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Legitimizing Plunder at Standing Rock Part I

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According to the website, Last Real Indians (lastrealindians.com) is "sponsored by their Fiscal Agent, the People's Press Project, a Moorhead, MN based Media justice nonprofit that was granted its tax-exempt status by the IRS on May 5, 2012." The PPP has started a fund to support the development and advancement of Lastrealindians.com. "We are asking for on-line donations to support the further development of Indigenous news."

According to Charity Navigator, this organization "is not eligible to be rated by Charity Navigator because it is not required to file the full IRS Form 990. It is required to file a form 990-N. This form provides some information, but it lacks the level of data we require to issue a rating."

What does it mean that this organization isn't rated?

"It simply means that the organization doesn't meet our criteria. A lack of a rating does not indicate a positive or negative assessment by Charity Navigator."

Using the EIN number (27-2409590) and a search on GuideStar yielded an address in Moorhead Minnesota and the Principal Officer, Duke Gomez-Schempp. All other financials are missing. The Better Business Bureau has no listing, and there are no other ratings currently available on the Internet that we could find. There is no confirmation at this date about how much money has been raised and or is being managed by the People's Press Project as the fiscal agent for Last Real Indians' donations.

Two emails were sent to Chase Iron Eyes, who is the contact person for the website domain lastrealindians.com. He has not replied as of this writing. The domain is owned by Sovereign Fires, LLC, but a check of registries for open corporations shows that the LLC (DL020794) has been dissolved and there are no records of it in the South Dakota Secretary of State's database, where Sovereign Fires was first incorporated. Chase Iron Eye's address in Fort Yates is listed as the contact.

The organization "Unify" is yet another Internet entity that functions either as promoter or fundraiser for Chase Iron Eyes and Last Real Indians. An email was sent to Unify's website asking for clarification on the amount of money collected for Standing Rock.

Unify was also asked to clarify its connection with UPLIFT, which has a presence at Standing Rock. Is Uplift the same as "Uplift Media," which has raised over $13,000 on a GoFundMe campaign organized by Lindsay E. Nance as "WeAreDine?" Nance registered as a media organization/journalist at the Morton County Courthouse, but was observed praying with protestors outside of the courtroom on December 19.

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