Friday, August 28, 2015

Deer Creek Mackinaw High School, in IL thinks SCALP 'EM is Appropriate

Looks like a local high school wants to keep their kids in the fighting spirit. They think signs like this are appropriate? But be a lot of history failures at the school

Deer Creek Mackinaw High School, HOME OF THE CHIEFS, has them all over town.  Great thing to teach their children.

Disenrolled WON'T win Their Battle For Justice, Without ENTERING THE FIGHT

Those of YOU that have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for others to do the heavy lifting, medium lifting and light lifting... YOU know who YOU are.

Whether YOU have been disenrolled, banished or placed in a moratorium, YOU have been abused by those corrupt leaders in power.   They get away with it, because MOST of YOU have refused to stay standing or even GET involved.    Just this week I sent out email addresses to BIA staff and Directors, so that each of recipients can be enlightened on what's going on.  Imagine my chagrin to note that ONLY ONE person of the 250 I sent out...followed up.

The day before I got a small crew to send out links to the addresses and this blog got 15 BIA computers to check in. some twice.  It can make a difference.  But it won't if you don't help.

It's really a WTF moment.  These fights are not just about going to court, or getting enough money for lawyers and waiting months for a decision.  It's about keeping the powers that be informed, keeping the pressure on and bringing in new people to the fight.

As I wrote in the post: My Rights Have been violated, WHY won't anyone HELP?  WHY should others help, when we don't help ourselves?   I asked another tribal group what they were doing, as I hadn't heard from their team in a while.  They stated that they were awaiting a tribal court decision.  Well waiting is the same as doing nothing.

We are all in similar straits.  We've all been violated, yet why is it that we aren't all fighting for our rights, the rights of our parents, or children or grandchildren?   Embarrassingly, I've had my own cousins, ask to be taken off a mailing list.  Which means they've accepted the fate determined by Mark Macarro and his smaller brother John, instead of being willing to do something as simple as forwarding on an email or sharing a blog post.  I know the story is the same with a lot of groups.  NOT winning quickly, makes it easy to give up.

Still, that is what Robert Smith of Pala, Macarro of Pechanga, Trasks of San Pasqual, to name a few, wait for.   They've got the deep pockets to wait, they spend the money on lobbyists (in Macarro's case, his own wife's company, therefore paying his family unit).   But, they can be BEATEN, even if it's only a small battle.   WE proved it ...TWICE... a trio of Pechanga disenrolled/moratorium bound went to Washington four years ago to lobby against a water bill Pechanga was looking for.  Three guys beat back a team of high priced DC lobbyist, council members and lawyers.  THEY WON, by using a personal touch, explaining the injustice and letting the TRUTH be told.

Last year, my cousin and I did the same thing as I wrote about here: Shooting on Capitol Hill

I have done television, radio, and many newspaper interviews, discussing a lot of tribes, not just my own, Pechanga.   New York Times, Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee, Sierra Star News, and Indian Country Today have all used my information.

Some will say, "well, we are writing letters".  Really?  Why don't you share them?  I've offered repeatedly to publish your stories, feel free to send me information that can broaden the reach.

I hope to see and meet more of you at San Pasqual.  PLEASE rekindle you efforts.   WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.   Even if the minor victory is not letting the corrupt councils sleep easy.  We are forcing them to spend money they never thought they would.  The more money they spend, the less they get.    And believe me, that pisses them off.

So please..... GET OFF YOUR ASS and do something, to honor your ancestors, and protect your children's legacy.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

PECHANGA TRIBE: Segregation NOW, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation FOREVER! Congratulations Mark Macarro for Running An Apartheid System

Shades of GEORGE WALLACE at the Pechanga Reservation.  Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro keeps Natives segregated.   Well he and Wallace were from the party of Segregation and Jim Crow.

We have written before on the APARTHEID system in force at Pechanga Reservation in Temecula CA.

APARTHEID as described by the dictionary is:
2. any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.

