This was a concert for first responders, held at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, CA. Sponsored by a Tribe that stripped citizenship from 25% of their people, many who live under segregation.
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
The website Vital Vegas, which is usually ahead of the curve writes:
My young cousin, Cassie Whitten, who still resides on our family’s allotment on the Pechanga reservation in Temecula CA, gives her perspective on reconnecting with her heritage and her native spirit. So many of us who are older like me, feel the sting and injustice differently.
Cassie suffered trauma after our disenrollment, after Pechanga chairman Mark Macarro sent his jackbooted tribal rangers to physically remove Cassie and her other young cousins from the tribal school. PLEASE READ HER EXPERIENCE detailed here.
Monday, April 26, 2021
Native Americans had NO CULTURE, says CNN analyst RICK SANDTORUM. What a fucking moron. He should be beaten with a Lacrosse stick. Here's the text and you can find the video here
Our culture was wiped out, by his ancestors. OUR right to practices OUR religion, OUR beliefs was wiped out by Europeans and replaced by HIS ancestors.
YES, he has freedom of speech and YES he should be fired for his racist comments. Who would want to walk a mile in his moccasins right now? CNN the ball is in your court. Send him to be with no fry bread.
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Sad news from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians reservation near Temecula, CA.
|Patrick Murphy Jr.|
It is with profound sadness that we inform you that Patrick Murphy, Jr., PDC Board Member and former Vice Chairman and Secretary of TASIN, passed away yesterday afternoon. Patrick has served as an elected official since 1992, and served on the TASIN Executive Board from 2002 to 2010. Patrick was instrumental in the development and construction of Pechanga Resort Casino and related economic developments.
Patrick’s contribution to protecting tribal sovereignty and the advancement of tribal gaming extends beyond Pechanga. As a tribal leader, he helped to pass laws that authorized tribal gaming in California and built relationships with local communities that have resulted in improved infrastructure, additional public safety, and funding for local schools. Patrick's generous heart extended beyond Pechanga; he cared deeply about the wellbeing of our community and lifting up those in need through support for several nonprofits in our region.
Patrick is survived by his wife, Irene Murphy, his daughter Natasha Mendoza, his sons Michael Murphy and Patrick “PJ” Murphy, along with his two grandchildren Nikiilish and Eric Mendoza.
May his family find peace.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
I have been experiencing so much turmoil in my life (all good) that I missed this news piece on Julie Bogany passing. The Los Angeles times has a great article on this. Here is a statement from the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians
Educator, Loving Mother, Language Keeper
We honor the transition of our elder, Julia Bogany on March 28, 2021, the day of the March supermoon. Those of you who knew Julia, know that she was part of almost every aspect of Southern California Native culture, in particular all things related to the Gabrieleño-Tongva people. She had relatives from the coast to the inland valleys. She worked tirelessly to gain recognition for her tribe, to counteract the “erasure” that colonial systems brought with the missions, the ranchos, and the American land takeover. Julia was not Catholic, but she developed a relationship with the bishop of Los Angeles to make sure that the Native story was being told at the San Gabriel Mission.
Julia Bogany served The Gabrieleno Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians as the Cultural Affairs Officer 2000-2021. Julia was passionate about education and worked tirelessly as a Tongva Cultural Consultant, an advocate for her tribe and held various educational workshops for over 20 years.
Julia consulted with educators, trained teachers and school boards on how to revise their curriculum to reflect the correct history of California and California tribes. More than anything, Julia wanted to change the future for her tribe, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She cared for her great grandchildren and taught them our traditional arts, crafts, language, and culture. Julia studied and taught the Tongva language classes for over 20 years, she was Vice President of the Keepers of Indigenous Ways and a past President of Kuruvungna Springs in Santa Monica. She was a member of the CNAC (California Native American College Board), and Pitzer’s Elder in Residence. Julia worked on several projects at Pitzer, including several murals, as well as helping students with indigneous education.
REST IN PEACE
Monday, April 5, 2021
James praised the move and said he was "proud to call myself a part of the MLB family today." The Los Angeles Lakers star often speaks out on domestic issues but has been reticent to comment on repression in China, where the NBA has a significant business interest.
