Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Preserving Heritage or Perpetuating Injustice? The Shocking Reality of Tribal Disenrollment in Native America

Thank you to the loyal readers of my ORIGINAL PECHANGA BLOG.    I've been away from this blog on tribal disenrollment for far too long.  At my age, I've given 17 years to it, and I've had many life changes recently (mostly good) including moving to the east coast, away from my ancentral lands.  We've not been able to establish a good beachhead in this battle,  I'd hoped for a lot more support from the 11,000 of us who have been affected.    But there's always hope that ONE MORE ARROW in the quiver will do the job.  Of course, I choose a day before I leave on vacation to bring my first post, but if you will help us by sharing on your social media AND email to your friends and family and ask them to start checking OPB again, maybe we can find some social justice and honor our ancestors.

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In the despicable and decades long saga of tribal disenrollment, a sentiment of profound disgust surges through the veins of justice.  The very act of disenrollment, stripping individuals of their rightful belonging within their tribes, is an affront to the principles of humanity and dignity.



 

It is a heinous betrayal not only of the present but also a dishonor to the sacred lineage of ancestors who fought to preserve the unique identities of Native communities. To witness tribes engaging in such a repugnant practice is to witness the erosion of the bonds that tie generations together, undermining the very essence of tribal unity and cultural continuity. 

The ancestors, whose sacrifices echo through time, are surely turning in their spiritual resting places at the desecration of the legacy they sought to protect. The stench of injustice in tribal disenrollment is a stain on the tapestry of Native history, and it is incumbent upon our government to rise with righteous indignation against this nauseating violation of the sacred right of belonging.

We are Betrayed and Abandoned:  Justice in Indian Country isn't only for Chiefs and Chairmen


In the vast expanse of Indian Country, our many rich traditions and diverse cultures intertwine, yet, a dark cloud looms over the sovereignty of tribes—a cloud forged by the betrayal of the weak and defenseless (those without power) within their own communities. It is high time our government stands up for the principles of justice, morality, and human rights by addressing the harrowing issue of tribal disenrollment.

The moral outrage against tribal disenrollment should not be a mere whisper; it demands a thunderous roar that resonates through the halls of power. The time has come to hold accountable those tribes that violate the rights of their own people, and the following measures are not just necessary but imperative:

Eliminate Federal Funding for Violating Tribes:

The lifeblood of tribal governance often flows from federal funding, empowering them to serve their communities. However, this financial support should not be an endorsement of injustice. The government must wield its financial influence judiciously, cutting off funding to tribes that trample upon the rights of their own members through disenrollment.


Cease Taking Land into Trust for Abusive Tribes:

Land is not just property; it is a sacred connection to the heritage and identity of Native communities. The government should refuse to take land into trust for tribes that engage in abusive practices such as disenrollment. By doing so, it sends a powerful message that the desecration of tribal identity will not be facilitated by the very entity meant to protect it.


Integrate Enforcement Actions into the Indian Civil Rights Act:

Justice delayed too long is justice denied, as the Rev. Martin Luther King wrote in his Letter from Birmingham Jail. It is time to fortify the legal arsenal against tribal disenrollment by incorporating enforcement actions into the Indian Civil Rights Act. This will provide a robust legal framework to address violations and ensure that the rights of individuals within tribes are safeguarded against arbitrary decisions that strip them of their identity and belonging.


Publicly Expose Tribes Guilty of Harm:   Can you say  PECHANGA, PALA, REDDING or CHUKCHANSI to name just a fewWe have many stories on this blog, PLEASE look around, and use the search bar to help.

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, and in this case, transparency is paramount. It is crucial to publicly expose tribes that have harmed over 11,000 Native individuals through disenrollment. By bringing these injustices to light, we not only hold the perpetrators accountable but also pave the way for a cultural shift within tribal communities, encouraging them to prioritize justice over division.

Tribes, like any other governing entity, have the right to autonomy, but this should not translate into impunity when it comes to violating the rights of their own people.  Our politicians must no longer lend their support to tribes that engage in such egregious practices. (GAVIN NEWSOM, KAMALA HARRIS)   The government's duty is not just to uphold sovereignty but to champion justice, ensuring that the weak and defenseless are shielded from the tyranny within their own tribes. 

It's time to demand accountability from our elected leaders, for THEM and US to stand up for the betrayed, and to forge a future where the principles of justice are etched into the very fabric of Indian Country.  NO MORE LIP SERVICE.




