Monday, February 8, 2016

#STOPDISENROLLMENT MOVEMENT Begins Today FEB. 8 JOIN IN THE FIGHT

After more than a DECADE of disenrollments, we finally have more supporters rallying against this disgraceful actions by corrupt tribal governments.  Joining this blog in the fight, are prominent Indigenous Artists and Leaders.  MANY OF YOU ask, who will help us...well NOW, you have your answer.

NATIONAL “STOP DISENROLLMENT” VISUAL ADVOCACY MOVEMENT WILL LAUNCH ON MON. FEB. 8, AT 2PM PST
American Indigenous Artists, Actors, Musicians, Elected Leaders, Educators, Advocates, Professionals To Proclaim #stopdisenrollment
Seattle, WA – On Monday, February 8, 2016 at 2 PM PST, a collective of Indigenous People spanning the U.S., will commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopdisenrollment. The crowd-sourced, online campaign is best understood by visiting www.stopdisenrollment.com.
There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate.
#stopdisenrollment is a leaderless movement, which intends to first attract representatives of all 567 federally-recognized tribes in the United States, and ultimately attract as many participants as there are disenrolled Indians.
Currently, over 80 federally recognized tribes–or 15% of all tribes–in 17 states, have disenrolled their kin. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 Indigenous Peoples have been disenrolled in the U.S.
Inaugural #stopdisenrollment participants include:
· Winona LaDuke, Ojibwe, Environmental Activist, Minnesota
· Litefoot, Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, Rap Artist, Actor, Author, Entrepreneur
· Louie Gong, Nooksack, Indian Artist-Activist, Seattle
· Bethany Yellowtail, Northern Cheyenne/Crow, Fashion Designer, Los Angeles
· Dyami Thomas, Leech Lake Anishinaabe/Klamath, Actor, Model
· Robert Williams, Lumbee, Author, Legal Scholar, Tucson
· Gregg Deal, Pyramid Lake Paiute, Indian Artist-Activist, Denver, Colorado
· Jeffrey Verrege, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Marvel Comics Artist, Bremerton, Washington
· Greg Sarris, Chairman, Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, California
· Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux, Last Real Indians Founder, Lawyer-Activist, South Dakota
· Janeen Comenote, Quinault/Oglala Sioux, National Urban Indian Family Coalition, Washington

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Joanne Shenandoah, Native American Music Awards Co-Founder, Needs Help For Transplant

In the last decade, the Shenandoah family has worked to end the disgraceful actions of disenrollment.  Now, she needs help from the Native community.

Shenandoah is a Grammy Award winner. She has received more Native American Music Awards (14 to date) than any other Native Artist, and a total of more than 40 music awards.


Joanne Shenandoah is the daughter of Maisie Shenadoah, Wolf Clan mother of the Oneida Nation of New York, and the late Clifford Shenandoah, an Onondaga Nation chief.  

               

Her family suffered under Oneida Chairman Ray Halbritter  and her health suffered as well. Please help keep her Native talent alive and thriving.

PLEASE, share this post or her GOFUNDME page:  

Pechanga Tribe Before 9th Circuit: We Don't Need To Follow COMPACT

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians doesn't believe it won't have to follow it's compact in the COSENTINO v. Pechanga matter, a case Pechanga lost at appeal.

Watch the 30 minute video here:
Benedict Cosentino V Pechanga Band, No.13-57113

The Abuse that Pechanga heaped on Cosentino, appears to be covered in Pechanga's compact, which was changed.

And learn MORE about COSENTINO V PECHANGA:

Find Lawsuit Filing HERE
RIVERSIDE PRESS ENTERPRISE
Benedict Cosentino Find the Original Cosentino briefs here

HOPLAND Disenrolled Holding Awareness Rally on February 13th. PLEASE..COME and HELP

People ask, "how can we help?"  You can help by spreading the word, by sharing on social media, by asking old friends or family in the area to STOP BY and donate.

HELP END the DISENROLLMENT EPIDEMIC by supporting this event.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Tribal ACTIVISM isn't ONLY a Protest March, It's The DAILY GRIND of Communication and Education. GET OFF THE SIDELINES, STOP Letting the Corrupt Like Macarro, Smith, Lawson Get Away With The Abuse

At the beginning of the year, I posted and article about those aggrieved getting of their ass and DOING SOMETHING.

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.

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.


