Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pechanga FORGETS their Military History on Memorial Day. Thank You Veterans, For Defending Our Country

The Hunter Family, disenrolled from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians after over 200 years of living in the Temecula area have many veterans who served, or are serving in our military.
Once the Pechanga Resort & Casino opened, corruption lead to exterminating these veterans from their membership rolls and history.  On this Memorial Day, which is meant to honor fallen servicemen, I wanted to honor my relations who served our country, while not giving their last full measure and give our readers the opportunity to do the same in the comments by sharing your veterans name..

Pechanga Veterans of the Hunter Family

We salute our Pechanga Veterans for your courage, honor and commitment.

Cuevas, Felipe - Army
Cuevas, David - Army
Cuevas, Thomas - Army
Vasquez, Robert - Navy
Harris, William  - Air Force
Miller, Dario - Army
Miller, John D - Navy
Miller, Louie - Army
Poole, Mary Ann - Navy  - Husband Paul A. Poole served in the US Navy.
Poole, Gregory - Navy
Smith, Matilda - Army    - Husband Frank Smith served in the Air Force.
Smith, Frank - Air Force
Smith, Ernest - Navy
Tavizon, Ernest - Army
Madariaga, Lawrence - Army

Poole, Brian - Air Force (active duty)

I'm sure I've missed a few. Thank you to all Pechanga people who have served. And shame on the Pechanga Tribal Council for staining the memory of these fine people above.
We should honor their memory (and those still living) with our courage to maintain this fight to regain what is rightfully ours.

FEEL FREE TO Add your veteran's name in the comments.  THANK YOU TO ALL who served.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Treating the Disenrollment Epidemic. Symptoms First, Then The Cure, or Tough Sanctions?

Tribal disenrollment has been in the news quite a bit lately, thanks to terrific work from both the Galanda Broadman Law Firm with their efforts on behalf of the Nooksack 306, and Dr. David Wilkins, whose continued writing on the issue has been printed on a regular basis.

This blog has worked to keep the issues out front, in our 8th year now.  The U.S. Government, in the form of the Senate, the House, the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Departments of Interior and Justice are all regular readers of this site.  For that we're thankful, yet the lack of action leaves us unfulfilled. It seems like the only thing they know is Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez and are unwilling to do their duty to the individual Indian .

What can be done by those in power?  We've written about it before and thanks to Sheryl Lightfoot, some of the ways are CLEAR as she wrote about expressing moral outrage:

In order to be sovereign nations, we must act like sovereign nations. But that does not mean that in order to support self-determination in principle, we need to agree with every decision of other sovereign nations. When a nation-state, a group of nation-states, or private citizens of other nation-states disagree with the internal actions of another nation-state, there are a number of possible avenues of action.

First, sovereign nation-states can register a diplomatic complaint with the government of the offending nation-state. This is done all the time in the international system. The U.S. Department of State often drafts and delivers letters of protest to the diplomats and officials of other governments over areas of disagreement. Likewise, the executives of our indigenous nations have the right, if not the moral responsibility, to send letters and make phone calls of complaint directly to the executives of the Cherokee Nation or Pechanga, or San Pasqual, expressing their concern over the disenrollment decision. This can be done while supporting the inherent right of an indigenous nation to determine its own membership.  OP:  WE must have tribal nations STAND UP for their Native brothers against corruption.  Judge the bad tribes on their own merit, or lack of them.

Another tactic which can be employed by other indigenous nations or the private citizens of other nations is the art of moral persuasion, or ''moral suasion,'' as it has also been termed. This involves a campaign of exposure and embarrassment.  
This tactic has most often been employed in international human rights campaigns, with the purpose being to expose the immoral government action in the media and open up international discussion in order to embarrass the target government into changing its policy to better conform to international norms.
(OP: This is what we've been pursuing for 9 years now, and what we did against the SOVEREIGN nation of South Africa)

Frankly, economic sanctions of another nation, plus public embarrassment may be the only course of action that is effective. For instance, in South Africa, it was their SOVEREIGN RIGHT as a free nation to impose apartheid on their country, yet, thankfully, at the urging of the Congressional Black Caucus, we stood up for black South Africans.