Wednesday, June 14, 2023

270 Native Americans, Majority Navajo, Living on the Streets of Phoenix After Sober Living Home Crackdown

 Navajo law enforcement teams made contact with several hundred Native Americans from various tribes who are living on the streets in the metro Phoenix area, after the state cracked down on Medicaid fraud and suspended unlicensed sober living homes, Navajo Nation Attorney General Ethel Branch said Monday.  Read the Full Story Here

Teams that included Navajo police officers reported making contact with more than 270 Native Americans, the majority of them Navajo, Branch said.


Many tribal members accepted offers to stay in motel rooms or other temporary housing for a few days before moving to legitimate facilities, while others agreed to return home to their reservations, Branch said. The teams worked with local police agencies and Community Bridges, Inc., a nonprofit that provides services for people with addictions.


“Unfortunately, many of our relatives when they came out of these facilities didn't have cell phones,” Branch said, adding that Navajo police officers allowed the people they found to use their own cell phones to call their families.

Monday, May 15, 2023

INDIAN COUNTRY MUST LIGHT THE PATH TO ABUSING TRIBES Restore Justice and Compassion: Returning Disenrolled Native Americans to Their Tribes

Or, is it the NEW Indian Way


The issue of disenrollment of Native Americans from their tribes is  demands urgent attention from both tribal communities and the federal government.
 

Disenrollment is a violation of basic human rights, which not only undermines the dignity and self-determination of those affected but also damages the fabric of our tribal communities as a whole.

The practice of disenrollment is not a new phenomenon, but it has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, particularly in California. Many tribes have members from their rolls, often due to disputes over membership eligibility or claims of fraudulent enrollment.  Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro actually said my ancestor was fraudulently enrolled, which would make ANY current Pechanga member fraudulently enrolled, 

Disenrollment robs individuals of their heritage and identity, and also strips them of their access to essential tribal services, such as health care, education, and housing, as we've seen in the Nooksack 306 eviction hearings

The need for social justice and compassion in addressing this issue cannot be overstated. Native Americans have endured centuries of oppression, genocide, and forced assimilation at the hands of the federal government and colonizers. Disenrollment perpetuates this legacy of injustice and further marginalizes already vulnerable communities.

Friday, May 5, 2023

Elizabeth Hoover, Berkeley Professora CONFIRMS "I AM A WHITE PERSON" Pretendian NO MORE

 Another day, another academician caught in a LIE about their use of false native ancestry to get ahead. 



Elizabeth Hoover
UC Berkeley Professor

 Why do people want to be like Elizabeth Warren?  Or Ward Churchill?  Or Andrea Smith?  PRETENDIAN, they name is Elizabeth HOOVER.  It's still a growing cancer, to steal benefits from real native Americans

From Karen Townsend at HOT AIR:

This controversy has been going on for months. In October 2022, Hoover admitted she had no documents to prove her ancestry. She was hired by UC – Berkeley in 2020 as part of a diversity program. She specializes in environmental justice in Native American communities. On her new personal website, she issued her statement and said she will no longer claim Mohawk and Mi’kmaq ancestry. She is being labeled a pretendian.

I asked Are Pretendians the Reason for a spike in Native Population?

Students are checked harder than professors about their backgrounds.  It's getting ridiculous.


Sunday, April 30, 2023

Saginaw Chippewa ENDS DISENROLLMENT ACTION Against MAYS FAMILY

 BOOM!   JUSTICE for Saginaw Chippewa family as tribe DROPS their disenrollment actions against them.

An Isabella County family that has been fighting Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe disenrollment since the 1990s has won a third case with the help of genealogists and their longtime, Mt. Pleasant attorney.

Through its attorney, Shawn R. Frank of Jacobson, Buffalo, Magnuson, Anderson and Hogan of St. Paul, the Tribe agreed March 17 to drop the latest disenrollment action against the Mays family.

“The Tribe and their certified genealogist have…determined to not pursue further disenrollment action,” according to the order from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Office of Administrative Hearings.

Attorney Paula Fisher said the family was targeted “on and off” since and that they were first accused of not tracing to the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Constitution base rolls, and the Tribe agreed that they collaterally traced to them in 2009, resulting in the dismissal of that case with prejudice, meaning that should have ended further actions.

“Then, in 2014, the Tribe changed their laws and made dismissal with prejudice meaningless by challenging the Mays family yet again and asserted that the Mays family needed to trace lineally to the Tribal Constitutional base rolls,” Fisher said. “The Mays family next proved that they did lineally trace when the Office of Administration hearings granted the May’s family’s motion (to dismiss the case) in 2017.”

Read the full story at the MORNING SUN here  and KEEP WORKING FOR JUSTICE!

Letter to Senate Indian Committee on Tribal Disenrollment and Protecting ALL Native Americans

Dear Senator,

I am writing to bring attention to the urgent issue of tribal disenrollment and the abuse of Native American people by their own tribes. This is a matter of great concern and requires immediate action to protect the rights and well-being of Native Americans.

