Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jamul Tribe, Which EVICTED Residents for Casino and Demolished their home, UPSET at Being Called Desecrators

Jamul Action Committee attorney Patrick Webb says his clients, Walter Rosales and Karen Toggery, have cremated family remains that were interred on the portion of the cemetery property owned by the federal government, then excavated and taken to Caltrans land at state Route 125 and Interstate 905. Webb said Toggery is the half sister of Hunter.

  Saying members of the Jamul Indian Village are offended, emotionally hurt and “outraged by accusations” made public and in court by a group looking to stop the building of a casino, Jamul Indian Village Chairman Raymond Hunter said the tribe plans to keep working on the site. Hunter, Jamul Indian Village council member Richard Tellow and tribe legal counsel Anna Kimber on Tuesday morning spoke next to the cemetery, adjacent to a new community center and an administration building, about the casino, burial grounds and the lawsuit.

 “The legal documents filed on behalf of his clients Karen Toggery, who is my sister, along with Walter Rosales are completely without basis,” Hunter said. “The Jamul Indian Village has been the caretaker of our lands for thousands of years, including the cemetery where many of our own family members have been laid to rest. This includes my own mother, Marie Toggery.” Webb said that Toggery and Hunter’s mother as well as Toggery’s son, Matthew Tinaojheda, are buried in the Catholic portion of the cemetery.

 “However, the tribe ignores their own heritage and culture, which buries the families’ funerary objects, grave goods and items associated with the burial near their houses on the cemetery property where they lived, which is now owned by the United States,” Webb said. He said the tribe is also negating Department of Health documents filed with the court that show the state of California “was well aware of the interment at the houses on the cemetery property showing the exact address at 14191 Highway 94." Tellow said that for the past 16 years, the Jamul Indian Village has conducted cultural resource surveys “as part of the development of our gaming projects.”

He said that in 1998, a survey by the tribe’s project manager “did not reveal any cultural resources or artifacts on the reservation that would qualify as potentially significant resources under the National Historic Preservation Act.” Tellow said no signs of human remains were found on the reservation. Kimber called the latest lawsuit “abusive and frivolous” and said it is “intended to harass the tribe and interfere with its economic development plans on its reservation.” READ about the EVICTION: Tribal officials had the homes of three evicted Jamul I ndian Reservation residents demolished to make way for a casino, despite a promise from one official to hold off on the destruction, it was reported Tuesday.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Madera County Gets Blood Money From Chukchansi Tribe, Abusers of Civil and Human Rights

Civil Rights abusing tribe, the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, looks to shore up its weak public image by dispersing almost $1 MILLION dollars that they had delayed giving out earlier this year as groups fighting over leadership kept finanicial matters is flux. 

About 30 nonprofit groups are getting checks nearly $1 million from the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians under the tribe's agreement with Madera County.
The grants were held up earlier this year by ongoing legal wrangling between two tribal factions, but the money was distributed last week, officials with the Coarsegold-based group said.
This year's recipients include schools, animal welfare agencies, tribal organizations, churches and veterans groups.
Under a contract with the county, the tribe is obligated to donate $1 million annually to local groups.
Since the opening of Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino, "Our tribe is proud to have provided millions of dollars in help to deserving organizations all across Madera County," Tex McDonald, chairman of the Coarsegold-based group, said in a prepared statement. "We know what this year's nearly $1 million in grants will mean to the recipients. We look forward to working with the county to ensure that this program continues to benefit the residents of Madera County

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Civil Rights Abusing Tribe, Redding Rancheria, Want New Casino. In Court To Get It

