Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bureau of Indian Affairs Secretary Roberts LOWERS BOOM on Unrecognized NOOKSACK COUNCIL

Thank you Mr. Secretary.   This is a GOOD start.  DO NOT STOP  here, let's get after those tribes that have stripped Native Americans of their citizenship, including many like Pechanga, which acted OUTSIDE their own constitution.

SOME QUOTES:

"We do not view ...the general election scheduled for January 17 as legitimate and will not accept the results"      READ the letter below

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Tale to THREE Banishments: Seneca Nation For Cause Pechanga Tribe....Not so Much

Take a look at this story, where a tribal nation  BANISHED six people for being drug dealers. These are not tribal people, but those who bring danger to the Seneca community
Six people suspected of dealing drugs on Seneca Nation land have been banished from all Seneca territory, a spokesman for the Seneca Nation said Monday.
The Seneca Nation Council voted to take the rare step of banishing the individuals following an afternoon traffic stop on Cattaraugus Territory on Dec. 20 that resulted in the drug-related arrests of four men and women.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

UPDATE: STANDOFF ENDS IMPEACHED Narragansett Chief THOMAS REFUSES to Vacate Position; Tribal offices OCCUPIED

UPDATE:   A group of Narragansett Indians ended a weeklong occupation of a tribal government building with a promise to resolve their disagreements with supporters of the tribe's longtime leader.

The occupiers left the building and handed over its keys to a mediator at about 11:30 p.m. Monday. The breakthrough came after days of mediation that included telephone calls and face-to-face meetings on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

"We accomplished what we set out to do and it was time to go," said one of the occupiers, Councilwoman Chastity Machado, who spent six nights sleeping inside the administration building.

The occupying group was led by tribal council members who were elected in July and who impeached Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas in October. Among their concerns is that he spends too much time in Florida, where he has a home.

ABC reports on Rhode Island Tribal dispute.  IMPEACHED Chief refuses vacate.  Sounds like the corrupt Nooksack tribe
Members of the Narragansett Indian tribe on Friday were in their 4th day of occupying their tribal government headquarters, because the chief they are trying to oust won't step down.
Some members of a recently elected Narragansett Tribal Council said they took over the administration building Tuesday because Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas refused to relinquish power after they impeached him in October. By late Friday, the occupation was headed toward another day.
Here's a guide to the latest developments and key background about the dispute:
CHIEF SACHEM

Saturday, December 24, 2016

No Holiday of Hope for Children of Pechanga Descendants at Christmas. 12 Years WITHOUT A TRIBE

Christmas 2016 marks the 12th Christmas without a tribe for many Pechanga descendants, including young children, well now, not so young...

Pechanga Flag Flown at
Standing Rock, Upside Down Under Distress


The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians recently brought disadvantaged children to the Casino to "spread cheer" yet, ignoring the children they ACTUALLY disadvantaged, by stripping their citizenship and heritage. In the case of two large families from Pechanga , the Manuela Miranda and the Paulina Hunter descendants, the tribal council, led by Mark Macarro, disadvantage over 100 children via disenrollment, even forcibly removing true Pechanga children from the tribal school.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Will Incoming Chair of Senate Indian Affairs Committee John Hoeven Protect ALL Native Rights?

INCOMING Chairman on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee John Hoeven:

We must all follow the rule of law for the safety of everyone and to protect everyone’s rights,” 




Incoming Chairman of
Senate Indian Affairs Committee
The statement above was in regards to #NoDaPL encampments, but shouldn't the same apply for the RIGHTS of Native Americans to Belong?  Our tribal rights, constitutional rights should apply and CONGRESS should fulfill their TRUST RESPONSIBILITY to all Natives, not just Chiefs and Councils!

Senator Cantwell didn't, Senator Barrasso didn't, the thought of Hoeven doing so, has be laughing, so I don't cry.  BUT I will continue to fight for my rights, my family's rights and YOUR RIGHTS.

Here's a letter than can be sent...again:


Thursday, December 22, 2016

San Pasqual Alto Descendants File Cert Request to Supreme Court for Justice Against the BIA's Incompetence

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is AGAIN the subject of a cert request to be heard before the Supreme Court.  The Alto Family was disenrolled from The San Pasqual Band.  THIS is NOT a disenrollment issue, but whether the BIA actions VIOLATED their rights.  It's an uphill battle, but attention needs to be drawn to issues of BIA incompetence, or their complicity in the abuse of Native Americans.

It doesn't sound sexy, but here is the question:
The questions presented are (1) whether the doctrine of res judicata and collateral estoppel precluded the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Interior in 2011 from revisiting his predecessor’s 1995 final and conclusive decision about petitioners’ status as Native Americans; and (2) whether the Assistant Secretary’s 2011 decision to declassify petitioners’Native American Indian status violated the Administrative Procedures Act.

Here's the Petition

NOOKSACK EVICTION of Margretty Rabang REBUFFED with Restraining Order from Whatcom County Court

Great news coming from the Nooksack Reservation.  Well not so great if you are a corrupt council member and one who shouldn't even have a seat.

Just in time for Christmas, the Whatcom County court has HALTED the eviction process of Margretty Rabang, who was caring for two young children. The Nooksack council, headed by Bob Kelly were working to steal her home and force them onto the street.  Another product of disenrollment

The court said:  NO, I don't THINK SO!

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

APPEALS COURTS DENIES CHUMASH Descendants.

As one group prepares to go to the Supreme Court against the BIA, the BIA is again subject to this suit from the Miranda family of Chumash who were denied enrollment.

