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.


Anonymous said...

OP....did the Pala Watch site get taken over by Robert?...it seems to be an advertisement for Pala now. More positive info on Pala than negative. Curious to hear your opinion.

White Buffalo said...


23rd August 2016 // Industry, Legal News, News
Time appears to have run out in California for the latest version of the state legislature’s online-poker proposal, after the regulatory vehicle failed to be brought up for a full Assembly vote on Monday. CA State Representative Adam Gray promised last week that his amended AB 2863 measure may well have had the votes to pass, but the controversial amendments, primarily a “bad actor” provision that would have mandated a five-year sitout period for international online-poker giant PokerStars, may have resulted in lesser overall support for the bill.

pechanga-cali-2Also exposed, via an LATimes report published over the weekend, just prior to the possible Assembly vote on AB 2863, was a questionable lobbying purchase by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The Pechangas operate California’s largest tribal casino and, along with the Agua Caliente nation, led the small but politically powerful hardline tribal coalition that has targeted PokerStars and generally obstructed online-poker legislation in California for years.

The amendments inserted into Gray’s bill last week catered to the Pechangas’ desires, to the point that one source told Flushdraw last week, “Chairman Gray and his team handed his drafting pen to the Pechanga coalition.” The recent lobbying news offered some fact to support that opinion, exposing that on August 2nd, the Pechangas hired former US Rep. Gary Condit and his BBC Public Affairs firm, for an unspecified amount.

Condit, though, just happens to be AB 2863 sponsor Gray’s father-in-law; Gray is married to Condit’s daughter, Cadee. The Pechangas, in a brief statement, claimed that Condit’s firm was hired to monitor “utility/energy” issues. According to Jacob Mejia, Director of Public Affairs at Pechanga Development Corporation, Condit’s hire was about “monitoring utilities issues for us and have nothing to do with I-poker.”

Except virtually no one believes that, given the timing of the hire, the blatant switch on the issue by Gray, and the general ease through which such a potential dirty-money lobbying channel could be put to such use. A SacBee editorial that appeared early yesterday panned the bill, citing the Condit lobbying hire as a major reason why, just hours before the possible vote seems to have been scuttled.

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White Buffalo said...

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(Regarding the Gary Condit connection, Condit’s own official political career ended following the exposure of his lengthy extramarital affair with Washington D.C. intern Chandra Levy in 2001. Levy was brutally murdered, her remains found in a D.C. park many months after her disappearance. That case has still not officially been solved; the man initially convicted of her murder had that conviction overturned based on false testimony from a jailhouse informant. Condit was defeated in his next primary bid, despite being exonerated as a possible suspect in the Levy case.)

Other industry sources have suggested that Gray stands to profit — whether politically or financially — if the stalemate over the online-poker issue in California continues. Such speculation also seems to have some basis in fact, given Gray’s prior-unexplained flipflop on the measure. It was Gray who had championed the earlier version of AB 2863 as a “compromise” measure that was supported by a broad spectrum of California’s corporate gambling interests. Under the original AB 2863’s language, the topic of PokerStars’ suitability would be left to the states’ gaming regulators to determine. That avoided the specter of guilt by legislative fiat, the intent of the bad-actor provision, which PokerStars parent Amaya has vowed to challenge in court.

For 2016, though, the fight appears over. Even if Gray again reverses course and submits Ab 2863 to a full Assembly vote, today or later this week, there’s no real chance the bill could clear both California state houses by the end of the month. California’s annual legislative session ends each August 31st. For online poker, then, the future begins again in 2017.

However, given that there’s little chance that the Pechangas’ hire of Condit wouldn’t cause the bill to blow up, and that the Pechangas’ themselves announced the hire themselves, it begs the question. Is this again a circumstance of the Pechangas making a long-arm move to deep-six the entire online-poker move? Are they again being the real obstructionists, while creating a situation where they can attempt to claim that the rival Stars-centered coalition is filling that role? The visuals are horrible here, and the politics involved have a serious stink at this point in the debate.