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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Letters to Speakers Attending Conference in Apartheid-Practicing Tribal Nation of Pechanga: A Snoqualmie Story.

Letters are going out to speakers from the upcoming Tribal Leader's Conference at the Apartheid-practicing reservation of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. While these speakers are looking to get meaninful change in an unstable political environment, they should be looking within their own nations and other tribal nations such as Snoqualmie from Washington State., with their 'shadow government' which we have posted on before.  Work on the corruption within Indian Country.


Here is a letter from the Snoqualmie 9, written by Carolyn Lubenau which details what happened to her family:

My name is Carolyn Lubenau and I have been enrolled since birth in the Snoqualmie Tribe in Washington State as was my Mother, my Grandmother, my Great-Grandmother up to the signing of the Pt. Elliott Treaty and beyond- we have always been Snoqualmie.

In 2008, myself and 8 other enrolled tribal members were illegally banished from the Snoqualmie Tribe. Three of the banished were our spiritual leaders – one a minister in the 1910 Indian Shaker Church – another spiritual worker was banished for saying a prayer the tribal council felt admonished their actions. My tribe did not have a tribal court and the story of our banishment was printed on the front page of the Seattle Times many times. Our banishment is a documented case of civil rights violations and the Federal Judge, James Robart overturned the banishment in the precedent setting case – Sweet vs Hinzman.

To this day, over three years later, we have not been allowed back into our tribe. We have a corrupt tribal council who violates the civil rights of all its citizens each day and despite being voting overwhelmingly by our tribal members to be reinstated many times without restriction, our corrupt tribal council will not reinstate us. This is a blatant civil rights violation. The Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior all say this is an “inter-tribal” dispute and they will not get involved despite a Federal Judge’s order.

I have asked my Senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell “who enforces a Federal Judge’s order?” Their response is they don’t know and although they have tried to find some answers, they have not been able to answer the question.

I’m asking you, who upholds the individual civil rights of tribal citizens? You speak of sovereignty but do you speak of the genocide of disenrolling and banishing tribal members to cover up lawlessness and corruption? Do you speak about the responsibility of sovereigns to their people.? Do you speak of honor and human rights? Will you speak of the violations to our human rights by being “arbitrarily exiled” from our own nations? We are exiled from the sacred grounds of our ancestors – what sovereign would do such a thing to their people?

The answer is no one will protect an individuals civil rights in corrupt tribes and tribal governments like Pechanga who exile their own people. I am respectfully requesting that you think about these questions and think about the thousands of Native Americans yet to have protected civil rights.  I would ask that you support our protest at Pechanga over civil rights violations and if you are guided to still speak at this forum, I hope you speak of the dishonor of using sovereignty for greed and corruption – to hide behind sovereignty and dishonor your own people. I hope you speak of fairness, transparency and justice.

With a hopeful heart,

Carolyn Lubenau
Maple Valley, WA

19 comments:

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people said...

what a beautiful letter...

our movement for restoring the tribal, civil, and human rights for our people is truly blessed by those such as carolyn who speak with humble voices the truths which cry out to our anscestors for justice...

thank you, carolyn...many prayers and blessings to you and to all of our people in our united struggle for justice...

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people

Anonymous said...

On May 21, 2011 will mark the. 16th anniversy of the disenrollmenrt of approxamatly 1/3 of Oneida Nation of New York. This was done in retailiation for the Oneida people who participated on a peaceful demonstration called "The walk for Democracy". Bless Carolynn and others who work tirelessly on behalf all of our people who have been denied human,civil and religious rights in our own homelands.

Anonymous said...

That is a great letter, I ask everyone to read this letter and acknowledge the importance of Native American civil rights.

Hunter Clan

Anonymous said...

"The world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing"-Albert Einstein

Tribal Leaders from every Tribe and Nation do what you know is right every situation is different. Investigate the truth.

'aamokat said...

for ALL nations, I hope you are able to attend our protest rally for June 2, 2011 in front of the Pechanga resort and casino at 4 PM.

They are having an intertribal leadership conference and we want as many people who have had their rights violated by their tribal leadership to be out there.

Thank you for all of your support in the past

'aamokat aka orionthehunter.

smokeybear said...