You can find all the documents at Turtle Talk HERE

This interpretation is “reasonable” given “the language of the [Band’s] governing documents[] and the past practice of the [Band].” Aguayo, 827 F.3d at 1228. Article III does not define the term “Indian blood of the Band,” and although it refers to no documents other than the 1940 Census Roll, it neither expressly nor 4 impliedly prohibits the Band from considering such other documents when evaluating an enrollment application. Because the Band’s interpretation of Article III is “reasonable,” the Bureau did not abuse its discretion by deferring to it and sustaining the Band’s rejection of the Plaintiffs’ applications. Accordingly, the district court’s grant of summary judgment for the Defendants is AFFIRMED. 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Amicus Curiae Brief to Support Writ of Certiorari in AGUAYO v. JEWELL to the US Supreme Court

Some Pala Tribal people, seeking JUSTICE are filing for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court against the Department of Interior in Aguayo V. Jewell.  Please support their effort by sharing this post on social media.

Here is an AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE TRIBAL JUSTICE CLINIC OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES LAW AND POLICY PROGRAM James Diamond  to highlight the existing fundamental trust obligation between the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the members of the Pala Band of Mission Indians in regard to enrollment, and how, in this case, the troubling ruling below has allowed the historic trust obligation to be abrogated.


This passage of the brief highlights the BIA's FAILURE:

The Bureau of Indian Affair’s (“BIA”) failure to fulfill its trust responsibility to the Pala Band of Mission Indians to ensure that a Constitution was validly enacted was arbitrary and capricious and directly contributed to improper disenrollments. The BIA has a duty to ensure that the interests of all tribal members are protected and that governing documents adopted by the tribal government reflect the will of a majority of the tribe’s members. By recognizing and applying an improper tribal enrollment ordinance and an invalid constitution, the BIA abrogated its trust obligation to tribes. Moreover, the BIA’s failure to ensure that the tribe’s governing documents comported with legitimate ratification procedures constitutes a violation under the APA and undermines the importance of tribal membership.

VIEW the BRIEF HERE

MONEY QUOTE:

Cedarville Rancheria MURDERS: UPDATE GUILTY Death Penalty Case for Cherie Rhoades Underway for Alturas Killings

UPDATE:   GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS
Alturas mass murder suspect, Cherie Lash-Rhodes, was found guilty on all counts Monday in a Placer County courtroom.
According to the Modoc County Record, Lash-Rhodes was found guilty on four counts of first degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Sentencing has been scheduled for early January.
The Modoc County Record added the jury took about two hours to reach a decision.
Lash-Rhodes shot six people at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas, ultimately killing four on February 20, 2014.



The trial for Cherie Rhoades, the woman accused of killing four people and wounding two others in a 2014 mass shooting at the Cedarville Rancheria Tribal Office in Alturas began Monday in Placer County.

UPDATE:  Judge refuses to allow cameras in the courtroom.
UPDATE:  Word coming that the Prosecution has rested. Defense up.
Rhoades faces the death penalty.cherie
The attack happened on February 20, 2014, during an eviction hearing for Rhoades. Sources close to the investigation say that Rhoades shot the victims execution style, and that once she ran out of ammunition, she chased one of her nieces down the road with a butcher knife and stabbed her.

Friday, December 16, 2016

San Manuel Tribe's Dr. Deron Marquez on TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT: Injustice of Ex Post Facto Disenrollment at Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Former Chairman and scholar of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians has a scholarship paper on disenrollment.
This excerpt discusses the INJUSTICE of Ex-Post facto stripping of citizenship, hidden behind the cute nickname:

Disenrollment 

Approximately 80 federally recognized tribes are practicing disenrollment. The Supreme Court’s Santa Clara ruling has sanctioned these actions, but why these acts are unfolding is still not truly understood. Gabriel Galanda speculates that gaming per capita could be a reason.

Dr. Deron Marquez


In a forthcoming publication, "Dismembered: Banishment, Disenrollment & Statelessness in Indian Country," Dr. Wilkins produces categorical findings on disenrollment, banishment, gaming and per capita payments. In California, according to the research, 23 tribes are engaged in disenrollment and 2 in banishment.

Of the 25 California tribes, 20 operate gaming facilities of which 17 disburse per capita checks. Given the high occurrences in California, there are two cases that exemplify disenrollment. Both include tribal governments that engage in gaming operations and both engage in per capita programs. Also, both are located in Southern California.

Jeffredo v. Macarro 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

What is the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division's Policy of the Abuses of Indian Civil Rights? Request an Answer

  Guest blogger  Reinstatement Resolution has crafted this letter.

HERE is a letter YOU can and SHOULD send to Attorney General  Loretta Lynch, or to the newest Attorney General candidate JEFF SESSIONS It's a request for a policy statement,  which could be as simple as "we won't defend the civil and human rights of Indian people harmed by their own Tribes." And may be far too likely.


To: US Department of Justice
    Attorney General Loretta Lynch
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington , D.C. 20530-0001
    Email: askdoj@usdoj.gov
    Fax Number: 202-307-6777

From:  
         
Re: Request for Policy Statement


Dear Attorney General, 
I am writing this request on behalf of thousands of American Indians who have been removed from the Membership Rolls of Federally Recognized Tribes without due process and in violation of their right to equal protection under the law.

Many of the decisions to terminate tribal membership have been imposed by Tribal Leaders without the approval of the General Membership of the Tribe, in direct contradiction of the governing documents of their respective Tribes, and motivated by racial bias. This racial bias is compounded by the fact that some of these Tribal Leaders have no Indian ancestry themselves, and would not meet the same standards as these disenrolled Indians, who have endured discrimination and bias from American society, and now face bias and discrimination from within their own tribes.

Tribal Leaders act with impunity due to the protections of sovereign immunity. Many of these leaders claim that the Santa Clara Pueblos v. Martinez Supreme Court decision gives them the right to exclude legitimate tribal members and they have done so, causing egregious harm to the Native Americans who lose their tribal citizenship. This harm extends far beyond the loss of membership in a Federally Recognized Tribe. It means denial of eligibility for federal benefits to help finance education, medical treatment, and even emergency assistance to families in need. It means the loss of land rights, burial rights, and access to benefits provided by the tribe. It means a denial of heritage, and the legacy of their ancestors, and the connection to their culture.  

