Please contact Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, concerning corruption in US Forest Service!
Many readers of the People of One Fire are personally aware of the current situation regarding the national forests in the Southeast. The ridiculous activities of the US Forest Service at Track Rock Gap are just the tip of the iceberg. You will learn in an upcoming TV documentary how employees of the US Forest Service in North Carolina helped hide Olympic Games bomber, Eric Rudolph, from the FBI.
Former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue is now the very popular Secretary of the Department of Agriculture. One of his appointed assistants just contacted me after being sent by POOF readers, our recent article on US Forest Service’s dubious relationship with the three federally-recognized Cherokee tribes.
This gentleman said that they have already received very serious complaints from citizens in the mountains of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee about the forest fire disasters in the autumn of 2016, which were allowed to happen because the US Forest Service did nothing until they were out of control. Some informants stated that they recognized USFS employees out of uniform, leaving an area where a fire had just been started.
North Carolina residents are complaining that USFS rangers harass local residents for minor infractions, while looking the other way when organized crime manufactures meth in the national forests. The USDA official said that Western North Carolina become the meth capital of the world during the Obama Administration.
Several USFS employees complained that male employees were illegally fired during the Bush and Obama Administrations in order to make slots open for female middle level management. Some state offices now are composed entirely of women.
The USDA would like to hear the concerns of Native Americans in the Southeast concerning the current and planned management by the USFS of Native American archaeological sites. He felt that if Southeastern Native peoples don’t speak up, Congress will only hear from the Cherokee tribes in Oklahoma.
Please write Secretary Perdue’s office if:
- You want changes in the current or proposed management of USFS Native American archaeological sites in the Southeast.
- You have specific information about illegal drug activities in a National Forest.
- You have specific information about a USFS employee, who helped hide Eric Rudolph or protects drug dealers.
- You have specific information about a USFS employee, who started a forest fire in the North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama or South Carolina Mountains.
- You have specific information on USFS road & forest maintenance employees being laid off then being replaced by companies that made large donations to either the Bush or Obama political campaigns.
- You have specific information on USFS employees requiring companies doing business with the USFS to pay bribes to them or make political donations to candidates or political parties.
- You have specific cases with names, of USFS employees being rude or deceitful with American citizens.
Contact information (Do not use email):
Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue
U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250
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Richard Thornton is a professional architect, city planner, author and museum exhibit designer-builder. He is today considered one of the nation’s leading experts on the Southeastern Indians. However, that was not always the case. While at Georgia Tech Richard was the first winner of the Barrett Fellowship, which enabled him to study Mesoamerican architecture and culture in Mexico under the auspices of the Institutio Nacional de Antropoligia e Historia. Dr. Roman Piňa-Chan, the famous archaeologist and director of the Museo Nacional de Antropologia, was his fellowship coordinator. For decades afterward, he lectured at universities and professional societies around the Southeast on Mesoamerican architecture, while knowing very little about his own Creek heritage. Then he was hired to carry out projects for the Muscogee-Creek Nation in Oklahoma. The rest is history.Richard is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the KVWETV (Coweta) Creek Tribe and a member of the Perdido Bay Creek Tribe. In 2009 he was the architect for Oklahoma’s Trail of Tears Memorial at Council Oak Park in Tulsa. He is the president of the Apalache Foundation, which is sponsoring research into the advanced indigenous societies of the Lower Southeast.
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