William McRae, aka Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay Bagby, still has to face charges for his crimes, even if he has appointed himself the lost heir to the Powhatan Renape Nation and thus above the law.
McRae, 41, recently asked a federal court to remove him from criminal charges in New Jersey since he says he is a member of a fringe black separatist group called the Abannaki Aboriginal Nation, a group identified by the SPLC as ” a bizarre ideology that’s a mix of pseudo-scientific ideas about white people and groundless theories about being immune to U.S. laws that originated in white supremacist groups.”
After McRae argued the laws did not apply to him, the judge made it clear that since Crown Prince etc, etc, lives in New Jersey, he must abide by the laws of New Jersey even if he did give himself a fancy new name and spurious back story.
The ‘crown prince emperor’ is now facing charges of using fake diplomatic tags, drunken driving, driving without a license, and failure to pay child support.
Apparently convinced he is heir to a tribal line, McRae has also filed a petition with the government seeking that over 200 acres of former tribal lands belonging to the Powhaten Renape Nation be returned to his care.
The real members of the Powhaten Renape Nation, who lost the same lands to financial mismanagement, are not amused.
“We don’t know where he came from. We don’t know anything about him,” said Obie Batchelor, a Powhatan Renape member who still lives in New Jersey. “He just popped up out of the woodwork. You can’t just pop up and claim yourself chief.”
McRae, however, demands he does not need to deal with the tribe or the elders to prove he is legit.
“I am the heir to the Powhatan Empire,” he claimed. “I don’t deal with the council. The council is null and void.”
Preferring to be known as ‘Crown Prince Emperor El Bey Bigbay Bagby’, McRae plans to appeal the court’s ruling demanding he must abide by Jersey law just like the rest of us. He also plans to continue his fight to have ‘his’ tribal homelands returned.
“I am getting back on that land, whether it’s professionally or whether we have to go out there and do it ourselves,” he told the Daily News, forgetting the fact that a souvenir headdress and a regal pose does not a real chief make.
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