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

NOOKSACK Tribal Government NOT RECOGNIZED by Washington Court

This is GOOD NEWS.   The Nooksack Tribe and their buffoon of a Chairman, the adopted Indian Bob Kelly are informed that the Washington State Court REFUSES to recognize the tribe's actions as per BIA ruling
Nooksack protesters

The website Turtle Talk has the order here

THIS COURT THEREFORE FEELS COMPELLED TO RECOGNIZE THE LAST COURT ORDER BEARING ON THIS ISSUE THAT WOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS VALID BY THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, AND THAT ORDER IS THE ORDER OF THE NOOKSACK COURT OF APPEALS AT ISSUE HEREIN

I believe the term is BOOM!  All actions after March 24, 2016 are INVALID

Learn More on Disenrollment, Ethnic Cleansing in Indian Gaming Country at these Links:
Gaming Revenue Blamed for Disenrollment
Disenrollment is paper Genocide
Read the ICT article on NOOKSACK here
CA Tribal Cleansing
TRIBAL TERRORISM includes Banishment
Nooksack Disenrollment




Monday, December 12, 2016

Sen. Maria Cantwell Requested to Hold Field Hearings on NOOKSACK Tribe's Human Rights Abuses

Our friends from the Nooksack 306 are initiating a request for Washington's Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray to hold field hearings over the abuses of civil and human rights by the unrecognized Bob Kelly led council of the Nooksack Tribe.

U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell

Here is a sample of what they were asking:

I am calling to request ask the Senate Indian Affairs Committee to hold hearings on the growing number of civil rights abuses occurring at the reservation of the Nooksack Tribe.

The number of civil and human rights violations at Nooksack has reached epidemic proportions.  One third of the tribe have been stripped or denied the basic due process and equal protection rights provided for in the United States Constitution, the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 (“ICRA”), and tribal laws.  This is happening even though the current council is NOT recognized by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    Considering the current situation and an environment which rewards the villain and punishes the victim, I ask you, “How do you plan to address this problem?”


I believe that hearings on the current civil rights situation in Indian Country are not only warranted, they are long overdue.  Your Trust Responsibility is to ALL Native Americans, not just to corrupt Chairmen and their Councils.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

When A Wannabe Cherokee's Collaborator Gets...BUTTHURT

A comical exchange today on Facebook between my friend, Cherokee genealogist David Cornsilk and a young college journalist. She asked David to speak on a topic that he's extremely qualified for.   Shortly thereafter he gets a message:

Hi David, I find myself in an immensely uncomfortable situation. This is so going to sound soooo completely random, but, it seems you have had a serious conflict with a member of my PhD dissertation committee, Dr. Jace Weaver.* I have not been privy to any details. Please do not feel inclined to defend yourself or express your side. I do not wish to know anything about what has happened, but since he is my mentor, I need to handle this especially gracefully. (OP: Do not piss off the Wannabe who's gonna grade me?)


Having done a little background research, I read that your daughter has obtained a law degree and has experience in human rights. Would it be too much to ask that we might divert the request for commentary to her? I'm extremely sorry for this most unexpected development. 

Kind Regards, Courtney

David, always ready with a reply, did:

I  haven't had any conflict with him, YET. I just keep pointing out he's an ethnic fraud and liar. He keeps avoiding the issue.  (OP:  LOL, no conflict there!)
The fact that he is poisoning Indian country, including silencing my voice, however unintentionally, through you only steels my resolve to expose him for the phony he is.
Your own weakness does not bode well for your career. Ya sure you'll probably go far. But I hope you ALWAYS remember this moment you let a wannabe silence a real indigenous voice.
I won't be suggesting my daughter do anything for you. She has too much integrity for such BS.
Take care

BOOM! The kid strikes back:

Please consider doing your own research on Dr. Jace Weaver. Someone -- not naming any names -- is a little drunk on haterade and his vision is hazy.  (OP: That doesn't even leave a mark)

From the comments:

....If he can lie about his very identity for personal gain, how can anything else he has done be trusted?

Wannabes like Jace Weaver are a threat to indigenous identity and tribal sovereignty.

You put your own personal relationship with Jace Weaver, and desire to have your dissertation accepted, above journalistic integrity. It's not too late to keep your integrity intact. Do the right thing.

Courtney responds:

Yes....I decided to not collaborate with you out of respect for someone I respect, who's reputation you have baselessly attacked. It's on me. All me. Your behavior -- with the public post -- has shown me all I need to know about you. It has nothing to do with Dr. Jace Weaver. But have fun making this entire situation about you. You need counseling  (OP:  Is psychology her minor, or maybe a double major?)   Then, she quit responding, because backing up her assertions would melt the snowflake?

Lot's of comedy there by a young, perhaps starstruck student..who has "skimmed" the material, but hasn't made a deep dive.  Read this from David:
Clearing up Misconception on Cherokee Identification

As was said.....there's a cream for that butthurt...



*Weaver had claimed Cherokee identity, but stopped when confronted with the fact...that he was not on the rolls, thus not a member


Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault Ask Protectors to LEAVE STANDING ROCK

After successfully fighting the Dakota Pipeline, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault is asking for the protectors to return home.  He's asking law enforcement to do the same.   Which group will respect the chairman's wishes?
Standing Rock Protectors, in better weather


“We’re thankful for everyone who joined this cause and stood with us.” He added, “The people who are supporting us … they can return home and enjoy this winter with their families. Same with law enforcement. I am asking them to go.”

A civilian leader in the Army made the decision to deny an easement to the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline despite Army Corps of Engineers recommendations that it be granted, according to officials and a document.

