Wednesday, October 18, 2017



* Northwood Casino to close
* River Casino to close
* The Clinic to lose its IHS funding
* The Tribe to lose its BIA funding
* The Tribal Council to lose its recognition
* The Tribal Court to lose its recognition
* The Tribal Police Department to lose its recognition
* A sitting judge to be FIRED for following the law
* EVICTIONS and excess legal fees to be spent

Is it time for change at Nooksack? Or, PAST time?

Tuesday, October 17, 2017


A judge sees through this bullshit argument. St. Regis Mohawks should be called out for potentially weakening sovereignty...AND for getting suckered by the value ALLERGAN gave up...which reportedly..should be considerably higher:  READ the FULL STORY

"The court has serious concerns about the legitimacy of the tactic that Allergan and the Tribe have employed," Bryson writes. In his view, Allergan has paid the Tribe to "rent" its sovereign immunity at the US Patent Office.

Allergan, which does not enjoy sovereign immunity, has invoked the benefits of the patent system and has obtained valuable patent protection for its product, Restasis. But when faced with the possibility that the PTO would determine that those patents should not have been issued, Allergan has sought to prevent the PTO from reconsidering its original issuance decision. What Allergan seeks is the right to continue to enjoy the considerable benefits of the U.S. patent system without accepting the limits that Congress has placed on those benefits...

If that ploy succeeds, any patentee facing IPR proceedings would presumably be able to defeat those proceedings by employing the same artifice. In short, Allergan's tactic, if successful, could spell the end of the PTO’s IPR program, which was a central component of the America Invents Act of 2011.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Picayune Rancheria of Corrupt Chukchansi Indians FIGHTING HARD Against North Fork Rancheria Casino

We can't have ANOTHER tribe interfering with MARKET SHARE, no matter HOW many Native Americans are helped.  Since Chuckchansi harmed so many of THEIR OWN PEOPLE, who among them CARES about their brothers and sisters in another tribe.

The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians sought to upend another California tribe’s plans to build a Las Vegas-style casino less than 30 miles from its own on Friday, warning a D.C. Circuit panel that the project would be disastrous to its bottom line.

The Picayune Rancheria, a federally recognized tribe in Madera County, California, said that the U.S. Department of the Interior ignored an earlier finding that the project would reduce the Picayune tribe's revenue by 19 percent when it approved an “off-reservation” gaming facility...

Monday, October 9, 2017

Some History of the GABRIELENO TONGVA People. Still Not Federally Recognized

The website about S. California and Los Angeles, LAist has a story up about the Gabrieleno Tongva people that might make one or two factions upset.  Until the groups come together....federal recognition will be elusive.

California was home to thousands of people before Spanish settlers arrived—around 350,000 across the whole state—and the Los Angeles Basin in particular was home to the GabrieliƱo-Tongva people. The movements of the Tongva peoples set the stage for what would eventually become Los Angeles. Their footpath through the Sepulveda Basin was the original 405 freeway. The L.A. State Historic Park was formerly a fertile basin within a mile of Yaanga, the Tongva people’s largest known village in the area.

Elem Indian Colony EVACUATED due to fast moving FIRE

Pray for the safety of our friends and relations in the north who are affected by fire...

With the fire headed toward the Elem Colony, evacuations were ordered there not long after dispatch as well as at nearby Orchard Shores. In Lake Village Estates, transformers were reported to be blowing

Our friend Michelle Hammock, Hopland disenrolled reports her parents home is destroyed..

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Saginaw Chippewa Disenrollment: Lawyer brings VICTORY for ONE Family the MAYS, LOSS for Another?

Interesting how things turn out.  ONE LAWYER, Two cases, same wording on standards, yet two different outcomes?

"Under the legal standards in effect on the date their membership was certified."  All the previous that were disenrolled should have theirs overturned as well under that language.



Please Native America...stand with this Republican Jewish CPA and REAL Estate broker as he explains what INDIAN COUNTRY NEEDS.....said NO ONE EVER.   The condescension is staggering

Friday, October 6, 2017

BIA DIRECTOR's NIECE, WHO REPRESENTED PALA A DISENROLLING Tribe will Speak At California Indian Law Association Conference: SHAMEFUL

There will be a segment at the upcoming CALIFORNIA INDIAN LAW ASSOCIATION meeting on TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT.  The segment looks like it's shaping up to be a HOW TO Disenroll with 2 of 3 panelists on the ...PRO disenrollment side.

