Saturday, December 3, 2022

BLACK Muscogee Creek Freedmen Get Day In Court But NO RULING On Treaty Rights DO THE RIGHT THING Judge

MUSCOGEE CREEK TREATY 1866
 
 “Persons of African descent…shall have and enjoy all the rights and privileges of native citizens, including an equal interest in the soil and national funds, and the laws of the said nation shall be equally binding upon and give equal protection to all such persons, and all others, of whatsoever race or color, who may be adopted as citizens or members of said tribe.”


MUSCOGEE CREEK ATTORNEY GENERAL 2022

Not so fast there, you African descended people. We didn't really MEAN IT.

Geri Wisner
Muscogee Creek AG

The BLACK WALL STREET TIMES has a very complete story on the hearing into the treaty violations against the slave descendants of the Confederate supporting Creek Nation still performing discrimination against African Americans who rightfully belong.

Excerpts: 

As one of Five Tribes in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma) who enslaved people of African descent, the Muscogee Creek Nation (MCN) signed a treaty in 1866 with the U.S. government. The treaty required the tribe to give full citizenship rights to their melanin-rich relatives, both free and enslaved Black Creeks, and their descendants.

Yet in 1979, the MCN rewrote its constitution, effectively eliminating Black Creeks and their descendants from being recognized as tribal members. Today, those descendants are considered Creek Freedmen without any rights or benefits, and Thursday’s court hearing represented a push to eliminate the racial apartheid. 

Mr. Allen Mitchell
Creek Freedman
2009 Protest at 
Pechanga in Temecula CA

For the last four decades, Black Creeks have fought for their rights. Attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons is a Black Creek descendant whose fourth great-grandfather helped negotiate the 1866 treaty. He argued on behalf of the plaintiffs.

“We were hoping that the discrimination would stop today with this hearing,” attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons told The Black Wall Street Times inside the courtroom shortly after the ruling. “Our judge said she’s not going to make that determination today. She’s going to take everything we studied under advisement, and she will issue a ruling.”

READ THE REST at the link above, to see RACISM in ACTION

It's time to #RightTheWrongs  but let's bet the farm that the MCN Judge will kick this can down the road and NOT do the right thing.
Read how/why

JONODEV CHAUDHURI AMBASSADOR OF THE MUSCOGEE (CREEK) NATION Testifies Against Honoring Treaty




Gavin Newsom Gives CA Tax Dollars To Rich Pala Band of Mission Indians Casino Tribe For:

HOMELESSNESS?  Why are ANY tribal people HOMELESS?

REMEMBER when casino Tribes PROMISED Californians they would help balance our budget, if we gave them expanded gaming?

Pala Casino Spa Resort

Why is Governor GAVIN NEWSOM giving the rich casino tribe The Pala Band of Mission Indians OUR money to help tribal HOMELESSNESS?     This is the same Pala tribe that EVICTED their own people.  They have a 500 room hotel with 84 suites, PERFECT for their own people to end their homelessness.  Last report is per capita for Pala is nearly $60,000 per year


This is the same Pala Tribe that stripped the citizenship of 150+ of their tribal people and stole their per capita. (read tribal disenrollment is bloodless genocide)

The despicable Chairman Robert Smith has an NEW JERSEY online gaming operation that uses the Pala name, why is he even asking for our tax money?  More to the point, WHY is Gavin Newsom giving it to a human rights violating tribe?

Why isn't the media asking these questions?





Friday, December 2, 2022

ICWA: Disenrollment Keeps Native Families From Fostering Native Children

 One more thing that tribes take away from Native Americans they disenroll from their tribes.  THE RIGHT TO FOSTER Native Children.  I had a discussion in the comments of Stephanie Benally who is on the Board of Directors at Utah Tribal Relief Foundation putting out a call for help under ICWA. 

Stephanie's post included this urgent message

There is an immediate need for a kinship/foster Native American home for a newborn baby. 

The potential Native American kinship parent needs to be an enrolled member of a federally recognized tribe. The parent needs to be able to pass a background check and be a Utah resident.

