"The tears fall from above as Grandmother cries. As Grandfather looks down from the skies, the Buffalo lifts his head from prayer. As the Eagle soars to lift it, where The Turtle's spirit is not the same; As the Owl refuses to call another child's name...."
In the time it has taken you to read this, another child has been verbally, mentally, emotionally, physically, or sexually abused.
UPDATE (February 2017): Manuel is now in SHELBY, MT. Please see his mail address below.
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Who is Manuel Redwoman?
Manuel is a 49 year old Native American. His heritage is 1/2 Northern Cheyenne, 1/4 Lakota,1/4 Arapaho. He was born and grew up on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation.
He has been incarcerated in Montana for having fatally shot a recidivist child molester who was after a very young boy (the little boy was a relative of Manuel). Manuel spent several years in solitary confinement in the Maximum Security Unit of Montana State Prison - the harshest area in the prison; he was locked up without due process and isolated 23 hours a day for years, despite the fact that he had one of the best records in this prison.
Like many Native American prisoners, he was the victim of racial profiling and at some point he was even held on death row (even though he does not have a death sentence or even a life sentence). After a long struggle, Manuel was released from isolation in September 2002 and transferred to the High Side, where he maintained his excellent record. He was later transferred from Montana State Prison to Shelby, MT.
Manuel did not let the prison walls prevent him from helping the People on his reservation. With the support of friends and family, he did his utmost to have significant help sent to many children, elders and families in need, especially in the winter but not only.
His struggle for the religious rights of Native American prisoners resulted in a definite improvement of the prison policies in Montana. In October 2010 he finally got the good news: he was eligible for Pre-Release. The pre-release period went extremely well, but in the end things did not happen the way they were supposed to. UPDATE - February 2017: Manuel is currently housed at CCC in SHELBY, MT, after being transferred from Montana State Prison. His address is below.
Please read more about his story below, about his art and crafts, some of his writings, and his contact information. It is a very difficult time for him and it would mean a lot to him to get mail, and make a few new friends.
Manuel's Arts & Crafts:
Manuel has several hobbies, such as drawing, horsehair and beadwork. Over the years he has made countless beautiful horsehair items and for the last few years he has specialized in beadwork.
If you love authentic Native American arts and crafts, you will truly enjoy Manuel's beadwork website with samples of his work and a few items still available. They are high quality and can be passed on to the next generations. They make great gifts for any special occasion (birthdays, graduation, Christmas, Valentine's Day and others). There is a wide variety of patterns and colors and the site will be updated soon.
Please note: The prison mail policy is strict. Please do not send cards, scented paper, stickers, stamps, newspaper articles, drawings, cartoons or photocopies. Books and other items are not allowed. Photos are allowed (but polaroid photos must have backing removed). Please do not forget to include your name and return address on the front of the envelope. Also make sure that Manuel's name and number are clearly written.
It is best to ask Manuel what is allowed and what is not, as the rules may change without a warning.
Thank you for taking the time to write to Manuel !
Grandfather, thank you for this day.
I came to you a nobody. I came to say a special prayer for my mother, mother-earth. A special prayer for my legged-brothers and sisters, my winged brothers and sisters, my finned brothers and sisters and the little-people. Thank you Grandfather.
A special prayer for our sacred ceremonies, for all our sacred items, our pipes, for all our sacred medicines and herbs. A prayer for our sacred directions and colors, thank you Grandfather.
I ask that you continue to watch over our brothers and sisters in each and every correctional and mental facility across our great nations a prayer that they continue to accept your strength, your courage, wisdom and healing, thank you Grandfather.
A special prayer for our people who are sick with diseases and cancers, thank you Grandfather.
A prayer for our brothers and sisters who are still fighting for who they are in other countries, the people, thank you Grandfather.
A special prayer for the warriors of the people who are counselors and teachers who fight our enemies (drugs and alcohol). I ask Grandfather that you continue to give our youth courage, strength, wisdom and healing to continue on and not give in, thank you Grandfather.
