The following letter of concern, dated August 3, 2018, was sent to all parties involved in the horse removal program at Fort Polk. Please take a moment to read the entire letter by clicking the picture below or on this link below.
The US Army Corps Awarded Texas State University 1.75 million for Cultural Resource Management in 8 States. Part of this money was apparently allocated to something the Corps refers to as “Horse Capture and Maintenance” (nothing about removal)
See the Federal Grant Agreement for “Horse Capture and Maintenance”
“The INCRT is an interdisciplinary team of specialists from departments and programs across the university led by Dr. Todd Ahlman, the director of our Center for Archaeological Studies. The Texas State team will conduct archaeological surveys and support the management of cultural resources at U.S. Air Force bases and training facilities in eight states” https://mailchi.mp/4d5d103101aa/news-from-the-hill?e=0d5b7510e3
Texas State University then subcontracted Jacob Thompsons Cattle aka Thompson Horse Lot. See document titled “Scope of Work for Thompson Horse Lot & Co. Horse Capture and Maintenance Project Joint Reserve Training Center at Fort Polk“.
** side note: Interesting how the scope of work document uses the wrong definition for JRTC acronym .. which really stands for Joint Readiness Training Center not “Joint Reserve Training Center”
Recipients of the Letter as follows:
JRTC – Fort Polk Officials: BG Commanding General Patrick D. Frank, Fort Polk Public Affairs Officers Troy D Darr. Members of Range Control or Fort Polk Officials directly involved including; Milton W. Fariss, William W. Lassiter, Ken D. Brown, Allison M Cedars, Matthew M. Stevens, Mark S. Leslie, Milton K. Lavalley, and Howard A. Thrasher.
Fort Polk/ Texas State University / Army Corps of Engineers Contract Signers: Kali Evans, Kathy S. Mitchell, Stephanie A Rostermundt, Matthew M. Stevens, Maria E Rodriguez, and Kay Beauchamp.
APHIS and LDAF Officials: Matt Traylor, Brent Robbins, Dr Myrick, John Walter, John Roberts, Diane Stacey, and Mike Strain.
Texas State University Officials: Todd Ahlman, Dr Elizabeth Erhart, Dr Denise M Trauth, Sean Rubino, Monica Gonzales, Becky Northcut, and Kay Beauchamp.
Response Received 08-6-2018 from LDAF Assistant Commissioner, John Walther
Response received from Texas State University, Dir. of Anthropology, Dr Todd Ahlman.