Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pechanga Native Kent Appel, Native Songwriter/Poet's SONG on Disenrollment: A Paper Genocide (Lament of the Disenrolled Indian)

My cousin, Kent Appel, who contributes greatly to the comment section here, as 'AAMOKAT' is also a songwriter and poet.  His song on Disenrollment NAILS IT

"Casino people, Shameful Tribe, Betrayed Your Own, A Paper Genocide."

A PAPER GENOCIDE (LAMENT OF THE DISENROLLED INDIAN) 
BY KENT APPEL (‘AAMOKAT)

WE WERE ONE INDIAN NATION
WHEN THEY PUT US ON OUR RESERVATION
WE WERE AT ONE WITH THE LAND
BUILT OUR HOMES WHEN THERE WAS ONLY SAND

WE WERE ONE LAND WE WERE ONE TRIBE
NO CASINO JUST NATIVE PRIDE
BUT SOME OF THE FRIENDS WE HAD FOR YEARS
CAUSED A PAPER TRAIL OF TEARS

CASINO PEOPLE
SHAMEFUL TRIBE
BETRAYED YOUR OWN
A PAPER GENOCIDE


JUST A FEW YEARS AGO
WE WERE ALL UNITED IN A COMMON GOAL
TO PAVE A WAY TO A BETTER LIFE
BUT OUR SUCCESS IT BROUGHT STRIFE

CASINO PEOPLE
SHAMEFUL TRIBE
DESTROYED YOUR OWN
A PAPER GENOCIDE


I KNOW THAT SOMEDAY WHEN THEY’VE LEARNED
THEN THE PEOPLE WILL RETURN
WE WILL RETURN
WE WILL RETURN
WE WILL RETURN

With the Robinson Rancheria restoring their disenrolled last month and Enterprise last year, and Grand Ronde disenrolled triumphant in court...there is HOPE that tribal nations who disenroll, will do the right thing.


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