Saturday, April 28, 2012

Department of Interior CALL OUT BIA's Central Vally Superintendant and Pacific Region Director

No WONDER the BIA is looked at at incompetent.   They overstepped their bounds in this case, yet where they have clear knowledge of constitutional violations, such as those at Pechanga, they shy away.   GET SOME GOOD, COMPETENT staff in Sacramento.   Amy, is it time to resign in shame?

Ending a disruptive tribal governance dispute, the U.S. Department of the Interior has upheld the right of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians to govern itself and chastised the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for improper intervention in the matter.

In a nine-page decision issued April 18, the department’s Interior Board of Indian Appeals said the BIA’s superintendent for Central California and its Pacific Regional director were wrong to validate a group attempting to unseat Coyote Valley’s duly elected Tribal Council.

Last May, that group met without notice to all tribal voting members and attempted to establish a tribal government of its own, actions that violated the Tribal Constitution. The BIA, without consulting elected tribal leaders, inexplicably recognized the group and its leaders, who then moved to seize tribal funds and files and occupy tribal buildings
In its decision, the Interior Board of Indian Appeals said the BIA’s intrusion into the dispute was unjustified and warned the BIA not to take sides in such conflicts unless action is clearly warranted.

“At no time has BIA identified, as justification for taking sides in the tribal dispute, any required BIA action that prompted BIA’s intervention and adjudication of issues of tribal law at the time of BIA’s decisions,” the board wrote.
“We vacate BIA’s decisions because in issuing them, BIA acted contrary to well-established precedent forbidding such intrusion into tribal affairs in the absence of required Federal action,” the board said.

“We are relieved and we are gratified by the Interior Board of Appeals’ decision,” Tribal Chairman John Feliz, Jr. said. “The Tribal government and the Tribal membership can now continue to build our nation and strengthen our governmental structure without the undue and unnecessary intrusion of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.”
On behalf of the Tribe, the chairman expressed appreciation of the legal team who assisted the Tribe, and recognized the Tribal Chief and Tribal Council for their resilience, leadership and diplomacy throughout the appeal process.

“Their responsiveness and proactive decision-making assured the continuity of our tribal government and maintained transparency to our community during this disruptive period,” Feliz said. He also praised the “dedication of our advisers, tribal leadership and members,” calling it “instrumental in our communication with local agencies and our business partners.”

“We are empowered by our membership and our actions continue to reflect the will of the Coyote Valley Band as a whole,” added Patrick Naredo, vice chairman of the Tribal Council. “I sincerely thank our tribal membership for their unwavering support and dedication in preserving the rights of the Coyote Valley Tribal Members and the protection of the Tribe’s inherent sovereignty.”

Since their election, members of the Coyote Valley Tribal Council have developed and adopted a new tribal tax code, streamlined casino operations, and obtained and retained grants that will enhance services to the tribe. Leaders are also working hard to diversify the tribe’s economic base, with plans for a convenience store/gas station as well as a new casino and hotel.

The tribe hopes these initiatives will create jobs for members and outlying communities and increase Coyote Valley’s income stream to allow for improved services.

The Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians is a federally recognized Sovereign Tribal Nation located in the Mendocino County community of Redwood Valley. The Tribe operates under a “Document Embodying the Laws, Customs and Traditions of the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians” (Governing Document), enacted by the General Council on October 4, 1980
The Interior Board of Indian Appeals decision can be found at


Anonymous said...

Amy won't resign unless she is forced to. Robert Smith somehow got her and others from the BIA enrolled in the Auburn Tribe and they receive something like 50,000 every two months, talk about corrupt!!

Anonymous said...

Dickstein was legal council for Auburn....... connect the dots

creeper said...

All dots connected...Dickstein is the Grim Reaper...

Anonymous said...

Yep Dickstein. I am trying to have him disbarred, he is powerful and so is his wife Jeanine English, but she is currently under FBI investigation. She is on the board that reviews the Disbarment requests, but if they are inundated with enough requests they might be able to take action. These evil people will be caught eventually and the dominoes will fall all the way to Washington DC., even Larry Echohawk who thinks that just because he resigned will be left alone.

Anonymous said...

Please go to and create an account and sign the petition to PROTECT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF NATIVE AMERICANS. We need 25,000 by june 1st for Obama to take action.

Anonymous said...

Fact - Dickstein was discovered to have a sweetheart deal at Auburn that got him 23 + million from 2% of the casino revenue stream. Problem is it was not approved under federal law by NIGC. Come on Robert Smith, word is that Howard Dickstein has a similar 4% deal with Pala and it too is unapproved under NIGC regs. Say it ain't so and say it in public and in writing. The June 1, 2011 disenrollments were intended to scare everyone into keeping quiet about this kind of shady dealing and you should have stopped there. Now the whole world is going to be looking into Smith's fish bowl. Start by putting the 8 back on the roll as recommended by BIA! You can only go so far in hiding your corrupt behavior behind tribal sovereignty before all hell breaks loose.