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From: ctj52712/17/02 3:16 PM 
To: All  (1 of 41) 
 639.1 
To one and all:

I've had some brief info sent my way which reveals that a former
Miss Navaho Nation and Black Indian Sister may well be sent to
jail!

It seems that she was involved in an abusive relationship and
her tacit involvement with her boyfriend's alleged drug dealing
activities makes her an alleged co-defendent subject to being
prosecuted on the same charge(s)...

But I don't know all of the details...

So stay tuned...

Regardless: Please keep her in your prayers--and let us also
hope that there is some way than making her siuation worse (via jail time) can be found to resolve this matter for this sister
who is also an alleged victim of abuse...

Peace...

 
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From: ctj52712/17/02 3:49 PM 
To: ctj527  (2 of 41) 
 639.2 in reply to 639.1 
Ex-Miss Navajo Nation heading for U.S. prison


Illegal drugs derailed Radmilla Cody's career.

By Mark Shaffer and Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
Dec. 13, 2002

Radmilla Cody was on her way to stardom this year after winning honors as top female artist from the Native American Music Association. Since becoming Miss Navajo Nation five years ago, she had made two albums, performed at Bank One Ballpark and across the country, and spoken out against substance abuse.

But the 27-year-old singer was on a very different path as a member of a national drug syndicate.

Now, instead of serving as a role model for her people, Cody is about to enter federal prison, where she will serve 21 months.

Authorities say she was a willing participant, a woman who enjoyed the benefits of drug money, including cars, clothes and forays to Las Vegas casinos. But Cody blames her "sick, crazy life" on an abusive boyfriend, a leader of a Phoenix-based drug ring.

In a recent interview with the Navajo Times, she said, "It's in every single domestic violence relationship. . . . (He) beats you, gives you gifts, breaks you down, makes you dependent, reels you in so you believe your life focuses around them. It's a combination of fear, love, hate."


Darrell Dwight Bellamy also helped.

The daughter of a Black man and a Navajo woman, Cody was born into abject poverty and alcoholism and raised by her grandmother on the reservation near Flagstaff. As a child, Cody herded sheep and survived taunts about being half-Black. She mastered the tribal language, sang her way through life in the windswept Navajo outback and used her cultural skills to win the Miss Navajo Nation title.

She parlayed that into a successful musical career singing traditional songs, for which she created her own company, Cody Productions.

But Cody had one major problem: a boyfriend named Darrell Dwight Bellamy.

Boyfriend a kingpin

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Horn in Tulsa said Bellamy was reared in the Valley, became involved in gangs, got shot, moved to Tulsa and became a crack cocaine "kingpin." He was arrested in the late 1980s, served prison time, then came home to Arizona after his release in the early 1990s.

Cody did not respond to interview requests from The Arizona Republic to her attorney, manager and record company. However, she told the Navajo Times that she met Bellamy while attending Mesa Community College six years ago. She said it was a good relationship at first, but over time he became jealous, controlling, violent.

He also launched a much larger drug syndicate, according to prosecutors, importing kilos of cocaine and tons of marijuana from Mexico.

The drugs were shipped to Tulsa; Wichita, Kan.; Cleveland; Chicago and other cities. And Cody helped. She wrapped marijuana in plastic smeared with mustard and pepper to conceal the hemp smell. She slipped through airport security stations wearing cocaine body bags. She continued seeing Bellamy while he was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives, Horn said.

Earlier this year, Cody was convicted of misprision of a felony, meaning she failed to report criminal activities. As part of a plea agreement, two drug charges were dismissed.

In all, 18 people were indicted last year by a federal grand jury in Oklahoma and convicted in U.S. District Court. Authorities also confiscated a condo in Fountain Hills, a house in Phoenix, a 24-foot cabin cruiser and jet skis.

The defendants were charged with dealing millions of dollars in marijuana and cocaine since 1993. The indictment alleged that money was laundered through Las Vegas casinos and that witnesses were threatened.

