Monday, April 14, 2008
Unlike Pechanga and Picayune, Hoopa Valley Tribe Does the Right Thing for the Children. Pechanga has eliminated 100 children from the Tribe
Pechanga and Picayune Rancheria, eliminate children and elders, destroying their livelihood and health and on the other side, Hoopa Valley Tribe does the right thing: Bringing more into the fold, adding 800 to the tribe.
Hoopa Valley Tribe changes enrollment requirements
Donna Tam/The Times-Standard
Working in the tribal courts for more than seven years, first as chief tribal judge and then as a judge consultant, Byron Nelson Jr. saw many American Indian children who weren't getting the services they needed because of their race. Or, more specifically, what race they weren't.
”I could see a lot of children slipping through the cracks because they weren't protected by the Indian Child Welfare Act,” said Nelson, who was born and raised in Hoopa and is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe.
Nelson said it's the main reason why he campaigned to have the blood quantum for Hoopa Valley tribal membership changed. After months of heated and controversial discussion, the tribe held a special election early last month proposing to change the enrollment requirement from being one-quarter Hupa to one-eighth Hupa.
And THIS is the reason why Pechanga, Picayune, Redding and other tribes that have hurt THOUSANDS of their family, should be held with disdain. Do not patronize those who have hurt so many.