Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Former Pechanga Attorney, John Macarro, Loses his Son. Rest in Peace Mikah

 Rest in Peace Mikah  May the Creator watch over you.

John Macarro, has lost his young son, short of his 20th birthday.

So few know the  pain of losing a child.  While the Macarro's John and Mark, have harmed so many of my family and others.  Nobody wishes for this to happen to any of our Pechanga brothers and sisters. The sins of the father shouldn't be laid upon the children

Pechanga Forever

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Judge BLOCKS Sale of National Archives in Washington State


We wrote about the potential sale and closure of the Seattle WA area archives in February 2020

Yesterday, the early good news broke in the Seattle Times

U.S. District Court Judge John Coughenour granted a preliminary injunction Friday morning to stop the sale of the National Archives property in Seattle.

He pointedly asked Brian Kipnis, an assistant U.S. attorney in Seattle, if anybody on the five-person Public Buildings Reform Board was from the Pacific Northwest.

That’s the little-known entity that in January 2020recommended the Archives be shuttered in Seattle. The board was created in 2016 to find what it deems excess federal property.

Kipnis said he didn’t know.

Coughenour said the feds could have avoided a “public relations disaster” if they had “displayed some sensitivity” to how the closure affected the Northwest.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Cherokee Freedmen Fought FOR DECADES For THIS to HAPPEN. The Call for Equality for All It's Citizens

From the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation... EQUALITY. 

From a tribe that worked SO HARD to keep the Freedmen from becoming citizens. #StopDisenrollment can have positive effects, if YOU continue to fight for YOUR RIGHTS to belong.

#Equality Cherokees must all be equal citizens under the law.  This means all Cherokee citizens, irrespective of descendancy, should enjoy all the rights and obligations of citizenship. Among these is the right to seek public office. 
Cherokee Nation is a stronger nation when all Cherokee citizens- those of Cherokee blood, those of Shawnee descent, those of Delaware descent and those of Freedmen descent- work together to build our Nation stronger. 
Together we have a shared history, rooted in Cherokee Nation’s sacred promises in the Treaty of 1866. Together we have a bright future. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill filed a motion in the Nash case on February 8, 2021, that is consistent with these principles. I look forward to a ruling from the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court on her motion.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Open Letter To Rep. Deb Haaland Candidate for Secretary of the Interior

Rep. Deb Haaland New Mexico

Dear Rep. Haaland

I stand with most of Indian Country, as we rejoice in your nomination to be the first Native American Secretary of the Interior for President-Elect Joe Biden.  I congratulate you on your consideration for such an important position.

Friday, February 5, 2021

Belonging to the Tribe, NO MORE, How it Affects the Native Heart

Written from my Pechanga cousin's Native Heart in 2007

With all this disenrollment going on my Rez in Pechanga I've had many of my people from the tribe and surrounding tribes come and talk and give their support from one Native heart to another. It's amazing you know to see your own people that you were sure you knew through new eyes.

I think the worst part of what I've come to realize from my disenrollment is how few Native people can really see what has been taken from me.

It's a shame so many of our people are being blinded by money. But what keeps me going are those of you feel my heartache like your own without me having to say a word.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Cherokee Man Wants to DENY Marilyn Vann, a HERO, From Running for Elective Office


Robin Mayes

Cherokee Robin Mayes tries to make himself relevant in trying to exclude Marilyn Vann from running for office.  She's a FUCKING hero, a warrior women in a time when most sit on the sidelines. Remember when Mayes WANTED the Freedmen to vote?

Marilyn Vann

The Cherokee Nation’s principal chief said he would usually stay out of an election dispute between two candidates for the Tribal Council, but Chuck Hoskin Jr. made an exception Wednesday to describe a recent complaint as “just offensive.”

The case involves a descendant of Cherokee freedmen, or former Cherokee-owned slaves in the 19th century, who filed paperwork Monday to run for an at-large seat on the tribal council this summer. On Tuesday, another candidate asked the tribe’s Election Commission to disqualify Marilyn Vann on the grounds that “she is not Cherokee by blood.”

The tribe has had long political fights and court battles over the status of freedmen descendants, but Hoskin pointed to a federal court decision from 2017, and to a Cherokee Nation Supreme Court decision the same year, that recognized descendants of freedmen as “full Cherokee citizens under the law.”

