Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Organized Labor DEFEATS TRIBAL LABOR BILL

Another crack in the sovereignty dam. 

Organized labor managed an increasingly rare feat on Monday — a political victory — when its allies turned back a Senate measure aimed at rolling back labor rights on tribal lands.

The legislation, called the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, would have exempted enterprises owned and operated by Native American tribes from federal labor standards, even for employees who were not tribal citizens.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O. said passage of the measure, the subject of several years of tribal lobbying, would have amounted to the most aggressive erosion of labor protections since 1940s.

A package of bills containing the measure fell five votes short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.

CATHOLIC CHURCH and Native American Tribe Reach Consensus

After centuries of abuse of Native Americans, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez signed 17 new protocols in March that serve as guidelines for churches and their institutions to welcome and include Native Americans of California.


The protocols include a range of topics, including the prohibition of using Native American burial sites as construction sites, allowing events that involve the formal participation of Native Americans to use a traditional blessing with a sacred herb, and specifically stating that Native Americans are not to be invited to events "merely for purposes of demonstration or cultural expression but for appropriate, full and active participation."

Twice the church has apologized for the treatment and punishment of Native Americans by Catholics, as well as the spread of disease to tribes by Westerners.

Read MORE of the story HERE


Monday, April 16, 2018

Courts SAYS NO to Disenrolling Tribe: GUIDIVILLE RANCHERIA WILL NOT GET CASINO 100 Miles Away From Ancestral Lands

Despite the fact that its reservation is situated 100 miles to the north, in Ukiah, Mendocino County, the Guidiville Rancheria claimed the Point Molate promontory should be transferred to the tribe under the “restored lands” provision of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The tribe said its ancestors had once inhabited the Bay hundreds of years ago.

Read the whole story here

CA Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Senator Barbara Boxer were against the casino plan for Point Molate, which we wrote about in 2009.

Guidiville is a tribe, one of many which has disenrolled over 11,000 Native Americans, stripping rightful members of their Native identity.


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Nooksack's Nabob Ne'er Do Well kNOCKED OUT: BOB KELLY fails to advance in Election

Karma is a bitch, as Nooksack Tribal Chairman Bob Kelly found out this week.

After years of abuse of his own tribe's members, racist attacks on the Nooksack 306 and being such a poor leader that the federal government had to step in, was eliminated from contention as tribal chairman.

3rd place in the primary, shows how little the tribe thinks of him anymore. CAN THE TRIBE get on the right track and follow the leads of the Enterprise Rancheria and Graton Rancheria in bringing the tribe together again?


3rd place and not a SINGLE 306 vote?  Can we HOPE for JUSTICE?

Friday, April 6, 2018

Congressman Doug LaMalfa OKAY with RESERVATION SHOPPING, or SHOPPING FOR A REAL TRIBE?

Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who co-sponsored a thieving water rights bill for an APARTHEID TRIBE, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians recently introduced a bill to reinvent a terminated Rancheria as California's largest tribe with a reservation anywhere within Siskiyou County. 

Doug LaMalfa
Shady thinking?


Disturbingly, the bill’s proponents have no lineal connection to the original Rancheria.  They are led by a Chico attorney — Tahj Gomes — who in 2016 identified himself in county minutes as the “Shasta Nation Etna Band Chair” but a few months later he testified to Congress that he was the “Chairman of the Ruffey Rancheria.”  OP:  LOL! Doesn't know WHO he is...today?

When a lawyer tells the county one story but Congress another, you start to ask questions. We, along with numerous tribes within California and Oregon have done so, resulting in the congressional record swelling to 13 letters exceeding 200 pages of materials.

What we do know is that the original Rancheria’s namesake — Old Man Ruffey — was documented by the Department of Interior in 1905 as a landless Karuk Indian living in Etna. In 1907, DOI purchased land in Etna and created the Ruffey Rancheria for Old Man Ruffey and others. In 1961, Congress ended its federal relationship with the Ruffey Rancheria and distributed its 441-acre reservation to the four remaining members who were Karuk relations of Old Man Ruffey. Those four members of the Ruffy Rancheria are deceased and it’s unknown whether they had children.
READ THE REST OF THE STORY

Nelson Mandela is Dead, his wife WINNIE is DEAD, They Worked to End Apartheid in South Africa. Sad that Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Practices Apartheid On Their Reservation.

