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DEPOSITOR TRIBES SUE ON BANK’S DEPRIVATION OF RIGHTS TO FEDERAL FUNDS NECESSARY FOR
PROVISION OF ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENTAL SERVICES

(CONCHO, OK - MAY 17, 2012) –The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have amended their Complaint against First Bank and Trust for deprivation of various rights including property rights in federal funds necessary for provision of essential governmental services. The Bank’s April 24, 2012 “administrative freeze” deprived the Tribes of rights, privileges, and immunities secured to Plaintiffs by the Constitution and laws of the United States. According to them, the suit is necessary to protect their rights as a bank depositor and to vindicate property rights against illegal deprivation.

The funds were appropriated by Congress to administer a variety of federal programs including:

· shelter to homeless children
· 24/7 emergency paramedic services
· medical equipment including diabetic supplies, wheelchairs, oxygen machines, and blood pressure monitors
· transport of persons to dialysis, cardiology, podiatry, urology, and chemotherapy appointments
· critical live saving drugs including insulin, high blood pressure medication, antibiotics, hypertension medication, as well as cancer medication
· home health care services to the disabled and bedridden
· temporary shelters during emergencies
· emergency response during disasters
· firefighter services
· investigation and provision of child protective services for abused, neglected, or exploited children

“It is not an acceptable practice that a bank freeze anyone’s funds without any legal procedures for notice and opportunity to be heard or appeal, and without factoring in any human necessities of food, shelter, transportation, and medicine,” according to Governor Janice Prairie Chief-Boswell. “Nevertheless, in this case, a bank froze the Tribes’ federal funds needed for those human necessities.”