It is the responsibility of the United States government to ensure that the rights of all Native Americans are protected. This responsibility extends beyond just the Chiefs and Chairman of tribes, but to all members of Native American communities. The government has a duty to intervene when tribes are abusing their own people, particularly when disenrollment is being used as a tool for power and control.

Tribal disenrollment has become a widespread problem throughout Indian Country, and it has devastating consequences for those who are disenrolled. These individuals lose their tribal membership, their identity, and their rights as Native Americans without review or protection by the Federal Government. They are often cut off from vital services, such as healthcare and education, and may be forced to leave their homes and communities.

The process of disenrollment often violates tribal laws, traditions, and values. Many tribes have their own legal systems that have been developed over centuries, and these systems must be respected and followed. When tribes disregard their own laws and ignore evidence in order to disenroll their own people, they are perpetuating a cycle of abuse and disrespect.

We call upon the United States government to take action to protect Native Americans from these abuses. The government should create a task force to investigate instances of tribal disenrollment and ensure that the rights of ALL Native Americans are being protected. Additionally, the government should work with tribes to develop procedures that ensure due process and fairness in disenrollment cases.

It is time for the United States government to fulfill its responsibility to Native Americans and protect them from the abuses of their own tribes. We must work together to ensure that all Native Americans have access to their rightful identity, history, and heritage.

Sincerely,

Thursday, April 27, 2023

Native American Leaders Must Act Now Against Disenrollment: Have You No Sense of Decency

BE A LEADER




Native American Tribal Leaders, at long last, have you left no sense of decency? As elected officials, you have a responsibility to protect the rights of your citizens, and that includes the right to their tribal citizenship and heritage.

Disenrollment is a tragic stain on the very fabric of tribal sovereignty and self-governance, and it is up to you to put an end to it. The harm that disenrollment has caused to families and communities is immeasurable and goes against the fundamental values of Native American cultures. 

It's time to take a stand and say enough is enough.

Let us not be remembered as the generation that destroyed the very foundations of our people's heritage and identity.  Let's restore the ancestors to their rightful place in tribal history.

Why The Scourge of Tribal Disenrollment is a Human Rights Issue Every Native Should Care About

As long as I am disenrolled, I will continue to fight for my ancestors rights and my descendants, and I will keep asking for YOU to join the fight for us.




Why WE ALL Should Care About Disenrollment even in you are not affected.

Disenrollment is the practice that involves stripping Native Americans of their citizenship and heritage, perpetrated by Native Americans themselves to gain money, benefits, and power. It's a harmful and disturbing trend that has affected over 10,000 people, with far-reaching implications.

You may wonder why you should care about disenrollment, especially if you're not a member of a Native American tribe. But the answer is simple: if one person's rights are violated, it affects us all. Disenrollment is a violation of basic human rights, and it goes against the very principles of democracy, fairness, and justice that we hold dear. And one our tribal leaders purport to support.

When tribes were granted gaming licenses, they made a promise to voters that they would take care of their people. Disenrollment, along with other practices such as banishments and moratoriums, directly contradicts that promise. Not only does it harm individual tribal members, but it also undermines tribal self-governance, making it harder to gain support from those who doubt the ability of tribal governments to handle membership issues.  Not following tribal law and the tribe's own consitution as what happened to my Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has done JUST THAT.

Moreover, disenrollment tears apart our ancestral connections that tribal members have with their communities. It's not just about being kicked out of a tribe; it's about losing cultural identities, religious ceremonies, activities, politics, burials, education, and customs that are an integral part of their lives. This type of isolation and separation is cruel and inhumane, and it's a sentence of imprisonment for life.

But it's not just a matter of basic human rights; it's a matter of ethics and morality. Disenrollment is not the traditional way of the Native Americans, and it's only used in extreme cases. This practice is being called the new genocide, and it's being perpetrated by tribal officials who are supposed to protect the rights of their tribal citizens. It's time to demand moral and ethical integrity in regards to human rights and the law.

Why stand idly by and watch as these atrocities continue to occur? It's time to take action and hold these officials accountable for their harmful actions. One way to do this is to stop patronizing offending tribes' casinos, hotels, restaurants, powwows, and clubs. 

Let them know that we do not agree with their system of denying civil rights to their people and that we will not support their nation until they follow their own tribal law.

We must demand that tribes who disenroll en masse, like Chukchansi is doing now,  should lose Federal funding and benefits, including land trusts. The American people should not be paying tribes who violate the civil and human rights of their people. Our representatives should shun these tribes and use their bully pulpit to fight for the rights of the people who have been beaten by the club of sovereignty.