What recourse did civilized countries use to bring down this hateful policy? Economic sanctions and world ridicule of the policy. No trade, no travel, no money. Final result, end of apartheid and a welcome back to South Africa into the world community.
Similarly, citizens of the United States can impose their own economic sanctions on the Tribal Nations of Pechanga, Pala, Redding, Chukchansi by boycotting their nation's commercial enterprises, primarily TRIBAL CASINOS.

Stop patronizing their casinos, hotel, restaurants and their powwows. Let them know that we do not agree with their system of denying civil rights to their people and until they follow their own tribal law, citizens of our country will NOT support their nation, but will patronize   In other words, support tribal gaming elsewhere, at their competitor nations.

Also, letting state and federal representatives know that we expect them not to support a nation that would treat its citizens this way, especially NOT to allow them increased monetary benefits by expanding their casino slot machines. BIA? HELLO? ANYONE THERE? Kevin Washburn, your righteousness is calling, it misses you.

The SYMPTOMS, violations of civil rights, abuse of elders and children can be treated by staying away.  Refusing to attend functions for Native events.  THIS is the action we should demand of our politicians.  STAY away from casino tribes that harm their people.  There HAS to be a point where our elected officials will do what is right, rather than do what  pays.

Pechanga is a tribe that has harmed their people, plain and simple, taken their identity and trashed it. Forced an Apartheid system on the reservation and is NOW attempting to steal water rights from the very Indians for whom they were intended.

San Pasqual is run by NON natives, descended from whites.  WHY are they treated like Native Americans from the BIA?

Redding Rancheria desecrated the ancestor of their first tribal chairman, Robert Foreman, exhuming the body for a DNA test that PROVED their right to belong, and then not using the results.

The STORIES are all on the blog and can be found in the archives or the search bar.  Let's give some casino tribes their OWN symptoms of their disenrollment epidemic: LOST BUSINESS, Bad Press, and Government action, icluding loss of recognition for those tribes that have harmed Native Americans.





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Galanda: Congress Foretells Return to TERMINATION for Native Americans

Gabe Galanda has a RED ALERT on the possibility of and END to self-determination. This is an issue to stay in front of.  These are the people that we need to HELP us, not throw an anchor at us when we are sinking...

Five years ago, Drs. Stephen Cornell and Joseph Kalt cited a Republican-fueled “trend away from the Indian self-government movement” and predicted that a GOP-controlled Congress might well put “an end to policies of self-determination.” That possibility could not be more real that it is today.

That possibility was made plainly obvious after two completely bizarre hearings of the Republican-controlled House Natural Resource Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs, regarding federal recognition and trust land acquisition.

More precisely, Indian Country should now worry about a return to federal Indian termination policy. That will be particularly true if the White House turns Republican in 2016.

The House GOP first threw down the gauntlet by claiming in a hearing memo that the Interior Department has “create[d] tribes, not recognize[d] them.” In turn, it was suggested that all Secretarially-recognized “tribes should be stripped of federal recognition as their recognized status lack any legal merit.”

Then, House Subcommittee staff issued a second memo that describes the Dawes/General Allotment Act as “humane.” That is most certainly not be the word to describe the law that allowed the taking of 90 million acres of tribal trust land over a 50 year period, which rendered countless Indians homeless. The memo should be withdrawn for this reason alone.

Of even more concern is the Subcommittee’s assertion that the Interior Secretary lacks authority to take land into trust pursuant to the Indian Reorganization Act; and its calling into “question the validity of the trust status” of lands acquired prior to Carcieri, for tribes affected by that decision.

Subcommittee Chairman Don Young openly threatened to amend Section 5 of the IRA, by which Congress delegated trust land acquisition power to the Interior Secretary. Such an amendment would certainly only make it harder, if not impossible, for all tribes to reacquire trust lands.

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn powerfully fought back, telling the Subcommittee: “If you take this path against the people of Indian Country, the Obama Administration will be standing shoulder to shoulder with tribes as they fight you on this.” Again, however, if the GOP wins back the White House next year, that righteous threat will ring hollow.

In all, Indian Country must hope for the best from Capitol Hill, but now brace for the worst: a return to federal Indian termination policy.

