Monday, July 28, 2014

My Civil Rights Were Violated by My Tribe! Won't Somebody Do Something?!

WHO can we get to HELP US?

I've heard this a few times from many groups, Pechanga disenrolled, Freedmen, Picayune and Snoqualmie. They cry out in anguish, rightfully, about how they were mistreated, screwed, violated and hurt by corrupt tribal councils.

But the funny thing is, there are lots of questions like, WHY won't somebody DO something to help us?   ASK YOURSELF:   WHY aren't I doing something?

Yet, many times, when requested to join in a local picket line, or to fax a letter or to make some calls, it's SILENCE. "uh, I can't make it." "I don't have anyone to watch the kids" "I don't have a fax" "I don't like to talk on the phone" "Can't someone else do it?"
"You have a blog, why don't you do it?" "I did work on some of the other stuff, I did my part, now it's someone elses turn." "I've given up, but call me if we get something, so I can get my share ."

Pretty comical, that many want SOMEONE ELSE to do the lifting, but don't want to help anymore.

Think about this in just the case of Picayune Rancheria. There were 700 disenrolled people from that tribe. Is there a website for them? NO. Are they visiting THIS blog, where we have highlighted Chukchansi's issues? NO. Maybe 7 are COMMITTED (Hi Cathy!) to their struggle, but I'm sure all 700 would expect to get their rights back.  Let's see, 500 letters or phone calls to congress or 7, which would have the most impact?

In our case, there are probably 30 active from two familes of about 300. 300 letters or 30? Which is greater? I can't decide... oh, maybe the 300.  Imagine if their FRIENDS got involved!

800 letters or 37? It's estimated there are 10,000 Freedmen who are lacking their proper rights. 10,000 letters, or 100? ONLY ONE Creek Freedmen was at the Candlelight Vigil at Pechanga in 2009! ONE!

It's about IMPACT people and NOW, when we have a new administration in place, we need to increase the volume. That's what we have is numbers of PEOPLE. The tribes who don't care about your civil rights have MONEY, and we can't match that. It takes good, old fashioned W-O-R-K.  

Can ONE or TWO people make a difference?   HELL YES.   I did.  With my cousin we visited Washington DC and were in the halls of Congress meeting with our Senator's representative and committee senior staff.    WE BEAT BACK a RICH CASINO TRIBE's attempt to steal our water rights away from us.  We got a CHANGE made in the bill that was passed.   SO YES, we CAN WIN.

HERE IS AN EASY WAY TO HELP ALL who have been harmed:
Visits to blogs regularly help drive up the ranks and make sure that those who will be looking in know that people are watching. And this type of help can be done from the comfort of your own office. Not trudging uphill in the snow, both ways....

Time to get on the bandwagon....and build awareness.  HONOR YOUR ANCESTORS, who suffered at the hands of an oppressive government.  DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS.  WHY should a congressperson expend ANY political capital if YOU aren't willing to do anything.

I await your comments.

edited Re-Post from 2009
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