Then within September of 1992, Roger "Running Elk" Deshanais and Howard F. Knight Jr. went to El Dorado County, California regarding one (Sherrie nee: DeVee) Jinks Child Custody Case involving Child Protective Services and the California Judicial Court Systems. Claiming that the "group" led by Howard Franklin Knight, Jr. was allegedly B.I.A. (Bureau of Indian Affairs) Recognized, they attempted to "B.S." the State of California, with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, and that Howard F. Knight Jr. as "Chief" and "Tribal Judge" made the decision that Sherrie DeVee's children needed to stay with the tribe (and within her sole custody). She had gone to Massachusetts to obtain this alleged Tribal Decision signed by Howard Knight Jr., etc), then she "hid out" with her two children ages 10 and 12 with another woman with six children on the Rosebud, South Dakota Native Lakota Community until they overstayed their welcome.
This is what caused Howard Franklin Knight Jr. to allegedly "retire" as "Chief" of the Incorporation called the Northeast Woodlands - Coos Abenaki "group". The Fed's were just itching to fry his backside I am sure. He was legal HOT water and someone was getting ready to boil him! So he allegedly held "an Council of Elders" election at his home on December 02, 1992, to shed himself of any official "title's", responsibility, or accountability for his or his "follower's" actions and words in California and or elsewhere. He literally "re-invented" himself from being an alleged Cowasuck Chief into a "Senior Advisor". So did Paul Wilson Pouliot literally reinvent himself by being allegedly elected as "Chief" of the alleged Abenaki of Coosisak. Howard Franklin Knight, Jr. even got so desperate as to try and give the Incorporation Northeast Woodlands - Coos Band Inc. to Homer St. Francis Sr!