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Subject: Shadow Wolves Native American Unit
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2007 20:42:42 -0500

Shadow Wolves

by MARY SANCHEZ The Kansas City Star

SELLS, Ariz. - Racing across the desert at 90 mph in darkness cut only by his pickup's headlights, Curtis Heim spots a wisp of dust settling on the blacktop. "Did you see that?" he says. "Something was just through here." Heim, 31, slows, ready to track his prey - drug runners smuggling marijuana and methamphetamine from Mexico. Heim is a Shadow Wolf, one of 18 members of an elite unit of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The Shadow Wolves are American Indians who use their tracking skills to intercept large amounts of drugs - 145,000 pounds of marijuana this year - before they can reach U.S. streets.

But after a standoff near the border two years ago, the Shadow Wolves themselves are being hunted. Heim, who was raised in Kansas, turns the Chevy down a dirt road in the Tohono O'odham Nation, a reservation the size of Connecticut that shares 75 miles of border with Mexico. Creeping now at 5 mph, he hangs out the cab, steering with one hand as he shines a flashlight into the mesquite scrub. He's looking for anything amiss - spots where the dusty ground is a little too smooth, an oddly broken branch, a depression from a gingerly placed heel. Heim stops the pickup but leaves it running as he steps into the Sonoran Desert. The truck is loaded with a cache of guns, night-vision equipment, sirens, scanners and enough bulbs to light up like a Christmas tree.

"Everything out here stings, pokes, bites or has fangs," he says. Or fires bullets.
"When I first started, it was great," says Heim, of the Kickapoo and Sac Fox nations and a six-year veteran of the Shadow Wolves. "I loved the art of tracking." In those days, the Shadow Wolves still rode horses part of the time. They tracked the footprints of drug runners carrying 50-pound bales of marijuana, sometimes sneaking up on them as they slept. It was kind of a game for the Wolves, seeing how many they could handcuff before the whole group woke up. "You'd cuff them up, and off to jail they'd go," Heim says. But ever since a standoff at a place called Menager's Dam, each Shadow Wolf has a half-million-dollar bounty on his or her head, Heim says. Drug cartels are offering $50,000 for the death of an immediate family member.

"When you are making a difference, the criminals are going to look at you and realize you are a threat," says Christiana Halsey, a deputy assistant commissioner with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington. "The Shadow Wolves are on duty literally 24 hours a day. Even at home, they are a target for criminals." The 16 men and two women in the Shadow Wolf unit range in age from late 20s to mid-50s.

They represent 10 tribal nations. All bring a deep commitment to their role as protectors of America. Lately, that mission has expanded to a new assignment: terrorism.
The Wolves have started teaching tracking methods to authorities in Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Croatia, Latvia, Poland, Estonia and Lithuania. Heim is scheduled to train people in Slovakia this month. And soon they will begin working with the Blackfeet tribe to help increase security at the U.S.-Canadian border, says Heim, who serves as the unit's spokesman.
 

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"Smithsonian", Hell no wonder I never heard of them ... They need a write up in Playboy or one of them more popular magazines if they are going to become a family topic of discussion ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
 

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The apache have heard of them!!!!

before they were scattered and their towns burned,,the rics,(arickara) also had "shadows" that they would send to kill their enemies!!! These men gave themselves up for dead,,and would not hesitate to attack superior numbers singlehandedly!!!! Generally only one at a time was sent!!!

These indians,,(papago) now called Tohono O'odham were held in the same esteem by the apaches as were the Pimas who under Captain Walker destroyed the fighting ability of some apache tribes..

There is a place close to Superior Az called "apache leap",,,they were cornered there by the Pimas,,and fought until they ammunition ran out,,and then they JUMPED!!!! 800ft!!! They would not be taken prisoner!!!

In their own element,,(the desert) they are masters of their trade....

AKA Grammie..........
 
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