The city of Trenton, which takes the position that keeping a horse in a backyard is illegal, may soon be in conflict with the Abannaki Aboriginal Nation after a deadline for the horses to be removed lapses tomorrow.
Never heard of the Nation? Emperor El Bey, who lives on the 200 block of Ellis Avenue and owns the horses, has all the information.
"This is a place to rest and this is an embassy for my sovereign nation," he says.
El Bey was happy to see a reporter who arrived at the home yesterday evening, and had dozens of pages of documents which he purported bore out his story.
"You just tell me what you think," he said.
El Bey, a young, trim, well-dressed black man with a salt and pepper beard that makes him look older, says he is a descendent of the Abannaki tribe, American Indians who settled in Canada and the United States 2,000 years ago. These Indians were actually Moors, the members of the fabled Lost Tribe of Israel, he says.
El Bey said his four grandfathers were kings, and his claim to the monarchy includes lands in Trenton, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Alabama. The horses were brought from the land in Oklahoma and, as El Bey considers the half of the duplex he resides in as foreign soil, he is free to do as he wishes with the property.