ELKO – A tribal elder states he was wrongfully arrested Wednesday when he and another Elko Band Council member attempted to retrieve documents at the Elko Indian Colony.
Felix Ike, 72, an Elko Band councilman, said he was “illegally arrested by Western Shoshone Department of Public Safety Officers who assaulted and kidnapped” him.
Ike said he was confronted by authorities at the Te-Moak office the morning of Nov. 15 when he and Elko Band council member Penny Stevens arrived to retrieve documents and the officers told him they had orders to arrest him. Ike said he told the officers that if they interfered with the actions of the council they would be immediately terminated, which they did not accept.
Ike then said he was rushed by an officer and proceeded to have his hands cuffed behind his back.
“They couldn’t get my arms behind my back,” Ike said, explaining he has a disabled right arm. “I was pinned against the building. I couldn’t move.”
“They said ‘you better move your arm or we’ll sock you in the face,’” Ike said.
An Elko Daily Free Press message left with Te-Moak tribal law enforcement was not returned.
Ike said he was then put in the police car and first taken to Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital where he was given a blood pressure test and an EKG. He also requested x-rays of his elbow, shoulder and wrist.
Ike said he was driven to the detention center in Duck Valley where he was released shortly after arriving. He said he was not given a report on the charges he was held on, but was told by an officer it involved the TPO order for Te-Moak chairwoman Lydia Johnson, resisting arrest, abuse of power, and disturbing the peace.
An arrest warrant charging contempt was issued Nov. 6 by the Court of Indian Offenses for the Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada naming Johnson as the defendant.
“The officers of the WSDPS, without authority and provocation, acted with disregard for the directives of their employer, the Te-Moak Tribe,” Ike said.
“Their actions will eventually be tried in a court of law, with competent jurisdiction and they will be held accountable individually for their breach of law under the color of office.”