NOT IN UTAH
you Disenrolled

DO not shoot the messenger here,  Stephanie was putting out a call for help.   Looks like Utah's Mixed Blood Uintah  can't help.  When Pechanga disenrolled us, they said, "we aren't saying you're not native"  well we were UNRECOGNIZED by the feds.


Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Kamala Harris Supports APARTHEID, SEGREGATION, Human Rights Abuses and ELDER ABUSE in Native America. Read How

 "There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bused to school every day, that little girl was ME - Kamala Harris, victim of segregation.

Yet, Vice President Kamala Harris, who was well known to be worthless to Indian Country, proves that she hasn't learned much while in office.  Tribal Disenrollment is a human rights issue

In 2015, The Native American Caucus of CA had this to say:  “We believe they  display a lack of understanding and sensitivity to Native American tribal issues and individual Indian issues,” caucus Chairwoman Mary Ann Andreas, of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, along with Andrew Masiel of Pechanga  

While many of her party have said about the supporters of former President Trump, "Trump is Racist, and that makes his supporters Racist!" 



Then you have to believe that if Kamala Harris takes the support from an Apartheid Tribe's Leader, that means she's okay with Apartheid, right? Today, at the WHITE HOUSE Tribal Nations Summit, she was introduced by "her friend" Mark Macarro. The Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. Pechanga runs an apartheid system and some living on the reservation live under segregation.   (Read: APARTHEID on Pechanga Reservation )

YES, she KNOWS.  We have written to her about the issues, when she became California's junior Senator. But for our new readers, stripping of tribal citizenship means members have

• Lost the right to vote
• Lost their rights to healthcare provided by the Pechanga government.
• Their children can no longer attend tribal schools, in fact some kids were RIPPED from the school by Tribal Rangers.
• They can no longer be buried in the reservation cemetery with their relatives.
• Have no access to tribal facilities
• Are not protected by the Tribal Rangers. Or in some cases FROM the tribal Rangers

Markamala

THAT is what Mark Macarro has done to me, my family, 150 others not related and to our ancestors.  That is the man Kamala Harris calls "my friend".    Apartheid, human rights, segregation, dispossession, elder abuse are NO BIG DEAL to Kamala Harris, when it's only 11,000 Native Americans.

Sunday, November 27, 2022

Muscogee Creek Nation Hearing For Summary Judgement in Treaty Violations Case

 "The Creak Treaty of 1866 is still the supreme law of the land, within the Muscogee Creek Nation and the United States of America—therefore the Muscogee Creek Nation cannot, under the guise of sovereignty, renege on their own promise."

A Motion for Judgment Summary is set for Thursday, December 1, 2022, at 10:00AM., in the Muscogee Creek Nation District Court, mounds building, 2501 Lvmhvlke (Eagle) Street, Okmulgee, OK 74447. 

From attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons

An estimated 100,000 Black so-called #CreekFreedmen descendants are completely disenfranchised & cheated out of their citizenship rights and benefits. The MCN’s discrimination has destroyed thousands of Black families, devastated innocent Black hopes and dreams, prevented Black Creeks descendants from sharing in the many benefits of being a citizen of a federally recognized tribe like the MCN, such as #housing, cashstipends, college #scholarships, free #healthcare, clothing for school children, and access to gaming revenues

GOOD LUCK to the Creek Freedmen

Saturday, November 12, 2022

Pechanga Councilman, Russell "Butch" Murphy Retires After 30 years of Service

 


We wish councilman Butch Murphy well on his retirement.  30 years of service to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is a noteworthy accomplishment.  Especially so for one who was adopted into our tribe.

We from the Hunter family wished we could do the same, offer our services to our tribe.  Alas, after 18 years, we've been kept from that opportunity.   

May the Creator bless Butch, with a good retirement, and to help rightful people come back to Pechanga, where we belong.



Thursday, November 10, 2022

California Indian Tribes LOSE BIG on Prop. 26

 It was a RESOUNDING NO, for expanded gaming on California Indian lands.

Voters have rejected Proposition 26, according to a race call from the Associated Press. Of the 4,719,819 ballots counted, 70% were against and 30% were in favor of the measure, which would have legalized in-person sports gambling at California’s racetracks and tribal casinos.  There was HUGE spending on this initiative by both sides.  The tribes could have helped a LOT of native people with the lobbying money.

