone and pen. Do we want more of this from the next President?

Oh, and in the recent years, the White House has determined that America’s power grid is good “economic development” for Indian tribes. So the Department of Energy and Bureau of Indian Affairs are rolling out billions to tribal governments, encouraging them to hurry and convert America’s water and electrical public utilities into private tribal sovereign assets. That will accomplish two goals: 1) the end of food production; and 2) the intentional national security softening of the country’s power-grid. Simultaneously, tribal governments can long-term lease their private Indian “trust” lands to Middle Eastern countries for “economic development” too. The combination of a federally sanctioned Indian Energy program and co-mingling with Middle Eastern countries is a marriage made in hell. America thanks you, President Obama.

The Flathead Indian Reservation entirely depends upon an agricultural economy and is now subject to the implementation of a hideous combination of harmonious goals. The Confederated Salish-Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) has for many years voiced intent to remove all “white people” from their reservation “by any means possible.” This goal fits nicely with the environmental radicals who want the human footprint gone from the western states. It also fits nicely with the One World Order and Agenda 21 folks who want the destruction of state governments and ultimately an end to the United States. And the fools currently running our country (led by the White House and Congress) are intent on knocking down one American industry after another as fast as possible, while bringing in hundreds of thousands of folks who hate America to help with the task.

As example, here is the Big Picture on the Flathead Indian Reservation that is home to three counties, eleven municipalities and a population of 75% non-Indians—mostly farmers, cattlemen and ancillary agricultural businesses. In concert with the CSKT, Montana’s Executive and Legislative Branch abandoning its authority and protections on Indian reservations, and a collection of federal programs cramming down right now on Montana landowners (including tribal members) reservation residents face the following:
1.All Western Watershed Management Plans for the great rivers (Missouri, Mississippi, Columbia, etc.) have transitioned their primary purpose from agriculture and economic development to the protection of tribal sovereign cultural resources, ESA, etc.). Irrigation is now at the bottom of the list for use of major river waters.

2.The Columbia River Treaty. An international treaty between the United States and Canada coming up for renegotiation. Fifty-three northwestern tribes are geared up and demanding that two national governments, the U.S. and Canada, perform their “moral obligation” to turn control of the Columbia River over to the aboriginals.

3.Capturing state waters using tribal governments as pawns. This includes the CSKT Water Compact, Klamath Dam Removals, and projects targeting Washington, Idaho, other areas of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, etc.

4.BIA-owned/controlled power and energy entities. Now requires ALL customers of BIA-owned/controlled power or energy entities to provide extensive and intrusive personal information (i.e. social security numbers, EIN numbers, # of acres owned, annual water/power use, number of persons in households, household incomes, etc. (See March 31, 2016 Federal Register).

5.Indian Energy Program as "Indian Economic development" to transfer public utilities (dams, energy plants) from public utilities to tribal sovereign assets. This is billions of dollars and huge federal facilitation for tribes to take over major pockets of our nation's water and electrical power grid.

6.Obama's new federal "Drought Resilience" Program, with complete capability of pinning down individual landowners through guidance and enforcement. (See Federal Register, Presidential Proclamation, March 21, 2016). This new federal program to monitor drought involves top officials of fourteen federal agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Army. Question:Why Homeland Security and the U.S. Army? Is this the coming of Marshall Law?

7.The CSKT Compact on the Flathead Reservation and directly impacting 11 Western Montana counties. Approved by Montana Legislature, April 11, 2015.

8.Transfer of Kerr Dam to CSKT, September 5, 2015. Now all water rates (wholesale and retail) are controlled by the feds/tribe with NO caps, and NO review by Montana Public Services Commission.

9.Mission Valley Power Company. Owned by BIA, operated by CSKT. Now wholesale and retail electric rates have NO caps, and NO review by Montana Public Services Commission.
It would be nearly impossible for our friends and neighbor landowners here on the Flathead Indian Reservation, or anywhere, to be completely aware of all of these simultaneous forces and processes bearing directly down rapidly on their own individual lands. The intent is to take out food (meat/crop) production here and across the western states. The ultimate goal is to also take down landowners, property rights, and replace State authority with federal/tribal jurisdiction in wide swaths. It is happening right now, and has been quietly developed by multiple agencies for a couple of decades. Then President Obama lit the match. Failure of landowners to act makes it a certainty. In Western Montana, food production IS the economic engine for livelihood on the Flathead Reservation.

No government will help people living on the Flathead Reservation. All governments are intentionally adversarial to the landowners, county/municipal governments and ancillary businesses. We only have the federal court, or this area goes the way of Zimbabwe soon.

The Good News: Like the federal mob rule wiping out the dams of Klamath River Basin, all of the above constitutes a whole volume of federal violations of the U.S. Constitution, Montana State Constitution, Tribal Constitution, egregious violations of the federal Administrative Procedures Act (APA) such as due process, and discrimination. Actually the whole collusion of federal agencies constitutes a racketeering (RICO) violation, likely violates the Sherman Antitrust Act, which also applies to the federal government, and countless other congressional laws, court rulings and regulations.

