Thursday, March 4, 2010

Echo Hawk To Look Into Snoqualmie Banishment Too?

I heard from our friends from Snoqualmie, Here's part of the communication

I think this is really good news. I also got an email today from Larry Echo Hawk that they are going to look into our illegal banishment from our tribe. As you know, the Federal court over-turned our banishment but the tribal council will still not allow us back into the tribe even though the general membership voted overwhelmingly to reinstate us.

This is excellent time to push for all of the disenrolled and banished American Indians because of the United States Department of State discussion about the United States human rights record with the American Indians is happening in two weeks in New Mexico and Arizona. This is the first time that the United States is coming under this review and it only happens once every four years. I will be attending and speaking at the session in Alburquerque on March 16.

One of the goals of the Human Rights effort is to "hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights"

“ All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood."

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 9. No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

In the Western Legal History (Volume 17, Number 2, Summer/Fall 2004 by Professor David E. Wilkins looks into the history of this subject in "Exiling One's Kin: Banishment and Disenrollment in Indian Country". Professor Wilkins describes these as actions "which violate not only indigenous values and traditions, but the basic civil and human rights".

I am praying that these illegal exiles from our tribes can be stopped. That we have available to us every opportunity to be heard and the tribal governments cannot disenroll and banish their citizens from their base rolls without a Federal hearing. I will never stop until it is a federal crime to violate the civil rights of American Indians.

I am thanking the ancestors today for getting you (US)a step closer!

Thank you my friend and we hope that Larry Echo Hawk does the right thing. Snoqualmie, Pechanga, Redding, Enterprise, San Pascual, Jamul Indian Village ALL have had their basic civl and human rights VIOLATED.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which hijacked the Temecula Band of Luiseno Indian's federal recognition, is well known for terminating Indians from their rightful place in the tribe. Since the advent of casino gaming Pechanga's disenrollment of 230 adults from the tribe is second only to the Picayune Rancheria in the termination of Native Americans in CA.
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