Since the tribes didn't follow through on their last promises with Prop. 5 expansion, why give them another chance to lie and cheat Californians.
 

The initiative was being promoted for the funding it promised to funnel through tax revenues to help the homeless, the mentally ill and and poorer tribes that haven't been enriched by casinos.

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office found both initiatives would increase state revenues but it was unclear by how much. Proposition 26 could bring in tens of millions of dollars while Proposition 27 could bring in hundreds of millions, the office said.  

Gavin Newsom couldn't support bringing in hundreds of millions??

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Confronting Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro at NCAI Marketplace Sacramento on Disenrollment of the Hunter Family



Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is the 1st Vice President of the National Congress of American Indians.  He has overseen and approved of the disenrollment (the stripping of citizenship from tribal members) of two large families, my own, the Paulina Hunter descendants and the first family to be disenrolled en masse, the Manuela Miranda descendants.

We had a protest of disenrollment at the NCAI Marketplace in Sacramento.  Security and police were on hand to protect the attendees from 40 elders of many tribes.   

I was able to get inside the meeting, and confronted Chairman Macarro at a break.

Friday, November 4, 2022

NCAI Must CONDEMN Disenrollment, Not Sacrifice 11,000 on the Altar of Sovereignty

 Rob Capriccioso, of the estimable Indigenous Wire website, has a story up on the National Congress of American Indians Marketplace AND our protest of tribal disenrollment.

Read that Article HERE  

Disenrollment is a HATE crime

We must continue to push our Native Advocacy groups to support Natives who have been harmed by their tribes.  Some by their own relatives.   

Cam Foreman Redding Rancheria Disenrolled
Santana Rabang  Nooksack 306

Cam Foreman:  “The NCAI needs to condemn disenrollment and that it does not align with the beliefs and values of the organization, nor history of any nation since time immemorial until tribal gaming.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

National Congress of American Indians Marketplace Protest Highlights Sovereign Rights Abuses

 We  had a protest and many tribes were represented at NCAI’ Marketplace. Attendees were well protected by area security and at least five Sacramento PD.  We vocal, we’re made contact with lot of attendees and Native media.  I will have a few posts up this, please share on your social media.

Cam Foreman, Redding Rancheria
Rick Cuevas (far right) Pechanga


George Adams and Santana Rabang
Nooksack 306

Remy, Jackie Madariaga and Santana


 Cam Foreman on the event:  “To say that you support tribal sovereignty while you won’t condemn the desecration of ancestors, the banishment and abuse of elders who are sacred, that’s what NCAI says, to protect the Indian Child Welfare Act, yet children are being denied their right to belong, banished from their tribal communities.

It’s not a membership issue it’s a civil and human rights matter and it needs to be condemned. It’s gone on for too long. This is just a small percentage, a tiny bit of the 11,000 that have been disenrolled from their tribes, homes and communities.”


Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Stop Disenrollment RALLY at NCAI Marketplace in Sacramento. WE ARE STILL HERE fighting for Restoration of OUR NATIVE RIGHTS

The National Congress of American Indians have been ABSENT in the struggle for the restoration of tribal citizenship of 11,000 Native American, since the turn of the 21st century.   Therefore, we will rally at their vaunted Marketplace to draw attention to the decades old fight.   Here is a flyer for you to share 



PLEASE, if you are local to the Sacramento area, STAND WITH US.   SOVEREIGNTY is being wielded as a CLUB, to beat the powerless.  Do they care about non casino Indians?  NOT BY their actions of hiring a TYRANT, Mark Macarro as their Vice President


Thursday, October 6, 2022

PECHANGA EXCORIATES Dr. Joely Proudfit IN Blistering Statement Devoid of FACTS. Gavin Newsom Has a Decision To Make

Pechanga descendant Dr. Joely Proudfit, a GAVIN NEWSOM appointee, has NEVER claimed Pechanga Membership.  WHAT has this woman done to piss Pechanga off?  Read this statement.  Notice that they offer NO PROOF she doesn't belong.    Can we trust the untrustworthy?

On the other hand, is this KARMA for standing with our oppressors, like Ray Halbritter of Oneida?