Saturday, March 15, 2014

AG ERIC HOLDER, INVESTIGATE Civil and Human Rights Violations in Indian Country.

The Honorable Eric Holder
United States Attorney General
Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington , DC 20530
FAX: (202) 616-9898
AskDOJ@usdoj.gov

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I respectfully submit this letter urging the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to commence a full-scale investigation into the gross civil and human rights violations which have infected Indian Country.

Throughout Indian Country, tribal officials have taken actions which have denied and/or stripped thousands of individual Indians of their rights and privileges as tribal members and denied them access to federal benefits and programs in the areas of housing, education, health, voting and public works assistance.  Pechanga, Pala, Redding, Snoqualmie, Nooksack, Chukchansi, Enterprise, San Pascual are just a few who have terminated the rights of their people.

In some instances, the illegal actions occurred decades ago, however, there has been a marked increase since Indian Gaming has evolved into a multi-billion dollar business. Tribal leaders justify their right to systematically deny and/or strip basic rights and privileges from their citizens under the guise of tribal sovereignty.   The time is right for your department to use it's full force on the corruption that has spread throughout Indian Country.

Tribal leaders have routinely committed acts to deny Indian individuals due process; equal protection of tribal, state, and federal laws; property interest rights; and voting rights. Theses actions have been carried out in gross violation of tribal and federal laws, such as the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, which were specifically enacted to guarantee and protect the rights of the individual Indian.

Using sovereignty as a club to beat the weak and render them helpless is abhorrent. The federal government can no longer allow the offending tribes and tribal officials to claim that this is a sovereignty issue that rests solely within the domain of tribal courts and tribal law. Few Tribes actually have tribal courts.And, in most cases, the tribal government officials responsible for the violations of law are the very same people who pass judgment as to whether or not laws have been violated - they are the judge, jury and alleged criminal all rolled into one
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The United States has a trust responsibility to the thousands of individual Indians whose basic rights have been infringed upon. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that their trust responsibility extends only to the tribal government and government officials and not to the thousands of individual Indian victims. Therefore, I believe that the DOJ has the legal and moral responsibility
to investigate and prosecute such violations of basic rights.

I urge you to direct the DOJ Civil Rights Division to initiate an investigation into the growing number of human and civil rights violations described above. In addition, I hope that any investigation would not be short-circuited by those who would claim tribal sovereignty as a justification for inaction.
Nor should justice be denied as a result of political wrangling by politicians fighting to protect their tribal “clients” who funnel millions of dollars into their campaign coffers.
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Respectfully

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

He doesn't care about Indian civil rights unless you are a Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton ....outside of that the individual Indian is on their own.

Anonymous said...

Eric Holder is the most corrupt person the Government.

Esther said...

And the " Fucking NSA "!

O Pechanga said...

AG HOLDER is STILL the place we have to go.

Send in your letter.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would investigate both sides of this issue. Some have very good reasons for fighting disenrollment but not all ! Power and greed has shown it's ugly face from both sides. So investigate both sides to be fair.

Anonymous said...

I agree both sides need to be heard. The Commission of Authority Regarding Tribal Enactments Section 18 Paragraph 3) States Tribal enactments disenrolling persons found not to meet the established enrollment criteria. The commissioner’s approval of such action shall be subject to appeal to the Secretary of the Interior.
Paragraph 4) The commissioner shall forward to the secretary, with a recommendation, ordinance, resolution, or contracts which, in the opinion of the commissioner are: inconsistent with an act of congress or with a treaty or with tribal constitution or charter under which the ordinance, resolution or contract was adopted, enacted, or negotiated; or should be disapproved or rescinded for any other reason.
Paragraph 5) Notwithstanding the provision of section 25 of this order, the Commissioner shall not redelegate the authority granted in this paragraph to any officer or employee who pursuant to a tribal constitution or charter passes upon ordinance, resolution, or contracts.
This federal statue go by the tribal constitution and bylaws so if the tribe has followed the tribal law in their disenrollment’s the disenrollment will stand but if was done not following tribal law and not looking at the documents then there is the problem.