The Redding Rancheria of California, which disenrolled their first chairman, Robert Foreman and his family,  went to court last week to argue for the opportunity to open a new casino.
The tribe acquired land in the hopes of moving the Win-River Casino to a bigger location. The Bureau of Indian Affairs, however, said the site didn't qualify under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
Generally, IGRA bars gaming on land acquired after 1988. But Section 20 of the law allows an exception for tribes that were restored to federal recognition.
The Redding Rancheria was restored in 1983 as part of the Tillie Hardwick litigation. The BIA, however, said the exception doesn't apply because the tribe already operates a gaming facility.
"What's pulled out of thin air, that has no basis in case law or no basis in the history of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, is this numerical restriction that says you can't game on restored lands if you already have a gaming facility in place," attorney Scott Crowell told the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals at a hearing on April 8.
The restriction that's being used against the tribe is not found in the text of IGRA. It was written by the BIA during the Bush administration when it implemented Section 20 regulations under pressure from members of Congress who were worried about the expansion of the tribal casino industry.
The tribe is now asking the 9th Circuit to invalidate the restriction. The tribe notes that its land-into-trust application for the new site was filed in 2003, five years before the regulations were finalized in May 2008.

JUST SAY NO to this disgraceful Tribe.  

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Interior Board of Indian Appeals DELAYS BIA ruling on Chukchansi Leadership

The rightful leaders of the tribe that runs the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in Coarsegold is still in doubt pending an order today by the Interior Board of Indian Appeals to have an administrative judge weigh in on the years-long dispute.
The decision follows a letter by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in February stating that it would work with the tribal council elected in December 2010 to administer housing funds, operate federal service programs and carry out government relations with the tribe.
Reggie Lewis, chairman of that tribal council and current head of the Chukchansi Economic Development Authority tasked with overseeing the casino's finances, praised the position.
However, another faction led by Tex McDonald now running the day-to-day operations at the casino quickly sought to reverse the decision through the Interior Board of Indian Appeals, referencing the latest Dec. 7 election as its claim to tribal leadership.
The IBIA's order delays the immediate effect of the Bureau of Indian Affairs' February decision until an administrative judge sorts out the merits of each council and decides which group of the Chukchansi Tribe the federal government will conduct business with.
Leadership of the tribe has been in dispute since a December 2011 tribal election, leading to two factions laying claim as the rightful council.

Elizabeth "FAUXAHONTAS" Warren Decries Exposure of her Lies on Cherokee Ancestry

Democrat Senator Elizabeth "Fauxahontas" Warren writes in her new book that she was upset at being called out on her lies about her Cherokee Ancestors, and decried the work of Twila Barnes, called out as "some blogger" in exposing her.

See Twila Barnes EXTENSIVE work on Warren’s Ancentry Claims

What really threw me, though, were the constant attacks from the other side,” she writes about the 2012 Senate campaign. “I would almost persuade myself that I was starting to get the hang of full-throttle campaigning and then — bam! Out of left field, the state Republican Party, or the Brown campaign, or some blogger, (TWILA, is that YOU?) would launch a rocket at me.”
Perhaps the most hurtful and high-profile attack thrown against Warren by Brown had to do with her heritage.

At the height of the 2012 campaign, it was reported that Warren had listed herself as having Native American roots at Harvard University. Soon, there was a “full-blown campaign frenzy,” Warren recalls, with Republicans demanding that she prove her Native-American roots and accusing her of getting her job at the elite university by making false claims about her personal background.

Caught off-guard, Warren admits that she “fumbled” when reporters first asked her about the controversy.
Things only got worse when the Brown campaign asked whether her parents had lied to their children about her family. “He attacked my dead parents,” Warren writes. “I was hurt, and I was angry.”
Brown’s allegation that Warren had used her background to get ahead “simply wasn’t true,” she writes. “I was stunned by the attacks.”
Warren devotes a section of her book — called “Native American” — to this controversy, explaining that she had simply grown up learning about her Native American background from her family and that as a kid, she had never questioned her family’s stories or asked for documentation.

“Everyone on our mother’s side — aunts, uncles, and grandparents — talked openly about their Native American ancestry,” she wrote. “My brothers and I grew up on stories about our grandfather building one-room schoolhouses and about our grandparents’ courtship and their early lives together in Indian Territory.”

IRON EYES CODY wasn't an Indian either, he just played one in movies.  Maybe now she feels the pain of what ACTUAL Indians are going through, being stripped of their citizenship and heritage.   Could she become a champion of OUR cause?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lynn Valbuena Elected CHAIRWOMAN of San Manuel Band

EXCELLENT news!   A fine leader and perfect for the tribe.  What a contrast to the leaders of local tribes Pechanga and Pala, Mark Macarro and Robert Smith, respectively.   