Anonymous said...
Thank you all who continue to support true Natives everywhere.
THIS NEW MOVEMENT HAS TO BE FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THE EVIL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AREN'T LIMITED TO JUST ONE TRIBE, WE ALL
HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN BRINGING TO AN END THIS DISEASE OF DISENROLLMENTS AND BANISHMENTS THAT HAS PLAGUED US SINCE THE CREATION OF THE CASINOS'. WITH THIS "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" BEING HELD AT THE PECHANGA RESERVATION ON JUNE 2, THIS ALLOWS "EVERY NATIVE AMERICAN" TRIBE THE CHANCE TO BRING TO THE FOREFRONT ALL THE ATTROCITIES THAT HAVE BEEN PERPITRATED AGAINST THE LIGITIMATE INDIAN IN INDIAN COUNTRY. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE HEARD. THIS "PROTEST/RALLY" IS GOING TO "REACH OUT AND TOUCH" THE EVIL TRIBAL LEADERS LIKE NOTHING HAS EVER DONE BEFORE. WE WILL NO LONGER BE TOY'D WITH. WE HAVE BIRTHRIGHTS AS TRUE "NATIVE AMERICANS" THAT GO BACK CENTURYS. WE CAN PROVE WHO WE ARE AND THE RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS OF ALL TRIBES ARE GOING TO BE MADE TO STAND UP AND LISTEN BECAUSE WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, AND THIS TIME YOU WILL....."LISTEN." WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. "TAKE NOTE" DEPT. OF INTERIOR INDIAN AFFAIRS, B.I.A, SENATE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS, THAT WE ARE NO LONGER "SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER" HERE IN INDIAN COUNTRY. WE WILL NO LONGER STAND ON THE SIDELINES AND WATCH AS YOU ALLOW THE "CORRUPT INDIAN LEADERS" TO PRACTICE "ETHNIC CLEANSING." YOU TURN A "BLIND EYE." WHERE IS THE TRUTH, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS THAT THE CONSTITUTIONS AND BY LAWS OF OUR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS ARE SUPPOSE TO AFFORD US, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS NOW A "NATIONWIDE" FIGHT WITH ALL TRIBES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS, MY INDIAN BROTHER, THE FIGHT FOR OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT, TAKE ONE DAY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND STAND AND BE COUNTED AT THE "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" AT PECHANGA CASINO ON JUNE 2, FOR NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS" TO PULL TOGETHER FOR THIS OUR DAY OF "RECONNING." WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE "WARPATH," BUT THIS TIME AGAINST OUR OWN CORRUPT AND GREEDY BROTHERS WHO SEEK TO ERASE OWR HERITAGE. "EVERONE" WHO SEES "HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" AGAINST "ANYONE" AS BEING AN "EVIL CANCER" COME AND "STAND WITH US." DON'T THINK THAT YOU ARE JUST ONE PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO? BAND TOGETHER WITH US AND OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE WILL BE "HEARD."

smokeybear said...

Anonymous said...
Thank you all who continue to support true Natives everywhere.
THIS NEW MOVEMENT HAS TO BE FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THE EVIL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AREN'T LIMITED TO JUST ONE TRIBE, WE ALL
HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN BRINGING TO AN END THIS DISEASE OF DISENROLLMENTS AND BANISHMENTS THAT HAS PLAGUED US SINCE THE CREATION OF THE CASINOS'.(continued)

smokeybear said...

WITH THIS "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" BEING HELD AT THE PECHANGA RESERVATION ON JUNE 2, THIS ALLOWS "EVERY NATIVE AMERICAN" TRIBE THE CHANCE TO BRING TO THE FOREFRONT ALL THE ATTROCITIES THAT HAVE BEEN PERPITRATED AGAINST THE LIGITIMATE INDIAN IN INDIAN COUNTRY. NOW IS THE TIME TO BE HEARD. THIS "PROTEST/RALLY" IS GOING TO "REACH OUT AND TOUCH" THE EVIL TRIBAL LEADERS LIKE NOTHING HAS EVER DONE BEFORE. WE WILL NO LONGER BE TOY'D WITH. WE HAVE BIRTHRIGHTS AS TRUE "NATIVE AMERICANS" THAT GO BACK CENTURYS. WE CAN PROVE WHO WE ARE AND THE RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS OF ALL TRIBES ARE GOING TO BE MADE TO STAND UP AND LISTEN BECAUSE WE HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY, AND THIS TIME YOU WILL....."LISTEN." WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. "TAKE NOTE" DEPT. OF INTERIOR INDIAN AFFAIRS, B.I.A, SENATE ON INDIAN AFFAIRS, THAT WE ARE NO LONGER "SHEEP TO THE SLAUGHTER" HERE IN INDIAN COUNTRY. WE WILL NO LONGER STAND ON THE SIDELINES AND WATCH AS YOU ALLOW THE "CORRUPT INDIAN LEADERS" TO PRACTICE "ETHNIC CLEANSING." (continued)

smokeybear said...