The irony is that the black/white printed law is on the side of the citizens/landowners since all these agencies have intentionally gone rogue and no longer follow their own regulations or any laws. For now, justice in a court is our only hope, but court will be clumsy, costly and tedious at first, moving through the lower courts (mostly filled with Obama appointees), then up to the appellate courts where help should come (even from the unpredictable 9th Circuit).and, if necessary, on up to the Supreme Court.

In the United States will our farmers succumb to the government reforms and terrorizing? Will they just give up and leave as happened in Zimbabwe? Or will they stand and fight, knowing they have the complete support of all those Americans who have food on their table today? We must put down the political, and pick up the preservation of this country. We may never get a Do-Over.

Elaine Willman, MPA, is author of Going to Pieces…the dismantling of the United States of America, and Slumbering Thunder, a primer for confronting the spread of federal Indian policy and tribalism overwhelming America.



But It Gets Worse…
In the land of great friendships, hardworking farmers and neighbors, there is an escalating values crisis. Within the Flathead Irrigation Project, a small but aggressive group has decided that the inability of their neighbors to vote in an election is just too bad. A small group believes that Lake County’s failure to notify voters of arbitrary reinterpretation of Montana Code Annotated (MCA) election codes is just fine. Failure to notify voters of these changes or even of an upcoming election is just swell. The fact that Lake County could arbitrarily decide who gets to vote and who doesn’t, without prior notification to all voters, is A-OK with a small but powerful group of irrigators. But it gets worse…

When a majority of the Flathead Joint Board of Commissioners (FJBC) learned of the Lake County Election staff actions and inactions described above, its legal counsel researched and recommended that a faulty election process had occurred, and that the FJBC should cancel the election until statutory clarifications could occur and all irrigation voters be informed. The FJBC serves all irrigators, not just the powerful few. Power comes when one doesn’t play by the rules. (This should be the motto of Montana politics since statehood). The FJBC cancelled the election. Coincidental with the powerful few, Lake County moved forward with the election of May 3rd anyway, fully knowledgeable that hundreds of irrigators would be left in the dark, unable to vote. But it gets worse…

The FJBC considered Lake County’s decision to go forward with the election, and passed FJBC Resolution 2016-1 continuing cancellation of a flawed election, and continuing the terms of office of its existing commissioners until a new, fair and just election could be held. The powerful few stuck its thumb in the eye of the FJBC and convened an illegal meeting of the Flathead Irrigation District (FID) – one of four irrigation districts within the FJBC on May 10th.

Of five current commissioners on the FID, two showed up for the meeting; three commissioners did not. Two FID commissioners, Dick Erb and Paul Guenzler, took it upon themselves to convene a meeting knowing full well that no quorum existed to justify even starting a meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to install commissioners elected by the flawed May 3rd election cancelled by the FJBC. The meeting should never have been opened when no quorum was present. Oh, but who cares about rules? Dirty politics is the big money crop in Montana. Mr. Erb convened the “meeting,” quickly swore in a questionably elected commissioner, and said, “Now we have a quorum,” then proceeded to swear in another commissioner questionably elected.

In true Kabuki theater, the FID, having never held a meeting in many, many months, decided to convene an illegal one fully intended to increase support for the CSKT Compact on the FJBC Board. The current majority of FJBC commissioners vehemently oppose the CSKT Compact. Mr. Erb assured attendees that this farce of a meeting was to “promote unity.” Having a lengthy career as Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), former member Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), globalist and One World Order supporter, Mr. Erb is a master of double-speak. If he speaks “unity,” watch your back. The opposite is coming.

So neighbors be damned. It doesn’t matter if one farmer can vote and another cannot. It doesn’t matter if public entities cannot convene an illegal meeting absent a quorum. It doesn’t matter if the FJBC Board, on which FID commissioners have taken an Oath to serve, passes a formal Resolution cancelling an election. It doesn’t matter if Montana election codes are arbitrarily changed without notification to district voters. It doesn’t matter about following any law. Who follows laws these days, anyway? What only matters is the will of the powerful few. But it gets worse…

The truly good, hardworking neighbors and majority of folks directly affected by the corrupt process revealed above are just too good for their own good. They wring their hands in worry, but fall silent as victims. They have learned to be kind, and apparently pushing back or publicly speaking up is unkind. They loath conflict, so they take the blow. That is how bullies prevail over good people. That is how the FJBC is being internally decimated by tyrants beholden to those who would steal state waters, private water rights, and limited, if any, access to water. The only reason a powerful few exist is because a passive many succumb.

In the turmoil occurring on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the gentle, kind and hardworking irrigation families are killing themselves with their own kindness. They are, at this point in time, no match for the federal, state and tribal governments, and the local powerful few. The great folks earning a living on this reservation are further handicapped by uninformed or ill-informed local elected officials fearful of being called a name if they disagree with a tribal government decision, or support the FJBC. So, until courage is planted, blooms and harvested around here, the future of irrigation and the entire agricultural economy of three counties surely will get worse…

Elaine Willman,

Ronan, MT

NOTE: Elaine Willman lives on irrigation land in the Flathead Irrigation District, and is the author of two books: Going to Pieces…the dismantling of the United States of America, and Slumbering Thunder...a primer for confronting the spread of federal Indian policy and tribalism overwhelming America.