Thursday, June 21, 2012

#StopDisenrollment: NEVER GIVE UP In the Struggle for Our Rights

I was sent an article entitled 22 Reasons to Never Give UP by my cousin Russ, at a point where I was feeling a bit low about working the blog and the fact that a number of our people have dropped out. But, I’ve read it a few times and now I’m going to adapt some of it where it would pertain to those of us that have been harmed by their tribes.

At some point in the various journeys we embark on in our lives, we get to a part where we feel like giving up. Sometimes we give up before we even start and other times we give up just before we are about to make that huge break-through that we have been putting so much effort in to achieve.

I have created this list of 22 reasons why you should never give up and I hope that you will find it before you give up, so that I can inspire you to keep going!

1- As Long As You Are Alive Anything Is Possible

The only valid excuse you have to give up is if you are dead. As long as you are alive (and healthy and free) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed.    OP: Why give up when all we are expending is TIME? “I don’t have the time” is one refrain, of course they can tell me all about the “Real Housewives of New York” or “Keeping Up With the Kardassians.” WTF? You can email a letter WHILE you are watching those shows.

3- Michael Jordan

Arguably the best basketball player of all time. He attributes his success to all his failures. He just never gave up even when he knew he had missed over 300 shots and had missed the winning shot of the game many times. Every time he got knocked down he got back up again.    OP: Never mind that Wilt Chamberlain was the best of all time. The point is, keep going. Sure the last fax/letter didn’t get an answer, but the next one might. I once got a call EVERY WEDNESDAY morning at 7:15 a.m. from a job applicant I interviewed but didn’t have a position available. Ultimately, she DID get a position. She was a terrific employee too.

7- Chris Gardner – The Pursuit of Happiness

Have you seen the movie “The Pursuit of Happiness”? It is based on the life story of Chris Gardener, a man who went for the lowest of the lows in an environment where most people would give up (no money, no job) to the highest of the highs (A millionaire with his own investment firm). If you ever think about giving up, watch this movie! OP: NEVER GIVE UP. Excellent movie. For GREATER GLORY is also a great film showing how the Catholics of Mexico stood up to a corrupt government.

9- Nelson Mandela

Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. On release he healed the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude toward his former political enemies.   OP: 20 years fighting for what was RIGHT. FROM PRISON. We still have our computers, our phones, IPADS.

10- You Are Strong

You are stronger than you think. One little setback is not enough to stop you from achieving your goals. Neither are 10 or 100 or 1000 setbacks.

11- Prove Yourself

You don’t want to be known as someone that is weak and gives up. Go out there and prove yourself to the world and to yourself. You CAN and WILL achieve what you set out to do. The only time you fail is when you give up.    OP: MANY times I’m asked, “WHY won’t someone DO something to help us?!?” WHY should they when we aren’t ALL doing something to help ourselves out? We need to double our efforts, so those in position to help, WILL help.

14- Your Family and Friends.

Let the people you love and who mean the world to you be your inspiration to persist and persevere. Maybe you need to try a different angle, study more or practice more but don’t give up!   OP: All of us have a lot of extended family. We need to have these discussion around the dinner table. You need to talk to your friends about HOW Pechanga, Chukchansi, Pala, Redding have HARMED you and your family. ASK for their help!

15- Because I Tell You To.

Not that I am any sort of guru or Godly figure, but if you want to give up then don’t. Just because I’m telling you not to. OP: This just reminds me of my parents. So

17- Improve Our World

When you achieve whatever you set out to achieve you can use your success to make a difference to the world or other peoples lives. OP: For example, the recently disenrolled Chukchansi should be coupling with the first group disenrolled to bring the tribe together. One thousand strong, they would be an imposing force. One thousand letters make a statement. Similarly, ANY disenrolled who get back in their tribes should help those who are in moratoriums get their rightful place.

19- Let The Haters Hate

There will always be haters. There will always be plenty of naysayers and people who try to tear you down. Don’t pay attention to them and don’t take what they say to heart. Let the haters hate and you keep believing in yourself.   OP: On our blog, we get some commenters trying to get us to quit. Well, NO. If the tribe had quit when gambling was illegal, there would be no casino. Other tribes have been fighting for decades for water rights.

21- Inspire Others

Be an inspiration to others by refusing to give up. Who knows what someone else can achieve because you never gave up and in turn inspired them not to give up. OP: Spread the word about our blog to others. Snoqualmie too back their tribe, Laytonville put some people back into the tribe. We have done good, AIRRO keeps hope alive. YOUR help is needed. YOUR letter could be the one that breaks the camel’s back!



Anonymous said...

So let's move forward...

Justiceforpaladisenrolled said...

Thanks for the inspiration to keep fighting

smokeybear said...

And remember how you felt when everything that you knew about your "Birthright and Heritage" was stripped away from you by members of your own tribe and there wasn't a "Damn" thing you could do about it? You thought because you had "Proof" on you side, and a "Constitution and Bylaws" that should have come into play, and could have stopped all this "Foolishness?" And you never thought this could actually happen, but it did. Sovereignty was suppose to be a good thing for all "Native Americans," to self govern for the betterment of all Indians, but it has become a "Corrupt and Criminal" tool for "Greed and Self Interest." So there is no giving up here, not even, for if you quit these "Treasonous Leaches" will "Erase" everything that we stand for as an "American Indian!" Keep the fight alive, and never back down, for if you do: "They Win!" The "Corrupt and Criminal" will be caught, they alway do. We need to turn the "Heat Up," and "Vengence Will Be Ours!"...."Eagle Eyes."

Anonymous said...

Interesting that right next to the Pechanga blog about "prayers for the mountain," is's link for Indian rolls now publicly available.

I am a member of; and low and behold, our disenrolled family's ancestor was listed there under PECHANGA. Bet you will find all your ancestors too! No surprise of course.

Anonymous said...

A new chapter in native history has been written. Sovereignty may become obsolete due to the abuses of the "original" people due to their corruption and self-interest. God works in mysterious ways.

Anonymous said...

The reason why so many have dropped out is that you all are cowards. You whine and complain but take no action. How many of you have been arrested for your cause? How many of you tried to disrupt the corrupt Pechanga Governments business or places of work? How many of you have been beaten or died for your beliefs?
Just a bunch of cowards. If you want something, seize it. If you don't, go whisper to the wind some more.

Anonymous said...

I remember what being Pechanga is… all my life, knowing who I am. To be questioned by my tribal government, accepted by my fellow citizenry through a petition to stop “ALL” disenrollment, and banished by a corrupt few has strengthened my core values to do what must be and share my story with anyone who is interested.

To see the look of disbelief as this story unfolds only strengthens my resolve to see this to its end. The writing is not “on the wall”, there has been no “victory”, and “time IS immortal”.

My children and there children will know what has happened and will have the tools to repair what has been torn. This is my promise…..

When told the reason for Daylight Saving time the old Indian said, "Only a white man would believe that you could cut a foot off the top of a blanket and sew it to the bottom of a blanket and have a longer blanket." ~Author Unknown