YOU TURN A "BLIND EYE." WHERE IS THE TRUTH, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS THAT THE CONSTITUTIONS AND BY LAWS OF OUR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS ARE SUPPOSE TO AFFORD US, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS NOW A "NATIONWIDE" FIGHT WITH ALL TRIBES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS, MY INDIAN BROTHER, THE FIGHT FOR OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT, TAKE ONE DAY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND STAND AND BE COUNTED AT THE "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" AT PECHANGA CASINO ON JUNE 2, FOR NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS" TO PULL TOGETHER FOR THIS OUR DAY OF "RECONNING." WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE "WARPATH," BUT THIS TIME AGAINST OUR OWN CORRUPT AND GREEDY BROTHERS WHO SEEK TO ERASE OWR HERITAGE. "EVERONE" WHO SEES "HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" AGAINST "ANYONE" AS BEING AN "EVIL CANCER" COME AND "STAND WITH US." DON'T THINK THAT YOU ARE JUST ONE PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO? BAND TOGETHER WITH US AND OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE WILL BE "HEARD." (end)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful letter, Ms Lubenau, thank you for sharing that.

stand your ground said...

There is no integrity in Indian Country and their corrupt Tribal Leaders, they do not care when longstanding citizens are being abused by their own as long as the money keeps flowing, as long as they have the means to buy Corrupt Politicians.
Larry Echohawk and Wash.D.C. need to get involved B/4 it is too late
President Obama you spoke of change...where is the change?
Nothing has changed to stop the abuse and the Native Genocide in this country.
Why is it still allowed to go on and on?
Native Americans have less of a chance to get civil and human rights in our courts than a foreign born.
There is something terribly wrong here.

smokeybear said...

YOU TURN A "BLIND EYE." WHERE IS THE TRUTH, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS THAT THE CONSTITUTIONS AND BY LAWS OF OUR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS ARE SUPPOSE TO AFFORD US, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS NOW A "NATIONWIDE" FIGHT WITH ALL TRIBES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS, MY INDIAN BROTHER, THE FIGHT FOR OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT, TAKE ONE DAY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND STAND AND BE COUNTED AT THE "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" AT PECHANGA CASINO ON JUNE 2, FOR NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS" TO PULL TOGETHER FOR THIS OUR DAY OF "RECONNING." WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE "WARPATH," BUT THIS TIME AGAINST OUR OWN CORRUPT AND GREEDY BROTHERS WHO SEEK TO ERASE OWR HERITAGE. "EVERONE" WHO SEES "HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" AGAINST "ANYONE" AS BEING AN "EVIL CANCER" COME AND "STAND WITH US." DON'T THINK THAT YOU ARE JUST ONE PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO? BAND TOGETHER WITH US AND OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE WILL BE "HEARD."

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smokeybear said...

YOU TURN A "BLIND EYE." WHERE IS THE TRUTH, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS THAT THE CONSTITUTIONS AND BY LAWS OF OUR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS ARE SUPPOSE TO AFFORD US, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS NOW A "NATIONWIDE" FIGHT WITH ALL TRIBES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS, MY INDIAN BROTHER, THE FIGHT FOR OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT, TAKE ONE DAY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND STAND AND BE COUNTED AT THE "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" AT PECHANGA CASINO ON JUNE 2, FOR NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS" TO PULL TOGETHER FOR THIS OUR DAY OF "RECONNING." WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE "WARPATH," BUT THIS TIME AGAINST OUR OWN CORRUPT AND GREEDY BROTHERS WHO SEEK TO ERASE OWR HERITAGE. "EVERONE" WHO SEES "HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" AGAINST "ANYONE" AS BEING AN "EVIL CANCER" COME AND "STAND WITH US." DON'T THINK THAT YOU ARE JUST ONE PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO? BAND TOGETHER WITH US AND OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE WILL BE "HEARD." (end)

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smokeybear said...