Kamala Harris Under Fire From Pechanga Crime Family Scion Masiel and Others

It's getting harder for the corrupt tribal leaders of Pechanga to find a Senate candidate they can manipulate like they do Barbara Boxer.  Scion of the Masiel Basquez crime family of Pechanga  now has issues with Kamala Harris.    Even adopted tribal members have standards?

The American Indian group also aired a grievance it has with Attorney General Kamala Harris, the other Democrat in the race, for her office’s position in a long-running dispute over the boundaries of a reservation.
“We believe they both display a lack of understanding and sensitivity to Native American tribal issues and individual Indian issues,” caucus Chairwoman Mary Ann Andreas, of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, said in an interview. In a statement with Andrew Masiel, of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, she added that “their comments and actions provide little assurance that they grasp the government-to-government relationship guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.”

Read more on Andrew Masiels... FAMILY:

Francisca Leivas & Masiel-Basquez Crime Family
Masiel Crime Family Arrest
Enrollment Committee members from Masiel Family Conspire To Eliminate members
Pechanga's Crime Family at it AGAIN
Andrew Masiel
Jennie Masiel Miranda in TROUBLE




Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article21335559.html#storylink=cpy

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, Who Practices Apartheid, Stripped Citzenship from Tribal Members, Stole Per Capita, Denied Health Care, Abused Elders and Childred Disappointed in Loretta Sanchez's Gaffe

No joke, Apartheid at Pechanga, Elders Abused at Pechanga, Voting Rights Stripped, Health Care Gone, Children forcibly removed from Tribal School, and Macarro is "disappointed in Loretta Sanchez.  It doesn't get much richer than this folks:

Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro,  hinted Sunday that Sanchez's remark had harmed her longstanding ties with Native Americans, a major source of money in state and federal campaigns.

"She knows better, and we are very disappointed," he said in an emailed statement to the LA Times.

Read More about:

Pechanga's culture of corruption and Former members threatened with trespassing charges by Macarro Council and Mark Macarro subject of recall effort for hiring wife's lobbying firm

Sunday, May 17, 2015

UPDATE: Why Is It STILL OKAY to Disparage Native Americans? Loretta Sanchez is Just The Latest. Do we NEED her as SENATOR?

Whether it's tomahawk chops, mascots named Redskins, or caricatures, WHY is it still okay to make Native Americans the butt of jokes?

Yesterday's episode with Democrat Senate hopeful LORETTA SANCHEZ, keeps the issue out front.  Her simple-minded thinking, that she has to use a 'war whoop' to help her constituents understand the difference between an "Indian American" and the other kind.    Should we take some solace that she didn't insult the other group by saying...you know the RED DOT Indians?

I'm reminded of the issue a few years back when KFI radio's Bill Handel came out and stated that it was only ONE DRUNK INDIAN against expanded gaming.  His refusal to understand the issue then resulted in his true feelings for Natives.

Do we need a person like Loretta Sanchez as one of our 100 Senators in Congress.   I think NOT.  What do you think?

UPDATE:   Loretta has apologized... some of her best friends are Native Americans.  During her apology Sunday, Representative Sanchez claimed to have Native American ancestry on her mother’s side.
“They know my record,” she said, referring to Native Americans. “They know how much I have spent – the time that I have spent with them at their tribal councils, listening to them, advocating for them. They know that I have always had their backs. And they know what many of you don’t know – that like so many Mexican Americans, I am proudly Native American on my mother’s side.
 

Guilty Pleas EXPECTED in CHUKCHANSI CASINO TAKEOVER; Reduced to Trespassing; False Imprisonment

The Fresno Bee has the story

Several Chukchansi tribal police officers are expected to plead guilty Friday to a trespassing charge, but some may decide to have their cases go to a preliminary hearing.

One of those men, John Cayanne, said the officers who had 29 felony counts filed against them in October would not have their arrest records expunged if they take a plea agreement. Their arrest record will show those counts even if they are converted into one misdemeanor trespassing stemming from the Oct. 9 Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino office raid.

“Some of us have spent $75,000 in bail and legal fees, were taken away from our families and are losingour homes,” he said. “That should be enough when all they are going to get us on is a trespassing charge that is going away and doesn’t have a fine at all.”

Cayanne, a police officer for the Tex McDonald faction, said he and his fellow tribal police officers rely on their reputations and security clearances to get work.
“That arrest will be on our record even if we are found not guilty,” he said.