Grandfather I would like to say a special prayer for Grandmother who stands by your side and offers us healing, caring and love for her grandchildren here on mother-earth.
Grandfather I come to you a nobody. Thank you for this day.
I have sat in the shadows and listened to those I've looked up to, watching as they continue the struggle that we have been forced to endure because of who we are and what we stood for, "The People".
Many countries and nations face their own struggles. All of us devoted to carrying on our traditions, cultures and spirituality, for our native people, no matter what race, color or creed.
I've watched and listened to the government(s) of all colors, intimidate and manipulate our very existence, stealing the children, locking up any of our men willing to stand for the people. The most incredible thing I have seen and heard is the strength of our women.
They stood and battled our enemies (alcohol and drugs). If that is not enough, they have the children who will continue the struggle. I have only the deepest respect for women. As a child I lost my mother to one of my people's enemies (alcohol).
Growing up up alone I found a mother I could turn to, who fed me, clothed me, who held me in my lonliness. She breathed life into all. She created life. She loved as only a mother can love a child. She promises all their dreams, and another day. As long as she's alive, she will fight for all. She has given all the beauty. Asking only that we live as one with our four legged, our winged and finned brothers and sisters.
I hear my mother cry as they strip-mine her, then rape her of her very life. Crying with my mother, I pray with her to the Creator. As he cries, his tear drops fall and once again she starts healing. She forgives all. The giver of my life teaches us the secrets of rebirth. Showing us the sweat-lodge, her womb. This, her sacrifice so that we may be reborn. I hear my mother crying as she is sold and forced to allow someone in who has no respect for her sacred womb.
The sacred ways that our mother taught us, they use now for their own purposes. Selling entry into her womb. They do it everywhere, charging money for the sweat-lodge. Cry with my mother, we pray to the Creator
This document is a testimony by Sean T*** 's Aunt. It is evidence that Sean T. was a child molester and that Manuel only acted to protect children from this man.
(NB : The full names in this statement have been removed in order to protect the private life of this family. We have a hard copy with the names in our possession).
CASE # 97-730 / State v. Redwoman
DATE : October 2, 1997
INTERVIEWEE : Marilyn M. T. TIME : 1:10 PM
ADDRESS : ***********
ATTORNEY : L. Sanford Selvey, II
INVESTIGATOR : Ray Meder
WITNESS PRESENT : Mark Harrison.
* Investigator identified self and purpose of interview *
RM : please, state and spell your name
MT : my name is Marilyn M. T. -
RM : Your date of birth and you age please.
MT : January 27, 1942
RM : and how old are you ?
MT : 50 something
RM : what is your address ?
MT : ****** ****** ********
RM : are you employed ?
MT : No, I'm housewife.
RM : okay, I'm going to ask questions. You contacted our office and you had something to say about Sean. Sean is your nephew, is that correct ?
MT : Yes, that's correct.
RM : And your family has some hard feelings towards Sean, had you not ? As you know he was the victim of a shooting last week, is that right ?
MT : Aw, he was shot, whether someone else shot him or he shot himself is, who knows.
RM : Okay, was there problems at home with Sean ?
MT : Yes, Sean T. was a child molester. Little boys in particular.
RM : Can you be specific on some boys and on some incidents that had happened ?
MT : My son, L. T. and his cousin R. D. were molested when they were six and six and a half years old here in Billings.
RM : Can you tell me what Sean did to them ? Be specific so we know.
MT : Ah, he raped them. This they told us and they have nightmares at night and they talk in their sleep and they went on to talk about the things that he had done to them.
RM : Can you tell me of the things he done ?
MT : He dumped lighter fluid on their penis' to the point where it burnt off the top layer of the skin. He tied 'em up, he beat 'em, he hit them in the back of the head places where it wouldn't be easily seen, in the stomach, in the legs, and screamed and hollered obscenities at them and he was doing this. Now this is what the boys, this is what they scream out in their sleep.
RM : okay, when you say he raped them, what do you mean by rape ? Tell me.
MT : Um, I guess the legal word is sodomize.
RM : Sodomize would a male taking his penis and putting in somebody's rectum ?
