Thursday, July 16, 2015

First Lady Michelle Obama Takes Ownership of US GOVERNMENT'S Actions Against Native Americans

Credit where credit is due.  When speaking to the White House Convening on Creating Opportunity for Native Youth conference First Lady Michelle Obama said this:
Michelle Obama

“Let me offer just a few examples from our past, starting with how, back in 1830, we passed a law removing Native Americans from their homes and forcibly re-locating them to barren lands out west. The Trail of Tears was part of this process. Then we began separating children from their families and sending them to boarding schools designed to strip them of all traces of their culture, language and history. And then our government started issuing what were known as ‘Civilization Regulations’ – regulations that outlawed Indian religions, ceremonies and practices – so we literally made their culture illegal.”

This is PROPER RESPECT to the governments actions against native Americans.  We and our are ownership words.  And that's a good start.  Left unsaid was what Tribal Leaders and groups are NOT ADDRESSING, the CURRENT abuses perpetrated on Native People by corrupt councils and chairmen.

Our friend Cathy Cory, a Chukchansi Indian who was stripped of citizenship by her own tribe had this to say:

Today, THOUSANDS of our Indian people are being stripped of our culture again--this time by our own corrupt tribal councils through tribal disenrollment and nonrecognition of legitimate descendants who abuse tribal sovereignty to destroy our people...WAKE UP White House and Congress! Only YOU have plenary power over these corrupt tribal governments who continue to push this new destruction--paper genocide--throughout Indian Country!

We'd love to have the first lady take the lead on THIS issue, restoration of the right of belonging that tribes like Pala, San Pasqual, Pechanga, Redding, Nooksack stripped from thousands of us.

Learn More on Disenrollment, Ethnic Cleansing in Indian Gaming Country at these Links:
Gaming Revenue Blamed for Disenrollment
disenrollment is paper Genocide
CA Tribal Cleansing
Tribal terrorism
TRIBAL TERRORISM includes Banishment
Nooksack Disenrollment


White Buffalo said...

I do agree it is the responsibility of congress to address the issues and concerns of citizens who have been mistreated by tribal governments. The courts have been saying this for at least ten years. Many of us have made similar statements in or correspondence to our respective legislators, and to the committee on Indian affairs.

Anonymous said...

You ever hear the term" even a clocks right twice a day". It's Michell-O-Clock.

Anonymous said...

Twice a day is better than none. And we need to make sure that people know it. So many are wrong so often...

Great Job Michelle

Helen Nowlin said...

Oh, the stories are profoundly similar. My full blood Chickasaw Grandmother, Susie Brown Nowlin died in 1927. Grandfather was white and died two months after my Dad's birth. My Dad, Raymond Nowlin was 12 at the time of his mother's death. His land was stolen right out from underneath him by means of fraud, aid and abet of a corrupt local government / judicial system and I am quite sure with full knowledge even then by the Chickasaw tribal government or persons working from within. See the following to understand how the fraud occurred (

He was further wronged by other parts of his family, the Neds who asked him to work "their" cotton fields and payment would come after the cotton picking season. Well, payment never came and that was enough abuse for Raymond Nowlin. However, after serving four years in the Army during WWII, Dad went back near the Kingston, Oklahoma area where he was born. My oldest sister and his first of eight children was born. He came home to have his family but as the only living rightful descendant of Susie Brown Nowlin (Chickasaw #2828), the forty acres of original allotment land that he was born and grew up on was by then in a series of fraudulent land transactions. Mineral interests are still held by the heirs of the Edgar Earl Ayers, the probate appointee and Administrator of Grandma's 1928 probate. Dad was made to stop school soon after Grandma died and had all of a 6th grade education.

You have spoken of being "insiders" who are also outsiders. My Dad wasn't able to be an insider because his land was stolen and consequently, neither were any of his children able to be insiders. He had his one child in Kingston. The rest were born in either Altus, Oklahoma, California or Illinois. Without that important land base, he didn't have the roots he or we needed to make our presence known as insiders. In that regard, he and we have been further insulted by this false witnessing.

Years later, the cousin who made the probate and ultimately, who made the fraud possible, cousin Josephine Brown Graham made a statement as well as her attorney "insider" granddaughter, Deanna that my father's parentage was in question. All the public documentation supports our claim and the only "evidence" against it is these self-purported affidavits (no collaborative evidence was ever required).

I have copies of those affidavits and have compared what they say to public records. It doesn't add up (see here Yet, for some reason, the affidavits are held up to be more weighty than all the evidence in the public domain which supports us! The tribe supports the perpetrators and says the BIA decision to stop issuing CDIBs to our Nowlin family line after the affidavits were submitted to the BIA is a matter for the BIA to decide.

However, Josephine's granddaughter submitted her affidavit as an insider and employee of the tribe (copies of it and more information will be posting soon on my blog). That undue influence makes the Chickasaw tribal government all the way up to Governor Anoatubby's office also responsible for the fraud and abuse, both historic and recent. I was told by a Chickasaw legislator recently that the CDIB is issued based on "public documentation from generation to generation." I was also told that the Chickasaw is a "service tribe" and therefore immune from the "disenrollment" problems of per capita tribes, insinuating gambling money is somehow involved. Sorry to say this, however, the real problem may be vested in the ability of tribal governments to govern like real sovereigns and governments are suppose to do.

Helen Nowlin said...

If there is an opportunity to collaborate or to cross share information on our respective blogs, are you interested?

Thanks, Helen Nowlin, Attorney and CEO
Educational Family Estate Apps

White Buffalo said...

It is sad, now you do not even have to have compelling or real evidence against a person to get them disenrolled. Tribal governments know they can lie about anything when it comes to enrollment. This is not the Indian way. We know, of it was family who stabbed us in the back in 2004.

Helen Nowlin said...

It is sad but it will come to bring questions about the Tribes and Tribal governments eventually. These trends really bring into question their ability to govern. The question will be asked, if Tribal governments appear unable to govern then maybe they shouldn't.

Anonymous said...

"It is sad, now you do not even have to have compelling or real evidence against a person to get them disenrolled. Tribal governments know they can lie about anything when it comes to enrollment"

My mother went to Mark and complained to him that the enrollment committee was lying. He just laughed in her face and told her, "if you don't like lying, why don't you take up a petition to make lying against the law".

White Buffalo said...

July 20, 2015 at 11:31 AM I know of the incident, this is not the only time that Marcy has shown his true face. I would say something that I believe he is involved with, but I do not have the evidence, so I w8il not spread rumors. I wish I did because I would love to smack him and Bitch Murphy around with what they have done to get what they want.