Winnie Mandela is dead at 81, a member of South Africa's parliament and anti apartheid activist.

WE STILL have APARTHEID in CALIFORNIA, under Democrat leadership on tribal reservation...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

PALA Tribe DOES NOT WANT HOMES Near It's CASINO. SOVEREIGNTY Goes BOTH WAYS

Isn't this rich? 

Porcine Pala Chairman Robert Smith's tribe, wants to tell a sovereign nation what to do, but remember when HE didn't need to produce evidence on disenrollment because PALA was sovereign?


Late this summer, a proposal to build 780 homes just north of state Route 76 and across the highway from the Pala Casino Resort & Spa will go before county planners and ultimately the Board of Supervisors or approval.

The developer, Ali Shapouri, has been working on the plans for his Warner Ranch project for 13 years and bases almost everything on a single concept — that thousands of casino and resort workers in North County (Pala, Pauma, Rincon, Valley View) drive great distances between their work and their homes.

But Pala is an Indian reservation and is technically a sovereign nation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gabriel Galanda Delivers Speech on Due Process for ALL Native Americans Targeted for Disenrollment to NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION at TALKING STICK Resort

Ethics in Indian Country Law should NOT be an OXYMORON...

Gabriel Galanda
Champion for Native Justice

On Wednesday, April 4, 2017, at the National Native American Bar Association's (NNABA) Annual Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association's 2018 Indian Law Conference, at TALKING STICK RESORT, Gabe Galanda will deliver the "Update on NNABA Formal Ethics Opinion No. 1: 'Ensuring Due Process For All Native Americans Targeted For Disenrollment.'"

Judge William Alsup Rules ELEM COLONY Can Bully, Threaten and Banish Members

 A California federal judge on Saturday tossed a suit by members of the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria over their alleged disenrollment, saying that a political struggle between the parties for control of the tribe didn’t offer the members access to habeas corpus relief under the Indian Civil Rights Act.

Adrian John Sr. and the other tribe-member plaintiffs had sought a writ of habeas corpus to prevent restraint of their liberty, claiming that the Elem Colony Tribal Council had tried to disenroll and banish them and that they remained under threat of being removed from the tribe’s California reservation.

In an order dismissing the case Saturday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup agreed with the tribal council that the members hadn’t shown their treatment by the tribal officials, based mostly on documents sent by the tribe in 2016 threatening them with disenrollment, reached the level of a “severe restraint” permitting habeas relief under the ICRA.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

STOP DISENROLLMENT: When the ACCUSERS are also your JUDGE and JURY, Where is JUSTICE?

My late cousin James Appel wrote this in 2010.  It's an example of what was written before in Like Being Raped and Going to your Rapist for Justice   

What happens when people who are your accusers, people that have always hated your family, become not only your accusers, but are also your judge and jury?
Pechanga Tribe Disenrolled
25% of the population

It is a fact that our ancestor Paulina Hunter was an Indian that lived in the original Temecula Indian village. She was also recognized by members of that tribe as a member via witnessed and certified documents of that period.

She was evicted along with the rest of the tribe from that village and moved to the area known as Pechanga to live with them. One of the most revered and respected members of the Tribe most recently wrote before his death in a signed and witnessed document stating that he knew her personally as a member of the tribe.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

USSC Stand Silent to the ABUSE of Tribal Members By Tribal Governments in Denying Cert For Jessica Tavares vs. United Auburn


OK to ABUSE Tribal Members
said 9th Circuit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday continues to avoid cases involving Native American issues — including one challenging a decision backing the United Auburn Indian Community’s right to banish a member from tribal land

The justices denied a petition for writ of certiorari from UAIC member Jessica Tavares that asked the high court to reverse a split Ninth Circuit panel’s March 2017 ruling that her banishment from some lands on the tribe’s California reservation for a limited time didn’t violate the Indian Civil Rights Act.

