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Final Native Mob defendant arrested

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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The lone at-large defendant wanted in connection to federal charges filed against the Native Mob has been arrested.

Eric Lee Bower, 23, of White Earth, Minn., was arrested today in Minneapolis, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Minneapolis.

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The Native Mob, a well-structured, highly organized gang with influence from the Twin Cities to reservations throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, started in the 1990s in Minneapolis and membership is estimated at around 200.

Federal court papers state the primary objective of the gang is to preserve, protect, promote, and enhance the Native Mob's power, territory, and financial gains by distributing illegal drugs. In late January, federal prosecutors filed an indictment naming 24 defendants.

In early February, agents in Minneapolis arrested 33-year-old Wakinyan Wakan McArthur of Bemidji and 24-year-old Christopher Lee Wuori of Cass Lake.

Law enforcement regarded McArthur as the Native Mob's leader and court papers accuse him of directing a widespread criminal enterprise, including violence against witnesses and rival gangs.

An indictment details crimes on the state's American Indian reservations - including Leech Lake, Red Lake, White Earth and Mille Lacs - and near Duluth and the Twin Cities area.

Other area men arrested and facing charges tied to the gang are Cory Gene Oquist, 22, of Bemidji; Dale John Pindegayosh, 29, of Cass Lake; and Justen Lee Poitra, 26, of Cass Lake.

The Northstar Fugitive Task Force, comprised of officers and agents from local, state and federal agencies, found Bower, who is among 24 people named as defendants in the case.

Bower is scheduled to make his initial court appearance Friday.

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