One other defendant, former McDonald tribal council treasurer Vernon King, also wants a preliminary
hearing. He isn’t scheduled to return to court until May 29, when a preliminary hearing will be scheduled.
The casino office raid took three minutes, Cayanne said. Several security guards for the Reggie Lewis Nancy Ayala faction opposed them and were detained in handcuffs.

The Lewis­ Ayala faction took control of the casino at the end of August. The McDonald officers went into the gaming office to retrieve audit information for two years of financial reports that were overdue to the federal government.

Two weeks ago, four men pleaded guilty to trespassing and a fifth man had charges dismissed. McDonald pleaded guilty to one count of false imprisonment. He is expected to be released after he is sentenced in July.

Mark Coleman, lawyer for the eight tribal police officers, said he had received most of the signed plea
agreements by Thursday, but he suggested that some of the men could still change their minds.
Madera County District Attorney David Linn said he was hopeful that all the men, including King, would seriously consider his offer. Linn said King’s plea deal involved a false imprisonment count, similar to one McDonald pleaded guilty to two weeks ago. But, Linn said, his office may be willing to reduce the count to trespassing.

Linn said he heard Thursday that three tribal police officers, plus King, were going to fight the charges.
He said expunging arrest records is not within the district attorney’s jurisdiction

Democrat Loretta Sanchez disparages Native Americans. Not THAT KIND OF INDIAN

Well, at least she didn't say Redskins.

Two days after entering the race for the U.S. Senate, Rep. Loretta Sanchez met with an Indian American group on Saturday and mimicked a racial stereotype of American Indians.
In a video shown to The Sacramento Bee and posted online shortly after, Sanchez, D-Santa Ana, describes a pending meeting she had with an East Indian.
“I am going to his office, thinking that I am going to meet with a,” she said, holding her hand in front of her mouth and making an echo sound. “Right? ... because he said Indian American.
“And I go in there and it was great. It was just great because he said ‘I want to get my community involved.’ Involved. And that was the first time that we saw the Indian American community really come. ...”




Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert/article21200154.html#storylink=cpy

Friday, May 15, 2015

JOHN McCAIN Works to Keep Tribe from Opening Casino. Can you say LOBBYING MONEY, a la Abramoff?

 Why is Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) pushing legislation to prevent the Tohono O'odham Nation from using its trust land for a casino?  How can those who seek justice, expect Senator McCain to give a fair hearing?   

Is doing what is right a laughable expectation from our elected officials, or just Senator McCain?


From 2004 to 2006, Washington was transfixed by the revelations that several Indian tribes had paid exorbitant fees to then-uber lobbyist Jack Abramoff to stop other tribes from opening casinos that might siphon gamblers away from their own operations.

Ten years and little has changed. Since 2009, the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) in Arizona has spent nearly $11 million on lobbying Congress to pass legislation that would prevent the Tohono O’odham Nation from opening a competing casino. A sister tribe, the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, also with casinos in the Phoenix area, has dropped a couple million dollars more on the fight.

That’s a lot of money spent in service of an issue that most Americans care nothing about. Two Arizona members of Congress, Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. John McCain, keep the issue bubbling. The question is why.

McCain’s support of anti-Tohono legislation is more puzzling. According to local officials in Phoenix, he vowed several years ago not to take sides in the squabble.

Sen. McCain has decried the “grinding poverty” that suffuses many reservations and, partnering with his mentor, Rep. Mo Udall, wrote the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 after the Supreme Court held states can’t control gambling on reservations. Although he claimed to have qualms about the development of Indian casinos, he acknowledged that when tribes “are faced with only one option for economic development, and that is to set up gambling on their reservations, then I cannot disapprove.”

Once sympathetic to the Tohono’s plight, McCain’s tune has changed. After long refraining from taking a position on the matter, last August he introduced legislation to kill the Tohono casino. This year, he’s back with another bill.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

EXPOSE: A Mother KNOWS: Trask Family NOT Blood of San Pasqual Band. BIA MUST intervene.

Genealogist Lorraine Escobar has released her exhaustive study on the ancestry of San Pasqual's Trask Family.  The determination:  They are NOT of California Native American Heritage.  Current San Pasqual chairman Allen Lawson is descended from this group of white people.   Lawson keeps real San Pasqual Natives from their rightful place in the tribe.