MT : Yes, and he also put it in their throats.
RM : okay, this had happened some years ago ?
MT : Yes, Sean doesn't like children after they turn 11 or 12.
RM : Has he done it to any other children ?
MT : There are two others, but I'm not at liberty, because I haven't, to say anything because I haven't talked to their parents.
RM : Okay, are you going to talk to their parents ?
MT : No, I don't even know if their still here.
RM : Okay, you said your family felt relieved that this happened to Sean. Does this take a lot of stress off of them, or they feel better, or tell me what...
MT : Well, we don't have to worry about any other little boys going through this nightmare.
RM : Okay, Sean just got out of prison.
MT : Yes, two to three weeks before hand.
RM : What was he in prison for ?
MT : this time, I don't know, he went back and forth, in and out, in and out. Um, it was usually car theft or it might have been a parole revocation, I don't know.
RM : Was he friends with Manuel Redwoman ?
MT : Actually, I don't see, if he was only a week or two he.
RM : Do you know Manuel Redwoman ?
MT : No, I never saw him before in my life until I saw his picture in the paper and on the television.
RM : Okay, so do you know anything else Sean has done when he was out ? Did he take drugs ?
MT : Yes, he took drugs, although the rest of his family, his mother, and especially his uncle giving, and his friends Mr Dick L. and Ms L., will adamantly tell you that he didn't, but he did.
RM : Do you know what kind of drugs he was taking ?
MT : Well, he smoked grass and he popped pills beyond that, I don't know, but there are some other family members that might able to tell you, if their willing to talk to you.
RM : How old are these boys now that he assaulted ?
MT : Uh, their seventeen.
RM : And they still... tape off...
MT : Yes, they both said that they would like to shake Mr. Redwoman's hand.
RM : Do you think Sean was still abusing children until the time he was killed ?
MT : Yes, I most certainly do. The therapist that we talked to about these things said that they seldom stop.
RM : Do you know where Sean was staying at the time of his death ?
MT : No, he, he came out of prison and he went to Butte, to his Uncle's Bills and then he came from there to here in Billings, somewhere, bur he sent his mother, he was supposed to go stay with his mother and he didn't. He sent a round-about messageto her, he was down on the south side taking care of things.
RM : Okay, and so you haven't seen Sean... when was the last time you met Sean ?
MT : I stayed away from him as much as I possibly could, I haven't seen him for years.
RM : Okay... he stayed away from most of his family members ?
MT : No, he stayed away from us, and he stayed away from R.'s mother and R., and R's brother.
RM : Okay, do you have anything else you want to add ?
MT : Yes, he, Sean said when the rest of the family knows about this and some counselors guess and the police department, uh, there were other people who were blamed for what Sean did, until they found out it was an actual man with an actual penis, and the people who were blamed were women and I was one of them. The case was dismissed, but Sean threatened to kill those two boys to get even. Now, on July 28, at 1 : 30 in the morning, right over there, my son was hit by a dark-colored car and left for dead... and two days later I got a telephone call that too bad they didn't get him because next time they would. There were attempts made on Cindy's life that Sean's other Aunt, the mother of R. So I think maybe he was calling in favor from friends and paying them drugs or something. I don't know, but it was awfully funny, all of suden all these violent things that are happening to people... that he was mad at.
RM : Okay, is there anything else that you would like to add about Sean.
MT : Well, I want everyoneto know that Sean wasn't the angel that he was painted to be and there are people around who can tell you that. And even the police department can tell you that, they know that he's been in and out of trouble. He is, he's been shielded by the Morman Church and some of the higher ups there because they, they belong and they are very close to some people with a lot of pull there.
RM : Okay, are the statements you've given me true and correct to the best of your knowledge ?
MT : Yes, to the best of my knowledge.
RM : Have you given these statements freely and voluntarily ? MT : Yes I have.
RM : I will now conclude this interview and the time is 1 : 20, and we're in the parking lot, this interview was conducted in the parking lot of the Sleep In Motel, behind McDonald's on South Billings Boulevard.
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