Monday, August 18, 2014

One Death in Missouri Gets Attorney General Holders Immediate Response. Apartheid, Disenrollment, Elder Abuse to THOUSANDS, Not So Much

The tragic shooting Death of Ferguson Missouri teenager Michael Brown has brought rioting, looting, attacks of police forces AND the immediate action of Attorney General of the United States Eric Holder.

It's a sad story that has changed constantly.  It's an amazing sight to see Holder moving quickly on this one issue, when we've been writing to his justice department for YEARS asking him to investigate wrongdoing in Indian Country.

Attorney General Eric Holder WASHES his hand of
an ISSUES in Indian Country

Thousands have been harmed by their tribes via disenrollment, banishment, intimidation, threats, apartheid, trespass.  Yet, we can't seen to get the AG's attention.   Does their have to be violence?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Laker Owner Jeanie Buss won't Draft a Redskin Player SO as NOT to Offend: Takes MONEY from Apartheid Tribe and Civil Rights Abusing Pechanga Band Of Luiseno Indians

File under "It would be hilarious if not so stupid"  Here is a tweet from Laker owner Jeanie buss

We wrote about the unseriousness of the NBA: Lakers take money from Apartheid practicing Tribe in April.

The NBA stood up today and fined NBA CLIPPERS owner Donald Sterling $2.5 Million and banned him for life.   Now, he will be forced to sell the team and make $700 Million and live out the rest of his life in luxury.

Left unresolved is the NBA's inaction on taking sponsorships from Indian tribes, particularly Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, from Temecula, that sponsors the Los Angeles Lakers, the "other" NBA franchise.   They also sponsor the Angels.

Now the NBA has been informed about the Apartheid that Pechanga practices on Indian people on their reservation.   We detail that here: Pechanga’s Apartheid Reservation. We wrote to then NBA Commissioner David Stern and Laker's owner, Jerry Buss about this sponsor in 2008: 

GET SERIOUS Jeanie.  Look at the REAL ISSUES affecting Indian Country, rather than the LOW HANGING fruit of a STUPID NICKNAME.  

Disenrollment is offensive, Apartheid is offensive, YOUR SPONSOR Pechanga is an abusive Tribe.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Pechanga Lawsuit Details Threats, Exposure of Informant by Tribal Entities Makes Him Fear for his Life

A recent court case against the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and the Pechanga Gaming Commission details the mishandling of employees, and the "outing" of a confidential informant who was working with the F.B.I. during the period where former tribal chairman Jennie Miranda and her son, Larry Miranda were disenfranchised from the tribe.

From the Brief
 Prior to starting work at the Pechanga Casino, the PGC licensed Cosentino as required by IGRA and the PGA.  Shortly after he started work at the Pechanga Casino, Cosentino began to witness rampant criminal activity at the Pechanga Casino including an illegal online casino being operated from the floor of the Pechanga Casino; loan sharking; extortion and bribery; rampant employee theft; 
and collusion between corrupt dealers, supervisors and players. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

HOSTILE TAKEOVER at Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians; TEX McDonald Suspended

The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians had another takeover late Thursday night, officials from the tribe's opposing factions confirm, reports MARC BENJAMIN.
The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold, which generates an estimated $100 million in annual revenue for the tribe, remains open.
Two people involved in the ongoing dispute for tribal leadership both say that a takeover happened, but differed on how it happened.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

NO Internet Poker Bill Means BAD ACTOR TRIBES LIKE PECHANGA will NOT be able to Benefit ...

A representative of Assemblyman Reggie Jones-Sawyer told PokerNewstoday that his bill to legalize online poker in California will not have enough time to pass this legislative session, which concludes at the end of the month, but that a new bill will be the first one introduced by the assemblyman for the next session in December.
Jones-Sawyer's announcement comes a day after the Los Angeles Timesreported that Sen. Lou Correa was shelving his online poker bill. Correa won't be returning next year because of term limits.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

DISENROLLING THE DEAD is NOT the Indian Way; At Pechanga NOTHING is SACRED, Especially Ancestors

Attorney Gabe Galonda has a nice piece on what disenrollments are doing.  They did so in our family's case at Pechanga, disenrolling our ancestor Paulina Hunter and to the first family disenrolled at Pechanga, the Manuela Miranda descendents.

Your dead cease to love you and the land of their nativity as soon as they pass the portals of the tomb and wander away beyond the stars. They are soon forgotten and never return.

Our dead never forget this beautiful world that gave them being. They still . . . yearn in tender fond affection over the lonely hearted living, and often return from the happy hunting ground to visit, guide, console, and comfort them. – Chief Seattle

There is perhaps nothing more reviling about disenrollment, than the disenrollment of ancestors, or what offending tribes call “posthumous disenrollment.”

It has happened at Saginaw Chippewa, at Las Vegas Paiute, at Robinson Rancheria, and most recently, at Grand Ronde. And it could happen to your ancestors, and to you.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Formerly Disenrolled, Snoqualmie Tribe's Carolyn Lubenau Leads Tribe to Donate $250,000 to Fire Relief Efforts.

Snoqualimie is now lead by Carolyn Lubenau, who was once disenrolled from the tribe.  Are you PAYING ATTENTION Indian Country?

The Snoqualmie is donating $250,000 to assist in the relief efforts for those affected by the devastating fires burning in Eastern Washington. In total the Tribe is giving $200,000 to the American Red Cross Eastern Washington region designated to the 2014 fire victims and $50,000 to Washington Animal Search and Rescue.
After extensive research, the Tribe decided to place its donations with the American Red Cross and Washington Animal Search and Rescue. Both groups can directly benefit from the donations and make a difference in people’s lives. Officials including the Wenatchee Red Cross have said the best way for people to assist in the relief effort was through monetary donations.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered a loss due to a fire and also to those working so diligently to put it out,” adds Lubenau.
The fires burning in Eastern Washington are part of an eruption of lightning-sparked wildfires across Washington and Oregon that have scorched to date almost a million acres of land. The largest fire in Eastern Washington is the Carlton Complex fire that is the worst of Washington State’s seven fires.

Monday, July 28, 2014

My Civil Rights Were Violated by My Tribe! Won't Somebody Do Something?!

WHO can we get to HELP US?

I've heard this a few times from many groups, Pechanga disenrolled, Freedmen, Picayune and Snoqualmie. They cry out in anguish, rightfully, about how they were mistreated, screwed, violated and hurt by corrupt tribal councils.

But the funny thing is, there are lots of questions like, WHY won't somebody DO something to help us?   ASK YOURSELF:   WHY aren't I doing something?

Yet, many times, when requested to join in a local picket line, or to fax a letter or to make some calls, it's SILENCE. "uh, I can't make it." "I don't have anyone to watch the kids" "I don't have a fax" "I don't like to talk on the phone" "Can't someone else do it?"

Grand Ronde Disenrolls 86 Members in Shameful Act under BIA's Watch

An Oregon woman says 86 members of her family have been disenrolled from an American Indian tribe that operates the state’s largest tribal casino, as leaders review the tribe’s rolls and enforce new membership requirements.

Family spokeswoman Mia Prickett said she’s shocked about being stripped of membership from the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, since one of the family’s ancestors was a chief who signed an 1855 treaty that helped establish the tribe.
The council that governs the 5,000-member tribe had been considering disenrolling the family for nearly a year, saying they no longer satisfy enrollment rules. The decision to remove the family was made after the council earlier this month changed the enrollment ordinance via “emergency amendments.” The amendments gave the authority to make decisions on disenrollment to an enrollment committee.
Grand Ronde’s Stacia Martin, executive coordinator for the Tribal Council, declined to confirm the number of people removed or the exact reasons, citing the “confidential nature” of enrollment proceedings.
Those removed lose health care and housing benefits, educational assistance and about $3,000 annually in casino profits, among other benefits.

