Friday, June 7, 2013

Disenrollment is TRIBAL TERRORISM. Does That make Corrupt Tribal Councils TERRORISTS?

I admit to overusing terrorism in the title because I figure the NSA will check in on it, since they are getting all our posts and emails.

 Here's a repost of the subject.

 Tribal membership is about heritage. It's the corrupt tribal council of Chukchansi, along with those from the Pechanga tribe of Temecula, and Redding that are tossing aside the history of their tribes with a dismissive attitude that should be alarming to the people of California. Pechanga ran ads for expanding gaming, claiming 10,000 years of history; yet quickly shed two families with more historical ties to the land, proven by the tribe's own expert, than one of their sitting council members who has no Pechanga blood.

Tribal governments are using sovereignty as a weapon to beat the weak and helpless, and terrorize them into submission. Our federal and state governments are happy to stay out of the issue by saying that membership is a tribal matter. Fair enough, but what about the government's trust responsibility to Indians to see that tribal constitutions are followed?

 Good governance requires fair legal frameworks that are enforced impartially. It also requires full protection of human rights. Impartial enforcement of laws requires an independent judiciary and an impartial and incorruptible police force. That simply is not what is happening on tribal reservations. On reservations across our state tribes are using fear tactics and yes, terrorism, to keep members in line for fear of losing their land, homes, per capita shares and health benefits. More critical is that they also lose their rights to choose a representative government and to vote on issues that pertain to them. Imagine if the Republicans were able to eliminate 25% of the Democratic vote?

 Currently at Pechanga, the tribal council is threatening allottees with fines, banishment and restricted access to their property. One family is taking it upon themselves to try to force another family who was given an allotment with the creation of the reservation, off their land. They're using their family members on the council to issue the threatening letter that is published on Original Pechanga's Blog. This is not what we voted for when we approved gaming to tribes in our state. This was not what was meant by self-reliance. I urge the readers to stand up for civil and human rights.

Bill Cosby stood up and refused to perform at Chukchansi because of these issues. By telling tribes you won't go to their casinos, you can nudge them into acting justly. Don't let tribes get away with terrorizing their own people into silence.

I would advise people to consider not supporting casinos owned by tribes that abuse their people.


Anonymous said...

Hell ya they are terrorists

2. a person who terrorizes or frightens others.

Anonymous said...

Contacting all disenrolled natives across California. Once we gather the numbers we are taking control of all tribal halls run by corrupt tribal councils who harm their own people simultaneously. The outside is not willing to help us and the same corrupt leaders like to say its an internal matter to keep others from seeing they have no just cause for their actions so now we will make it an internal matter. Doing this simultaneously will give us the attention we need from the media and government. It's time to make this happen. It's time we fight back. I know everyone wanted to do this legally we did too but that hasn't worked for any of the thousands of wrongfully disenrolled. It's time to take action. This is our REVOLUTION to overthrow corrupt oppressive regimes. It's been done throughout history with success. When the people are fed up by their dictatorship they fight back and that's what it's come to. For them it's about money and holding onto power, for us it's our heritage and family.

Anonymous said...

They have a pow wow coming needs to be protested.

Erick Rhoan said...

Overusing the "terrorist" label deflates its seriousness, just as "genocide" gets tossed around too casually in the disenrollment debate.

They're jerks, plain and simple. No need to promote them in status just to make a point. If anything you either: (1) unwittingly validate their brand by diminishing your own integrity because you lack the restraint to use proper vocabulary (or worse, you cannot competently debate without resorting to exaggerations); or (2) belittle the issue you wish to promote because potential converts won't commit to learning about this issue without wading through the dirty mess of hyperbole.

Anonymous said...

Actually they are terrorists... Look at the definition: Noun
A person who uses terrorism in the pursuit of political aims.
Do they not disenroll or use threats of banishment/suspension/treason to keep themselves in power (in politics of the tribe they rule). Granted it may not be to the extreme of killing but it is a form a terrorism

Erick Rhoan said...

"Granted it may not be to the extreme of killing -- "

That's why it's not terrorism.

Anonymous said...

When the threat of disenrollment is used to silence the opposition... it's terrorism.

When councils use the threat of banishment for allottees who use reservation facilities, it's terrorism.

When tribal rangers trespass on your property to give you a letter about tresspassing, it's terrorism.

Anonymous said...

Domestic Terrorism (Legal term )

I would have to argue with Eric when you have a fake faction that has taken over the tribe,

The unlawful use of force or violence against persons or property in order to coerce or intimidate a government or the civilian population in furtherance of political or social objectives.