Saturday, November 28, 2009

San Manuel's Ramos: Native American History Month: A Legacy of Achievement and Contribution

In Thursday's San Bernardino Sun San Manuel Chairman James Ramos, discusses many positive contributions made by Native Americans you MAY not have heard of. I'll add one more to the list: Edward Robert Foreman of Redding Rancheria, who brought health care to Northern California's Native Americans and was subsequently terminated from the tribe.

Here's some from Chairman Ramos' article:

Most Americans probably have heard of Sitting Bull, Geronimo, Sacajawea, Squanto and Pocahontas. Getting past what may be the stereotypical image of Native Americans, however, there are many others who have made, and continue to make, lasting contributions to Indian Country and the nation as a whole in every conceivable way.

For example, Ira Hayes, an Akimel O'odham Indian and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community, who was one of five brave Marines immortalized in the famous photograph of the Iwo Jima flag-raising during World War II. Young Navajo, Hopi, Comanche and members of other Indian tribes who served as Code Talkers during World War II contributed by using their tribal languages to transmit messages - a code that was never broken by the enemy.

In athletics, Billy Mills, an Oglala Lakota Sioux, won Olympic gold in 1964 in the 10,000 meter run, breaking the American record set by another Native American, Louis Tewanima (Hopi), at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Tewanima was a teammate of Jim Thorpe. Mills remains the only American in history to win that event. Other Native Americans including Notah Begay III, the only full-blooded American Indian PGA tour player in history, and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsberry, a member of California's Colorado River Indian Tribes and first-ever Navajo in Major League Baseball history. Earlier this month, Joba Chamberlain, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation in Nebraska, helped the New York Yankees win the World Series as a starting pitcher. These young Native Americans thrill crowds throughout the U.S. with their incredible skills.

In government, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Northern Cheyenne tribal member and captain of the 1964 Olympic Judo Team, was the first Native American ever to serve in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Nighthorse Campbell is also the only Olympian to ever serve in the U.S. Senate, where he represented Colorado from 1993 - 2005. Larry EchoHawk, a Pawnee, represents Indian interests throughout the U.S. as the new head of the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs.

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Anonymous said...

Ben Nighthorse Campbell is a traitor to Indians. He is corrupt to the bone. He is responsible for shielding corruption.. Bastard is responsible for 'internal matters; smoke screen for hiding malfeasance, high crimes in Indian Country.

He is one of 'them' .. He is a lobbyist working for non-indian
casino interest. Disgusting human being who compromised his integrity many moons ago for $. Nothing more than a drugstore wooden 'Indian.'

Anonymous said...

Please post some proof on Campbell, rather than just name call.

Not saying you aren't telling the truth, just post some links or facts

Anonymous said...

Campbell has betrayed Indians. He 'resigned' under a cloud of malfeasance.

He brags he is responsible for
'bringing parties together'

Chaos in Indian country is directly linked to Campbell and Inouye who have used their positions on the Senate committee on Indian Affairs to collude with corrupt politicians and Indians who have betrayed their own people.

In the matter of Pechanga..Campbell works with Holland Knight who really represents only the interests of Casino; he doesn't give a shit about the Indians who are the victims of his malfeasance.

Call for an investigation of Campbell and you and you will see shit hit the fan.. He is not the first to betray Indians and he will not be the last.

'aamokat said...

What's up with all of those commercials that San Manuel runs on Southern Cal. TV?

Why are the wasting all of that money?

I know they make a huge amount of per capita but do they really need to run their ads night and day to draw attention away from who knows what?

Anonymous said...

They draw attention away from the bad things that tribes like Pechanga do.

Pechanga stains all tribal gaming and other tribes like San Manuel are paying the price, which includes larger expenditures.

San Manuel has some member issues, but they haven't eradicted their membership like the Pechanga Band has.

Anonymous said...

No..they just let criminal elements live on their reservation..didnt your site say that the MM lived on San Manuel?..
didnt someone from the reservation murder people that were going to testify?...maybe some more crap is going to hit the fan...thats usually when you see those annoying commercials over and over again...

Anonymous said...

Pechanga has their own criminals living on the rez, including Ron Rivera and Vince Ibanez..
Look them up on the Megan's Law website...