Anonymous said...

I think the violations of civil rights, including banishment of the Tosobol family for picking sage on their own land and denial of due process should be investigated.
Loss of voting rights, the apartheid system of Pechanga, the corruption at Chukchansi, the dishonor of the Redding Rancheria with the Foreman family ALL fall under the Department of Justice's eye.

Anonymous said...

Please pass this letter on to as many people as possible. Please make sure you have sent a letter in yourself.

Anonymous said...

Sovereignty is not immunity to civil rights.

Anonymous said...

PECHANGA TRIBAL GOVERNMENT IS VERY MUCH CORRUPT!! DENYING OTHER NATIVE AMERICANS DRINKING WATER...ALLOWING DRUG MAKING ON FEDERAL PROPERTY, KNOWING OUR FEDERAL MONIES FROM OUR GOVERNMENT PUT IN PLACE INITIALLY THAT WATER SYSTEM!! SINCE THEY HAVE SO MUCH TIME TO FOCUS ON CORRUPTION WITH TRIBAL RANGERS AND RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFFS, I SUGGEST THAT THEY ARE FORCED, AND I MEAN FORCED TO PAY TAXES ON THIER "ALLOTTED LAND", SO ALL THIS CORRUPTION STOPS AT ONCE,OR HAVE IT MAINTAINED BY CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST. OUR CHILDREN WOULD HAVE A PROTECTED FUTURE!!! FOREMOST, NO MORE THREATS OF "LANDLOCK", BEATINGS,BY THE SHERIFF DEPT., PLAIN AND SIMPLY... CRIME AFTER CRIME!!!!! TRIBAL RANGERS FAVORITE SAYING IS,"YOU DID NOT HEAR OR SEE NOTHING, OR DO YOU KNOW WHAT "LANDLOCK IS"? THREAT AFTER THREAT! AND YES, IAM A NATIVE AMERICAN AND ASHAMED OF SUCH BEHAVIOR! THANK YOU.

Anonymous said...

thanks! I faxed off 25 signed letters to:

The Honorable Eric Holder
United States Attorney General
Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington , DC 20530
FAX: (202) 616-9898

Anonymous said...

FBI Agents along with you Mr. Holder need to investigate ASAP the corruption on the Pechanga Indian Reservation. This involves civil right violations and other crimes...time should not be wasted! Wake-up! Too many people are saying the same thing. If you have no interest, then step down. Tribal Chairman, Mark Macarro has been covering up alot...INVESTIGATE,NOW PLEASEr

Anonymous said...

Investigate both sides? Whose civil rights have disenrollees violated? It is amazing the lengths these people will go to to justify their corrupt and evil actions.

Tell AG Holder: Disenrollees are innocent of any offenses against their tribes. If the tribe had evidence of any offenses they could have used that evidence to disenroll people instead of some fabricated excuse that has been disproved over and over again.

Joe said...

No comment , last time I did an article on my blog and tweeted it (I got a call from a congressman).

Twitter does work.

(No stalkers)





Anonymous said...

Your civil rights are violated when you are landlocked and cannot go to your outside doctors. This action may have not involved you as of yet, however you are fighting for your rights, this also prevents you from using Indian Health Medical clinic, right...Pechanga wants your land! If you are landlocked, you cannot even go to your land...we are all allotees, Native American and should continue to fight! God Bless!!!

Trudy Beihn-Hale said...

I am from North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, they are working on the casino project in Madera off the 99. They are not per say disenrolling citizens, they are "suspending indefinitely." My daughter and her boyfriend were suspended for something they were never convicted of. I have since been fired from my job, kicked out of housing and now suspended from the Tribe. All for standing up for my rights as a Tribal Citizen. Here we go! And they don't even have a casino yet!

Anonymous said...

SOME SERVE ALL AND ALL SERVE SOME.
SOME TAKE ALL AND ALL TAKE SOME.

Anonymous said...

SOME SERVE ALL AND ALL SERVE SOME.
SOME TAKE ALL AND ALL TAKE SOME.