Tribal Disenrollment and Exclusions: A Discussion of Tribal Interests 
Moderator: Christina Snider, CILA Vice President
Eddie Crandell - Tribal Chairman, Robinson Rancheria of Pomo Indians The LONE panelist who brought HONOR back to Indian Country, by bringing his disenrolled people HOME..
Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo - Counsel, Dentons LLP
Frank Lawrence - The Law Office of Frank Lawrence (LOSER in Cosentino v. Pechanga, ALSO a disenrolling tribe)

We wrote about BIA DIRECTOR AMY DUTSCHKE'S niece Sara, who tried some threatening tactics while 'representing" the Pala Band of Mission Indians. Former tribal chairman of Pala King Freeman was concerned for his LIFE.

Other speakers include ANNA KIMBER, who represented the Jamul Indian Village who BEAT and evicted some of their people.  And Loretta TUELL, who was VERY upset that Osama bin Laden was given the codename GERONIMO, but silent on the abuses of 11,000 Native Americans.

October 13th at
Thunder Valley Casino Resort
1200 Athens Ave, Lincoln, California 95648

NO WORD on whether SHOWERS will be provided to reduce the slime.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Indian Country Today, Owned by Civil Rights Abusing ONEIDA Nations, Donates Operation to Civil Rights Abuse Ignoring NCAI

Wonderful news!  Oh, wait.  Word is out that the Oneida Nation, which bulldozed the chairman's own family's homes (under his orders) will donate their assets of Indian Country TODAY to the National Congress of American Indians which studiously and repeatedly IGNORES the issue of tribal disenrollment.  

Can we even HOPE to see stories on the abuse of Indians....BY INDIANS?    Wonder if the new owners will report on the TAMMY MAHONEY investigation?

The defunct Indian Country Today Media Network will remain in Indian Country's hands thanks to the Oneida Nation.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Civil and Human Rights Abusing Chukchansi Tribe OPENS SOME...

Sierra Star News has the story of the Picayune Rancheria opening enrollment. All is NOT as it seems.

For the first time many in the tribe could remember, the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians announced it will allow open enrollment, mere days before its annual council election Saturday, Oct. 7.
In a statement put out on the tribe’s Facebook page Friday, application packages will begin to be sent to enrolled members Monday.
Disenrolled Chukchansi Cathy Cory has this comment on her Facebook:

Monday, October 2, 2017

PRAYERS UP for LAS VEGAS in Aftermatch of Mass Shooting

I can only hope that NONE of you were touched in any way by the Las Vegas Mass Murder...sadly, our family and friends have been..

One of my son's asst. managers had a daughter there, she's safe now
A cousin's daughter was there, safe on her way home
Cousin's friend was shot in the shoulder.
Son in Law's nephew's BF's sister was killed
SIL's friends daughter was shot twice but will survive..

PRAY for Las Vegas....

Friday, September 29, 2017


UPDATED to add statement from the videos creator below for clarification, PLEASE, watch and share, and if you are RINCON, you MUST show up to vote and and be heard...

A 20 minute video from the RINCON people on recreating their base roll of membership giving an enrollment committee too much power and this enrollment committee is NOT applying the same rules for everyone.

The is an OPPOSITION to lifting the moratorium on membership.  Lifting the moratorium to these people, bringing more people in "would NOT benefit the Rincon band.

At 16 minute park, an argument on the Census rolls being incorrect. I agree, we SAW Pechanga's enrollment committee member FALSIFIED those documents while employed at the BIA.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Hugh Hefner's PLAYBOY Had Disenrollment Story THREE YEARS before the NEW YORK TIMES

Yes, ladies and gentlemen Playboy beats the NYTIMES to the important issues. 

April 2008 Edition with
While primarily known has a "men's magazine" Playboy also kept up with the issues of the day.  Playboy's April 2008 included a story on ousted Seminole Chief James Billie, with the article focusing on  Billies' fall from power as Chairman of the Seminole Nation and his eventual banishment by an opposing faction of the tribal council.

As a side bar, page 56 highlights the disenrollments at Pechanga:

Tribal Disenrollment YouTube: A PAPER GENOCIDE, by Pechanga Descendant Kent Appel

Wonderful words put to music by singer and Hunter descendant Kent Appel on the disenrollment from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, but sadly, it works for all casino Indians who commit paper genocide.  Please ...listen.. 

The refrain:


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Jacqueline Keeler PODCAST on NOT YOUR MASCOT on Racist Native American Imagery

Noted Native Journalist Jacqueline Keeler discusses the use of R*DSK*NS as mascotry.   Recently, the NFL supports taking a knee during our national anthem to protest against racism by police.  Not lost on many Natives is that the league supports racism via mascotry

Jackie has her FIRST PODCAST on SOUNDCLOUD on this issue. Please support Native issues by listening

Monday, September 25, 2017


If you are NOT tribal leadership, can you ACT LIKE you are and claim SOVEREIGNTY?

This case is not a so-called intra-tribal dispute, or one regarding tribal disenrollment.  This is a dispute about whether a group of individuals should be allowed to engage in mail fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy, in violation of RICO while masquerading as a “tribal government.”

