Thursday, February 11, 2010

Group says Greg Sarris, Chairman of Graton Rancheria, NOT an Indian

A group trying to stop a casino in Rohnert Park says the chairman of the local tribe has no Indian blood — and it wants the Bureau of Indian Affairs to remove him. Will the BIA step into this action? Is Sarris Native American? Is this a case of selective enforcement by the Bureau of Indian Affairs?

That leader, Greg Sarris, the chairman of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria, has shot back with charges of politics and said the group has no legal leg to stand on. OP: But he didn't shoot back with, "YES, my ancestors are Indian,"

The dispute centers on the Graton Rancheria’s efforts to build an urban casino in Rohnert Park on the northern edge of the densely populated Bay Area. But it also touches on how casino politics in California are inextricably tied with racial politics, not only in the present but deep into the state’s past.

Read more: HERE and also at Stop the Casino 101 They have MORE to the story.
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