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Kerrville Daily Times
Vincent Dale Ross said it doesn't matter how many times he is found in contempt of court and ordered to serve jail time, he will not plea on charges against him in Kerr County Court-at-Law.On Tuesday, Ross again will face misdemeanor charges that he displayed fictitious license plates and was driving without a valid license.The 52-year-old man says he is a member of The Little Shell Pembina Band of North America, a sovereign foreign nation indigenous to the United States and Canada."If necessary I'll die in jail," Ross said after his release last week from Kerr County jail."These local people have no authority."In September, Ross said he was pulled over around noon on Junction Highway in Kerrville by an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety.His silver 1989 Buick Century displayed license plates issued by the Little Shell Pembina Band, he said.After Ross showed the officer his tribal identification card, he was arrested and taken to jail, he said.He was released later the same day, but arrested again on Nov. 1, when he appeared for a hearing in the cases.On Dec. 19, Ross again was arrested during a hearing.This time, it was for contempt of court."[S]aid Defendant refused and failed entirely to acknowledge his identity, to enter a plea, or to otherwise comply with the Order of the Court to identify himself and enter a plea to the charge," according to the order of contempt.Ross was released Wednesday.He has filed several documents with the court, including a 41-page motion for dismissal for lack of jurisdiction.Ross said those rules only apply to tribes that are federally-recognized and have relinquished their sovereignty to the United States.Little Shell Pembina Band is a "Congressional treaty tribe" with sovereignty on U.S. land pre-dating those requirements, Ross said.Ross said he grew up on the Delmarva - Delaware, Maryland, Virginia - peninsula and earned an undergraduate degree from Drexel University in Pennsylvania.He said he did some graduate work at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and received a doctorate degree in business and ethics from the American College of Metaphysical Theology, a Minnesota-based non-accredited, religious nonprofit organization.Ross said he retired in 1996 from the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he worked with a specialized non-combatant engineering core.Ross has retraced his ancestry for several years.His father's side of the family has Spanish and Italian roots, he said.It's his mother's side of the family that includes lineage to the Pembina, he said.That side of the family also descends from the Celtic, Scotch-Irish, English, German and Lenape - a tribe indigenous to Delaware."Even my white ancestors are aboriginals," Ross said."They fought and died in the Continental Army."A photocopy of Ross' identification certificate from the Little Shell Pembina Band of North America shows he became a member on July 3, 2003.Ross said he's aware of Delorme's fraud charges and that scam artists have claimed to be Pembina."It makes me angry," Ross said.Ross won't say whether he has or previously had a state-issued driver's license.He said he once displayed license plates for states where he lived.A Texas driver's license was renewed in May 2000 for a Vincent Dale Ross of Fredericksburg, according to PublicData.com.Ross still acknowledges the rest of his ancestry, despite choosing membership in the Little Shell Pembina Band of North America."I identify with all of it," Ross said.