The answer is “no.”   TURTLE TALK HAS the DOCUMENTS:

Sunday, September 24, 2017


WOW, Roger Goodell, DO YOU DESERVE RESPECT?  Your LEAGUE supports a RACIST themed TEAM...

From 2014 and Gabe's ALL about the MONEY...

Great commentary by Gabe Galanda on the Redskins issue.  Moral Persuasion is needed, just as it is on matters of disenrollment

Bank of America is the “exclusive sponsor” of the Washington Redskins.  Bank of America is also an  exclusive lender–in fact, the leading lender–the $28 billion Indian gaming industry.
Bank of America has paid millions of dollars to Dan Snyder to serve as the “Official Bank of the Washington Redskins.”  Bank of America has received many millions more from Indian Country in gaming deals. Bank of America is so very content to have it both ways, remaining on the sidelines of the Redskins mascot debate
Indian Country now balks at Nike and FedEx‘s Redskins sponsorships. But the hundreds of tribes that bank with Bank of America, and that collectively tout billions of dollars in purchasing power, speak little of Bank of America’s own use of the Redskins mascot or unholy alliance with Dan Snyder.

Simply put, cash is king. Indeed, while Indian country scorns Snyder’s Original Americans Foundation and rejects his blood money, tribes accept donations from Nike’s N7 Fund and tribal casinos continue to do mega business with BofA. It’s all shades of grey, or green.

This status quo will prevail until the money fleets from Bank of America, Nike and FedEx, the NFL, and in turn Dan Snyder.

Maybe Indian gaming money will be the first to go. Maybe not. But only when the money goes, will the name change.

Friday, September 22, 2017

California Native American Day is No Holiday for Thousands of California Indians

California Native American Day is no Holiday for Thousands of California Indians. Today, September 22th, is California Native American Day.

Native American Day was established to recognize the many contributions that California Indians have made for the benefit of the State and the Country. Today, as in Native American Days past, there will be events and celebrations throughout the State honoring and showcasing the rich history, culture, and heritage of California ’s original inhabitants.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

BIA FOIA FOIBLES FORCE FEDS To FIND FREEDOM of Information Act FAIRNESS in Gabrieleno Native's Suit

Emilio Reyes

Word from the courtroom on the meeting with noted researcher Emilio Reyes, of Gabrieleno descent, who's fast becoming a FOIA expert and Attorney for the Justice Dept. Katherine Parker, one that finds common ground, DOING THE RIGHT THING.


Out of the mouths of babes.

9 yr old Hunter descendant spreading the word! On the way home from a Native American Day event at UCSanBern, our 9 year old granddaughter Iliana had this exchange on the bus with her teacher and related it to me:

liana says, PAPA!  MRS. LEVI (her teacher) was talking to Mrs.Otherteacher... and she said Mark Macarro! And I TOLD HER......MRS LEVI, Mark Macarro is chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and HE KICKED MY FAMILY OUT OF THE TRIBE.

It's good when the kids listen.  That's her on the upper right in the picture

So..I sent the blog address to her teacher check out.  Keep spreading the word!

Nooksack Tribe's "HOLDOVER" Council Member Canete Exposes UGLY HEART in Comparing 306 to TERRORISTS

Holdover Councilperson Katherine Canete calls the Nooksack 306 and their ancestors "terrorists." Pure hatred, and hardly the language you would expect from a tribal leader, but then, nobody ever accused her of leadership.

Under her "leadership" both tribal casinos were shut down, her council FIRED A JUDGE for ruling against them, the government withdrew services, the courts slapped the tribe down, their forced evictions were halted....  that's certainly NOT..."WINNING" and WHO acts like a terrorist?

Monday, September 18, 2017

BIA DOCS Confirms Wrongdoing in Pechanga Tribe FOIA Release to Researcher Emilio Reyes.

We've posted extensively about the FOIA issues researcher Emilio Reyes has been having with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  NOW, through a subsequent FOIA REQUEST we have uncovered more evidence of BIA wrongdoing in handling tribal records. This time at the Riverside Office.  Virgil Townsend was the supervisor of Riverside in the 80's.

As we proceed, bear in mind that a Pechanga tribal member, was employed by the BIA and elders say that Irehne Basquez Scearce, had made changes to the 1940 census while under their employ.
WHY?  Because she and her splinter group cohorts wanted to USE the 1940 census as the basis for tribal membership.
WHY?  Because her family was NOT on the original Pechanga censuses like Paulina Hunter was.
WHY?  Because they aren't really PECHANGA descendants

The tribe reportedly voted her OFF the enrollment committee for this disgraceful act, yet the then chairwoman who is currently disenfranchised Jennie Masiel Miranda REFUSED to kick her off the committee. Miranda is the NIECE of Scearce.  FAMILY Trumps Truth.