He doesn’t rock the boat on one of the Laker’ sponsors The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula, CA EITHER.
PECHANGA has stripped voting rights, made tribal ID’sworthless, practices APARTHEID and the self titled KING JAMES is okatwith those abuses. Be consistent Mr.James. Look into all the issues if you want people to take you seriously.
Thursday, April 1, 2021
Finally! After 17 years!
The Pechanga Tribal Council, led by Marl Macarro will restore citizenship to 435 surviving members of their 2004 and 2006 disenrollment purge of legitimate tribal members by adoptees and frauds.
“We finally realized that in order to be grouped with the major tribes, we had to do the honorable thing” said one council member who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Disenrollment was wrong, we knew it, but stealing that per capita felt so right”
The Pechanga Council’s position was that enough disenrolled elders have died, to save on healthcare costs. And hey, after stealing over $3 MILLION from those they kicked out in violation of the tribe’s wishes, the council’s wallets were getting weighed down leading to back problems.
When asked how the tribe would finance the reparations, they would only say, “the crime family will be gone”. Cryptic, but, they are known to the tribal community.
APRIL FOOLS! The Pechanga Council will only do the honorable thing when public shaming gets strong enough. That will happen when more who were affected get off the sidelines.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
No need to give rights to descendants of the black slaves they dragged with them, right. Separate but UNequal is very apartheid-like. They were counted for Covid Relief Funds, but not for...well, relief via vaccine.
“It’s a terrible day to find out that your own people will let you die,” said Osborne-Sampson, who sits on the Seminole Nation’s tribal council.
While tribal leaders and the Indian Health Service have been hailed for successfully rolling out COVID vaccines across the country, Osborne-Sampson is one of six Freedmen who told BuzzFeed News that the Seminole Nation has denied them vaccines, health services, and COVID financial relief based on the ancestry listed on their tribal ID cards. Freedmen make up roughly one-eighth of the Seminole Nation’s nearly 20,000 citizens and are counted in the tribal census — which the federal government used to allocate over $16 million in CARES Act funds to the tribe.
The distinction between a “Native American” and a “Freedman” relies on what Freedmen call a racist and outdated ideology of “citizenship by blood.” All Seminole Freedmen receive tribal ID cards that read “Freedman citizen, 0/0 Indian blood” on the front and “Voting benefits only” on the back. Other tribal citizens receive cards that list their blood quantum (their fraction of “Indian blood”) with no restrictions. Documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News show that the Seminole tribe has used these ID cards to deny Freedmen access to COVID health and financial services.
Monday, March 15, 2021
A HISTORIC DAY as Deb Haaland from New Mexico is approved as Interior Secretary!
PLEASE .. make more history by calling out the Tribal abusers of over 11,000 Native Americans. You might say sovereignty, but sovereign right doesn't make their actions right.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
JUSTICE soon after the horrible ending of a young Pechanga Life.
Police were called to the parking lot of an apartment complex in Seattle’s Bitter Lake neighborhood on Feb. 19, where they discovered the body of a 19-year-old Island County man buried in a snowbank with only his toes, nose and part of his chest visible, according to King County prosecutors.
The King County Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Mikah Macarro and determined he died from a close-range gunshot wound to the head. His death was ruled a homicide.
A winter storm dumped snow on the Seattle area the weekend before Macarro’s body was found.
Friday, March 12, 2021
My young cousin, Cassie Whitten, who we highlighted when she posted her TikTok video on tribal disenrollment, further explains how she was affected on her Facebook Page. She resides on the Hunter Family allotment #62 given to our mutual ancestor Paulina Hunter in the 19th century
The one thing that has been really hard for me is continuing the work I want to do in my communities since tribal disenrollment. Lately I’ve been pretty sad about it. (OP: Cassie worked for Indian Health)
It continually feels like you don’t matter or your voice by your own people. Lateral oppression can be real amongst native people too.
I’m still on my healing journey. I’m only 22 years old and it’s saddening how my own tribe could kick a 7 year old out of their tribe to this day. (Watch this video that details the day Mark Macarro sent his jackbooted thugs to remove CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL)