An Indigenous Man Faces American Injustice
(An Expose of the Illinois Criminal Justice System)

~Taina Amayi

This is the true story of an Indigenous man named

Waŋbli Ĉiķala, and injustices perpetrated against him

by the Prisoner Review Board of the State of Illinois.

            After an emotionally abusive and physically neglectful relationship of twelve years, Waŋbli was falsely charged with domestic battery, and subsequently arrested on June 28, 2009. There was no evidence of battery, no investigation to prove Mr. Waŋbli Ĉiķala’s guilt. According to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), signed into law in 1993 by William Clinton. Under this law, simply the accusation can ruin a man’s life forever. It is not unlike the witch hunts and burnings of Medieval Europe, and the Salem Witch Hunts, trials and hangings of 17th century Massachusetts.

            At the local police department, Mr. Waŋbli was never read his rights by the arresting officer, and was coerced by said officer to enter a guilty plea, “in order to avoid a trial.”

            Waŋbli served two days in the Randolph County, Illinois jail, and upon appearing before Judge William Schewerk, on June 29, pled guilty to domestic battery (A Class A Misdemeanor in Illinois), a crime he did not commit. Moreover, on a limited income via Social Security Disability, Waŋbli was forced to pat the State $200.00; spent weeks on the street with physical limitations. An Order of Protection was filed against him by his accuser, which stated that his well being did not matter, but that of “the victim.”

            The very construct of VAWA was designed, not to prevent domestic battery, but rather, to wage war on men (See: Mark Angelucci vs. The State of California). Whether actually found guilty (despite no investigations or objective interviews ever done), or a plea of guilty, every man (with exceptions in certain states) is then placed on a National Violent Offenders List.

            As a woman, and an intertribal investigator and behavioral profiler, I can say unequivocally that women now use VAWA as a weapon against any man who may have scorned a woman in any way. Many innocent men to date have had their lives totally destroyed by an unjust law, regardless of its sound premise. If the recidivist abuser faces these charges, there is absolutely no guarantee that said abuser will not retaliate, because criminals do not care one single bit about “the law.”

            Waŋbli Ĉiķala was in constant fear for his life and safety, as after his ordeal, Ms. A (pseudonym) continued to fabricate accusations against this Indigenous brother. In fact, Waŋbli was the one diagnosed with Abused Spouse Syndrome. In 2010, Waŋbli escaped the abusive relationship, having gone from a healthy 145 lbs to 113 lbs.

            After ten years, Waŋbli was finally safe enough, and subsequently filed for EXECUTIVE CLEMENCY RELIEF, upon which he worked with due diligence to cast doubt on the charges of 2009, and to present the needed evidence to prove his innocence.

            Said petitions are first reviewed by the Prisoner Review Board of the State of Illinois, which sent a reply mockingly telling Waŋbli that his petition was essentially, “not good enough.”  As a tribal Chief, I wrote a letter to the current governor of Illinois, JB Pritzker, requesting an investigation into the practices of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board. I had offered the full details of Waŋbli’s case. I was told that they would look into the matter, and that if I heard nothing within thirty days, I should contact them again.  They never requested the details, and I suspect the request was viewed by the Prisoner Review Board, and subsequently, was dismissed, and VAWA successfully destroyed yet another good man’s life.

Such governmental abuses and injustices must be exposed. I had told Mr. Pritzker that I would expose what was done to Waŋbli Ĉiķala should redress be denied. I have kept my word. Another Indigenous man who suffered in so many ways, was left to languish in sorrow put upon him by a vicious white woman with multiple axes to grind, and a “justice system” that is anything but just.

Waŋbli Ĉiķala may never find justice in in life, but I pray he finds some semblance of peace. He is in a good relationship now, and with that there is encouragement… and hope. I made a promise to stand for my own, and I did. Ms. A, Mr. Pritzker, his government, and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board are now in Ussen’s hands. I need do no more. The truth has been told. Aoó!