It's time for the Department of Interior and Congress to step up and uphold the protection of our civil rights and protect tribal members from rogue governments that break tribal laws and constitutions. The trust responsibility of Congress extends to all Native Americans, not just Chiefs and Chairmen. We must demand that they do their duty to protect our civil rights and the rights of all tribal members.

Disenrollment matters. It's a violation of basic human rights, and it goes against the very principles of democracy and fairness that we hold dear. We must demand change and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

BOYCOTT CHUKCHANSI GOLD CASINO AND THE PRCI FOR ITS HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS ABUSES

 



We cannot allow the Tribal Nation of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi  to continue disenrolling its own citizens and denying them their civil rights. It is time for us to take action and make our voices heard.

History has shown us that economic sanctions and public embarrassment can be effective tools in bringing down hateful policies. Just look at how the world came together to impose economic sanctions on South Africa to end apartheid. We can use similar tactics to hold the PRCI accountable for their actions.


Citizens of  California must take a stand and boycott Picayune's casino, hotel, restaurants, and powwows. Let them know that we will not support a nation that denies the rights of its own citizens. We must also let our state and federal representatives know that we expect them not to support a nation that engages in such harmful practices.  Read SHOULD THE BIA WITHDRAW RECOGNITION

We cannot allow Picayune, to benefit from their violations of their own laws and the rights of their citizens. We must stand with the over 500 members of the band who were disenrolled and the hundred more with disenrollments pending.  We must demand that Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians follow their own tribal law and respect the rights of their citizens.

It is time for action. We cannot sit idly by while our fellow citizens are being stripped of their identity and their rights. Join us in boycotting Chukchansi and holding them accountable for their actions. Together, we can make a difference and demand justice for all.

Monday, April 24, 2023

PECHANGA CASINO MURDER: Kawhi Leonard's Sister Kimesha Williams, Candace Townsell SENTENCED TO LIFE IMPRISONMENT




NBA star Kawhi Leonard’s sister has been given a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of an elderly woman.

Kimesha Williams — the Clippers superstar’s sister — was convicted for first-degree murder, robbery and elder abuse in February, and received her sentence on Friday.

Along with the 39-year-old Williams, Candace Townsell, 42, received the same conviction and sentence for the 2019 murder.  The pair followed 84-year-old Afaf Assad to a bathroom at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. .

See Also
 ANOTHER MURDER   at Pechanga Resort & Casino.

Kawhi Leonard's Sister Kimesha Williams STILL in Jail for 2019 Pechanga Murder. Why So long for JUSTICE?

Accused Pechanga Casino Murderers Kimesha Williams and Candace Townsel Get HIGH PRICED Attorneys

Saturday, April 22, 2023

NCAI's Credibility at Risk: Failure to Create Task Force to Protect Tribal Citizenship Rights Draws Criticism

We protested last year at the NCAI Marketplace, and confronted NCAI's Vice President Mark Macarro over his tribe's denial and ending of tribal citizenship.  




The adoption of Resolution 20-001 by the NCAI spearheaded by noted Native Armerican attorney Gabriel Galanda was a positive step towards protecting Tribal Citizenship rights, but the failure of the Executive Committee to create the task force suggests that there may be issues with the organization's commitment to its own resolutions.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. It was founded in 1944 and represents tribal governments across the United States.   Do they deserve the respect?

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

CA Democrat Party Accepts Donation/Sponsorship From Apartheid System, Civil/Human Rights Abusing Pechanga Tribe

 


Color me NOT SHOCKED.  that the CA Democrat Party accepts donations/sponsorships from APARTHEID system, civil rights abusing tribe (shown here on Pg 17) 


While researching some issues with US Senator from California, Alex Padilla I came across the CA Dem Party Flyer from 2022, linked above.  Padilla is on Twitter talking about ethical standards for the Supreme Court, yet, what are the ethics of taking money from tribes that abuse their own people?   Hypocrite, thy name is Padilla.

Political candidates have a responsibility to ensure that their campaign contributions come from legitimate sources that do not violate the basic human rights of individuals or groups. Accepting donations from entities that violate human rights can compromise the integrity of the political process and lead to a perception that the candidate is willing to overlook serious abuses in order to gain power.

Accepting donations from such entities can create a conflict of interest and compromise the candidate's ability to act in the best interest of their constituents. It can also undermine the legitimacy of the candidate's platform and their ability to advocate for social justice and equality.


HOW DARE YOU DEMOCRATS? We remember when you accused the sovereign state of Arizona of possibly violating the civil rights of illegal immigrants, why doYOU TAKE MONEY from tribes that have ALREADY violated the basic civil and human rights of CALIFORNIA citizens of Native American ancestry.

Why aren't you STANDING UP for US?