Fred J. Hiestand, an attorney for Tavares, expressed dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court's denial.

Seattle Councilperson DEBORA JUAREZ Speaks out AGAINST DISENROLLMENT. WHO will stand up NEXT?

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 When people of prominence speak out...more will listen.   SPEAK OUT!  
Wise words from (emphasis mine) Seattle's City Councilperson Debora Juarez, the first Native American elected to Seattle's City Council.  A member of the Blackfeet Nation. From 2016 (
h/tip Gabe Galanda)

Disenrollment is tantamount to relinquishment of my Birthright.   But unlike relinquishment of parental rights, disenrollment is based on no fault of my own.

Disenrollment is a decision to steal from me my own Creator-given DNA, my spark, my own gift. I understand.

Because, as an Indian Mother who gave up an Indian Son, it feels eerily reminiscent of a day 39 years ago.

He was there. Then taken from my arms. Then gone.  I never again had any say.

Disenrollment is like a unilateral politically motivated divorce or forced adoption.  It is like a relinquishment of parental rights, yet with no due process. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Disenrolled Indians Can Lose FEDERAL Benefits When Stripped of Tribal Citizenship

An August 2007 story in Capitol Weekly still rings true, and sadly, has expanded out of California.
Individual Indian tribes are the sole arbiter of who is and is not a member. But members who are disenrolled from tribes can lose their access to federal benefits, as well, including housing, education, health care and welfare.
Nationwide, thousands of Indians have been kicked out of tribes in recent years. Most of these disenrollments have happened in the years since the advent of tribal casino gaming. Many tribes say their numbers swelled as non-members sought entry into the tribe, and they are dealing with backlogs of illegitimate tribal applicants.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nooksack Police Chief Michael Ashby SUED for Assault On Nooksack Tribal Council Member

Carmen Tageant
The Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman leads the case.
Tageant alleges that Ashby, formerly a police officer with the Ferndale Police Department, physically assaulted and battered her in Deming as she attempted to file for reelection to the council a few months ago.
“As Ms. Tageant approached the front door of the Elections Board Office, defendant Ashby saw her, with application materials in hand, and locked the front door,” court documents state.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mark Macarro: Native America's Vladimir Putin? Only the Numbers Are Different

Let's begin by saying what must be said:

Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is a strongman and a thug whose authoritarian regime rigs elections, has control of tribal media outlets,  regularly stamps out dissent, invades private property, lies to congress, disappears the opposition, abuses human rights, stinks of corruption and meddles in other nation's sovereignty-- including tribal casino opportunities, where he was the state SPOKESPERSON in pro-tribal casino referendums.

Vlad Putin
Russian Strongman

Mark Macarro
Pechanga Tribal Chairman

Is that any different that what Putin does in Russia? 

We have congresspeople and media up in arms for Trump congratulating Putin on his election victory, yet in Temecula, CA, we have our governor, local and national politicians like Darrell Issa and Ken Calvert and local media like the Riverside Press Enterprise regularly ignoring the civil and human rights violations of their tribal neighbor and attending functions at their casino and accepting ad monies.  Even the DNC and Hillary Clinton were Pro-Macarro. 

To add insult to injury, Native American entities that rise up against a nickname, are silent to the abuses of people like Macarro, even honoring them.

There are degrees of sin and crimes, surely, but where does a line be drawn?  How many does it have to happen to, TO BE WRONG? 

Apartheid?    Nope, okay.
Elder Abuse Nuh-uh, that's okay too.
Theft of Heritage? LOL, what's THAT?
Election Rigging? Child's play
Stripping Citizenship?   It could happen
Racism

If you get rid of your opposition and their votes, how can you lose? It's not murder Pechanga members fear, it's losing their share of casino profits, which can leave them penniless.  And Macarro knows it.

Trump phone Putin to "congratulate him on his victory", media pounces after ignoring the fact that Obama did the exact same thing.  Politicians stood up to apartheid in South Africa, yet stand idly by when it's in their own backyard. 



Thanks for NOTHING Senators FEINSTEIN and Harris (and Boxer before her) and thanks for NOTHING Governor Brown.  Failure to lead, failure to protect the defenseless and saluting corruption is your legacy.


Monday, March 19, 2018

Eric Enriquez: BIA ROLLED OUT THE RED CARPET of CORRUPTION at Pinoleville

Eric Enriquez, disenrolled from Pinoleville Pomo Nation, has a brutal essay in the Anderson Valley Advertiser on tribal corruption ,led by charter members of the Original Pechanga Native American Hall of Shame Leona Williams, and their BIA benefactors.
Leona Williams

We wrote about Pinoleville and their termination of the Tillie Hardwick family almost a DECADE ago...

In the article, Enriquez writes:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Scholarship on California Mission System: The TRUTH is being EXPOSED...the CHUMASH Rebellion

Such an an interesting, untold story of the abuses suffered by California's Native American tribes under the mission systems that those sugar cube mission models never tell.

The salmon-hued tower of Mission La Purisima looms over the pastoral grounds near Lompoc where generations of California fourth-graders field trip each year to learn about the state’s mission era and the people who called Purisima home centuries ago.
La Purisima Mission

But life at the mission wasn’t always so serene. Forced hard labor, deadly outbreaks of disease, and the prohibition of native languages were the reality for the Chumash Indians who lived there.


For anyone who visits La Purisima on March 16, the day marks the anniversary of a bloody battle.

Twila Barnes, Cherokee Genealogist Exposes Warren's Fraud on National Television

My friend, Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes, who writes the blog Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter was on nationally televised show Tucker Carlson Tonight explaining how her work on Elizabeth Warren's ancestry, which you can find HERE, proves she is NOT Cherokee.

Let's hope other television shows want to get to the TRUTH, about Elizabeth Warren's IDENTITY THEFT.

Watch the video:

Monday, March 12, 2018

9th Circuit Judge: Nooksack Tribe Run By a TIN POT DICTATOR; BIA STILL Recognizes Leader Bob Kelly

Almost a year after being called out for "abuses of power," the Nooksack Tribe has won recognition of its leadership amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.

The Trump administration on Friday affirmed the results of a recent election in which voters filled four vacant seats on the council. The move marks the first time since 2016 that the tribe, based in Washington, has had a valid governing body.

Watch 9th Circuit video here

"The Nooksack people have spoken and we look forward to continuing our responsibility to serve our people," Chairman Bob Kelly said in a news release after the tribe received word from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

PALA vs. Pechanga Casino Expansions: Pechanga KNOCKS OUT PALA

Pala Casino Spa & Resort confirmed an unspecified number of layoffs, citing facility closures prompted by a $170 million expansion and remodeling as well as economic pressures from “an increasingly competitive Southern California casino resort market.”

THANKS ROBERT SMITH, Mark Macarro is kicking your ass in the business arena.  Two titans of disenrollment in business clash, PALA on the losing end.....

Elizabeth Warren : NO DNA TEST! NO 23 and Me! And NO HELP to "Other" Indians

Is Warren's lies really important? Yes, because as a Native American, you'd think she'd stand up for those of us who have been harmed by both the BIA and our own tribes.

In the Cobell suit the BIA was accused of mismanagement on Individual Indian Money accounts. Has Warren looked out for us?

The BIA shifts positions depending on the situation. Mostly the agency pretends it has no obligation to individuals, but when issues escalate it becomes clear that individual Indians have interests in land, assets, and resources just as tribes have. Has Warren done ANYTHING to PROTECT OUR ASSETS from tribes?

Individual Indians also participate in federal programs and receive services and benefits just like tribes. Yet Warren REFUSED to meet with Cherokee, with Natives at Harvard and has NEVER responded to our emails requesting help.

Yet, here she is....defending her Nativehood....

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., argued that her family’s claim to Native American ancestry is an indelible part of who she is — something that can never be taken away.  OP:  Old wives tales are NOT the truth ...of Cherokee Heritage.  Her GENEALOGY has been done..by CHEROKEE genealogists including TWILA BARNESWarren defended herself on NBC’s “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” Sunday morning when asked what she thought about taking an easily accessible DNA test, such as those offered by 23andMe or Ancestry, to settle the ongoing controversy over her heritage.
It's Her Life and She Can
Lie if she Wants To

Rather than address that question specifically, Warren told a story about how her mother and father, born and raised in Oklahoma, met as teenagers and fell head-over-heels in love. Her father’s family was bitterly opposed to their relationship, she said, because her mother was part Native American, but the couple eloped and persevered.

“That’s the story that my brothers and I all learned from our Mom and our Dad, from our grandparents and all of our aunts and uncles. It’s a part of me, and nobody is going to take that part of me away — not ever,” Warren said.

After hearing this story, Todd returned to his initial concern: Why not do genealogical research or take a DNA test to find out her actual heritage? What’s wrong with knowing whether her family’s story was the truth?

“I do know. I know who I am. And never used it for anything, never got any benefit out of it anywhere,” she said.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CA GOV Jerry Brown Excoriates Jeff Session on Civil Rights, YET HE SUPPORTS APARTHEID and REWARDS IT

California Governor, Jerry Brown, railed against a "fellow from Alabama" going after illegals and suing California for acting outside of federal law.

That's RICH.  Jerry supported APARTHEID in his state, or rather, an APARTHEID practicing tribe.

We wrote about it in August 2016...you 'member. This is WHAT HE SUPPORTS:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Non Native Elizabeth Warren IGNORED Real Native Americans While at Harvard Law

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) was invited at least three times to speak with Native American students at Harvard Law School while she was a faculty member, but she never accepted, according to a former president of a Native American student group.
The FAKE, Non Native Democrat
Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts 

Dr. Gavin Clarkson, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who received both a doctorate and a law degree from Harvard while Warren was a professor, says he "personally invited" her three times to visit with Harvard's Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), which he headed while attaining his dual degree. Warren, who had identified as a minority in law professor directories and was touted by Harvard as a Native American hire, never accepted his invites.
"I was on campus at Harvard for five years, from 1998 to 2003," Clarkson said. "Warren was identified in the AALS law teacher directory as an American Indian faculty member."
"Hi, we're the Native American students on campus and it would be nice to meet the only Native American professor on the faculty," was the message Clarkson was attempting to get across, but he says he was dismissed by Warren every time.
"I personally invited Elizabeth Warren, face to face, three separate times," Clarkson said.
"I did it at least once per year for three straight years," he said. "She basically dismissed me all three times."
Warren's office did not respond to requests for comment on her interaction with NALSA while at Harvard.
The current leadership of Harvard's NALSA chapter says it has never invited Warren to speak, despite her thin ties to the Native American community.
"As far as I know, NALSA has never extended an invite to Elizabeth Warren despite her attenuated ties to the Native American community," said co-president Chris Childers, a member of the Echota Cherokee Tribe. "We have no plans to do so under the current leadership."  ( THEY KNOW A FAKE)
Clarkson's goal when he led the student group was to improve Harvard's outreach to the American Indian community, which he viewed as something Warren should have taken the lead on given her claimed heritage.
"We were constantly concerned about the fact that Harvard was doing a terrible job relative to peer institutions at recruiting American Indian students, despite the fact that Harvard was founded in its original charter to educate American Indians," Clarkson said.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

NCAI TRIBAL NATIONS POLICY SUMMIT: Another Major Event that IGNORES the ABUSES of NATIVE AMERICANS, BY Native Americans

Another year, and the same old story coming from the National Council of American Indians:  DEAFENING SILENCE ON DISENROLLMENT

The NCAI agenda is here with four and a half days of meetings and events and NOT a MINUTE to discuss the civil and human rights abuses OF Native Americans, By tribes such as Nooksack, Pechanga, Pala, Redding Rancheria.  This make a grand total of ZERO minutes the past decade. 

They couldn't even make time to CELEBRATE those tribes that have returned members to their rightful status, like Enterprise Rancheria and Graton, or acknowledge the Cherokee Freedmen gaining their rightful status.



What does it take for the epidemic to reach the heights of this political organization?
 
ELDER ABUSE?   Nope, silence
CHILD ABUSE?    Nuh, uh, quiet
Apartheid?             Never speak of it
Voting abuses?     Shh, family secret
Fraud?                   Not our business

But by all means, let's give a FAKE, undocumented white woman to speak and save the Indian.  

Two years ago, the noted professor David Wilkins spoke about against the absence of the big named Native organizations in our post:  Native American Groups MIA on Dismemberment.....

Have they JUMPED the SHARK?

Elizabeth Warren Brings her High Cheekbones to the National Congress of American Indians ADMITS she is NOT a Tribal Member

SURPRISE! ELIZABETH WARREN ADMITS SHE IS NOT an enrolled tribal member.
Elizabeth Warren was conspicuously not scheduled to speak at the NCAI Tribal Nations Policy Summit in Washington, DC, despite being the only Senator to claim a Native American heritage.

Warren made a surprise appearance on Wednesday, addressing allegations that she has lied about her ancestry. Cherokee genealogists including our friend Twila Barnes have traced Warren’s family tree and found no evidence to support her claim of minority status.

Warren has shifted her stance, since being slammed numerous times this year, by Cherokees.  She ADMITS she is NOT enrolled, nor her family members on any rolls.

"I get why some people think there’s hay to be made here. You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe.”
“And I want to make something clear. I respect that distinction. I understand that tribal membership is determined by tribes — and only by tribes.

Warren
went on to address the problems in the Native American community and promised that she would share their stories in Congress.

Better LATE than NEVER, right?  One writer has it right:

 If she didn’t care much about Native American issues before, she does now. A lot. And will until November 3, 2020.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Annual Stop Disenrollment Visual Campaign Slated for February 8, 2018

Original Pechanga's Blog which has been the leading website in Indian Country to protest the disaster ofTribal Disenrollment is PROUD to STAND with the once per year Visual Advocacy movement STOP DISENROLLMENT






        

On Thursday, February 8, 2018, the online visual advocacy movement, Stop Disenrollment, will launch once again.
Stop Disenrollment went viral on February 8, 2016, and again last year on February 8, catching international media attention. The movement is poised to raise social consciousness again this year. Prominent Native Americans like author Sherman Alexie, former U.S. Vice Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke, rapper-actor-entrepreneur Litefoot, film director Chris Eyre, fashion designer Bethany Yellowtail, and Olympic Gold Medalist Billy Mills headlined the 2016 and 2017-campaigns.

The visual advocacy movement is a grassroots Native reaction to tribal politicians who have, over the last decade, exiled thousands of their own relatives from tribal communities and homelands, through a colonially inspired practice called “disenrollment.” 
Disenrollment is NOT the Indian Way
Disenrollment is happening because of money, control of power and to settle old scores, as well as some quid pro quo...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Native Americans Challenge Their Invisibility in Society.

Some insightful wisdom in this video, about being invisible as an Indian. In light of the immature discussions this week on the Cleveland Chief Wahoo caricature issue and how some white sportscasters are now challenging Notre Dame's Fighting Irish mascot, as if the two compare.

From last year, but if you haven't watched it, haven't lived it.... At the 2:30 mark, watch what the outwardly African American woman says about, "one drop" of blood...
(h/t to my cousin Andrea for pointing this out to me)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based mascots…” screens on Jan. 30 in Menlo Park

We wrote about this film project two years ago, amid the REDSKINS controversy.  And now, the Little brothers have gotten it together and available for screening.  Why is it that Native American mascotry is flourishing decades after Sambo depictions were wiped off the face of advertising?  Chief Wahoo is on the way out, how about we end all Native American mascotry and inappropriate signage?