I saw a meme that was generated by our friend Emilio Reyes, who has done wonderful work for the San Pasqual people, and has found some documents for my own Hunter family from Pechanga.  He also recently found some documents for the Pala disenrolled, (though they thought he was a spy or something, amazing the lack of understanding there)



Emilio is a fighter, he has done some terrific work, that should put to shame many of those disenrolled that aren't doing.....jack.   Yet, they'd take any benefits due them, with not even a word of thanks.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Seattle Councilperson DEBORA JUAREZ Speaks out AGAINST DISENROLLMENT. WHO will stand up NEXT?

 Wise words from (emphasis mine) Seattle's City Councilperson Debora Juarez, the first Native American elected to Seattle's City Council.  A member of the Blackfeet Nation. (h/tip Gabe Galanda)

Disenrollment is tantamount to relinquishment of my Birthright.   But unlike relinquishment of parental rights, disenrollment is based on no fault of my own.

Disenrollment is a decision to steal from me my own Creator-given DNA, my spark, my own gift. I understand.

Because, as an Indian Mother who gave up an Indian Son, it feels eerily reminiscent of a day 39 years ago.

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He was there. Then taken from my arms. Then gone.  I never again had any say.

Disenrollment is like a unilateral politically motivated divorce or forced adoption.  It is like a relinquishment of parental rights, yet with no due process. 

Pechanga Water Rights Bill S1983 Should NOT pass out of Senate Indian Affairs Committee: Please, Sen. John Barrasso, do the RIGHTTHING

Today, I sent this letter to Senate Indian Affairs Committee Staffers please help Pechanga Reservation Allottees whose water rights are being usurped, by sharing this on social media:

Dear Committee Member:

Over the past 12 years, Pechanga officials have disenrolled over 400 previously recognized tribal members. Additionally, hundreds more have been denied membership in the tribe under an illegal moratorium enacted to limit the number of people who benefit from the tribe’s economic development ventures. READ( Pechanga's Paper Trail of Tears and Paulina Hunter Ancestry )

Those who have been disenrolled and denied membership include many allottees that would be adversely affected by S1983 as they provide that the very officials who have stripped or denied the allottees of rights set forth in tribal and federal law shall be responsible for satisfying the very same allottees’ entitlement to water.

Additionally, the Acts fails to provide adequate protections for allottees against future abuses by Pechanga tribal officials in the settlement and allocation of their rights under the Acts. Stronger safeguards and greater penalties are needed to deter tribal officials from once again taking or denying ownership rights vested in allottees and others who may have rights under the settlement agreement and the Acts.

I also oppose S 1983 as they fail to provide and protect the rights of the Temecula band or village of Indians, and their descendants. The Reservation was set aside by Executive Orders dated June 27, 1882 and August 29, 1893, for the use and benefit of the Temecula Indians and the Pechanga Tribe NO LONGER provides those benefits for allottees still living on the reservation. Additionally, NO member of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Pechanga Tribal Council or it's water committee, nor the local water district, has contacted Hunter allottees still residing on their original 1895 alotment. 

How can we expect fair and equitable treatment?  How can you TRUST Pechanga, whose chairman Mark Macarro has lied to congress before?  ( READ: Pechanga's Golf Course is on Land They Told Congress Was Culturally Significant. Department of Interior, House Natural Resources Committee )  

 

PLEASE, DO NOT SEND THIS BILL OUT OF COMMITTEE

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Saginaw Chippewa Tribe: Altercation, Executive Privilege, and Disenrollment

Alcohol made him do it?  He wasn't in control of his actions?  He got physical with an elder who is a disabled vet.  What do you call a guy like that?

MR. CHAIRMAN

At least one Tribal member has mentioned a possible recall campaign and said a police report has been filed after a New Year’s Eve altercation between a Tribal elder facing disenrollment and the new Tribal chief.

Chief Frank Cloutier had been drinking that night when George Sprague, who is among members facing disenrollment and loss of benefits from the Tribe, called the new chief a “fag” at the Soaring Eagle Casino, multiple sources said.

Cloutier, along with Stephanie Peters, a former Tribal Court magistrate and former council member, allegedly followed Sprague, a disabled veteran, to another location in the casino where Cloutier grabbed him around the neck in a brief altercation.

After the confrontation, which occurred sometime after 2 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Cloutier is alleged to have been at the Water Lilly, a casino bar and restaurant, and demanded to be served alcohol after the 2 a.m. closing.

Multiple sources said Cloutier was told no, but again demanded to be served, saying that he is the Tribal chief and can do what he wants.

He was not served, sources have said.

One Tribal member has said on social media that a recall is being considered and that Tribal Police have been asked to look at surveillance video from the incidents.

Other sources confirmed that Tribal Police have surveillance footage of the confrontation, but did not know if an investigation was being conducted.


Tribal police do not talk to the media without approval of public relations staff.