But because of the pipeline’s size — 30 inches in diameter — its approval went to Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works Jo-Ellen Darcy, an official said…

When asked why Assistant Secretary Darcy decided to go against the Corps of Engineers recommendation, Kelley her spokesperson said, “the Army decided that the totality of circumstances call for additional analysis, a more robust consideration of alternatives, and additional public information.”


LYING, Thieving, Civil Rights Abusing Redding Rancheria Moving Win River Casino Near Redding

The Redding Rancheria of California is finally moving forward with plans for a new casino at a bigger location.
The tribe has submitted a land-into-trust application for a 232-acre site near the city of Redding. A scoping meeting -- the first step in a long journey -- takes place December 21.

"We are currently engaged in a process that will most likely take a few years to complete," Tracy Edwards, the tribe's chief executive officer, said in a post on Facebook.

Edwards said the tribe was "extremely excited" to start work on the project, which has been in the works for more than a decade. But the effort suffered a setback in 2010, when the Bureau of Indian Affairs said the land could not be used for a casino under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The tribe took the matter to court and won a favorable decision that opened the door for resubmitting the land-into-trust application. At issue was a controversial gaming regulation that appeared to limit the tribe's options until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals determined otherwise in January 2015.
If the BIA approves the application, the tribe plans to close the Win-River Resort and Casino, which is located on a much smaller 2.3-acre site. Plans call for a facility with a 140,000 square-foot casino, a hotel with about 250 rooms, retail and an event/convention center.

"We are part of the community and we look forward to input from the community as we work through this project," Edwards said. "This project will have a huge, positive input on the county, the city, and the tribe, it could potentially bring many jobs and visitors to our region."

Monday, December 5, 2016

FAUXAHONTAS (Elizabeth Warren) DISCOVERS Dakota Pipeline; Heitkamp Pissed at Army Corp

AMAZING, Fake Elizabeth Warren discovered #NoDAPL this weekend!

For months, the Standing Rock Sioux and thousands of others have opposed a pipeline that many believe risks contaminating the tribe’s water supply. What have they faced in response? Attack dogs. Rubber bullets. Tear gas. Water hoses in freezing temperatures. 

A 21-year-old graduate of Williams College in Massachusetts had her arm nearly destroyed. And last week, the governor directed state and local agencies to refuse emergency assistance as a way to expel the tribe and their “water protector” supporters.

The response to Warren hasn’t been very kind. Here’s a sample of messages left on her Facebook page:

Friday, December 2, 2016

DONALD TRUMP SUPPORTS DAKOTA PIPELINE in Statement Today

Well, NOW we know why he was silent during the election, as was Hillary:

A communications briefing from Trump’s transition team said despite media reports that Trump owns a stake in Energy Transfer Partners (ETP.N), the company building the pipeline, Trump’s support of the pipeline “has nothing to do with his personal investments and everything to do with promoting policies that benefit all Americans.”

“Those making such a claim are only attempting to distract from the fact that President-elect Trump has put forth serious policy proposals he plans to set in motion on Day One,” said the daily briefing note sent to campaign supporters and congressional staff.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Indian Health Service WILL WATCH NOOKSACK 306 ELDERS DIE

A stern letter from Indian Health has NOT stopped the denial of health care to Native Americans being disenrolled by an invalid Nooksack Tribal Council.

HERE is an example of what that healthcare loss can mean.


We need field hearings by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.  Here's  a link to a letter to send to Chairman John Barrasso.

The BIA has refused to recognize the current council but they haven't put a stop to them running the tribe.

This is bordering on the CRIMINAL.   SPEAK OUT...write YOUR representative..

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

NM Senator Martin Heinrich Expresses GRAVE CONCERNS over #NoDAPL BRUTALITY

Department of GOOD STARTS.

New Mexico Senator Martin Heinrich, in a letter to President Obama on #NoDAPL expresses grave concerns about the conditions, and POTUS's response to the brutality of ND police.  WHO is next?



Tuesday, November 29, 2016

NOOKSACK Disenrolls 33% of their LIVING Tribal Members; Dead will also be Exterminated




The Nooksack Tribe of Washington has removed 289 "non-Indians" from the rolls, scumbag Chairman Bob Kelly confirmed last Wednesday.
Kelly, who reportedly is ADOPTED into the Nooksack Tribe, did not address claims that his tribe is functioning without a valid governing body. Instead, he characterized the action as a means of correcting mistakes in the rolls.

“This has been a long and difficult process, and the Nooksack people are glad it’s finally over,” Kelly said in a press release. “Both tribal and federal law recognize that sovereign tribal nations have the right to determine their own membership."

According to the press release, the dispute began in 1983, when certain individuals were "erroneously or fraudulently" enrolled in the tribe. Many of those who were removed are part of a group known as The Nooksack 306 and Kelly said they were unable to prove their citizenship.

"The individuals disenrolled today all failed to show that they are lineal descendants of Nooksack tribal members, or that they have at least ¼ degree of Indian blood," Kelly said. "Each was provided a disenrollment hearing, with advance notice, as well as an opportunity to provide proof of membership to satisfy the enrollment criteria set out in the Nooksack Constitution. They either would not, or could not, prove their status as Native Americans, and in fact, they didn’t even try.”   OP:  He did not even MEET with all of them, and has no proof that the right people were on the other side of the line.

The hearings referenced by Kelly took place over the phone -- not in front of the tribal council -- and lasted, at most, 10 minutes for each person, according to accounts shared by The Nooksack 306. Participants derided the proceedings as a mockery of their rights.

"I stood firm in my ways, spoke from the heart and on behalf of my late mother and grandmother," Toni Jones, who was among those disenrolled, said in an account shared by the group. "I will not be bullied by a fake council and I am not scared to stand up to them and speak the truth. Our history is not made up, first of all we have our oral history and second we have the documentation to prove our Nooksack heritage."