Pechanga is doing just that, determining that families with historical ties to the origins of the reservation are ‘no longer pure’ in their eyes. They may be Temecula Indian, but “they aren’t Pechanga.” Even though the expert hired BY Pechanga proved that we were using the TRIBE's own evidence.

Here is what Pechanga members who have been stripped of their citizenship in the tribe have lost:

Pechanga now has a group living on the reservation that have:

• Lost the right to vote
• Lost their rights to healthcare provided by the tribal government.
• Their children can no longer attend tribal schools, in fact some were FORCED from School.
• They can no longer be buried in the reservation cemetery with their relatives.
• Are not protected by the Tribal Rangers. Or in some cases FROM the TRIBAL RANGERS s

Here is a copy of the letter that was presented to those people living on the reservation who are called "non-members" even though most are living on land that was given to their ancestor when the reservation began, roughly 90 years before council member Russell "Butch" Murphy was adopted into the tribe.  The Tribal Rangers trespassed on private property, to warn residents about.....trespassing charges for using the drinking fountains and restrooms

The threat from the Macarro lead tribal council  is very clear: Fine of $5,000 and exclusion from their own property. THAT is APARTHEID, pure and simple. The tribe is trying to force residents who own property OFF the reservation, and now working to control water rights to land owners, so they have enough water to fill their new water feature at the Pechanga Resort and Casino.

Monday, August 24, 2015

San Pasqual Tribal FAKERY: Where is ALLEN LAWSON SR. On Federal Censuses? MIA for 29 years

I just received some paperwork on the Trask Family that includes the "mysterious" absence of current San Pasqual Chairman Iron Eyes Allan Lawson's father.  Can the non San Pasqual bloodline get murkier?  How can the BIA just have missed this?

Allen Ernest Lawson, SR
AKA Theophillus Mckinnon born in 1923
Allen was the "first son" of Helen Agnes Trask

BUT, he is not listed as a "SON" in the ACT OF 1928. AND, he is not listed in any INDIAN/FEDERAL CENSUS UNTIL 1952.

SO, where is Allen Ernest Lawson OR Theophillus Mckinnon?


This LINK has the evidence:  Where is Allen Ernest Lawson on Federal Census?

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Where is the Native American MLK on Civil Rights? Steve Russell Commentary

In a commentary for Indian Country Today, Steve Russell, who has done some great work on the disenrollment issue asks:  Where is our MLK on disenrollment?  There part history lesson in the essay and must be read.

Where is our MLK? That's a terrific question, here are some others.  
WHY doesn't someone step up?  
Is the job too tough?  
Do YOU really care about disenrollment of others, or just yourself, maybe you closest relatives.

Steve's points:

Then there are the disenrollments over greed, where there have been many instances of dead people being disenrolled so as to justify doing the same to their living relatives. By behaving as if the only point of tribal citizenship is access to per caps, tribal governments support the narrative of tribal citizenship as an excuse to advantage Indians at the expense of white people.

The disenrollments over score settling support the narrative that after over 100 years of tutelage by the U.S., Indians are still unable to govern themselves in a manner that protects everybody. Isn’t it time to quit propping up the power of unprincipled scoundrels based on their Indian ancestry, based on racism?
In every case of disenrollment, we see interest convergence between the new Indian fighters marching toward colorblind law and the tribal governments that gin up reasons to expel their political opponents.

There are nearly 12,000 disenrolled and SO few taking the lead.  Attorney Gabe Galanda, Russell himself have done well in getting the information out.   David Cornsilk has stood with the Cherokee Freedmen for decades.  John Gomez led AIRRO for a while. The late Bob Foreman and his daughter Carla stood proud.  We just saw an example of courage from warrior woman Cathy Cory.

ME?  Get serious.  I've been writing this blog for 8 years, and I can't even get all MY OWN family to stand with me, on a matter that affects them and their children.   It proves I'm not a leader. I fight because it's the right thing to do.  I've been published in newspapers, interviewed on radio and on television but I'm not as well known, nor is my blog.   WHY?  BECAUSE the people that are affected won't join in.   This is NOT yet time for a march on Washington, it's simply driving a website into greater consciousness.   So that politicians KNOW we are watching them.