100 Tosobol Descendants Left Out In Pechanga Tribe's Moratorium

It's well known in California that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians has terminated over 25% of their tribal members in two massive eliminations. Coincidentally, each family was removed just prior to tribal elections. (story reprised from earlier post)

What many people still are unclear about, is Pechanga's so-called moratorium on membership. 

This was put into place under the premise that the enrollment committee had to "catch-up" on all the membership claims. Of course, that was a ruse to simply keep rightful members from joining the Band as per the Tribal Constitution. Pechanga's Chairman Mark Macarro has claimed it's "not about the money". Pechanga's per capita payments were $10,000 per month when the first family, descendents of Pablo Apis were erased from the tribe. When the Hunter Family was disenrolled, (a term created to make it sound like Indians were kicked out of the PTA or country club) the per capita was $20,000 per month. Now, the tribe is giving $30,000 per month to those remaining. Raise your hand if you think it "wasn't about the money".

Here is the story of one family, that we've profiled before. We've been asking them to contribute to this blog with more information and they've finally opened up.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

StopTribal Disenrollment Movement HAS Successes: Share THESE STORIES

Paulina Hunter
Original Pechanga Indian
Still Disenrolled, but her descendants still fight

We focus so much on the horror of TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT in the past decade +, the sometimes we forget about the SUCCESSES that have happened.

Injustices can be righted as evidenced in these tribal actions below and with leaders of the movement like attorney Gabe Galanda , Marilyn Vann and Dr. David Wilkins:

Cherokee Freedmen

The black descendants of the slaves the Cherokee dragged on the TRAIL OF TEARS won justice with their TREATY RIGHTS being enforced in court.  HUGE WIN for JUSTICE and ended disenrollments with new members being enrolled as of this writing.

Enterprise Rancheria

Thirteen years after disenrolling 73 tribal members, in a move that was orchestrated and illegal in 2003,  the Tribe sent letters of appeal for potential membership in the tribe.  25 disenrolled members applied for reinstatement.Each member was individually interviewed by the General Council.  A VOTE of the tribe was taken and ALL 25 were returned to the tribe.

Robinson Rancheria

Lack of Due Process and Ex Post Facto Laws Issues in Saginaw Chippewa Disenrollment Hearing

Judge Patrick Shannon, fresh off overseeing the disenrollment of one Saginaw Chippewa family, now is available to do the bidding of the tribe, sitting in on the Stanley case.


Attorney for the Stanley family Paula Fisher said that the Alma family can be traced both lineally and collaterally - meaning membership to the Tribe was based on Native ancestry in both immediate family members and extended.

Stanley’s family was disenrolled in February by the Tribal Office of Administrative Hearings, which decided the case based on summary judgement and did not give Stanley a chance to speak, Fisher said.

In addition, Fisher said the ordinance that was in place at the time Stanley’s family became members of the Tribe is supposed to govern admission.

If the Tribe can continue to change the rules, Fisher said, no member will ever be sure they won’t be disenrolled.

Frank, however, said the Tribal Constitution that was enacted in 1986 includes membership criteria that has not changed and that lineal tracing was required.

Fisher said the Tribe would not exist without Stanley’s chief ancestor.


Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Bob Kelly
The Nooksack tribal election was just announced and there’s already accusations of impropriety.
Chairman Bob Kelly appointed the sister of a council member running for reelection to oversee the vote.  WHAT COULD GO WRONG?  We can TRUST THEM, right?
The Seattle Times reports that councilmember is a Kelly ally.  It's like putting Chelsea Clinton in charge of a recount for Hillary right?
Kelly says in a small tribe, it’s almost impossible to find someone not related to at least one of the candidates.   Why not find one related to the NOOKSACK 306?  Or ONE FROM EACH.
Some disenrolled members of the Nooksack 306 worry the election will be rigged.  As, most everything has been RIGGED AGAINST them, including the tribe FIRING JUDGES who didn't rule the way the tribe expected.
The federal government could send an election observer if requested.
By agreeing to the vote, the tribe gets its federal funding back and can reopen its Northwood Casino.  
The Washington-based tribe had been denied access to an estimated $14 million in federal funds amid a long-running dispute over election and enrollment matters. 
The faction can't represent the "Nooksack Indian Tribe," Judge John C. Coughenor concluded, because it is not recognized by the Department of the Interior. Although the agency's stance took shape during the final year of the Obama era, the new administration has dug in with a remarkably harsh view of the "unelected, unrecognized, and illegitimate" group.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The FACES of Disenrollment: 7 Years Since Lawrence Madariaga of Pechanga Walked On Without Justice

It's been a busy couple of weeks and I'm sad to say that I didn't get this posted when I wanted to. It's been SEVEN years since our elder, and long lived Pechanga Member Lawrence Madariaga, who was wrongfully stripped of his citizenship in the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians WALKED ON.  

