We have a letter below, which you can copy and send to your congressperson. Ask your neighbors and friends if you can send on in their name. We have sent a lot of communications out this week and we need more to draw their attention.
I’m writing to you on my outrage of how congress has supported the tyranny and oppression these corrupt Indian gaming tribes have been committing on Native Americans.
The Illegal disenrollments are outside the tribe’s constitution and bylaws. They’ve happened over and over again under the blanket of sovereignty. It gives the blessing of congress by not acting on these crimes.
The Commissioner of Indian Affairs Delegation of Authority Regarding Tribal Enactments Section 18 needs to be enforced by congress.
Commissioner of Indian Affairs Delegation of Authority Regarding Tribal Enactments Section 18 Paragraph (3) states Tribal enactments disenrolling persons found not to meet the established enrollment criteria. The Commissioner’s approval of such action shall be subject to appeal to the Secretary of the Interior.
Paragraph (4) The Commissioner shall forward to the Secretary, with a recommendation, ordinances, resolution, or contracts which, in the opinion of the Commissioner are: Inconsistent with an act of Congress or with a treaty or with tribal constitution or charter under which the ordinance, resolution, or contract was adopted, enacted, or negotiated; or should be disapproved or rescinded for any other reason.
Paragraph (5) notwithstanding the provision of section 25 of this order, the Commissioner shall not redelegate the authority granted in this paragraph to any officer or employee who pursuant to a tribal constitution or charter passes upon ordinance, resolution, or contracts
This does not encroach on sovereignty because it does not change any tribal law, constitution or bylaws the tribe has in place. Nor can it be dismissed as a “just a membership issue”. What it does is protect tribal members from tyrants that under sovereignty steal and embezzle money and oppress its people disregarding tribal constitutions and by laws for their own personal gain of money and power with no checks and balances to hold them accountable. Using sovereignty as a club to beat the weak and helpless should not be acceptable under any circumstances.
The Commissioner of Indian Affairs Delegation of Authority Regarding Tribal Enactments need to be enforced with the provision that if the plaintive proves they meet the established enrollment criteria the tribe has to retro any and all benefits that the tribe wrongfully denied them while they were wrongfully disenrolled. If the tribe refuses to abide by the ruling congress will restore the disenrolled to full federal native status. This will include full health, education and any other benefits that the tribe gets. Federal funding will be cut off until an agreement can be met between the disenrolled the tribe and the dept of interior. Please have your staff look into http://originalpechanga.com/ for more information on disenrollment.