Although the drug ring was based in Phoenix, news of Cody's arrest and conviction didn't reach the nation's largest Indian reservation until the Navajo Times published her letter of apology late last week.

Without revealing her drug-related conviction, Cody sought forgiveness from the Navajo people and lamented her plight as a victim of abuse. "I tried to slowly edge myself out of the relationship, but each time I was faced with physical harm and, at other times, even death."

That letter prompted Tribal President Kelsey Begaye this week to declare he was "shocked and quite disheartened" to learn his friend had "seemingly compromised her role as a model Navajo citizen."

Symbol of success

After Cody became Miss Navajo Nation in 1997, she traveled around the country sharing her culture and performing Native American songs. She also became a symbol of success on the reservation and an advocate for clean living during appearances before Navajo students.

Begaye urged tribal members to hold Cody accountable for her actions but also said, "We must keep our child, our relative, in our prayers."

Cody's business manager, Sarah Cody, said, "I never got involved with that side of her life nor did I want to know anything about it."

However, in the Navajo Times interview, Radmilla Cody said Bellamy had beaten her, blackened her eyes and even placed the muzzle of a gun in her mouth.

"I keep wondering why I stayed with him," she added. " . . . I was so scared out of my mind.'"

Cody described those fears in her plea agreement but admitted they "did not rise to a level of a complete defense of the crime." She confessed to a direct role in distributing up to 367 pounds of marijuana.

Horn, the federal prosecutor, said he believes Cody enjoyed the lifestyle afforded by the drug business. As for her domestic violence claims, he added, "She raised that in a motion, and the federal judge didn't buy it . . . She got significant amounts of money. She got apartments. She got an automobile."

Horn and Sgt. Harold Adair of the Tulsa Police Department said Cody even lied to investigators after she signed a plea agreement to cooperate.

"She can turn on the tears at the drop of a hat," Adair said. "She's a very skilled performer. She knew exactly what was going on. She helped mule drugs through airport security."

Cody's attorney, Stanley Monroe, said his client met Bellamy when she was 19 and fell in love with him.

"He told her that he was in the car business, and she didn't realize until a couple of years later that wasn't his line of work," Monroe said. "When she found out about the (drugs) she tried to ignore it. . . . She kept telling herself to get out of the relationship, but only a woman who's been through this can tell you why she didn't leave. When she learned that she had been charged, she finally decided to get out of the relationship."

Bellamy, 34, is to be sentenced next month. Cody will report to the Bureau of Prisons on Jan. 6 to begin her sentence. Monroe said it was unclear where she will be housed.

Robert Doyle, president of Canyon Records in Phoenix, for whom Cody records, said he was "quite surprised" when Cody told him about her legal difficulties in September.

"There's no clause in her contract that addresses this, and it won't affect our relationship," Doyle said. "We had been working preliminarily on her next CD but had done very little development."

 

 
From: ctj52712/17/02 3:54 PM 
To: ctj527  (3 of 41) 
 639.3 in reply to 639.2 
From: "wayaequoni <biaa@riseagain.info>" <biaa@riseagain.info>

Subject: [bnaa] Re: Official statements for or about Radmilla Cody?

For those of you who wish to send letters of support you may mail
them to
me and I will ensure they reach her: Radmilla Cody, c/o Vijaya
Watson, PO
Box 693, Tempe, AZ 85280. Ahi'yi'ee.
Vijaya Sharee Watson
Miss Indian Nations XI
Tempe, Ariz.

Chuck: Bless you, native sis!

And good luck!

Peace...

 

 
From: CoquiNegra DelphiPlus Member Icon12/18/02 9:09 AM 
To: ctj527  (4 of 41) 
 639.4 in reply to 639.3 

I gotta ask, why would we support her?  She messed up...ROYALLY.  This is an example for our children NOT to follow.

