Because the opposition is weak. And that opposition is US.
The Unions say the compacts don't allow for organization, but are they trying to organize? The teachers say that there is no allowance for eduction, as if, getting money for education would make expanded gaming alright. Fabian Nunez and other elected officials just want to stay in office and the tribes said they would through their money on No on 93 (term limits).
California's disenrolled tribal members which number over 3,000 people, have never been organized. We sound like a small group of whiny people, rather than a growing (sadly) populace. Of the Pechanga Band's members who were kicked to the curb, there are probably less that 10% who are actively fighting back on a regular basis. Passivity killed us. We thought that by doing the right thing, going through the processes we would be okay. Truth would win out. Fools we were, why would truth win out, when liars are in charge? Our elders did not take charge in our fight.
In Pechanga's latest infomercial, Butch Murphy said it all, "My parents said don't let anyone take anything away from you" and he won. He kept true Pechanga people out of the tribe, something he had been trying to do for 25 years. And this is after the tribe adopted him in. Instead of gratitude, he turned on the people of Pechanga.
Have you heard much from the Chuckchansi disenrolled people? NO? Me neither. The Picayune Rancheria is even more despicable that Pechanga, in terms of numbers. Bill Cosby REFUSED to perform there because of what the have done to their people. Have you seen any articles where, say 200-400 comments are there? No? Makes you wonder why those disenrolled aren't more vocal.
If we don't stand up for ourselves, why should others stand up for US? We should be able to send at least 3,000 faxes to our state legislators every week. We only need send an email while sitting on our asses, yet, we can't even get much cooperation on that.
Some of my family will say, "where were YOU when we were doing the research?" Or, "why didn't you come forward before?" Those are valid questions for some of us. I told one of my cousins, that if she hadn't been so secretive about what some were doing, more of us could have gotten involved. But, she wanted to play the hero and "save" the family, while in the end, she withheld some information that could have been useful earlier, but she was unable to see the big picture, and of course wasn incapable of gaining the trust of all of us. Still, she worked hard which is more than many of us did.
That being said, is giving up after taking a beating the right thing now? Right now, we have forced Pechanga to spend $15 million dollars trying to convince the populace of CA to believe that they are good. THEY ARE NOT. Their infomercial showed them crying, when in reality, the cruelty of what they did, greatly overshadowed what happened to our ancestors at the middle of the 19th century. (When, by the way Paulina Hunter, born of Pechanga People, lived with many of their ancestors. This was proven by the Pechanga Band's hired expert). The other tribes have kicked in another $15 million.
That seems like a victory to me. We must stand for something and it is not too late. Disenrolled Natives can check in on this blog and help build it's prominence. It's being seen by state government officials, those in Wash DC and other tribes. It's being linked to from GOOGLE and other sites.
From the comfort of our own homes, sitting on our asses, we can make a difference. We aren't forced to stand in the snow, holding a sign. Linking here, visiting here daily will help add a voice. If there are other sites that need attention, feel free to comment on that here. But most of all, sharing this site with friends and other relatives will help quite a bit. If the Chukchansi disenrolled have a site I'm not aware of, they can contact me and I'll post a link.
The unions are weak and the No Unfair Deals team is even weaker, they need to move now, to build momentum.
Otherwise, expect the tribes to get $27 Billion for themselves and not for you or your kids. Allow them to win, without effort. But then, speak no more on what has been done to us, if you won't lift a finger (or ten) now.