Thursday, November 20, 2008

Former Redding Rancheria Chairman Robert Edward Foreman Passes Away UPDATE

UPDATE: Here is the link for Bob Foreman's obituary. His services will be next Friday, December 5, 2008 at 11:00 am at the Neighborhood Church in Anderson, CA. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Robert Edward Foreman, the first Chairman of the Redding Rancheria, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2008. Here's how the first Chairman was treated by the Redding Tribal Council: On January 27, 2004, all 76 members of my family the “Foremans” were removed from the Redding Rancheria tribal rolls based on nothing more than a conjured up rumor alleging my mother Lorena Foreman-Butler was not the daughter of her mother Virginia Timmons, one of Redding Rancheria’s 17 Original Distributees. Tribal Officials never produced a single piece of evidence to dispute my mother's maternal lineage and my family provided reams of legal and contemporary documents proving her mother was Virginia Timmons. Tribal Council still required my family to provide genomic DNA from my deceased mother and grandmother to retain our tribal citizenship Despite my family providing Tribal Council with DNA test results from two separate labs of 99.987% and 99.890%, proving by the legal standards established by the American Bar Association and the American Medical Associations that Lorena Butler and Virginia Timmons were mother and daughter, Tribal Council still stripped my family of our tribal citizenship. Bob Foreman has been fighting to regain his family's civil rights and the rights of disenfranchised Native Americans since. Here's a link to his story: BOB FOREMAN Rest in Peace Details on the celebration of his life to follow And here is how a REAL obiturary is written: Bob Foreman, Redding Rancheria's first tribal chairman and a pioneer in north state American Indian health clinics, died Wednesday after a long illness. He was 72. An Achumawi Pit River Indian, Foreman was remembered Thursday by friends and family as a tireless advocate for Indian rights, skilled communicator and loyal patriarch. He was born June 12, 1936, in Lake County. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he worked in construction as did his father, said daughter Carla Maslin of Redding. In the late 1960s, he began his campaign to get Indians health care in the north state. His efforts paid off in 1971, with the opening of the federally financed Shasta-Trinity-Siskiyou Rural Indian Health Center in Anderson. "Bobby was a real devoted guy to his tribe," said Everett Freeman, tribal chairman of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians near Corning. "He almost single-handedly got Indian health to where it is today." Larry McClanahan, a Navajo Indian who moved to Cottonwood from Arizona in 1972, said Foreman was one of the first people he met in the north state. He and his family were glad to receive clinic services. "He took me as I was," McClanahan recalled. "He was a man that was concerned for people." Rod Lindsay, a Shasta Lake city councilman who works with the Office of Indian Education for the Anderson Union High School District, also met Foreman through the clinic. Lindsay said Foreman was a mentor for many, sharing his knowledge of culture and history with the young. Foreman also was instrumental in organizing the Redding Rancheria Indian Health Clinic on Churn Creek Road and served as director, later retiring as self-governance coordinator for the rancheria, Maslin said. In 1985, when the rancheria regained its tribal status, Foreman was elected as its first chairman and subsequently served on the tribal council. But in 2004, he and all his family members were disenrolled after a bitter dispute over his mother's maternal lineage. The struggle took a toll on his health, Maslin said. Foreman suffered from heart and kidney problems, she said. Leah Harper, a family friend of more than 20 years who does native medicine work in Redding, said she wanted to stand out in front of the Churn Creek clinic with a "thank you" banner in Foreman's honor. "I believe that Bob had the heart of the native people and he wanted to make a difference for them," she said. "Bob was loving and the children are loving and they work very hard." In addition to Maslin, Foreman is survived by three daughters and three sons, as well as 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are pending. For her part, Maslin is grateful her father last year was able to do something he'd always wanted - to see the Grand Canyon. "He actually got emotional just looking at it," she said. "He was in awe of its beauty and couldn't believe the world had such a beautiful place." Congratulations to the Redding Rancheria for their dispicable acts of DISHONOR in what they did to this man and his family.


Anonymous said...

I am saddened by the passing of Mr. Foreman.

My prayers are with the Foreman family at this time.

A true leader in this era of fake, corrupt tribal leaders.

Mr. Foreman's fight for justice is not in vain and we will continue it until we all come home.

Anonymous said...

Every movement needs a strong person to take the lead. Those who have been disenrolled in California has lost just such a man.

A Robert Foreman Tribal Repatriation Act would be a significant honor. Will Congress act?

May God bless the Foreman Family.

Anonymous said...

Thank You, Mr. Foreman, for doing some of the heavy lifting for all disenrolled people.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Tracey Edwards is thinking, "one down and 75 to go" with the loss of Mr. Foreman?

Bring the tribe together Tracey.

Anonymous said...

A true fighter, Mr. Foreman was. And that should put to shame, all those who DO NOT FIGHT for their OWN rights:

Disenrolled Chukchansi
Disenrolled Pechanga
Moratorium peopl
San Pascual Disenrolled
Creek & Cherokee Freedmen

You all come across as WEAK, because not enough are sharing the load and becoming vocal ENOUGH.

Michael said...

Redding Rancheria should be honoring Robert Foreman, for all the did for the tribe AND for Indian Country.

Is the tribe honorable enough for that??

Anonymous said...

Reminds me a sad joke about a Native American man-both parents are from differnt Native Ameticans tribes =yet he is not accepted by either community.
Why? It seems that his father's Nation only accepts the distaff side for membership.
Likewise his mother's nation only accepts the male side for membership.
Be careful who you vote for..your community existance could depend on the person of choice-after all a platform based on greed for political power, revenge against a political enemy and lust for maternal wealth for oneself is not a good receipe for good goverment