Friday, December 9, 2011

Obama Administation Again Delays Juaneno Recognition Decision

We just posted a story on whether the Obama Administration was complicit in the destruction of Native American tribes and here's further proof:

On Friday Larry Echo Hawk, assistant secretary of Indian Affairs in the U.S. Department of the Interior, granted a 30-day extension on the ruling, pushing the deadline from Feb. 14 to March 16. In December, the department had delayed the decision for 60 days to this month.

"The Tribe considers the time to issue the Final Determination decision is greatly past due," wrote Anthony Rivera, chairman of the tribe known as the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation, in a statement sent to members Friday.

The tribe is scattered throughout Orange County, but has roots in San Juan Capistrano and a special connection to the Mission there.

Members have had issues in the past representing themselves as a solid unit, creating factions and disagreements. Rivera's tribe isn't the only one going after federal recognition.

Joe O'Campo and Sonia Johnston are listed as Petitioner No. 84B, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, while Rivera is Petitioner No. 84A, the Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation. The federal government is evaluating both petitions simultaneously.

Does anyone think the Obama Administration would welcome another tribe in California? Or, more likely they are just delaying the bad news.

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