The contentious removal is part of what some experts have dubbed the “disenrollment epidemic” —€” a rising number of dramatic clashes over tribal belonging in the U.S.  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Disenrollment MATTERS, Why YOU Should Care About the Theft of Tribal Heritage and the Crimes Against Indian People

Why YOU Should Care About Disenrollment...

Disenrollment is the purposeful stripping of citizenship and heritage of Native Americans BY Native Americans to steal money, benefits and power.   

Why should we care about disenrollment?

  • If one persons rights are violated, any persons rights are violated.  How many does it take to be wrong?   In this case it's 10,000 who have been harmed.
  • Tribes promised to take care of their people if voters approved gaming. Disenrollments, Banishments, Moratoriums and levels of membership fly in the face of that promise to make the lives of all Indians better.
  • Those tribes also threaten tribal self-governance, giving Indian sovereignty skeptics good reason to believe that tribal governments cannot properly handle membership without outside involvement.
·        It's simply wrong. Sovereignty has become a smokescreen for illegitimate, sometimes unlawful behavior  
·        Shouldn't a Tribal Casino customer think: If Tribes will cheat their own people, won't they cheat me?

Disenrollment untethers a tribal member from his or her ancestral connections. Members are cut off from their cultural identities, religious ceremonies, activities, politics, burials, education and customs. He or she no longer belong to the tribe they were born into. This is the most basic form of isolation and separation  imaginable. It is a life time sentence of imprisonment.

It's been said if good people do nothing, evil people will keep doing it until stopped.  We expect nation leaders to be virtuous, with moral and ethical principles.  These actions of disenrollment, including banishment and moratoriums go against those expectations.

Disenrollment is not the Indian way. It was rarely used by our ancestors, and ONLY in extreme cases. It is being called the new genocide. The destruction of families which is being perpetrated by tribal officials who are elected to protect the rights of their tribal citizens.  Moral & ethical integrity in regards to human rights & the law MATTERS.

American citizens are losing constitutional rights without due process. The fact that they're also Indian shouldn't matter.
Losing constitutional rights inside their tribes or outside of their tribes is wrong.

ICRA was formulated for a reason and should be followed and amended. because what your bringing in is crystal clear. Constitutional rights are being squashed everywhere and that is giving the corrupt band members the feeling no one will say anything to them for breaking internal laws

When we quit fighting for the rights of others, turn the other cheek, refuse to get involved we allow these atrocities to continue. Native Americans have fought hard to obtain and keep what little rights they were given.  Fear is a major contributing factor to why people don't get involved, but what most fail to recognize is that once it has started, it will continue to destroy little by little.

Disenrollment matters,  Council leaders lied to the BIA, lied to the Justice Department.   We have the right and the obligation to hold them accountable for their harmful actions.

People ask what can be done.  As we've written in other posts,  Stop patronizing offending tribe's casinos, hotels, restaurants and their powwows and clubs. 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 their competitor nations.  Disenrollment matters.

Disenrollment matters, because tribes should NOT benefit from harming their people.  If tribes disenroll en masse, tribes should lose the Federal funding and benefits, including land trusts. The American people are essentially paying tribes who violate the civil and human rights of their people.   Our representatives should shun these tribes.  No attending functions, meetings or concerts.  Use their bully pulpit to fight for the rights of the people that have been beaten by the club of sovereignty.

The Dept. of Interior and the Congress have an obligation and responsibility to uphold and amend the protection our civil rights and to protect tribal members from rogue government's that break tribal laws and constitution's only to fill their pockets with money and political power.

Congress trust responsibility does not end with Chiefs and Chairman, it extends to all native people   Have you ever wondered why Congress only provided ten civil rights and those were based on criminality, yet they made American Indians citizens of the United States, limiting their protection?