Monday, November 13, 2017


Dishonor and Shame the NOOKSACK TRIBE:

Because disturbing the DEAD is how the NOOKSACK ROLL?  Kelly Faction is beyond shameless.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

I Honor MY FATHER on Veteran's Day: Felipe Cuevas, A Pechanga Veteran, Posthumously Stripped of his Tribal Citizenship, BY Masiel Basquez Crime Family Members

We at Original Pechanga's Blog would like to thank all our veterans from each branch of service for their sacrifices. Here is an appreciation of a father, by his son, ME, that we wrote for last year's Veteran's Day. 

On this Veteran’s Day, I want to remember my father, Felipe Cuevas, born July 13, 1928. He was the son of Phillip and Olive Cuevas.  Olive was the daughter of Mary Ann Miller, who, in turn, was the daughter of Paulina Hunter of Pechanga.  Paulina was the matriarch of the Hunter Clan who was given her 20 acres of land on the Pechanga Reservation as the head of the Family by President McKinley. Her Pechanga Ancestry was proved by noted researcher Dr. John Johnson, who was hired by the Pechanga Enrollment Committee, using Pechanga's own records.

My father grew up in Los Angeles, attending Malabar Elementary, and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  He the oldest of five children, all of whom served in our military, including his sister Mary Ann Poole and his eldest sister, Matilda Smith, who is the eldest now of the Hunter Family. He entered the U.S. Army in 1948 and served in many capacities, primarily as a drill instructor. He was stationed in Germany, where his wife Alice bore a son,serving as well in South Korea, Ft. Ord, CA (three times), Ft. Lewis, WA where I was born, and Ft. Benning, GA. At all of these posts he trained young men to serve our country. He served two tours in Vietnam, once an advisor with a South Vietnamese Army Battalion, both tours were near the end of his 23 year career.

He always taught us about our family roots at Pechanga, having helped to build the cabin on Hunter Lane in 1957 with his cousins and uncles. My first time on the reservation was when he served his first tour in Vietnam in 1966. My Aunt Tillie and Uncle Bars took my brother and me to spend time at the cabin. That was when you could still hunt on the rez, for rabbit and dove. He was proud to be Pechanga and he was happy that family members were able to bring us to the reservation while he was in Southeast Asia.  At that time, there were few homes on the reservation. It wasn't until after the casino came and many found out that they could avoid state income taxes did they move there ... or build there.

As it is Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to write about one of his achievements. This Pechanga warrior was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device (valor).  His first tour was as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Unit, serving with two other Americans.  Since my scanner is down, I’ll re-type the citation here, but will have a copy linked as soon as I can, so there can be no "Rathergate" claims. Here's what the citation says:

Date action: 3 July 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Sergeant First Class Cuevas distinguished himself by heroic action on 3 July 1967 while serving as Light Weapons Infantry Advisor to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

On that date, the Viet Cong opened fire on the battalion headquarters compound with machinegun, small arms and 82mm mortar fire. Eight Vietnamese soldiers and dependents were seriously wounded during the initial phase of the attack and an aerial evacuation was requested. Sergeant Cuevas voluntarily proceeded to the helicopter landing area.

Sergeant Cuevas remained in the exposed area assisting in sorting the wounded and determining priority for evacuation. Only when all wounded personnel were safely aboard an aircraft and airborne did Sergeant Cuevas return to a safe position. As result of Sergeant Cuevas’s prompt and courageous efforts, the rapid and efficient evacuation of all wounded was accomplished. Sergeant First Class Cuevas’ heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

Colonel, USA
Adjutant General

In a letter home to my mother, my father described what went on and his final reference to the above action which, by the way was his FIRST DAY there was;  " This made points with the troops, So I'm not in bad shape with the ARVN's." (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam)

My father was also awarded the Bronze Star. You don’t “win” these by the way. But he was proud of his service, proud that he was able to make young men ready to defend themselves and our country.

After surviving two tours in Vietnam and countless hours in the field training our military men, he died of a sudden heart attack in April 1979.

Sadly, he was never able to enjoy the largesse that came with the successful opening of the Pechanga Resort and Casino, which brought much needed funds to the reservation and our people. Conversely, he also was never able to feel the sting of seeing his birthright ripped from his family, which now includes five grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren by a "disenrollment" committee that included: Ruth Masiel, Ihrene Scearce, Frances Miranda and Bobbie LeMere. Pechanga proudly displayed his name as a Pechanga Veteran on their website, along with his brother and sisters, yet now, they also say, HE IS NOT PECHANGA. Pechanga has disrespected all their veterans by removing their veteran's page, because most of the veteran's were Hunters.

On July 13, 2006, on what would have been his 78th birthday, the Pechanga Tribal Council heard our family’s appeal of our unconstitutional disenrollment and later did not allow our appeal. Much of that story is written here on this blog.

My father always encouraged my brother and me to do our best, to do what is right and THAT is why we continue to fight for our rights and against the evil that has been done to our family. We may not be triumphant, but we will be successful in shining a light on the corruption in the tribe and forcing them to defend their disgraceful actions.

Dad, thank you for all that you gave to your family and to your country. I am proud to be your son. It is shameful that Pechanga doesn't reward your memory by following the rule of law and the will of the people. Even more scurrilous, the Pechanga Tribal Council has seen fit to remove it's page honoring tribal veterans.