Many of Lawrence's family still live on the reservation, now under an apartheid and segregation policy.  Over 50 years of peace, and then erased from Pechanga history.

We wrote this piece when Lawrence Madariaga walked on, without justice 
Lawrence and Sophie Madariaga
Sad news from the Pechanga Reservation tonight. Lawrence Madariaga, who has resided on the Pechanga Reservation for over 60 years, has died of cancer. Lawrence was the elder of the Hunter family, which was terminated from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians by the Mark Macarro led tribal council.

The Hunter Family was profiled in the KNBC News Special, "Without A Tribe" which was so highly rated, they showed it in its entirety the very next day. In that news piece, presented by Colleen Williams, Pechanga Chairman Macarro was caught lying in the first 15 seconds of his presentation.

We'll embed a video of a similar story done on local news. The Hunters were the second family terminated en masse by the Pechanga Enrollment Committee. By removing tribal members, the tribal council could control votes and power.

Lawrence helped feed and clothe the very same people who would later terminate him from the tribe. He helped to bring the health clinic and electricity to the Pechanga Reservation. His family served on Pechanga Commissions and were an integral part of the tribal system. Sadly, Lawrence joins his wife Sophie, in death.  Sophie herself was received on final insult in death, as we reported:

As Sophia lived on the reservation, continually for over 40 years and her husband, Hunter family ELDER Lawrence Madariaga, still does. The family was looking to have their memorial at the Pechanga Senior Center. A deposit was placed but the family was turned down by the Silver Feathers, one final insult to the woman who fed, and diapered many of those people's children when they needed it.

See them both in this video

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Nooksack Tribe AGREES that NOOKSACK 306 can VOTE

The MOA for the election just signed between Nooksack Tribal Chairman Bob Kelly and BIA's Mike Black makes pretty clear that EVERYONE belongs for purposes of this election. No ifs, ands or buts about it, say the NOOKSACK 306.

NOW everyone MUST SHOW UP....

Frustration Over BIA Foot-dragging on FOIA Leads to Offers to Help

We've written many stories about our friend Emilio Reyes's adventures with the BIA and the agency NOT fulfilling their obligations.  Now, he's so frustrated that he's offered his help to Native Americans who ALSO have been stiffed by the BIA.  He's had to go to Jessica Rogers in DC to very little satisfaction.  SMDH

If you need help, add Emilio as a friend of Facebook. 

Read MORE about the FOIA ISSUES:

BIA in CA Called out for Inconsistencies
BIA hiding Mexican Indians at San Pasqual
Bureau of Indian Affairs Pullijng OKIE DOKE on FOIA
BIA FOIA: Good enough for Govt Work?
Justice Dept Works OVERTIME Defending BIA on FOIA

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The FACE of Disenrollment: Cathy Cory and her Ancestor Chief Hawa of Chukchansi

Our series on the Faces of Disenrollment continues with  Chief Hawa descendants of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians,who were disenrolled in one of the largest mass disenrollments in the history of Indian Country.  Sadly one of many in that disgraced tribe. and share.

Cathy Cory and Chief Hawa

When your own people can steal your birthright away from you, it hurts," said Cathy Cory, who was disenrolled,   from the Picayune Chukchansi tribe. "It's obscene that a very few are getting so rich, and there is so much poverty in Indian country."

Cory  is a direct descendant of Hawa, the last true chief of the Picayune Chukchansi tribe; during her disenrollment hearing, she propped next to her an iconic photo taken of him in 1901 at 101 years old.    A reminder, they disenroll the ANCESTORS, which then cuts your ties to the tribe.  Chief Hawa had NO opportunity to defend himself against the lies being told to eliminate the family.



Genealogist Emilio Reyes, Gabrieleno-Tongva descendant is well versed in the law/policies of FOIA requests.  He reports that the BIA continues to pull some OKIE DOKES on fulfilling the requests.  Why does the agency feel it can skirt the requirement?  Why does the JUSTICE Dept. not step in?

Here's a letter from Emilio explaining to BIA Southern CA superintendant Javin Moore where his department FAILED.

Dear Javin Moore,

I am in receipt of the attached documents pertaining to my FOIA Request assigned BIA-2017-01721. In your correspondence dated August 14, 2017, the SCA provided 25 pages of responsive documents. The 25 pages of responsive documents were redacted claiming exemption 6.

First of all, the exemptions claimed do not apply. If the DOI follows NARA standards, BIA should Know these records don't qualify for redactions as the creation of these records were created 77 years ago, meaning, the individuals can be presumed deceased.

