TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT Strips Native Americans of Tribal Citizenship
Friday, April 12, 2013
Ruby Roan Cordero, Chukchansi ELDER, Walks On. Chukchansi SHAMEFULLY disenrolled their Language speaker.
Ruby M. Roan Cordero died April 8, 2013, at the age of 90.
Mrs. Cordero was a lifelong resident of Coarsegold and Oakhurst.
She was born Jan. 13, 1923, in Coarsegold to Jack Roan and Emma Banjo.
Mrs. Cordero was a homemaker and an elder of the Chukchansi and Miwok nations.
She was one of the last fluent Chukchansi language speakers, and was skilled in basket weaving and beadwork.
Mrs. Cordero also enjoyed spending time with, and helping, her family and friends; teaching younger people about the traditional Indian ways, gathering, cooking, and card games at her home.
She was preceded in death by husband David Cordero.
Mrs. Cordero is survived by children Gilbert, Irene and Rita Cordero; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.
We posted about Ruby :
When 87-year-old Ruby "Roan" Cordero of Oakhurst received a letter a few weeks ago stating she would be disenrolled as a member of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians, she couldn't understand the piece of paper.
Cordero only speaks a little English. Her Alzheimer's Disease has pulled her mind back to an earlier time, family members say, to childhood when she still spoke in her native language -- Chukchansi Indian OP: Yes, that's right, the tribe is going to eliminate one who spoke the language. One who could use the help of her tribe.