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Indian Tribe Uncomfortable After Threatening 'Hate' Voicemail

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - A Lansing company is in hot water with a Michigan Indian tribe.
That's after the Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe says it got a message full of racist comments.

6 News Reporter Christa Lamendola talked to the tribe Thursday and discovered just what was said in that voicemail.

It started out as a simple business voicemail, a proposal to put a cell phone tower in Mt. Pleasant on the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe’s land, but when Kirk Shewchuck, CFO, ACD.Net forgot to hang up his phone he ended up leaving a different message, one of hate.

The message included f bombs, laughing with others, comments of an old fashioned Indian war and much more.

Reporter: "Do you think it was racist?
“Absolutely,” said Frank Cloutier, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

Frank Cloutier was one of the first tribe members to hear the voicemail, an experience he doesn't want to re-live.

"It's really hard to wrap your mind around the fact that in 2014 we have educated executives and professionals representing what are supposed to be legitimate companies. In turn doing something like that behind doors of their offices in private,” said Frank Cloutier, Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe.

The voicemail also included threats to shut off their cell service, a threat they’re taking seriously.

“I don’t know, it’s just disheartening. You know, it makes you sad that there are people like that out there,” said Steven Pego, Chief of Saginaw Chippewa Indian tribe.

After listening to the audio online, 6 News talked to ACD.net. They said the CFO responsible for the message is of Indian descent himself, part of the Sioux tribe.
ACD.net says they are not moving forward until they meet with the chief, but the tribe says after the voicemail, they think they've heard enough.

Cloutier says “our tribal leadership is considering handing this over to our tribal police department for further investigation.”
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