“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins” analyzes the controversy over the Washington football team and its contentious name. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, the film presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the matter.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Indian Country Disaster: Tribal Disenrollments, Moratorium & Corruption



Learn about the corruption and abuses of civil rights of Native Americans by their OWN TRIBES.   

 This post has links to many stories that have ended with over 11,000 Indians, suffering harm from our tribes, coupled with the failure of the BIA/Federal Govts to handle their trust responsibilities.

Sharing each link means FEWER people can say "We didn't KNOW". There is a search bar on the upper left of the blog.


Learn More on Disenrollment in Indian  Country at these Links:

PRESSURE WORKS! CLEVELAND INDIANS to REMOVE RACIST CARICATURE CHIEF WAHOO FROM LOGOS

Yes, the PRESSURE on the Cleveland Indians to remove their racist caricature CHIEF WAHOO has yielded results:

The enlightened social mores of the mid-to-late 20th century have arrived with a vengeance in Cleveland, the New York Times reports:

The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Trump Administration Keeping EYE on the CORRUPTION at NOOKSACK and BOB KELLY

Indianz.com has the story:

The Trump administration is continuing to assert oversight in a long-running and highly-charged leadership and disenrollment dispute within the Nooksack Tribe.
Some within the tribe expressed optimism after the Bureau of Indian Affairs reached an agreement last fall with Bob Kelly, the disputed chairman on the reservation in Washington state. The deal called for a new council election, one in which hundreds of people who were being kicked off the rolls were able to participate.
But hopes have been dashed since the December vote. The BIA has called more than 100 ballots into question, a number so large that it could sway the outcome of the results for the four council seats that were on the general election ballot.
"Our immediate reaction to the general election results was that the total vote count appeared to be about 100 votes too high," said Michelle Roberts, a tribal citizen who serves as a spokesperson for those who have clashed with Kelly and his faction. "It now appears to have been 126 votes too high. We have no doubt the election was a sham."
Separately, a former council member who opposed the disenrollment purge, has filed two lawsuits in connection with the struggle. In one, Carmen Tageant alleges she was "assaulted and battered" by the tribe's police chief earlier this month when she attempted to file as a candidate in an upcoming election. In the second, she says an unnamed individual has engaged in a "cyber-harassment" campaign against her by posting personal and threatening information about her online.
The lawsuit alleges the individual behind a Facebook profile is connected to Kelly and his faction. Some on the social media site believe the person controlling the "Keith Williams" account is actually Kelly, though there is little direct proof of that at this point.
According to the complaint, Tageant has "suffered severe emotional trauma. Ms. Tageant has been unable to sleep. Instead of focusing on her professional career, Ms. Tageant has had to worry about her safety and the safety of her seven children. She has had to work hard to repair her professional and personal reputations."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Darrell Issa Who Remained Serially IGNORANT of Civil Rights Abuses in his District To RETIRE

Buh-Bye Darrell. DLTDHYITAOTWO

Darrell Issa has never stood up for the civil and human rights of Native Americans who have been harmed by his rich tribal friends.   Today, he announced his retirement.   Sadly, it's NOT immediate.

We wrote about him here in 2008   Darrell Issa Screws Temecula Indians..  and other times throughout the disenrollment decade. He supported and sponsored a land grab by Mark Macarro's council which became a golf course built over the graves of our ancestors.

NO BIG LOSS, adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen Darrell.  Don't Let the Door Hit You In the Ass On the Way Out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Should the Fight AGAINST Unjust Tribal Disenrollment Be Fought from ONE FRONT or MANY?

As we are nearing the next  and possibly final STOP DISENROLLMENT DAY
Do we fight?  
Do we hope?
Do we pray for justice or SEEK JUSTICE for our ancestors?

Do we wait and see while our elders die without justice? 


What say YOU?  What have YOU done to raise awareness?

I've been writing this blog to expose the corruption of Tribal Disenrollment for TEN YEARS.  As most of my regular readers know, my ancestor, Paulina Hunter was an Original Pechanga Indian, disenrolled 106 years after she walked on in death.