 The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announced Tuesday that Lynn “Nay” Valbuena was elected the tribe’s chairwoman, a post she previously served two decades ago.
Valbuena served as chairwoman of San Manuel from 1994 to 1996. From 2008 to 2012, she served as vice chairwoman.
Valbuena has been active in state and national American Indian affairs throughout her public service career that began in 1974 with her first role as San Manuel’s housing commissioner providing oversight for the housing program on the reservation. For the past 19 years, she has served as chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), a regional tribal organization in Southern California whose purpose is to advance tribal government issues with local, state and federal governments.
In addition to her work to benefit American Indians, Valbuena served the nearby city of San Bernardino through a 16-year career with the San Bernardino Police Department, where she utilized her many skills as a stenographer and court officer. She later successfully completed the basic training and self-defense programs necessary to work as a police assistant. After receiving additional training in public speaking and communications, she became the department’s public information officer.
Among her current affiliations, she serves on the Board of Trustees for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, as Trustee for the Autry National Center based in Los Angeles, is serving in her 23rd year as delegate to the National Congress of American Indians, and has been a member of the Advisory Council for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California for 15 years.
Locally, Valbuena has served as a board member with the San Bernardino Valley Lighthouse for the Blind, Riverside-San Bernardino County Indian Health, the Native American Advisory Committee – UC Riverside, and YMCA of San Bernardino.
She has received numerous distinctions throughout her career, including the San Bernardino County Safety Employee’s Benefit Association Distinguished Benefactor Honoree in 2011, California Assemblyman Bill Emmerson’s California Woman of Distinction in 2010, Women Empowering Women for Indian Nations (WEWIN) Honoree and the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Chairman’s Leadership Award.

Is New Jamul Casino Construction Desecrating Burial Grounds?

A new lawsuit alleges that construction of Jamul’s new San Diego County casino desecrated Native American burial ground.The lawsuit was filed last week on behalf of two tribal members who say their ancestors were interred in unmarked gravesites on the property.

Construction of the $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul off State Route 94 is still in the early stages, but the project has already spawned four lawsuits at both the state and federal levels. Jamul residents argue the casino would create major traffic problems and does not comply with state regulations.

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacobs agrees.

"The lawsuit adds to what Jamul residents have been saying for years: A massive gaming complex does not fit with the character of the community and will add thousands of cars to a narrow, windy, two-lane highway," Jacobs said in a statement, adding she hasn't read the lawsuit yet.

Jacobs also said there are well-known burial grounds next to the casino site.
The latest lawsuit claims the ground was excavated and the contents were dumped at the freeway interchange project at State Routes 125 and 905 near the border.

The defendant in the case is CalTrans, which holds the encroach permit under which the casino developer is working. Opponents say the tribe and CalTrans are motivated by money and ignored warnings about the gravesites.

A spokeswoman for CalTrans said she could not comment on pending litigation. Both the casino developer and tribal leadership did not respond to NBC 7’s requests for comment.

A Superior Court Judge is expected to hear the first arguments in the burial site case Wednesday morning.


National Indian Gaming's Ernie Stevens Jr. Hates Mascots, OK with Abuse, Disenrollment, Civil Rights Violations.