YOU TURN A "BLIND EYE." WHERE IS THE TRUTH, HONESTY, AND FAIRNESS THAT THE CONSTITUTIONS AND BY LAWS OF OUR RESPECTIVE MEMBERSHIPS ARE SUPPOSE TO AFFORD US, WITH EQUAL PROTECTION UNDER STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS FOR THE GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS NOW A "NATIONWIDE" FIGHT WITH ALL TRIBES COMING TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD OF ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS." THIS IS, MY INDIAN BROTHER, THE FIGHT FOR OUR BIRTHRIGHT. NO MATTER WHAT, TAKE ONE DAY OUT OF YOUR LIFE AND STAND AND BE COUNTED AT THE "TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE" AT PECHANGA CASINO ON JUNE 2, FOR NOW IS THE TIME FOR ALL "NATIVE AMERICANS" TO PULL TOGETHER FOR THIS OUR DAY OF "RECONNING." (continued)

smokeybear said...

WE ARE NOW OFFICIALLY ON THE "WARPATH," BUT THIS TIME AGAINST OUR OWN CORRUPT AND GREEDY BROTHERS WHO SEEK TO ERASE OWR HERITAGE. "EVERONE" WHO SEES "HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS" AGAINST "ANYONE" AS BEING AN "EVIL CANCER" COME AND "STAND WITH US." DON'T THINK THAT YOU ARE JUST ONE PERSON, WHAT CAN I DO? BAND TOGETHER WITH US AND OUR COLLECTIVE VOICE WILL BE "HEARD." (end)

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smokeybear said...

OREIDA NATION OF NEW YORK. I KNOW IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR YOU TO MAKE THE PROTEST/RALLY, AND I KNOW YOU WOULD LOVE TO COME, BUT YOU COULD GENERATE ALOT OF PUBLICITY FOR OUR FIGHT TO RECLAIM OUR BIRTHRIGHT. GET THE NEWS MEDIA IN YOUR AREA, ESPECIALLY NATIONAL PRESS, TO REPORT ON THIS NATIONWIDE DRIVE FOR ALL " NATIVE AMEICANS," AT THE TRIBAL LEADERS CONFERENCE AT THE PECHANGA CASINO, TEMECULA, CA. FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS. THANKS, AND THE PROTEST/RALLY IS FOR YOUR BIRTHRIGHT TOO.

Anonymous said...

I do not want to accept that it is impossible for any Tribe to come to protest this rally may and will change the history of all Indian nations if we make IT so!!

SAYS POLYSQWALIS

smokeybear said...

Polysqwalis, we share in your pain, for we are now embarking on a path of rightious indegnation for the good of all "NATIVE AMERICANS" that have had their heritage ripped from them by corrupt ang greedy Tribal Leaders. Your story is especially sad because the court granted you your rights back, and your Tribe ignored it. Can anyone tell me what good is the Government when it comes to the "Native American" and their rights? What about the INDIAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACT?" What civil rights? There aren"t any.

Anonymous said...

Refusal to enforce Indian rights is intentional.

Washington 'terminated' tribes. Tribes were supposed to be extinguished once and for all.

Termination was deemed illegal...so...Washington came up with a new scheme; 'self-determination.'

'Self-determination' IS termination by another sneaky use of semantics.

Washington keeps cranking out "laws" that are attacking Indians rights.

Congress of American Indians are puppets of American Congress. They are an integral part of America's plot to extinguish Indigenous Human and Civil rights.

Traitors have forfeited human rights for person gain....they love spotlight and attention. They wear appear as America's 'cigar store indians' wearing suit and 'bolo ties.'

They prance around like silly peacocks and utter programmed phrases....unaware or perhaps aware of their betrayal of America's first people.

Silly peacocks look like asses that they are; not noticing the yolks of oppression American has placed on them.

Sovereignty? A cruel joke for victims of criminal acts heaped by criminals; traitors; malicious clowns who do America's bidding to eliminate Indians' human rights.

America has more attacks in store for Indians. Indians are still the proprietary owners of what is known as America. Washington will keep moving forward to continuing stealing Indian country by implementing 'laws' to effect wholesale theft of Indigenous rights.