Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bureau of Indian Affairs Pulling OKEY DOKE on FOIA Requests Says Researcher Emilio Reyes

Friend to this blog, and MANY Native Americans looking for information on their ancestry, EMILIO REYES is reporting

For over 5 years I've done extensive research on the archives of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. From the National Archives to public libraries, to online collections, to BIA Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.


After discovering Non-Natives have occupied the San Pasqual reservation since 1909 and exposing historical errors to the Office of the DOI, Secretary of the Interior, the BIA has refused to be compliant under 43 CFR. The California BIA Regional FOIA coordinator, Douglas Garcia, has made almost imposible to complete any of my FOIA requests.
Emilio Reyes

From claiming fee waivers "do not" meet the required guidelines, to "forgetting" to process requests in a timely manner, to claiming such records don't exist even though I have copies of the original records, to redacting information even when death records are being provided, which will not compromise any information under the Privacy Act.

Furthermore, at least 15 FOIA appeals are sitting in the Office of the Solicitor's office unresponded.
If you've experienced a similar problem with BIA or have a concern regarding FOIA requests that have been submitted to any agency within the Department of the Interior, He'd be interested to know, you can leave your information in  the comments.  Emilio will be escalating his appeals in the court level and will be working with a local senator to request an investigation, an internal audit of BIA records, and possibly changes and/or amendments on FOIA guidelines.

Maybe the new Secretary of the Interior, will take a look at the okey doke, the shuffling of papers while claiming they can't find anything...will end.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

What the hell~ Is wrong with that guy "Douglas Garcia", Why is he doing this? Why is he making it almost impossible to complete any of my FOIA requests."What the hell in his "Inferno mind" is his problem???
As I stated in the past the B.I.A is very "Incompetent" and Mismanaged".. I'm so glad Emilio is about to Request a local senator to request an investigation. And yes! An internal audit of BIA records and changes and amendments on FOIA guidelines. Mr .Douglas Garcia must be related to some of those FAT-SOs..that have "Mis managed the B.I.A" it seems like Mr douglas is a retard or he's busy being a pervert".. somewhere, and not focusing on his priorities and duties. "I tell you folks "If you give these Government Officials a block,... they will take a mile"~ Do not trust them! No way... They claim there natives, ...but I differ, I think there corrupted and we all know there's no Honor in Corruption. There more like "infidels" "B.i.A Infidels" they must step down. Like all corrupted Folks, a prime example is Allen E. lawson, The tolers, and "Mark Queer man" Macarro"..and his el cajon encounters ..:D.

WeRone said...

Once the iceberg is exposed the base is buried under water usually three times the exposed piece. Same with the current So. California BIA and the others their who had relations with the bands who thought it was ok to disenroll entire clans when the saw the truth sitting right in front of them or in the records held in trust. Our people have already been down corrupt actions by others and now to think its ok if the current members sit by and allow it to happen even if they disagreed before it took place. Shameful actions will be shined under the bright light. Our Ancestor will make sure the truth is always shared.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

Lots of problems with FOIA responses here too. Let us get to court and see how the judge feels about this. Afterwards I will share some of the details.

Anonymous said...

Every time something is submitted to the BIA Regional Office in Sac.
Amy D will not act on it until she has a chance to confer with the
Chairmen of the Tribes that are in question and they can agree on their terms of how much will this cost me.
Then she will decide to either submit the info requested or put it the shredder and dump it into her trash can.
That's how these corrupt leaders stay one step ahead of everyone else.
Get rid of that lady that smells like onions and start the healing.

Anonymous said...

Thank you Emilio for your courage to take action. BIA needs to comply with the law.

Anonymous said...

All this has been happening under the supervision of Amy's Dutschke. So many problems!!!! The San Pasqual historical errors. Pechanga disenrollment of Paulina Hunter descendants. The disenrollment of Margarita Brittain descenants of Pala. The one million unaccounted in Pala. When will it stop?????? Frances Muncy is finally gone. Amy needs to be investigated.

Anonymous said...

Dutschke's fingers are in the new Wilton Rancheria deal too...

Can Muncey be held liable for crap she pulled on the San Pasqual people?

Why is doing the right thing so hard for some people?

Anonymous said...

Doug Garcia come to the office and ...bring your badge with you

Anonymous said...

A replacement of staff is necessary and overdue.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

Not to defend the BIA, but fulfilling FOIA requests is time consuming and resource intensive. Douglas Garcia a thankless job, which is no fault of ours. Keep in mind that the BIA lost all the IBM records of thousands of Indians. The BIA has proven that it is incompetent and corrupt. Douglas Garcia also has to answer to Amy Dutschke. Would you want that job?

Anonymous said...


I too was denied for a FOIA, but the funny thing is that the first letter that I have recieved was from Amy Dutschke who had signed the denied letter. So when I called I was told by a member of my tribe that the Chair called the BIA to deney my request. Really it is a FOIA and when I called the BIA back I had talked too Barbara stating my request could not be processed. Then I also told her that Amy Dutschke could not deny my request because now she is a CONFLICT of INTEREST because she belongs to the same Tribe I do. Then I recieved another letter from Troy Burdick which it was signed by someone else stating that if I still want FOIA I wouldd have to pay $51.50 by Check or Money Order well I sent a check and Saturday March 6, 2017 My check was sent back saying I would have to call Doug Garcia. So today I called him left a message and no return call just yet. I will be waiting tomorrow for the call.

This doesn't give no Government to be so corrupted like they are. They should be ashame of themselves.

3k for 60 redacted pages said...

We were charged over $3,000 for our FOIA request to only relieve less than 70 pages (out of the 1st 100 pages free according to their own rules) and most pages were redacted.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 9:46pm, email Chief of Staff, Andrea Kadish @ FOIA WA. The issue will remain on record for appealing purposes. If you need help or advise, email: explorearchives@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous 5:39 AM. In accordance to 43 CFR 2.39 as "other use" requestor, you are entitled to 2 hours free of search time and 100 pages free of charge. In accordance to 43 CFR 2.37 the Bureau should ensure that it conducts searches, review and duplication in the most efficient and the least expensive manner so as to minimize costs for the requestor and the Bureau. Please contact me: explorearchives@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Thank you people for sharing your info, make sure you keep all papers sent to you and maybe record conversations with the Bureau, that way you have more proof. If you could catch Amy in a total lie that she verbally says, that would be amazing. This lady needs to go down, she has just been the ruin of true natives. One lady can bring down thousands of Natives, only out of pure greed and power, she will have to pay one day. Amy, when you come before your maker, you will be shown what you have done to us, all the hurt, the depression, the pain, the sadness, the suffering that you have caused us will be directed at you, and you will need every single one of us to forgive you, for you to not suffer the pains of hell. You are just digging your hole deeper and deeper. You have set up a situation where once the whole truth is known, your family will suffer from you and your nieces doings. Glad I am not a member of your family because it will not be a pretty picture. They will blame you for decades. You deserve it for destroying so many people's lives.

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

You're kidding, right? Catching Amy Dutschke in a lie isn't difficult. She lies all the time. We have numerous records of her lies. Lying meets the standard of reasonableness for lawsuits under the APA, and so the BIA does it all the time. We are in a lawsuit against the BIA right now so forgive me if I save the specifics to help undermine deference to the agency. Later on I may be able to share our experience with the lying tactics of the BIA in general, and Amy Dutschke in particular.