Friday, January 18, 2008

NO on Props. 94-97: NAACP's Endorsement FOR SALE, Civil Rights Violators Pechanga Buys their endorsement

Last month, we reported that the NAACP endorsed the expanded gaming propositions, even though it is well known that Pechanga has violated the civil rights of their people. We asked how they can stand with a tribe that has terminated 25% of their people, disenfranchising them and taking away their voting rights in the tribe.

Todays SAC BEE has the story on Huffman being paid as a consultant to the Big 4 tribes. The link has the rest of the story:

NAACP head is paid by tribes, backs their plan
By Shane Goldmacher - sgoldmacher@sacbee.com

The president of the California NAACP has been paid more than $40,000 in consulting fees – and the organization itself has received $60,000 – from a coalition of Indian tribes at the same time the civil rights group has endorsed four ballot measures pushed by its tribal benefactors.
The payments to Alice Huffman, who has served as president of the state conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People since 1999, continue a three-year pattern in which Huffman's political firm has been paid hundreds of thousands of dollars by special interest groups.
Those same interests, including tobacco and pharmaceutical companies, have also donated tens of thousands of dollars directly to the state NAACP while receiving the organization's backing.

OP: The Pechanga Band has stripped 25% of their tribe of their voting rights, right to due process, right to have attorneys present, right to confront their accusers, in a thus far successful effort to eliminate two large voting blocs. Now, a group that proclaims they are for civil rights, sides with violators of civil rights, all for $100,000 grand. I may be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure that the only African-American members of Pechanga, who were Hunter family members were kept from the tribes schools, being thrown out when they were disenrolled.

Would the NAACP change their position for more money, or would they just want a bidding war?

1 comment:

'Amo'kat said...

It is true, there were children who are members of the Hunter Clan who are part African American and are direct descendants of Paulina Hunter that are no longer allowed to attend the Pechanga school and whoose family was denied due process in being expelled from the Pechanga tribe.

NAACP, what about their rights?