Both the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service warned Kelly about the lack of a quorum on his nine-member council. According to the two agencies, four seats on the governing body have been vacant since March, and any actions taken since then -- including the mass disenrollment -- are not considered to be valid.

Yet nether agency has appeared to take any punitive actions thus far. Deborah Alexander, who was among those removed, on Monday said she has been denied medical and dental services at a clinic the tribe operates under a self-determination contract with the IHS.

But failing to comply with the contract could eventually result in some sort of action, the IHS told Kelly in a November 18 letter, a copy of which was posted by Turtle Talk. Although the letter wasn't specific, federal agencies have gone so far as to withhold federal funds in similar governance disputes.

OP:  From Nooksack 306 Facebook page:

Elders are receiving calls from the clinic and are being told they are no longer eligible for services there. Emily at the Clinic is telling them all that she was given a list of people to call with that bad news. Lona surely gave her that list. Utterly disgraceful and dishonorable



To address the apparent lack of a quorum, the tribe is holding a primary on December 17. But an official 2016 voter's list does not include any of the people who were removed in the purge.

The list appears to contain fewer than 600 names so the tribe has cut its rolls by about 33 percent with the removal of the 289 people.

WHO BELONGS to Native Nations? Conference is Arizona on Tribal Kinship March 9-10, 2017

The list of attendees grows, with some heavy hitters including Dr. Matthew Fletcher, David Wilkins and Gabe Galanda.   CAN YOU ATTEND?

whobelongsflyerfinal

DONALD TRUMP, the POMPOUS WINDBAG THINKS You Should LOSE your CITIZENSHIP if YOU BURN THE FLAG


As SOMEONE who has actually LOST his citizenship, mine was STRIPPED from me and my extended family and our ancestors by the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of Temecula, CA, run by Mark Macarro and aided/abetted by his Democrat Hillary Supporting wife Holly Cook Macarro,...Trump's statement offends me.



Lose your citizenship for expressing your 1st Amendment rights? No.    Get your ass kicked for burning our flag...maybe.

Can you name any American that has lost his citizenship in the last 50 years?

Native Americans STRIPPED of Tribal Citizenship explains what happens.  And you DO remember when the DRY CREEK POMOS looked to limit free speech, right?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Cherokee Nation SUES Federal Government over TRUST FUND Accounting.

The Cherokee Nation is suing the federal government in order to secure an accounting of its trust funds.

Citing dozens of treaties and agreements dating to the late 1700s, the tribe said it has never been provided with a proper accounting of the proceeds from land sales, oil and gas development and other activities. A dollar figure wasn't provided but similar cases have been settled for tens and even hundreds of millions of dollars.

“There is a strong desire for resolution of these breach of trust issues,” Chief Bill John Baker said in a press release. “This is long overdue, and the Cherokee people are owed their rightful assets and resources. It is my duty as Principal Chief to make sure the United States upholds their promises to our people.”
The complaint was filed in federal court in Oklahoma on Monday. It comes on the 231st anniversary of the tribe's first treaty with the United States.

"This legal action is necessary because the United States government managed and controlled the Cherokee Nation’s property but never in hundreds of years provided a full accounting as the law requires,” said Todd Hembree, the tribe's attorney general

More than 100 tribes have settled similar lawsuits with the Obama administration. As of late September, the total value has grown to $3.3 billion.
Many, but not all, of those cases had been filed toward the end of the Bush administration because tribes faced a critical deadline to assert their claims. The first big round of settlements arrived in April 2012 and dozens more followed over the years.

It can typically take years for a breach of trust case to reach a point where a settlement might be reached.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fidel Castro Dead. why wait to overthrow Tribal Dictators

Good news that a tyrant is dead at 90.  True story that only the good die young. Castro survived Kennedy by 53 years.

Do tribes really want dictators like Bob Kelly of Nooksack, Robert Smith of Pala, and Mark Macarro of Pechanga to stay in power that long?

THINK

SHAME that Castro lived to see Cuba opened....

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mark Macarro's Pechanga Tribe: Standing With STANDING ROCK, But NOT THEIR OWN. #NODAPL

I find some solace in the fact the the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians have gathered together for a photo of support of those real protesters/protectors of Sioux water rights and protecting sacred sites as we see here:

Indian Day at Pechanga
It makes hundreds of us wonder, WHY didn't they do the same for their OWN people? In fact, some of the yahoos in the back of the meeting room threatened to dig up our relatives from the Pechanga Cemetery.  Do THEY really care about sacred sites? We wrote about Redding Rancheria Chairman Potter who went to Standing Rock a dozen years after he was part of a group that forced a family to disinter their mother and grandmother.

Is it because they feared speaking truth to power?  Or, was it because they only thought of enriching themselves at the expense of so many elders and children of other families?

The first picture is eerily similar to the photo below, where the family of Lawrence Madariaga, my cousin,gathered to honor him after he walked on. Some of those in the 1st picture would come to Lawrence for help, for money, for diapers and milk, yet turned their back on he and his family when they needed REAL support, not a photo op.  Or do we hope that it's a good start?

               

Here is a picture of Lawrence and Sophie Madariaga's granddaughters, ACTUALLY AT STANDING ROCK spending two full days with #NoDAPL protectors:

Della Freeman and Carrie Madariaga
at
STANDING ROCK


Find it in your heart Pechanga people, to DO the Right thing and bring ALL the people home, where they belong.  You know how to find them...come to the reservation, there's a bunch of the family that live there...unlike you.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Would Trump's AG pick Jeff Sessions BE ANY Better on Native Civil Rights Abuse Than Lynch or Holder?

We have been asking our last two Attorneys General of the United States to have their civil rights divisions look into the civil rights abuses by corrupt tribes of their people for EIGHT YEARS. Crickets chirping was all we heard.
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Attorney General Candidate
Jeff Sessions (R for racist) AL
Today, on the Sunday news shows, Democrat minority leader Chuck Shumer expressed concern that new Attorney General choice Jeff Sessions would be concerning to him as a AG choice, because he's unsure if he would keep a strong civil rights division.  While it may be true, the last two have done NOTHING for us.  Maybe we are invisible to Shumer too.

