Native American Law – The Shell Game of Daniel Edwin Jones

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux are a federally recognized Indian tribe. Tribal members are the direct lineal descendants of the Mdewakanton Dakota people who resided in villages near the banks of the lower Minnesota River. They own more than 2,800 acres of land, and operate many thriving successful businesses, including the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel & the Little Six Casino. Mystic Lake Casino is The Twin Cities’ only casino hotel and one of the largest Midwest casinos, and features the finest in Midwest gaming combined with all the amenities of a luxury resort. As the largest employer in the county, they employ more than 4,100 people and are a powerful economic force. Their annual payroll is over $143.7 million.

To the Shakopee Mdewakantonwan being a good neighbor is an extension of the cultural tradition of being a good relative. The Dakota people believe that all living beings are relatives and should be treated not only with dignity and respect, but also helped in their day-to-day lives. To honor their ancestors and continue their Dakota traditions, they believe that to “forget one’s ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without root. Those who preserve their integrity remain unshaken by the storms of daily life. They do not stir like leaves on a tree or follow the herd where it runs.” In their mind remains the ideal attitude and conduct of living. This gift is not given to them by others; it is in their roots, a strength that exists deep within them.

Daniel Edwin Jones is a member of this proud tribe, but definitely does not live up to its high standard of integrity and tradition! In 2008, Fred Soucie, lawyer for Brittany Powell’s mom and sister, successfully settled a civil case against Jones, wherein he agreed to pay $2 million to the family of Brittany Powell, in installments of one $500,000 payment, plus $10,000 per month for 12 months, and $20,000/mo for 69 months.
Jones paid $10,000/month for 12 months and now has refused to pay anything else. As an adult member of the Shakopee Mdewakantonwan he earns $900,000 yearly. That’s $900,000 each and every year. He just bought a big mansion and a Mercedes, but refuses to pay any more money per his legally signed agreement, and is now using the “sovereign Immunity” of his Indian tribe as a cover and a cop-out.

Jones’ outrageous conduct reopened the wounds of grief for Brittany’s family. Jones is rubbing salt in those wounds. He is arrogant, he’s flippant and he is dismissive; and he has never shown any remorse whatsoever .He flaunts his wealth by arranging for a big black limo to pick him up after court hearings. He makes flippant remarks to Brittany’s lawyers outside of the courtroom after hearings. His attitude is “Ha ha, you can’t touch me. I’m a Native American and I don’t have to worry about breaching my promises because you can’t touch me. I’m protected by Sovereign Nation Status.”
Today the Insider Exclusive goes behind the headlines to expose Daniel Edwin Jones and find out how Brittany’s family and their lawyer, Fred Soucie, plan to get justice for Brittany, her mom (Victoria Powell Smith), and her sister (Ariel Powell). And we are sure that the proud Shakopee Mdewakantonwan tribe does not condone nor approve of Daniel Edwin Jones’ conduct since he does not live up to the great traditions of being a good neighbor and holding that all living beings are relatives and should be treated not only with dignity and respect, but also helped in their day-to-day lives.

Fred Soucie has a national reputation in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death matters of all kinds. His clients are treated with the utmost care and respect. Fred consistently obtains some of the most significant settlements and jury verdicts in Minnesota. Fred has handled numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases. He is especially recognized for his cases against power companies for electrical injury and death as well as for his work against gas companies for gas explosion injury and death. After law school, Fred worked on a clam boat on the Atlantic Ocean out of Ocean City, Maryland. He learned there is a “right way”, a “wrong way”, and the “Captain Wayne Watson way” to do things—always do things to the best of your ability. Fred took “Captain Wayne’s way” to heart. Fred survived an airplane crash early on in his legal career and knows what it’s like to be injured and have your injuries doubted and disputed by insurance companies. Fred is proud to be an injury lawyer for justice. He takes an active role in supporting community organizations, especially those who support injured victims. The thing Fred is proudest of is what clients say about the firm’s service to them during troubled times.

Soucie Law has helped thousands of clients recover millions of dollars for personal injury and wrongful death victims. Experienced in some of the most high profile cases in Minnesota against formidable insurance, municipal, and corporate opponents, the firm’s attorneys have prevailed for clients whose only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Car crashes, semi tractor trailer collisions, motorcycle injuries, ATV accidents, bicycle accidents, work injuries, power line and electrical injury, gas explosions, fire and burn injury, farm accidents, air place accidents, and wrongful death…these are just some of the cases the attorneys at Soucie Law have handled for clients.

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