We start tomorrow putting pressure to Dianne Feinstein urging her to offer hearings and listen to our cases regarding issues with the BIA and Indian Rights. Here is some helpful information... Please support by tweeting, sending emails, Facebook, calling and anything you feel the message will be delivered.
We choose Feinstein of California, as this is the state most affected. but ANY SENATOR on the Senate Indian Affairs Committee can be contacted.
Here is the contact information, first, Senator Feinstein's facebook page and link to her government page, where you can leave your contact information and message:
Here are the addresses, faxes and phone numbers for each of here offices:
TWITTER ADDRESS FOR Sen. FEINSTEIN: @SenFeinstein
Sitting on the sidelines and HOPING someone will do something, is not the tactic that will have success. YOUR becoming an arrow in the quiver, with your computer, your letters, can and will counterbalance the money spent from tribes.
Here is a sample letter you may want to use or adjust to your liking:
A report by the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) referenced the fact that internal tribal disputes leading to “seem to be occurring more and more frequently” since the advent of casino gaming.
Such disputes have resulted in the disenrollment, which is the loss of citizenship in one's own tribe, banishment, denial of membership, stripping of voting rights, and/or denial of health/medical benefits of thousands of Indians.
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 you, as one Senator in the state primarily affected, will work with individual Indians in trying to resolve or prevent such disputes.
Your role as Senator, to ALL citizens, should be to help facilitate an end to (1) internal tribal disputes that harm Native Americans and (2)demand 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 and finding true justice.
PLEASE, get involved, don't turn away from your family and friends....don't accept what corrupt tribal councils are doing.