 Remember when we said abut HOLDER:
Eric Holder
Cipher as AG
What is it about Holder?  Is he all flash and no substance?   He got America all riled up thinking he would get a civil rights case against George Zimmerman too, after he won his self defense case in the death of his attacker Trayvon Martin.   Another EPIC FAIL, ERIC.   The failure was not in NOT finding civil rights abuses...but in trying to pull the wool over our eyes in saying that there were.

Remember when we asked Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch
No Better
We have all seen the horrendous video of a young girl's violent arrest in South Carolina, which resulted in the firing of the police officer involved.  The FBI and DOJ will be looking into the issue.  WHY THEN, does the DOJ REFUSE to look into the violations of over TEN THOUSAND Native American's Civil Rights?    Is the priority that which gets news coverage?   If so, we must increase our efforts to make news.....
It's time for AG Loretta Lynch to investigate the Bureau of Indian Affairs
.  For failing to protect the rights of Native Americans, from abuse BY Native Americans.  Please fax a letter.

We MUST start anew with Sessions if confirmed...or we can give up and sit on our hands...which MIGHT get results.  The New York times is concerned about illegal immigrant rights and Sessions, but Native American civil rights?  Not at all...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Remembrance: ROBERT FOREMAN First Chairman of Redding Rancheria; Disenrolled AFTER False Rumors Were Disproved.

Robert Edward Foreman, the first Chairman of the Redding Rancheria, passed away FIVE YEARS ago,  on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008.  Here is a remembrance of a post we wrote then  Please, read and share on social media.   And AVOID the WIN-RIVER Casino.

Here's how the first Chairman was treated by the Redding Tribal Council:

On January 27, 2004, all 76 members of my family the “Foremans” were removed from the Redding Rancheria tribal rolls based on nothing more than a conjured up rumor alleging my mother Lorena Foreman-Butler was not the daughter of her mother Virginia Timmons, one of Redding Rancheria’s 17 Original Distributees.
Tribal Officials never produced a single piece of evidence to dispute my mother's maternal lineage and my family provided reams of legal and contemporary documents proving her mother was Virginia Timmons. Tribal Council still required my family to provide genomic DNA from my deceased mother and grandmother to retain our tribal citizenship

Despite my family providing Tribal Council with DNA test results from two separate labs of 99.987% and 99.890%, proving by the legal standards established by the American Bar Association and the American Medical Associations that Lorena Butler and Virginia Timmons were mother and daughter, Tribal Council still stripped my family of our tribal citizenship. 


Bob Foreman has been fighting to regain his family's civil rights and the rights of disenfranchised Native Americans since.

Here's a link to his story: BOB FOREMAN Rest in Peace Details on the celebration of his life to follow

From his Obituary:

Bob Foreman, Redding Rancheria's first tribal chairman and a pioneer in north state American Indian health clinics, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72.
An Achumawi Pit River Indian, Foreman was remembered Thursday by friends and family as a tireless advocate for Indian rights, skilled communicator and loyal patriarch.
He was born June 12, 1936, in Lake County. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction as did his father, said daughter Carla Maslin of Redding. In the late 1960s, he began his campaign to get Indians health care in the north state.
His efforts paid off in 1971, with the opening of the federally financed Shasta-Trinity-Siskiyou Rural Indian Health Center in Anderson.


"Bobby was a real devoted guy to his tribe," said Everett Freeman, tribal chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians near Corning. "He almost single-handedly got Indian health to where it is today."

Larry McClanahan, a Navajo Indian who moved to Cottonwood from Arizona in 1972, said Foreman was one of the first people he met in the north state. He and his family were glad to receive clinic services.
"He took me as I was," McClanahan recalled. "He was a man that was concerned for people."
Rod Lindsay, a Shasta Lake city councilman who works with the Office of Indian Education for the Anderson Union High School District, also met Foreman through the clinic. Lindsay said Foreman was a mentor for many, sharing his knowledge of culture and history with the young.

Foreman also was instrumental in organizing the Redding Rancheria Indian Health Clinic on Churn Creek Road and served as director, later retiring as self-governance coordinator for the rancheria, Maslin said.

In 1985, when the rancheria regained its tribal status, Foreman was elected as its first chairman and subsequently served on the tribal council.
But in 2004, he and all his family members were disenrolled after a bitter dispute over his mother's maternal lineage. The struggle took a toll on his health, Maslin said.
Foreman suffered from heart and kidney problems, she said.
Leah Harper, a family friend of more than 20 years who does native medicine work in Redding, said she wanted to stand out in front of the Churn Creek clinic with a "thank you" banner in Foreman's honor
.
"I believe that Bob had the heart of the native people and he wanted to make a difference for them," she said. "Bob was loving and the children are loving and they work very hard."
In addition to Maslin, Foreman is survived by three daughters and three sons, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending.
For her part, Maslin is grateful her father last year was able to do something he'd always wanted - to see the Grand Canyon.


"He actually got emotional just looking at it," she said. "He was in awe of its beauty and couldn't believe the world had such a beautiful place."

Congratulations to the Redding Rancheria for their despicable acts of DISHONOR in what they did to this man and his family.

Native Justice: Letter To Senator John Barrasso, Committee on Indian Affairs Chairman, Asking For Field Hearings

U.S. Sen. John Barrasso is the chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.   (Twitter: @IndianCommittee and @SenJohnBarrasso)  We NEED him to have hearings in Indian Country on the abuses of Native Americans, BY Native Americans.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
Chairman

The Wyoming Republican said when he took the leadership of the SCIA that he looks forward to working with others to pass legislation that helps improve the lives of people across Indian country.
Barrasso has already held field hearings in Wyoming and Alaska.  Let's ask him to improve the lives of Native Americans by seeking justice.