But we must do more.  It's not ONLY MLK that got civil rights  for Black Americans.  It was the hundreds of thousands of supporters.   And THAT is where we are lacking.  


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Oral History of PALA: Finding the Truth About The Joe Scott Disappearance and Homicide?

 The Britten Family continues to share stories of Pala.   Sometimes, dirty laundry needs to be aired.

Before it was the catch phrase of Las Vegas, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” it was and is the unwritten code of Pala. 

Dare speak about the goings on in Pala and you are taking the chance of being the subject of dire consequences. It is this imposed silence that has allowed ROBERT SMITH and his cronies to secure complete control over the tribe. To the outside world they address him as the honorable Robert Smith. To those that know him, really know him, fear addressing him at all.

Pala is a community now suffering from various syndromes:

Child Abuse Syndrome:
Mental health professionals may testify about behavioral characteristics of a particular child that are "typical" of sexually abused children. Such behavioral indicators include a wide variety of symptoms such as regression, withdrawal, aggression, nightmares, bed wetting, fears, masturbation, and tantrums but are completely nonspecific (Wakefield and Underwager, 1991b). They appear in many different situations, including conflict between parents, divorce, economic stress, wartime separations, father absence, natural disaster, and physical, emotional, but nonsexual abuse (Emery, 1982; Hughes and Barad, 1983; Jaffe et al., 1986; Porter and O'Leary, 1980; Wallerstein and Kelly, 1980; Wolman, 1983). There are no behaviors that occur only in victims of sexual abuse. With the exception of sexualized behavior, the majority of symptoms shown in sexually abused children characterize child clinical samples in general (Beitchman et al., 1991).

Stockholm Syndrome:
Stockholm syndrome is considered a complex reaction to a frightening situation, and experts do not agree completely on all of its characteristic features or on the factors that make some people more susceptible than others to developing it. Many researchers believe that Stockholm syndrome helps to explain certain behaviors of survivors of World War II concentration camps; members of religious cults; battered wives; incest survivors; and physically or emotionally abused children as well as persons taken hostage by criminals or terrorists. 

Robert Smith cannot be considered responsible for all of the madness that is Pala. The United States is the one that planted the seed. All Robert Smith did was ripen the fruit of oppression.  Now that oppression is protected by the United States under the United States endowed term of “Tribal Sovereignty”. In the old days, a leader such as Robert Smith would have just been thrown off a cliff as was “Custom and Tradition”. Now he is a protected servant of the United States. You don’t need to control everyone. You only need to control enough people to satisfy the requirements of the United States to convince the BIA that you are the rightful leader of the tribe.

Questions for AS Indian Affairs' Kevin Washburn on Abuse in Indian Country and the BIA's Involvement

Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
Thousands of Native Americans have been harmed by our OWN TRIBES, with the BIA's tacit approval.  Yet, we can't get Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs to go on record against tribes who do this.  WHY?  We have some questions here, if you have more, the COMMENTS are open.

1. What is the BIA's and the U.S. governments responsibility to protect the individual Indian from harm by their own tribes?  

2. Is there a requirement that a tribal member be Native American?  If not, does a Non Indian tribal member have more Native rights than a true Native American disenrolled member in the eyes of the BIA?

3. When are you going to show leadership for the BIA, and step in to support bringing ALL the disenrolled and unrecognized indian people home--where we belong!

4. Since the BIA must approve all tribal constitutions, why does the BIA not act when tribes do not follow their constitutions, such as not giving due process, which happens when fair hearings aren't allowed?

5. What responsibility do you have to correct the mistakes or wrongdoing by your predecessors or their staffs, Such as the San Pasqual Applicant descendant matter?

6. WHY do we need the Bureau of Indian Affairs, if your department is NOT upholding their fiduciary responsibility to Native Americans

Friday, August 21, 2015

Twila Barnes Laments The Lack of Caring in the Cherokee Government and Bill John Baker

My friend Twila Barnes from the blog Thoughts From Polly's Granddaughter has a story up on the helpless feeling when you see a native in need. Is it falling through the cracks, or have the cracks become canyons that make some invisible?