Earning a "YOU CAN'T BE SERIOUS!" award, Ernie Stevens Jr. of the NIGA chooses the Indian Mascot issue to stand up against, ignoring the more hurtful and damaging acts of stripping citizenship and heritage from Native Americans BY Native Americans.    Why not stand up for the THOUSANDS of Indians who have been harmed, Ernie?   Here is his statement as to why they pulled their sponsorship of a ......wait for it..... golf tournament:
The National Indian Gaming Association has a long-standing history of opposition to ethnically damaging mascots. (OP:  But NO history of standing up for disenrolled Indians) We have signed on in partnership with tribes, organizations and associations who represent the interests of Indian people who are and will always be against stereotypical sports imagery. Further, we have partnered with national Civil Rights organizations who have joined Indian country in opposing culturally harmful caricatures.
Our mission is to uphold sovereignty and increase the self-reliance of our Native people.       ( OP: Self reliance to abuse elders, practice APARTHEID and segregation) We are an organization of 184 member tribes entrusted to ensure there is a strong tribal presence here in Washington, D. C. to protect the Indian Gaming Industry. We have a strong commitment to our tribes and will continue to do so.
This issue provides us with another opportunity to help educate America so that we can grow out of the negative stereotypes of the past. Being separate, diverse groups of people with beautiful cultural traditions and beliefs makes us unique and distinct from one another, in a very positive sense. It adds to the fabric of the creation, allowing honor and respect for all things. This is the kind of harmony and appreciation we need to strive for every day.
To ensure the integrity of our 30-year-old association and our tribal nations, we have pulled our sponsorship from this golf tournament, which has just recently announced a partnership with the newly created Washington football team's Original Americans Foundation. When we agreed to be a sponsor to benefit Native American College Scholarships and Youth there was no mention of the involvement of the Washington football team.
As Chairman of NIGA, I will stand by my previous statements on this issue. The team's name is offensive and is a racial slur. We will not associate with organizations who continue to perpetuate derogatory depictions and images of Native Americans in this way. We need to move positively into the 21st Century and respect one another. It is unfortunate that this Foundation was utilized to further divide our Country over an issue that is a basic humanitarian principle. All people should be treated with honor and respect regardless of race, gender, or religion.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

San Pasqual Band (Valley View Casino Tribe) Denies Membership Because of Moratorium

Ed Sifuentes reports of the continuing battles at San Pasqual over membership. Does their chairman Allen Lawson even HAVE San Pasqual blood?
More than 100 people who say they’ve unfairly been denied membership in the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians are planning a protest Sunday on the Valley Center reservation, challenging the tribe’s enrollment policies.
The group will be joined by some San Pasqual members who support their claim and are pushing back against the tribe’s chairman, Allen Lawson, claiming he’s not a true San Pasqual descendant.
Membership holds deep significance in Native American communities and, in some tribes, comes with huge financial perks. Members of the San Pasqual band receive nearly $10,000 a month in stipends from the tribe’s gaming revenues.
San Pasqual — which has roughly 280 members — owns and operates the Valley View Casino & Hotel, one of the largest gaming centers in San Diego County.
Huumaay Quisquis, a tribal member helping organize Sunday’s protest, said the enrollment fight isn’t about money but about identity.
“When you’re here in Indian Country, knowing who you are is all that your ancestors left you,” Quisquis said.
Still, many of the protestors are working people, barely making enough money to get by, said Alexandra McIntosh, an attorney hired by the group two years ago. Having access to tribal benefits would make a big difference in their lives, she said.
Many in the group plan to gather about 9:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Canal Road and North Lake Wohlford Road for a short march to the tribal hall, where they will protest outside during the tribal council’s quarterly meeting.
McIntosh represents most of the 150 people seeking enrollment in the tribe. Known as “lineals,” they were born to San Pasqual members but have been prevented from enrolling because of questions about their blood lines or because of a moratorium enacted in 2009 on new membership and disenrollment proceedings.
Some of the lineals have been pursuing membership for years but had little access to records tracing their ancestral lines, Quiquis said. Many of them were briefly enrolled in 2005, but their membership was quickly rescinded when the tribe’s enrollment committee was disbanded and replaced by new committee members, Quisquis said.
Under San Pasqual rules, people must prove that they have at least one-eighth San Pasqual Indian blood to be enrolled. The lineals say that errors in the records have caused their blood status to be calculated incorrectly.
Joe Villalobos, 55, a San Pasqual descendant, said he has lived on the reservation most of his life, believing he didn’t qualify to be a member, even though his father was one. He has been trying to enroll for 16 years — about three years before the casino opened — after learning there was an error in calculating his bloodline.
“We believed that we weren’t supposed to be enrolled,” Villalobos said. “And it feels really degrading to have no say (in tribal affairs) and to be told, you’re just lucky to be here, you are guest on the reservation.”
McIntosh said the lineals share a common ancestor — Modesta Martinez Contreras — who was mistakenly listed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs as having a lower San Pasqual blood quantum when she was actually a full blooded member of the tribe.