Second, In your correspondence your letter signed by you state these records were located in the NARA. However, I personally went to the NARA to verify the records and the NARA staff confirmed also the records your office provided are not from NARA.

Furthermore, In accordance to 43 CFR 2.23, the BIA has the right to deny a request as done in the other FOIA requests if records cannot be located or is not in the agency's possession or control.

By this email I am requesting two things. Please provide the records as soon as possible with no redactions. Second, please provide the copies from your repository not from NARA. In past request, your offices has never "gone" to the archives to get records. What is special about this one?   (OP:  Could it BE the HANDWRITTEN Notations that were added much.....much later?)

Within seven days of receipt of this email, if no reply is received or no records are provided with no redactions, this FOIA request shall be appeal with the SOL and then with the courts.

Emilio Reyes

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Baker's Speech Takes on HEALING

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief
Bill John Baker

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s voice choked with emotion on Saturday as he addressed the descendants of Cherokee freedmen descendants during his State of the Nation address.

“Our freedmen brothers and sisters made that Trail of Tears journey with us,” Baker said.

“We are taking steps to begin the healing for all parties. It has gone on far too long and inflicted too much pain upon too many people.”

Leonard Peltier RECOVERING from Triple Bypass Surgery

A press release from International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee:

Good morning friends and family, Sept. 2 2017

I just talked to Leonard, And unkown to us he was just released from the hospital and this is his message to all his supporters and friends.
“Good Morning everyone. OK. I know everyone did not-not know this this but it’s been a rough ride for me, BUT I'm one step back from back passing away.

Friday, September 1, 2017

San Manuel Band Donates $250,000 to Help Hurricane Harvey Recovery

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is supporting three non-profits to directly address the needs of displaced people and animals following storm  flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey that continues to impact the Texas gulf region.   

Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena Announced Donation

In response to a federal disaster proclamation the Tribe reached out to non-profits in partnership to assist with addressing the immediate needs for shelter, emergency response and the care of animals.

UPDATE: NEW STATEMENT Cherokee Freedmen Decision: Statement by Marilyn Vann, President of the Descendants of Freedmen of the FIVE CIVILIZED TRIBES

At LONG LAST, there is a victory for the Cherokee Freedmen.  We brought you Jon Velie's statement yesterday. This morning we have Marilyn Vann's statement.

I want to thank so many that have helped the Cherokee Freedmen tribal members win our case in DC. We first of all thank God for this great victory. 

We also thank the Honorable Judge Thomas Hogan for his air tight legal opinion which carefully considered all of the arguments, 

Our legal team - led by Jon Velie who have worked tirelessly, DOJ/DOI attorneys who filed wonderful briefs, so many supporters who are citizens by blood such as Eli Grayson who roamed the halls of Congress with me and stood on the picket line, Bill Davis who rallied the Northern outpost of the Cherokee nation to educate voters about the freedmen during the time of the phony freedmen petition removal drive, Ollie Starr, who has stood with the freedmen when it was not popular to do so, David Cornsilk who has stood with the freedmen- and done his all to try to right a wrong. 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

The REAL TRUTH About the L.A. City Council Indigenous Day Decision as told by a Native Woman Who Was There....

I am so proud of my cousin Olivia Walls who penned this account of her experiences at the Los Angeles City Council Meeting which resulted in a 14-1 to change Columbus Day to Indigenous people's day.       Please, READ it and SHARE it. 

Olivia Walls
The REAL TRUTH About the L.A. City Council Indigenous Day Decision as told by a Native Woman Who Was There.... by Original Pechanga on Scribd

CNO Attorney General Hembree: I DO NOT INTEND to FILE AN APPEAL


Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree issued the following statement in the ruling of Cherokee Nation v. Nash, et. al in the U.S District Court for Washington D.C.

“Yesterday, a Federal Court issued a long awaited ruling determining the rights and interests of Cherokee Freedmen descendants. The Court ruled that Freedmen descendants have the right to citizenship within the Cherokee Nation.

CA Assembly Committee Hears Opposition on Fast-Tracked Elk Grove Casino Indian Gaming Compact

The hearing included compact proponents from the Governor's office, Cooper, Elk Grove Council Members Pat Hume and Stephanie Nguyen, and Wilton Rancheria Chairman Raymond Hitchcock. Unlike the Senate committee hearing, Assemblymembers heard more opposition to the gaming compact.   Assembly floor vote is scheduled for Thursday, August 31.

Appearing again in opposition to the compact was Lisa Jimenez, Chair of the Historical Disenrolled Families of the Wilton Rancheria. Jimenez said there were more than 100 members disenrolled based on a new constitution.

"Most tribes want to preserve their heritage," Jimenez said. "Not this tribe."