“Our tribe is a better nation for having embraced full and equal citizenship of freedmen descendants, including the right to seek public office,” Hoskin said in a statement to the Tulsa World.

“The anti-Freedmen proponents of this lawsuit, if successful, would force Cherokee citizens of Freedmen descent to essentially start over in their effort to secure civil rights in the Cherokee Nation. Those efforts, which are completely contrary to settled Cherokee law, must not succeed.”

Vann, president of an advocacy group called the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes, vowed to fight the complaint in court if necessary.

“We will fight for the law,” she told the World. “We will fight for the right of the people to choose their representatives.”


Monday, February 1, 2021

Creek Freedmen: Rhonda Grayson and the fight for their BLACK INDIGENOUS Rights BLACK HISTORY MONTH

 After working with Cherokee Freedmen to publicize their case for over a decade, the Creek Freedmen (who stood vigil against disenrollment at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA over a decade ago) are gaining traction in their fight against the RACISM that's holding them back from gaining their rights.

disclosure: Moved this post forward from December

We published the NBC post, and now the political online news site THE HILL has published an article on the Creek Freedmen's fight for their treaty rights.

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Original Pechanga Blog on Tribal Disenrollment Reaches 7 MILLION Page Views Thank you ALL

It all began with a very non-descript post in March 2007 headlined simply I AM PECHANGA  

Original Pechanga Blog progressed from primarily one detailing the injustice of Mark Macarro and his then tribal councils crusade against my family, to one working to help those from all tribes who have been disenrolled unjustly.

I've made numerous connections with disenrolled from Chukchansi, Pala, Redding Rancheria, Nooksack, Grand Ronde, Laytonville to name just a few.

#stopdisenrollment has become a phenomenon, yet still so much work to do exposing the corruption and abuse, while our elders walk on without justice.

I again, implore all to get into the fight, get vocal, get active and help end this INDIAN COUNTRY DISASTER

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

President Biden PLEASE Do Not IGNORE #MMIW As You ERASE Donald Trump's Legacy

 Dear Mr. President, we know you are looking to erase all that Trump did as President, but please, do not end the TASK FORCE on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.  In fact, make it work better.

From a July 2020 post:
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Crime Information Center, there are more than 1400 unresolved American Indian and Alaska Native missing person cases in the U.S. Of that, 136 cases are in Minnesota.
To address this crisis, President Trump signed Executive Order 13898 on November 26, 2019.

This Week is 17th Anniversary of Redding Rancheria's D-Day: The Foreman Family Termination Via Disenrollment

Former Redding Rancheria Council
Member Carla Maslin and Chair
Bob Foreman

Good friends to Original Pechanga's Blog, the Foreman family, terminated from the Redding Rancheria, reminded me that this week, it's been 17 YEARS since Tracey Edwards and Barbara Hayward-Murphy got the family of their first chairman, Robert Foreman, THROWN OUT OF THE TRIBE.  There is NO quit in the search for justice

 Carla Maslin, Bob Foreman Sr.'s daughter wrote to us in 2006.

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

LEONARD PELTIER: Trump Just Like The Other Presidents, NO COMMUTATION

Leonard Peltier

Well, to be fairs, there are hours left, and I'll amend the post and apologize, but just as Barack Obama disappointed us on a commutation for Leonard Peltier, so shall Donald Trump.   

From an earlier Time magazine article, his daughter Kathy spoke out:
My father was ultimately extradited from Canada 40 years ago, convicted of the agents’ killings and sentenced to two consecutive life sentences based on testimony that the FBI has admitted they knew was perjured.


Monday, January 18, 2021

Martin Luther Kings WORDS on South Africa, Applied to Tribal Disenrollment

 TODAY we Honor Dr. Martin Luther King. 

I apply his words on South Africa in 1964 applied to we Native Americans who have been ostracized, stripped of our belonging, our tribal rights, and our dignity. Minor changes in blue, but the message is CLEAR

It is in this situation, with the great mass of Native Americans denied their humanity, their dignity, denied opportunity, denied all human rights; it is in this situation, with many of the bravest and best Native Americans serving long years in EXILE, with some already died without justice; in this situation we in America and Indian Country have a unique responsibility. For it is we, through our investments, through our Governments` failure to act decisively, who are guilty of bolstering up the Casino Tribe's disenrollment tyranny.