Here is a letter than you could send the chairman:

Senator John Barrasso
30y Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Main: 202-224-6441
Fax: 202-224-1724
Tollfree: 866-235-9553

Dear Chairman Barrasso,

A report by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) referenced the fact that internal tribal disputes “seem to be occurring more and more frequently”. Such disputes have resulted in the disenrollment, which is the stripping of citizenship in one's own tribe, banishment, denial of membership, loss of voting rights, and/or denial of health/medical benefits of thousands of Indians, including children and elders.

In response to the growing number of these types of disputes, the GAO felt it was necessary and appropriate that nominees to the Secretary of Interior be asked how they would address such issues. Since most of the civil and human rights abuses have occurred under Democratic leadership, I believe it is also important to know how your committee will work with individual Indians in trying to resolve or prevent such disputes.

The TRUST RESPONSIBILITY of the United States Government is NOT just to the chiefs, chairmen and tribal councils, it's to all Native Americans, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs has failed to uphold the trust responsibility to the individual Indian.

Your role as Chairman should be to help facilitate (1) internal tribal disputes that harm Native  Americans and (2) the protection and preservation of individual Indians’ basic rights in internal disputes. The BIA has abdicated responsibility and are leaving it to the IBIA to overturn their decisions.  In fact, the BIA may be culpable in some of the misdeeds, as we've seen in the San Pasqual descendants issue, where Indian Affairs has allowed NON natives to control tribal interests.

In addition, do you believe that tribal sovereignty and the protection of basic individual rights are mutually exclusive of each other?  
Should sovereignty be wielded like a club to beat the weak and defenseless?  

I eagerly await your response to the questions raised above, and look forward to you setting hearings for California, where the majority of disenrollments have occurred and finding true justice for all Native Americans who have been harmed by their tribes.

Respectfully submitted,

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Tribal Disenrollment, Nooksack Style: Dial 1-800 YOURESCREWED and ASK NO QUESTIONS

Bob Kelly
Chief Justice of Nooksack Kangaroo Court
We are getting word of the disgusting Dialing for Destruction  of the Nooksack 306 today.   They are supposed to get 10 minutes, but it appears that is not happening.


Here are some excerpts of what is going on, I will ADD more as I get them:

NEW:  Today I had my 10 minute telephonic hearing with the holdover council. I started by letting hem know that this disenrollment hearing is illegal. The council does not hold a quorum because the seats of Lona Johnson, Abbie Smith, Rick George and Kathernine Canete have expired in March of 2016. I then shared my oral history which must have struck a nerve because Bob Solomon tried to rudely interrupt me to tell me that I am screwing up his family tree. I reminded him that this is my 10 minutes not his and his job was to be quiet and listen. I stood firm in my ways, spoke from the heart and on behalf of my late mother and grandmother. I will not be bullied by a fake council and I am not scared to stand up to them and speak the truth. Our history is not made up, first of all we have our oral history and second we have the documentation to prove our Nooksack heritage. I am Nooksack, Will always be Nooksack and I will never leave Nooksack. You cannot take away our birthright. 

I only got5 minutes of my 10 minutes for the charade conference call. My angle was questioning their morals, leadership, why a "teleconference" asked, why can't they face us with this?
...
And I went at them Spiritually with their lack of respect, pointing fingers at Nooksack elders is not our culture, our traditions states we are all one people, and I told them my Uncle George Adams (#307) said there is no word for "disenrollment" in the Nooksack language...I said, oh that's right you wouldn't know cause you wouldn't let him teach. Then I heard a "click"....
...
I just gotoff the phone on a 6 minute call. Rick George announced me and I told them who I was and enrollment #. I also asked them to speak louder because I am an elder of the Nooksack Tribe witout coucil because they denied me that right. 

I am asked to announce myself and am told it is an closed meeting. Our lawyer Gabe Galanda was not allowed into the conference call. They do not announce themselves and tell me I have 10 minutes. No instructions. I informed them per the letter from the Secretary of Interior any actions after March 2016 are null and void and they could be sued for violating my rights for council. I asked if they received the letter dated yesterday from Larry Roberts and their response was "They are not here to answer any questions just to listen.

OP:  This is shameful and looks bad on all Indian Country....please, share and spread the news of this outrage.



BIA LAWRENCE ROBERTS Refuses to Recognize Tribal Disenrollment Referendum of Corrupt NOOKSACK TRIBE

WELL NOW...BIA Director Roberts comes out BLASTING at CROOKED BOB KELLY of the corrupt Nooksack tribe.

Dear Chairman Kelly :

I have received your letter dated October 25, 2016. I want to reiterate that pursuant to our Nation-to-Nation relationship, the Department of the Interior (Department) will not recognize actions by you and the current Tribal Council members without a quorum consistent with the Nooksack Tribe's (Tribe) Constitution and decisions issued by the Northwest Intertribal Court System.

STOP BEING AN ASSHOLE  (sorry, that was ME, OP)

I reiterate that elections or actions inconsistent with 1) the Court of Appeals' Order of March 22, 2016, in Belmont v. Kelly; 2) the trial court's decisions of January 26, 2016, and February 29, 2016; and 3) Nooksack law will not be recognized by the Department. Finally, with regard to your request to meet, I have asked my staff to make arrangements to meet with you at Nooksack tribal offices or in the Regional Office in the near future. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

See the entire letter 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

COMING TO STANDING ROCK? Hint: It's NOT a BURNING MAN FESTIVAL, Some GUIDELINES

I've heard from many people that with all the "helpers" coming to Standing Rock, many forget that they DO NOT SPEAK for the Sioux, a sovereign nation on this issue.  #NoDAPL
It's NOT a concert, while appreciative of the support, they are NOT their to serve YOU.    Take a look and share.


