Sunday, April 20, 2008

Former Picayune Enrollment Chair Responds to Goldbergs Comment on Disenrollments being OVERBLOWN

Check out this link from the former enrollment chairperson for the Picayune Rancheria (Chukchansi).

Response to UCLA's Goldberg

For the Record: Goldberg gets MILLIONS from Tribes, nothing from disenrolled/moratorium people. Guess which group she sides with?

More on Pechanga's Genocide of their own people

GAMBLERS: If these tribes will cheat their people, and treat them with so much disrespect, do you think they care about you? Won't they CHEAT YOU?

UPDATE: AIRRO Presidents comments on Goldberg:

I know many people who have read this article found the quote by Carole Goldberg as troublesome, so I think some context is in order. Carole Goldberg appeared in televeision commercials in favor of tribal gaming, and several gaming tribes donate/sponsor/etc. tribal/indian studies programs at colleges throughout California, including her own UCLA.

Considering every word she says on the subject could affect future funding to UCLA, could we really think she would have an objective opinion on this matter? She sounded more like a tribal leader trying to play down the serious human and civil rights violations involved than a college professor providing a thoughtful analysis of the issue. Comments like hers, coupled with the egregious actions of some tribal officials will eventually lead to a thorough review of this issue by the one entity that has the power to address the injustices- the US Congress. So maybe we should be thanking her instead of cursing her.


READ: Disenrollments: Todays Genocide at NDNnews.com

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Complaints being overblown, huh?

If Carole Goldberg had been a tribal member at Pechanga and she was brought in front of the enrollment committee for disenrollment, she would not be allowed have an attorney come with her to her hearings, she would not be allowed to take notes at hearings as no note taking implements were allowed in the hearing room, she could expect a slim majority on the committee and tribal council to ignore any evidence that supported her membership and for those slim majorities to reject her membership and appeal for a reopening of her case, and Miss Goldberg would also not be allowed to have a copy of the transcripts of what transpired at the hearings.

Miss Goldberg could also expect to be convicted on the basis of hearsay "so called evidence," missing documents from the 1800's, and especially on the basis of a distorted interpretation of tribal history and the enrollment criteria which would have, if Miss Goldberg had been a member of the Hunter clan, directly contradicted the findings of the tribe's own hired expert on geneology.

MISS GOLDBERG, ALL WE WANT IS OUR DAY IN COURT, AN IMPARTIAL INTERTRIBAL COURT WOULD DO FINE IF PECHANGA WOULD AGREE TO THIS, AND THAT WOULDN'T BE TALKING TO THE NON-INDIAN WORLD.

IF THAT INTERTRIBAL COURT AGREED THAT WE DON'T RIGHTFULLY BELONG, THAN SO BE IT, BUT I BELIEVE OUR EVIDENCE IN OUR SUPPORT IS MUCH STRONGER THAN THE WEAK EVIDENCE AGAINST US.

O Pechanga said...

Readers, Pechanga hired the foremost expert on California Indians as detailed here:

WITHOUT A TRIBE

Anonymous said...

truth hurts right pechanga!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Overblown? Please, Goldberg, try being on this side of the fence. In fact, as an educator, try looking at both sides. What would you do if Indian Country quit giving your school money, lied about who you were and what you've done?

Fight On for Justice said...

No wonder most people are USC fans, with people like Ms. Goldberg at UCLA.

Anonymous said...

As a tribal member and graduate student at UCLA, I would like to weigh in on the matter. First, I will state my bias up front, I am opposed to the disenrollements. I also disagree with the comments made by Professor Goldberg, and I like to think that she was taken out of context. However, since we can only react to the quotation provided, namely her characterization of the concerns of those who have been disenrolled as "overblown"; I find myself wishing that she would have keep her comments restricted to the legal issues at hand. To diminish the identity, financial, and legal crisis which arises as a result of being disenrolled from a tribe, in my opinion mischaracterizes the true loss. This loss tears apart families, disrupts lifelong friendships, and creates personal identity issues. Furthermore, I disagree with her notion that tribal sovereignty is diminished as a result of a tribe explaining themselves to the non-Indian world. On the other hand, tribal sovereignty is reaffirmed through educated and reasonable explanations of their actions. Does the United States diminish or lose their sovereign status as a result of participating in the United Nations, wherein explanations are given for their action/inaction on a given matter.

In closing, I have a great deal of respect for Professor Goldberg and her legal expertise in regards to Federal Indian law, I just disagree with her comments.