Will the BIA correct this historical wrong?   Should they suspend Federal recognition?

In a 1920 letter, Frank Trask's mother had this to say:

"In reply to your letter asking information about my son, will say, first, FRANK TRASK was not a San Pasqual Indian himself, nor were his immediate ancestors.

BOOM


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Disenrollments are an ABUSE of SOVEREIGNTY Says Professor David Wilkins

BOOM!  Dr. Wilkins nails it here.   A reminder, SOUTH AFRICA's apartheid was LEGAL under that SOVEREIGN NATION'S laws.   We stood up against it (after much pressure from the Congressional Black Caucus) there, yet still accept it HERE.

Tribes that are disenrolling their own citizens are abusing their sovereignty, argues professor David Wilkins:

Tribal politicians and jurists who work to disenroll legitimate Native citizens justify their perverted behavior by wrapping themselves in the cloak of sovereign power, often described as sovereign immunity, and then declare that this protects them from their own people. They equate criticism of their leadership with an attack on sovereignty, itself. Like European kings of old, they place themselves above their “subjects,” beyond the reach of traditional and common law.

But as political scientist Louis Henkin has said: “sovereignty as a right to do as one pleases is part of the concept, but not sovereignty as anarchy, not sovereignty as resistance to cooperation. And not sovereignty as immunity.” This term, he noted, was wrongly used to excuse “immunity from law, immunity from scrutiny, immunity from justice.” Sovereignty does not mean that leaders are above the people. Sovereignty means leaders have a profound responsibility to the people. It is up to the people to hold their leader accountable for their words and deeds.

In the history of Native nations in North America, no single individual or group of individuals would have been allowed to wield the kind of abusive and absolute control we increasingly see today. The clan and kinship system dictated accountable, not autocratic behavior. In fact, many nations, such as the Cheyenne, have traditional protections to prevent political tyranny. Some have forgotten these safeguards or have not considered how they might incorporate them into their modern governmental practices.

A corrupted kind of sovereignty is now increasingly being used as a weapon against Native people and as a shield by those thieves, robbers, and charlatans Sam Deloria so clearly envisioned. It has taken us hostage through the idea that criticism of abusive leadership is criticism of our own powers as nations. This twisted logic has paralyzed many of our responsible Native leaders.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy: Galanda Dreveskracht's

A MUST READ for all of Indian Country and our  politicians.

The editors of Arizona Law Review are pleased to announce the publication of Issue 57:1 which features the article “Curing the Tribal Disenrollment Epidemic: In Search of a Remedy” by Gabriel S. Galanda and Ryan D. Dreveskracht.

The article provides a comprehensive analysis of tribal membership, and the divestment thereof— commonly known as “disenrollment.” Chiefly caused by the proliferation of Indian gaming revenue distributions to tribal members over the last 25 years, the rate of tribal disenrollment has spiked to epidemic proportions and is without a remedy.

The article, using historic and contemporary case studies, details the federal government’s role in promoting disenrollment and describes how disenrollment operates in ways that are antithetical to tribal sovereignty and self- determination. In concludes with potential solutions to cure the tribal disenrollment epidemic.

“This article is the most important, and most thoroughly researched and argued treatment of the tribal disenrollment available in literature,” says Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr., Co-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona. He adds, “It is a must read for all of Indian country.”

Galanda is a 2000 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, and is an enrolled member of the Round Valley Indian Tribes. He is a founding partner of the law firm Galanda Broadman, PLLC, in Seattle; his firm represents tribal governments, businesses and members in all varieties of dispute resolution and business matters.

Galanda also serves on the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy’s International Advisory Council. Galanda recently served as the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, lecturing on issues such as disenrollment and working with students.

Co-author Ryan D. Dreveskracht is a 2009 graduate of the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. At Galanda Broadman, PLLC, his practice focuses on representing businesses and tribal governments in public affairs, gaming, taxation, and energy development.

Dreveskracht writes prolifically about matters critical to Indian country, and has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and law reviews. In 2013, he was named a “Rising Star” by the Super Lawyers rating service and Seattle Met Magazine.