My cousins, who WERE there in September say:

Two stories I will relate from our time there. One, there was a woman in a white dress acting strange, she stood staring at the sky for about in hour in the road. Maybe that's how she prays in her culture? Two, there was a man who brought a bottle of whisky to the frontline on September 3, to keep warm. This was quickly poured into the outhouse so as not to pollute the ground. Upon returning from standing rock it was clear even natives here don't know much about the camp as we didn't before arriving. 

SO you Want To BOYCOTT Some Indian Casinos? Here's a SAMPLE LETTER to send them

I've gotten so many comments about boycotting tribal casinos of tribes who disenroll their own people for cash.  Well if you stop going,  HOW WILL they know the reason, if you don't tell them?    I've put together a sample letter than you can use to send to your choice of casinos to boycott, feel free to modify to your needs and fill in the blanks.  

Dear (Insert Tribal Name) Tribe 

I will no longer support tribal businesses that violates the civil and human rights of their people.  Your tribes disgusting actions include:

•Stripping tribal members of their citizenship
•Denial voting rights to members
•Taking away rightful healthcare to seniors
•Blocked access to land on the reservation
•Denying members due process of law, including legal representation, even writing tools.
•Threatened others if they speak out
•Subjected some to ex post facto laws. 

I choose to spend my entertainment budget on companies that support civil and human rights any yours obviously does not.

The action of stripping citizenship from American Indians is wrong. What is going on in casino tribes who disenroll is wrong.  The casting away of Elders and Children IS NOT THE INDIAN way.  Dancing on the graves of the ancestors, while increasing their per capita is worse. 
  
Thank you for your excellent service in the past.    If (Insert Tribal name) ever changes their course of action, stops wielding sovereignty as a club and brings all the people home, I will gladly come back to your tribal enterprise.   

Don't be silent anymore!  Be proactive.   Share with your friends, ask them to do the same.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

SAN PASQUAL DISENROLLMENT: ALTO Family Disenrollment UPHELD. Is Justice Served Here?

The appeals court has ruled in the Alto Descendants Case.  This is a long simmering case that we've posted on many times.  Is justice served? You decide

Read More about the case:

San Pasqual's Alto Family SUES BIA
9th Circuit Rules IN FAVOR OF ALTO FAMILY
Larry Echo Hawk Overturns his own BIA in Alto Family Ruling
BIA Ruling Reinstates Alto Family
Judge RULES in favor of Alto Family

In their ruling linked here:

Several documents support the finding that Maria Alto was not Marcus Alto
Sr.’s biological mother. The newly submitted 1907 baptismal certificate for
Marcus Alto Sr. lists “Benedita Barrios,” not Maria Alto, as his mother. Newly
submitted affidavits from Band members also support that finding, as does Maria Alto’s enrollment application from 1930, which states that she had “no issue.”

AND:

While we acknowledge that there are inconsistencies and inaccuracies in the
record, in light of our “highly deferential” standard of review for agency decisions,
see Nw. Ecosystem All. v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Serv., 475 F.3d 1136, 1140 (9th Cir.
2007), we cannot say that Assistant Secretary Echo Hawk’s decision was arbitrary, capricious, or an abuse of discretion, 5 U.S.C. § 706(2)(A).



Thursday, November 10, 2016

THE NIGC Should SUSPEND NOOKSACK TRIBE's Recognition and Right to Run Their Casino for DENYING Counsel to Nooksack 306

Nooksack Tribe is out of control and their constitution and rights should be SUSPENDED.   Here is a letter threatening noted attorney Gabe Galanda of Galanda Broadman for standing up for his clients.


Is this a 6th Amendment violation?   The Nooksack Tribal council is NOT recognized as legitimate...why are they still enjoying the benefits they are not entitled to?


Tribe Tells Nooksack 306 Woman: You GET NO STINKIN' CIVIL RIGHTS

A Nooksack woman facing eviction from her home on tribal land was given a few weeks’ reprieve by a Nooksack Tribal Court judge Wednesday, but could still face a fight to stay there.   Her attorney, Gabe Galanda wasn't allowed inside.  After kicking the tribe's ass in court for years, they refuse to allow him in court.

Read about the NOOKSACK CIVIL WAR 



While Margretty Rabang was inside the court fighting eviction without an attorney, about 30 people gathered nearby at the railroad tracks where First Street meets Deming Road in Deming.

Most of those present were members of three families who have been facing disenrollment from the tribe since late 2012, who call themselves the Nooksack 306. Others there were supporters.

Read more at the Bellingham Herald and watch the VIDEO here:


“My sister deserves representation!” an emotional Deborah Alexander told the officers. “How is it going to be fair if she has no attorney in there, and they have other attorneys in there?”

“She’ll have appeal rights. She can appeal it,” Gilliland said.

“Are you kidding me?” Alexander asked.

Galanda and Dreveskracht asked how she was supposed to appeal if the tribe wasn’t currently recognizing its own court of appeals. Apparently, kangaroo courts don't need rule of law, civil rights, or even a hint of the constitution...

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Pechanga Terrorist and Corruptocrat, Native American Democrat Andrew Masiel Sr. DEFEATED In CA District 75:


Hopefully, WE had something to do with this.  No need to thank us.

With 43% of the votes counted, it looks like Rep. Marie Waldron made short work of Andrew Masiel Sr., which this blog came out against.  District 75 made a wise choice to go #NeverMasiel.  We'll have updated totals tomorrow.

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Andrew Masiel Sr.
(Party Preference: DEM) 19,493 36.0%
*Marie Waldron
(Party Preference: REP)  34,611 64.0%

UPDATE:  The numbers held through the night:

Andrew Masiel Sr.
(Party Preference: DEM) 36,593 36.4%
* Marie Waldron
(Party Preference: REP)         63,811 63.6%