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Court imposes peace bond in Sinixt property dispute

Sinixt Marilyn-James court

Sinixt elder Marilyn James at courthouse earlier this year.

Sinixt elder Marilyn James was charged with mischief and being unlawfully in a dwelling place

Bill Metcalfe, Nelson Star, August 25, 2017

Marilyn James is not allowed to go anywhere near Melissa Dorey or Angela Tuovinen for six months, according to the terms of a peace bond imposed in B.C. Provincial Court in Nelson by Judge Ronald Webb on Wednesday.

Judge Webb imposed the peace bond instead of sentencing the Slocan Valley resident and Sinixt elder for a charge of mischief, for which he found her guilty and then gave her an absolute discharge. Read the rest of this entry

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Sinixt elder, Marilyn James, gets 14 days for criminal contempt

Sinixt Marilyn James.

Sinixt elder Marilyn James, sentenced to 14 days house arrest for defending her people’s territory.

by  Greg Nesteroff – Nelson Star, June 24, 2014

Marilyn James, a Slocan Valley resident and local Sinixt leader, was sentenced to 14 days house arrest this morning after a BC Supreme Court judge found her in criminal contempt, but she immediately signalled she would not comply with the terms.

“Take me [to jail] now,” James told Justice Mark McEwan moments after he finished reading his judgement. “I will not stay in my home for two weeks.”  James and Dennis Zarelli were arrested on Perry Ridge on March 4 after McEwan continued an injunction application brought by Galena Contracting, a company hired by BC Timber Sales to extend a logging road. Zarelli earlier pled guilty and received the same sentence.

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Zarelli gets 14 days in Perry Ridge protest

Sinixt blockade camp, March 2014.

Sinixt blockade camp, March 2014.

by  Greg Nesteroff, Nelson Star, May 21, 2014

A man who blocked a Slocan Valley logging road in March has received a 14-day conditional sentence and 18 months probation. Dennis Zarelli, 37, admitted to criminal contempt of court when he appeared before BC Supreme Court Justice Mark McEwan today. Read the rest of this entry

Sinixt update: Trial set for contempt case against Perry Ridge protesters

Marilyn James of the Sinixt nation speaks to supporters at Nelson, BC, court house, March 17, 2014.

Marilyn James of the Sinixt nation speaks to supporters at Nelson, BC, court house, March 17, 2014.

by  Sam Van Schie , Nelson Star, March 17, 2014

Two people arrested earlier this month for blocking a Slocan Valley logging road are now facing charges of contempt of court.

The accused — Marilyn James and her son Dennis Zarelli, both of the Sinixt Nation — were scheduled to appear at BC Supreme Court in Nelson this morning. However, when their case was called before Justice Mark McEwan, only James was present. A man standing in for Zarelli, who asked to be called Justin, explained that his friend was unable to attend court because his wife had recently died. Read the rest of this entry