We've written often about disenrollment and civil rights violations in CA and elsewhere, but reclassification has not been touched on often. Did Mooretown Rancheria think to put STARS on the clothing of its reclassified citizens? It reeks of APARTHEID doesn't it?
On March 10, 2005 Mooretown tribal council reclassified 40 adults and about 45 children. Giving us notice that we would no longer be classified as lineals who were eligible to receive per capita, full health services from tribal health, and also educational monies cut.
Services were limited to minimal and our medication as well limited. Tribal council stating we were not the direct decendants of Robert Jackson our grandmother's second husband,who she lived with from 1928 until her death in 1962 in the Feather Falls Area and on the Mooretown Rancheria the last 22 years of her life. She married Robert Jackson 1913. After her first husband was killed in a minning accident. She and Robert lived at Enterprise from 1913 to 1928 when they were listed as living in Feather Falls. 1940 they were living at Mooretown Rancheria. A wife of a lineal was their reason for reclassification.
Claiming Robert Jackson's step-children were not lineals though two were listed as minor's living with Ina and Robert on the 1928 application as membership in Mooretown Rancheria. Lois Edwards grandaughter of Ina and Robert Jackson. My grandmother was from Gensee Valley the daughter of a Northern Madiu Mary Yatkin and a white man John Davies.
Ina 1/2 Native American and my mother biological father Frank Martin full blood , my mother Cecilia Frankie Martin 3/4 blood. I am 1/2 blood. Our Chairman is only 3/16 blood. I was told at one time you had to be 1/4 even to qualify for educational grant monies, or be a member of the tribal council whatever happen to that law? BIA ignores it?
We'll have more on lineal descent. Many Plains Indians would laugh at the blood quantum levels in CA tribes.