 Below is a post from Thursday, January 29, 2015. This woman is still waiting for help. Her allergies are so bad, she is having numerous secondary health problems now. The day after the election, after the results were announced, I sent her a message telling her who won. She responded, "Well, I guess there's no hope for me now."

I nearly broke down in tears. As much as I wanted to tell her we could get her the help she desperately needed, I knew I couldn't promise that.

I truly believe this woman is a national treasure. She speaks our language and has since birth. At the rate we are losing speakers of the Cherokee language, we MUST do all we can to protect those who still speak our native tongue as their first language. We MUST utilize the knowledge of these Cherokees to revitalize our language or we are going to lose it.

I would like to believe that our chief, Bill John Baker, cares enough about the people to step in and say, "We have to do something to help this sick woman." Sadly, I don't think he will do it. I don't think Baker is going to do anything to help anyone unless they worked on his campaign, donated to his campaign, or has something to offer him in exchange for his helping them.

If Chief Baker truly cares about the people he was elected to serve, he will act to help this woman, a woman who has nothing to offer him personally, but who has much to offer us as a nation. I don't think he will do it.

The ball's in your court now, Chief Baker. Prove me wrong

Read the Rest of Twila's post here And PLEASE...SHARE

UPDATE: Obama EPA Trying To Swindle Navajo in Animas River Poisoning


The EPA is trying to cheat Navajo Indians by getting them to sign away their rights to future claims from the agency’s Gold King Mine disaster, tribal officials charged Wednesday, adding more to the administration’s public relations problems over the spill that threatens critical Southwest waterways.

Environmental Protection Agency officials were going door to door asking Navajos, some of whom don’t speak English as their primary language, to sign a form that offers to pay damages incurred so far from the spill, but waiving the right to come back and ask for more if their costs escalate or if they discover bigger problems, Navajo President Russell Begaye told The Washington Times.

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday that the Gold King Mine discharged an estimated 3 million gallons of contaminated water, three times the amount previously believed.

UPDATE:  EPA Threatened Mine Owner with FINES if he didn't allow EPA Access.  THEN they POISONED rivers!

Mr. Hennis said he opposed having the EPA investigate leakage from the inactive mine near Silverton, Colorado, because he had tangled with the agency in previous years over its work at another mine he owns in Leadville, Colorado.

“I said, ‘No, I don’t want you on my land out of fear that you will create additional pollution like you did in Leadville,’” Mr. Hennis told Colorado “They said, ‘If you don’t give us access within four days, we will fine you $35,000 a day.’”

The EPA has admitted that its agents accidentally unleashed the acidic flood, which has since contaminated the San Juan River in New Mexico and seeped into Lake Powell in Utah, albeit in very low concentrations.

San Pasqual Band Allan Lawson, YOUR IRONY IS SHOWING in this PSA

Here's a 2010 PSA with current chairman of the San Pasqual Band of Imposters Indians.   Listen to what he says at the start.

"We have always been undercounted"  and "We've never been able to receive the benefits we should receive as Native Americans"

THIS from a man who undercounts  his OWN tribe.  And from a man who keeps RIGHTFUL SAN PASQUAL natives from their own deserved benefits.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Saginaw Chippewa Judges Say Tribe Can Ruin The Lives and History of It's Members

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Appeals judges have ruled that several members can be removed from membership rolls, but the attorney representing those people said Tribal officials have more work to do before that can happen.

Paula Fisher, who is representing 233 living and deceased Tribal members facing disenrollment, said their cases will be remanded to the Tribal office of administrative hearings and that “the Tribe will have the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that each of these Tribal members received their membership as a result of a mistake which is defined as willful, wanton or reckless disregard of a known risk of harm.”

The Tribe still has a lot of work to do before a single one of these long-standing Tribal members can lose Tribal membership,” Fisher said. “Many of these members trace in a lineal manner and the Tribe has been presented with that evidence and ignored it.”