Feel free to discuss YOUR family veterans in our comments.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Emilio Reyes, Tongva researcher, has a great post up in the DAILY KOS explaining his most recent FOIA lawsuits due to BIA failures to comply.

I have been conducting extensive research in the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) for many years now. During my five years of research, I’ve located important historical records that relate to my personal ancestry and other members of my tribe. Subsequently, I started researching many family lines in different tribes, including Pechanga, Pala, San Pasqual, who have been affected via tribal disenrollment. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

ELEM Citizens Lose in 9th Circuit

Sad news for some in the ELEM COMMUNITY:

This action is between two groups of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo Tribe (the Tribe), the “Brown faction” (plaintiffs) and the “Garcia Council” (defendants). Plaintiffs sued the Garcia Council over allegedly defamatory statements published in a notification that warned they would be disenrolled if the Tribe’s General Council found them guilty of specified crimes. The trial court ruled the lawsuit was barred by sovereign immunity and dismissed the complaint. We affirm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Native American Heritage Month : THE PERFECT Time to RESTORE the Citizenship to Disenrolled Native Americans

This month-long holiday is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to pay homage to the important and numerous contributions of Native American people throughout the centuries.

Left unsaid is the issue of over 11,000 Native Americans who suffered the abuse of tribal disenrollment, moratoriums and banishment  at the hand of their own tribes.  This holiday month presents the PERFECT opportunity for tribes to restore their people to their rightful place in the tribe, to bring all the people home.

We have been writing this blog for over a decade. That's much too long for tribal people to be out in the wilderness and for too many young Native Americans to be born without their rightful heritage.

Each picture on my left sidebar tells a different story, there are also numerous links to tribal stories of their heritage and rights ripped by corrupt councils. the RIGHT THING this month, advocate for JUSTICE

Monday, October 30, 2017

Letter to Indian Affairs on NOOKSACK Election "Irregularities" And Dereliction of Duty by BIA

Dear Mr. Black,
I'm quite aware that you are very tired of hearing complaints about Nooksack Indian Tribe especially in regards to the upcoming election; however there are several concerns I and other members believe need to be addressed. We have been informed that B.I.A. was in the vicinity when the ballots were mailed out; however I do not believe that you are aware of the fact that many voting members did not receive ballots. Below is a list of reasons identified so far:

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The Story of Disenrolled Longtime Members of Wilton Rancheria: ELK GROVE BLUE

Proud to be able to publish the beginnings of the story of the Wilton Rancheria Disenrolled and the BLUE family.  This story is repeated many times in Indian Country, yet very little help is available.

This will be in multiple parts, so please, share and look for the installments.

Elk Grove Blue – The Story of Disenrolled Longtime Members of Wilton Rancheria 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Picayune Rancheria Make Changes to Council, HEADS ROLL

I'm told it was a pretty eventful night at Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians' monthly tribal council meeting. 

After the seating of new council members Jennifer Ruiz, who is now the new PRCI tribal chair, Eugene Lewis vice chair, and Claudia Gonzales, this new mix of council voted to remove long time tribal council member and OPBlog's Hall of Shame member Morris Reid. Reid soundly lost the election in October, but in a rather suspect tribal council move was allowed to resign last week and then be reappointed for another year term replacing sanctioned council member Patrick Hammond 

The general council had spoken loudly and clearly with their vote that REID was not their choice. Hammond's removal is now on the new council's agenda for review....we shall see if this much needed transparency continues. Restoring the honor of this corrupt tribe is a long road.

WHO ELSE is on Chukchansi's chopping block?  An attorney perhaps?

Wednesday, October 18, 2017



* Northwood Casino to close
* River Casino to close
* The Clinic to lose its IHS funding
* The Tribe to lose its BIA funding
* The Tribal Council to lose its recognition
* The Tribal Court to lose its recognition
* The Tribal Police Department to lose its recognition
* A sitting judge to be FIRED for following the law
* EVICTIONS and excess legal fees to be spent

Is it time for change at Nooksack? Or, PAST time?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


A judge sees through this bullshit argument. St. Regis Mohawks should be called out for potentially weakening sovereignty...AND for getting suckered by the value ALLERGAN gave up...which reportedly..should be considerably higher:  READ the FULL STORY

"The court has serious concerns about the legitimacy of the tactic that Allergan and the Tribe have employed," Bryson writes. In his view, Allergan has paid the Tribe to "rent" its sovereign immunity at the US Patent Office.

Allergan, which does not enjoy sovereign immunity, has invoked the benefits of the patent system and has obtained valuable patent protection for its product, Restasis. But when faced with the possibility that the PTO would determine that those patents should not have been issued, Allergan has sought to prevent the PTO from reconsidering its original issuance decision. What Allergan seeks is the right to continue to enjoy the considerable benefits of the U.S. patent system without accepting the limits that Congress has placed on those benefits...

If that ploy succeeds, any patentee facing IPR proceedings would presumably be able to defeat those proceedings by employing the same artifice. In short, Allergan's tactic, if successful, could spell the end of the PTO’s IPR program, which was a central component of the America Invents Act of 2011.