MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — An indictment was unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice, alleging an extensive crime ring connected with a number of Minnesotans.

The indictment alleges that roughly 200 people are members of a gang referred to as the “Native Mob.” The Department of Justice says new members have been recruited from communities with young Native American men.

According to the justice department, the gang has been in operation since the mid-1990s.

“Local, state, federal, and tribal investigators worked side by side to take down some of the most violent criminals in our state and, in the process, disrupt an extremely dangerous gang that diminishes the quality of life for those who live and work in Native American communities,” said U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones.

The indictment contains the names of six defendants who have been charged with 47 counts collectively, including, according to the justice department, “conspiracy to use and carry firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence, the use and carrying of firearms during and in relation to a crime of violence, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, attempted murder in aid of racketeering, felon in possession of ammunition, felon in possession of a firearm, armed career criminal in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime and a crime of violence, conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute controlled substances, possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, distributing a controlled substance, and tampering with a witness.”

The six defendants who were apprehended on Tuesday and appeared in court later that day were: Dale Wesley Ballinger Jr., 20, of Isle; Damien Lee Beaulieu, 20, of Onamia; Aaron James Gilbert Jr., 24, Minneapolis; Cory Gene Oquist, 22, of Bemidji; Dale John Pindegayosh, 29, of Cass Lake; and Justen Lee Poitra, 26, of Cass Lake.

Raids were made Tuesday on White Earth, Mille Lacs, and Leech Lake Indian reservations, as well as in the Twin Cities. In addition to the six named in the indictment, 12 others are currently in custody. Officers are still seeking six others.

Dozens of state sheriff’s departments and police departments aided in the investigation, along with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other agencies.

Comments (33)
  1. chris finn says:

    about dying? not all natives are criminals!

  2. Fairbanks says:


  3. William Stanley Day says:

    Custer was right about what?

    1. Sallles says:

      Last words…”Ever see so many F%#$@%@% indians…?”

  4. NdNWmn says:

    And he wore arrow shirts. Your diversity comment shows where your head is at.

  5. lol says:

    Yeah they always go after the Indians, they’re easy targets. Why don’t the FEDS go after these chicago black gangs/somalian gangs, oh I forgot the ACLU and reverend al sharpton would have a field day on the television.

  6. X-Puffer says:

    American Indians were here first and foremost.
    You are the main reason there is diversity.
    There really is some pretty ignorant people out there. It’s scarey.

    1. Kevin says:

      YOU GOT IT PUFFER! I am Lakota and I say “Aint Diversity Grand” And all the white bred liberals get all high and mighty…..so when I say “aint diversity grand” its there white lazy arse too! AIM!!!!

      1. Bee More says:

        Kevin, don’t your shoulders hurt from carrying such heavy chips? Let me tell you, I have multiple sclerosis, blind in one from it, my other ethnicity husband likes to use his fists, thinks it’s great I work on my payday only then he reverts to being a caveman again but I wake up each day with a smile because I know the potential is there for my life to get better than it was the day before.

        1. Kevin says:

          Oh F you…………..Go vote of Obami and hope for more hand outs…you POS…

          1. Bee More says:

            Ah, I see I struck a nerve. Like I said yesterday, I wake up smiling because I know the day can be better and I was right. I bothered you. I hope you have a good chiro for your shoulders. Bitter people are often the source of their own misery.

  7. Kevin says:

    These are the only Americans….who have the right to be pis*sed off and fight! Scr*w liberal want to be’s……Native Pride World WIDE!!!!!!!! AIM is right! Support your local AIM……..

  8. Rancher says:

    Too much money around for the tribes, like in the past they need us to supervise and control waht they do, history repeats… laws need to be past that puts the US government in contorl of Casinos, money etc.

    1. matt says:

      not every reservation has money and is rich the only one that has some money out of the ones that are listed is mille lacs and they dont get that much from their tribe compared to shakopee and PI and this has nothing to do with native money it has to do with the choices these young men had made so how about you learn before you comment ok cause this has nothing to do with the tribes it has to do with young men influenced by TODAYS MEDIA

      1. LeechLake says:

        Thank you Matt, couldn’t have said it better myself

    2. Me says:

      Wow, what a horrible idea and solely just for raping the coffers of those who are making money. Can’t you just let the tribes be? Shall we go overtake Wall Street because those darn brokers just won’t learn unless we teach them?

    3. Jacque says:

      Yeah, because the US Government did such a good job of managing the” Native Trust Accounts” If it were’nt for the mismanagement of these accounts by our government, Our people would not have to live in such poverty, and our children hopefully would have other choices, and not feel that they need to join a gang and lead a life of crime to survive. Get real, government involvement before the reservations and to this day continue to be the problem!!!!

  9. Murph says:

    Funny thing about crime,when GOP a governor got put under investigation, it was a “John Doe” investigation.People are still sending him money so he can keep on doing none of the good things he promised.Just a wwhole lot of butt kissing the super rich donors he has! Why not smear his name with the same brush as these guys named here!

  10. Fairbanks says:

    What happened to: “WARNING! This is Indian Country. No Trespassing. Violators and trespassers will be prosecuted under Federal Law 86-634”

    1. LeechLake says:

      Well, didn’t you hear Tribal officials were apart of the investigation? Also, Red Lake is the only reservation recognized as a sovereign community

  11. Kevin says:

    Freakin smellies get better EBT and bennifits that Native Americans! AIM !!!!!! Send back the somalis, nigerians, hmong and the illegall wet baks…support your NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY!!!!!!! GO AIM!!! Nice

  12. john says:

    fuk da government n controlling our native casinos its da only thing we have left after da wite race of a government took most of our land n left us wit very lil but reservations n our pride in bein NATIVE

  13. Cherri L. Cloud says:

    Where can we b truly b Native? always n our hearts, all we have left r reservations..which we sucoumb to all their controls. just lv us alone and look elsewhere for trouble. we had enuf!!

  14. j speedbag 64 says:

    kevin i agree 100 percent…

  15. j speedbag 64 says:

    the redman is still the most hated race in america….it wasn’t long ago just being an indian in bemidji was a misdemeanor…

  16. Feather Smith says:

    @ ..you sound like a ignorant redneck,JEALOUS of natives for even having casinos..

  17. Mykel says:

    White people just hate the fact we get the kick backs off of there gamblin problems. when u watch AMW u dont c natives on there never..its always whites/blacks & mexicans & those other races

    1. KG says:

      Mexicans are from Mexico. Hispanics can be from any where, including the US. Many US Hispanics are also heavily native.

  18. Mykel says:

    Rancher u must of lost to much of the ranches $ @ one of our lovely casino – hotels thankx 4 stopin in ur welcome back anytime. F’N white people what more do you want from us natives?

  19. Mykel says:

    Rancher u must of lost to much of the ranches $ @ one of our lovely casino – hotels thankx 4 stopin in ur welcome back anytime. F’N white people what more do you want from us natives?

  20. realtalknative says:

    I hope this is an eye opener for any native youth that wants to join an gang!!!!! Please come back to our spiritial/ Traditional circle!! This is what is going to make you stand out in your community and give you pride and belonging

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