Native Mob takedown by feds shuts down Minnesota prisons

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For more on the Native Mob, read our November 9 cover story, "The Banishing."
All Minnesota prisons were shut down from 4 a.m Tuesday to 5 a.m. yesterday morning as part of a federally orchestrated, multi-jurisdictional takedown on members of the Native Mob gang.

In total, 24 suspected Native Mob members are facing federal charges, according to a 47-count indictment unsealed in part Tuesday. Of those, 12 were already in prison. Six were arrested in other parts of the state, and the rest are still at large.

Born out of south Minneapolis in the early 1990s, the Native Mob is one of the most dangerous Indian gangs in the country, known for its history of violent crimes. Just last week, another member of the Native Mob was convicted in the '96 murder of a rival gang member in Minneapolis.

In a statement, the U.S. Attorneys Office describes the gang as an advanced criminal enterprise. Charges include racketeering, drug dealing, illegal possession of firearms, and witness tampering.

As of last September, 17 members of the Native Mob were incarcerated in Minnesota prisons, according to statistics provided by the Department of Corrections, meaning the majority are likely included in the indictment.

John Schadl, spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, says the purpose of a lockdown is to "keep offenders contained, especially in this instance where they actually did some arrests within the facility."

Prisoners were not able to use phones, says Schadl, so there was no opportunity to tip off others.

The unsealed portion of the indictment provides the names of six people who appeared in court this week. They are: Damien Lee Beaulieu, Dale Wesley Ballinger, Jr., Justen Lee Poitra, Cory Gene Oquist, Aaron James Gilbert, Jr., and Dale John Pindegayosh.

Maximum sentences for all 24 range from 20 years to life in prison.

Previous Coverage:

  • Zachary Nayquonabe, banished Ojibwe member, arrested back on reservation
  • Cody St. John's case against attackers still ongoing
  • William Nickaboine's murder: More than a year later, still no conviction


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    11 comments
    gabrie_greym
    gabrie_greym

    what are you guys guys talking about you lame some of bitchs cant say that about your own people?

    gabrie_greym
    gabrie_greym

    what are you guys guys talking about you lame some of bitchs cant say that about your own people?

    stop the violence
    stop the violence

    LET ALL THE SELL-OUT NATIVES GET LOCKED IN FED JOINT SO THEY CAN FEEL LIKE SOME OF THERE VICTIMS FAMILY LONLEY!!!!!!! ALL THE MEMBERS FROM P.I OR MYSTIC LAKE ARE  PUPPETS FOR THERE MONEY PAYING DUES TO THINK THEY OUR GANG MEMBERS LETS SEE WHAT ONES SNITCH NOW. ENJOY YOUR NEW HOMES SEE THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HURT YOUR OWN PEOPLE!!!!!!! SO ALL YOUTH THAT OUR THINKING ABOUT JOINING AN GANG TAKE THIS AS AN EYE OPENER! ALL NATIVES COME BACK TO THE SPIRITUAL/TRADITIONAL CIRCLE THIS WILL MAKE YOU STAND OUT IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND GIVE YOU THAT PRIDE AND BELONGING

    N8ive101
    N8ive101

    what you even talken about. they arent just sell out natives they are previously convicted felons that deserve to be locked up thank you RICO

    Bring Down All GANGS
    Bring Down All GANGS

    Native Mob Just Making The Native People look bad!!!!! Their many out their than just these ppl !!!! Its Bad Enough the "White Man" Took Everthing From Us...,,,, And NOw We Own Race,,,,,, (SMFDH)

    Nateloc26
    Nateloc26

     fuck u dumb ass bitch^ cant stand mother fuckers who dont no shit bout wats going on in this real world we go threw shut the fuck up cus u dont no wat ur even talking about

    skls111700
    skls111700

    you little one do not know about being a man. a man will not follow others, he will stand on his own and WORK for what he wants or needs for his family. quit being a cry baby and act like you have some sense.

    skls111700
    skls111700

    You don't know anything. If you want to be a follower and not make your own moves then go ahead. you will be locked up just like the rest of them. I wish my native boys would use their head and be the men they are supposed to be.

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