She added, "They are disenrolling because less is more, I don't care about the casino, I care about our people."

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Cherokee Freedmen Atty JON VELIE Statement on Today's Victory Against RACIAL OPPRESSION by The Cherokee Nation

Cherokee Freedmen attorney JON VELIE remarks on the incredible victory today for his clients, and for Native America.
Following a 14-year legal battle, the DC Federal District Court held that the Freedman, descendants of the slaves held by Cherokee Nation who were granted citizenship rights in the Treaty of 1866, following the Civil War, have a right to citizenship under the Treaty.

I am attaching the lengthy decision and including a quote from the primary attorney in the case. There is a great deal of historical coverage about this case over the years but no one has noticed the victory here in DC.  I thought I would give you a heads up.

Maryland School BANS RACIST Washington NFL TEAM Clothing

NO MORE RACIST WEAR at Maryland's private Green Acres School.

Letter from the private school below is one of the first dominoes to fall. And they MUST be pushed to make this happen--more schools should be willing to have these discussions:

Dear Families,


BREAKING!    Cherokee Freedmen descendants have won their case in federal court. In a 70 page decision the judge has found that they have rights of citizenship. 

AFTER THREE YEARS.   Ruling to follow!   HERE IT IS! 
Marilyn VANN

READ their history here

There appears to be no dispute that the Cherokee Freedmen are descendants of freedmen who were held as slaves by Cherokees and ultimately listed on the Dawes Freedmen Roll. MONEY: Article 9 of the
Treaty of 1866 entitles them to “all the rights of native Cherokees,” 14 Stat. at 801, which means they have a right to citizenship so long as native Cherokees have that right. 
Nothing in the 1866 Treaty qualified that right by subjecting it to a condition antecedent that would terminate it, including the extinction of Indian Territory upon Oklahoma statehood. Although the Cherokee Nation Constitution defines citizenship, Article 9 of the 1866 Treaty guarantees that the Cherokee Freedmen shall have the
right to it for as long as native Cherokees have that right

The history, negotiations, and practical construction of the 1866 Treaty suggest no other result. Consequently, the Cherokee Freedmen’s right
to citizenship in the Cherokee Nation is directly proportional to native Cherokees’ right to citizenship, and the Five Tribes Act has no effect on that right. The Five Tribes Act did not abrogate, amend or
otherwise alter Article 9’s promise that descendants of freedmen shall have all the rights of native Cherokees. 

L.A. City Council VOTES YES on CHANGING COLUMBUS DAY to Indigenous People's Day

RULES committee votes 14 -1 to make the CHANGE

A great day in Los Angeles as the city council finally recognized the Native American community.  I am proud that my cousin Olivia Walls went to speak today on the changing today of Columbus Day to Indigenous People's Day.

Some commenters claimed Italians did a lot for this country..uh including bringing spaghetti. Let me say, I love Italians, and spaghetti.  But this issue is much different than it being anti-Italian.   

Arguments against Columbus:

Indian Country Today: For Sale Can it Become a NATIVE RUN ENTERPRISE?

Sad news that one of the biggest names in Native news, Indian Country Today, in which I am PROUD to be published in, is looking for a buyer.

Native American publication FOR SALE

ICT published a piece by a UCLA professor Duane Champagne that was so error-laden that it had to be deliberate.   So I wrote a piece taking Champagne's piece down and they were good enough to publish it.
See: A Rebuttal to Duane Champagne

Today, Mark Trahant has an article about the publication in his TRAHANT REPORTS, which was sold to the Oneida Nation in 1998.  We've written about the Oneida Nation and it's disgraceful leader Ray Halbritter here.

Noted Native American Auther Jaqueline Keeler, who stood with us at demonstrations against tribal disenrollment in Sacramento used to write for Indian Country today.   She wrote about her firing in a Daily Kos article, that "outed" the fact that most of the salaried employees at ICT were NON-Indians.

Here's hoping that an independent Native Group can purchase this paper and continue to bring the Native Stories to the public.  In the meantime, come here for stories on Disenrollment and Tribal Corruption.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Democrats Who Play the Victim Card on Civil Rights Are USELESS in Indian Country

 So many news media and Hollywood types are out with comments like "If you support Trump, you support RACISM!   It had me wondering, if you don't STAND AGAINST the moral stains created by disenrolling tribes, does that mean YOU SUPPORT ABUSES of Civil and Human RIGHTS?!

Robinson Rancheria Protest
Led to restoration of all rights for Disenrolled

For over a DECADE, we've written to our State's Senators (Barbara Boxer , Feinstein and most recently Harris ), local Representatives and at least THREE U.S. Attorney Generals (Holder,  Lynch, and most recently Jeff Sessions)   Crickets chirping is the usual response.  And the entertainers, yes we wrote to many, asking them not to perform at an APARTHEID reservation, including George Lopez and Gabriel Iglesias, who we sent more than 50 faxes.  Not a response.  Does this mean they approve of civil rights abuses?