 

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Edited 12/18/2002 1:48:50 PM ET by Raise populist hell!!! (COQUINEGRA)
 

 
From: ctj52712/18/02 12:27 PM 
To: CoquiNegra DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 41) 
 639.5 in reply to 639.4 
I know, I know!

Sigh...

But folks like us at least have to make an effort to relate to
where other folk are coming from...

As in: She was (and may be continue to be) seen as a role model
and an symbol...

So, if there is any possibility that we can be part of the process
of her redemption, I'd rather be associated with that, rather than as
a harsh critic of a young woman, i. e., who others turned their backs on when she didn't turn out to be all that they have hoped she would be...

Other than that: Long overdue that we let go of old ways to
inspire our youth and showcase folks who are truly striving to make
a difference...

Like young Silverbeaver is!

Understood?

Regardless: More food for thought...

Peace...

 

 
From: nikkimo91012/18/02 1:28 PM 
To: CoquiNegra DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 41) 
 639.6 in reply to 639.4 
I agree. She should be held responsible for her actions. She lived that lifestyle because she wanted to, so she has to deal with the consenquences. Perhaps her jail time will make her reflect on her actions...
 

 
From: Mark S Madrid (madridm)12/18/02 8:40 PM 
To: ctj527  (7 of 41) 
 639.7 in reply to 639.5 
I'm not Dine' (Navajo), I just have good relationships with many humble reverent individuals from that part of the world. I've learned some pretty good ways of looking at things from them.

Depending on what she's learned from her mother about the people, the Dine' have a very compleate way of life that will offer up to her many opportunities to heal up...... she's the one thats gotta want it. If so, she'll know how to go about it.

Mark S Madrid
Florida Chapter Information Director
Florida AIM Home Page
Florida AIM Forum
 

 

 

 
From: ctj52712/19/02 8:06 AM 
To: Mark S Madrid (madridm)  (8 of 41) 
 639.8 in reply to 639.7 
Thank you for your thoughtful reply...

Your words echo my own feelings and thoughts as well...

One hopes and prays that the party we've talking about heeds your
advice...

Take care...

Peace...

 

 
From: Chief Eaglefeather (BLACKINDIANS)12/28/02 3:46 PM 
To: Mark S Madrid (madridm)  (9 of 41) 
 639.9 in reply to 639.7 

You are Correct, as I am Apache and know many of the Dine' ways as they are our Brothers and great similarities are there.

Pray is good for Radmilar Cody, Pray does work and Creator Does listen and answers.

Blessings

Chief Jerry Eaglefeather
BlackIndians.com

 

 
From: ctj5271/5/03 3:17 PM 
To: Chief Eaglefeather (BLACKINDIANS) unread  (10 of 41) 
 639.10 in reply to 639.9 
I have always valued highly your feelings and thoughts...

Mark already probably knows by now just how important and relevant
his advice has (and I hope will continue to) be...

But I believe that why you've been reading/hearing quite
different viewpoints than your own is because we black indians
are both trying to reclaim our uniqueness and seeking out
our own particular role models...

And, yes--Ms Cody has fallen from grace...

Thing is: Sometimes one does have to walk a mile in the other
person's mocs in order to truly understand how that person
feels and thinks about all of this as well...

That is: If somebody else's actions have also brought hurt and
pain to people other than themselves, once ammends have been
made then it is time for us all to heal our wounds...

And, being that some of us are the descendants of people who
(for a time) also lost their liberty and freedom, (while
some stole back their's and from those people some of us
are also descended from), it would seem and sound to me
that a few folk would be wise to exibite a bit more in the
way of empathy and sympathy towards the young lady who is
the subject of this particular thread...

It continues to be her choice--not ours--as regards how she
turns her life around...

I'd just as soon be among the parties who are willing and
able to help her do just that...

Ok?

Ok!

Take care--both--and all--of you...

Peace...

 

 
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