Tuesday, August 23, 2016

10 Things YOU Can Do to Help Stop Civil Rights Violations in Indian Country.

We published these years ago from the President of American Indian Rights and Resources Org (AIRRO), and we think it's still timely, and I've added some enhancements from the original post. 

HOPING someone ELSE will do something IS NOT a Battle Plan

You can help us and help your Native American friends who suffer at the hands of tribes like: Pechanga, Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, Redding Rancheria, San Pasqual, Enterprise, Guideville, Pala , Grande Ronde and the NOOKSACK 306

Here are 10 Things You Can Do To Help Stop the Lawlessness in Indian Country

1. Call, Write, and Email your Congressional representatives and tell them that the violations of human rights and civil liberties must be stopped and the violators must be prosecuted. Remind them that it is their trust responsibility to protect individual Indians from harm. Find your representative at THIS LINK     

OP: If only 10 people send a letter, it makes no impact, 11 is more, 120 is better. Don't sit back and hope somebody writes a letter, or email or fax. Send one yourself and one for your wife and kids and ask your neighbors if you can send one on their behalf. If you are reading this, there is NO EXCUSE for not joining the battle for the rights of your family.

2. Write letters to the editors of your local newspapers (Like PATCH, or local weeklies) describing the violations of human rights and civil liberties occurring in Indian Country. Develop contacts in the media

OP: How do you think we got a news piece on KNBC (linked at my blogroll) or on KCBS? The editors will write about what their readers want to read.  The Nooksack 306 have been on radio, television and print. Grand Ronde had their disenrollees on the radio.  Al-Jazeera has done a show. Their work helps all who have been harmed by their tribes.

3. Boycott Indian Casinos owned by those tribes whose tribal officials have violated the human rights and civil liberties of its citizens and customers. 

OP: I used to spend $3,000 a year at Pechanga, but no more. I tell people now, not to go there, and why, WRITE or CALL the casino to tell them why you are NO LONGER coming, otherwise they will just think "business is down"

4. Get others to boycott with you.

OP: How about your high school reunion committee that's thinking of having it at the casinos? NopeAnd send a letter to the casinos telling them WHY you aren't having it on their properties.  Let them know they could have had a big ticket event. Simply ASK your friends to HELP YOU;

5. Stand beside those who have been wronged - walk the protest lines, carry a sign, pass out flyers.  Bring a chair for the elders....

6. Speak out about the injustices occurring in Indian Country. Don't hide behind the fear "that you might be next".

OP: Bullies will beat up on those who won't defend themselves. We are living proof, we didn't stand up, even when violent response may have made sense.

7. Stand up to your tribal leaders and show them that you won't tolerate being a part of creating another era of dishonor and genocide against Indian People. Do not hide behind the shame of what is being done to your family and friends

OP: Had more of the other families brought their relatives in to vote, we wouldn't be in this situation. One vote to halt disenrollment at Pechanga  lost by 4 votes.  Working from the inside, even while you're on the outside.  Stay in touch....

8. Join and support groups the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization or any other organizations that work to promote, protect and preserve human rights and civil liberties in Indian Country.  There are MANY new Native American sites on Facebook.   #StopTribalGenocide #IndianCivilRights

9. Persuade local business and community leaders not to accept Casino money from tribal officials that violate the human and civil rights of any individual.

OP: How is it that school districts will support illegal immigration, but not support those who suffer the violation of civil rights by their Native neighbors?  Or those who protest Wal Mart for minimum wage to their employees, but won't protest a tribe that harms their own elders and children?  You know, ACTUAL civil rights violations?  HOW MANY does there have to be before it's WRONG?

10. Support and encourage those who have had their human rights and civil liberties violated by tribal officials.

OP: Say, like commenting on blogs, or passing the blog address to friends or visiting the blogs 3-5 times a day to show some love? Or now, with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, you can link to blog stories so that all your "friends" can see it on their profile pages. Also, become friends with politicians and newspeople so you can share the stories with them.
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