This letter was so good, from our friend C. Cory who is a disenrolled Chukchansi member, in the New York Times comment section. Please read and think about how bad Chukchansi is.
A sad day in Indian Country indeed, as thousands of Indian people suffer violation of their tribal, civil, and human rights at the hands of their own corrupt tribal governments without recourse. The horrific theft of the very birthright of our elders and future generations as Indian People sickens me.
Over 200 Chukchansi disenrolled from Picayune in 1999, another 500 in 2006, 57 in November 2011, 200 up for disenrollment hearings this week...
As BIA “official” Bearquiver so eloquently stated, “We turned our backs on people.” People who commited horrific acts such as murder and rape. Then, RARELY.
On over 950 of the most vulnerable and honored in our society--children and elders? Ripping out the very hearts of those with whom we share a common bond of blood, history, and land? NEVER!
Disenrollment of Indian People is NOT traditional. Bred of corruption and greed, it fluorishes under the dangerous abuse of sovereignty by power hungry tribal governments like Picayune’s. Congress must sanction tribes who misuse this sovereignty in order to destroy their own People. This paper genocide must be halted.
Truly, evil does flourish as good people stand by and do nothing. Congress, BIA, DOJ, White House, NCAI, NARF, Senate Committee on Indian Affairs--THEY have done nothing. This destruction is the product of their inaction.
Bring the People--ALL THE PEOPLE--home to Picayune!!!
Cathy L. Cory
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians