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WHEREAS, Dennis Banks has fled from convictions on a charge of riot and a
charge of assault stemming from his involvement in an incident in Custer, South
Dakota (and no Native American has ever served on a jury in South Dakota); and
WHEREAS, subsequent charges were dismissed with prejudice by a federal court
in Oregon in June of 1976; and
WHEREAS, the state of South Dakota in June 1976 served a warrant of
extradition for Dennis Banks on Governor Straub of Oregon and, previously, on
Governor Brown of California; and
WHEREAS, according to American Indian leaders, more than 150 Native Americans
in South Dakota have been killed or severely injured while in custody and Dennis
Banks has publicly stated that he will be killed if he is returned to South
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That the 1976 General Assembly of the UUA
request that both Governor Brown and Governor Straub grant asylum and refuse to
extradite Dennis Banks to South Dakota and that members and societies be urged
to communicate the same request to these two governors.
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