Here's what we've seen on the Charlottesville/Trump response and the lumping everyone together. 

Picayune Rancheria REMOVES Council Member Patrick Hammond

Patrick Hammond was removed from Tribal Council last night for removing documents from the casino during the war at the Chukchansi Gold casino "break in".

Pat has been revealing issues of tribal business by the current council and some missing MILLIONS...

THE STORY is stay tuned

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Faces of Disenrollment: The Robert Foreman Family Ejected in 2004 and Suffered Abuses From REDDING RANCHERIA

Our series on the Faces of Disenrollment continues with the Foreman's of the Redding Rancheria

Robert Foreman

We've told some of the story of Bob Foreman and his family.  Did you know the had to dig up two of their ancestors for DNA?

The chairwoman of the Redding Rancheria in California said the tribe questioned the accuracy of DNA tests for a large family that was recently disenrolled.

To prove their heritage, the Foremans dug up two ancestors and took DNA tests. But Edwards said the process wasn't accepted by the tribe because no member witnessed the exhumations.   (OP:  Say that OUT LOUD...was there a REQUIREMENT for that?  And the Chief of the Pit River Nation Willard Rhoades, respected elder WAS PRESENT. If there was a requirement for member presence, WHY did they NOT attend? Why was that NOT mentioned?  Because the 99.7% score was too high, so they needed another excuse?)

Chair Tracy Edwards said the dispute over the Foreman family predates per capita payments from the tribe's casino. But with the 76 Foremans now gone, the remaining 212 members will get to share in the $2.7 million annual payment that previously went to the family.  (OP: It's NOT ABOUT the money?)

Friday, August 25, 2017

Saginaw Chippewa Disenrollment: Judge Patrick Shannon RULES AGAINST Disenrolled

Color me SHOCKED.  The the matter of tribal disenrollment at the Saginaw Chippewa tribe, Who would believe that a Judge whose job depends on ruling what the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council wants, would rule in their favor? Or just as truly, when asked to review his previous decision on the disenrollment, he agreed with ....uh...himself?

The Saginaw Chippewa tribe have disenrolled the living and the dead, we've published many articles on the tribal disenrollment:

Thursday, August 24, 2017

ELEM INDIAN COLONY Shifts Goalposts on Membership Requirements To Stall Enrollments

The Elem Indian Colony, recent subject of lawsuits against their tribal disenrollment actions which were outside their constitution are now taking a different tack: Shuffling paperwork AND requirements  (again, ordinances were never legally changed)

Here is an example, of the Geary children a denial that DEMANDS.

1. Proof they were not enrolled in another tribe (Their mother is Non-Indian)  
2. Prove at least 1/8 Indian blood (Elem Government cannot do a simple math)
3. DNA test (the General Council did not legally change membership       ordinances to include a DNA test)

Tribal chairman Augustine Garcia refused request to see minutes of meeting where the DNA requirements were approved.  If the changes were just, why not show them?   Is he getting advice from BIA employees ...AGAIN?

Augustine Garcia

REMINDER:  In the recent lawsuit, the Judge demanded that the Elem Government allow all the Citizens to attend Tribal Meetings. Since then, those who live on the reservation have been turned away, violating the Federal Judge's request.  Isn't that CONTEMPT?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Democrats WHIFF FOUR TIMES in Monument Posturing Against TRUMP

FOUR Congressional Members, 100 people and NO NATIVE American Representation?  There were at least FOUR local tribal factions that could have been invited .  Gabrieleno Tongva NationGabrieleno Kizh, Gabrieleno Tongva, Tongva Nation    And not ONE?  That's a whiff on California history.

Judy Chu Forgetting Natives
a MONUMENTAL mistake

Judy Chu of Pasadena, Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, Brad Sherman of Sherman Oaks and Adam Schiff of Burbank, all Democrats — condemned Trump’s decision to review the monuments, saying the president’s action was a nod to corporate greed.    They left out they didn't give a nod to the indigenous people who, you know, STILL LIVE in the area.

WILL TRUMP be ANY Different on Disenrollment Than is Predecessors Asks Gabrieleno Tongva Activist Emilio Reyes

President Donald J. Trump

Stop Tribal Genocide founder Emilio Reyes has an open letter to POTUS which you can read here

Under the Obama administration the numbers drastically increased on tribal disenrollment. While his administration ignored to take any action in protecting Native American individual rights, let’s find out if the Trump administration is willing to take any action on tribal disenrollment.  (OP)Obama was okay with violations as a SENATOR

The following is an open letter to President Trump: