We've read stories about Baby Veronica, the Cherokee child adopted out to white parents, whose birth father wanted his parental rights restored. This was an Indian Child Welfare Act issue and parental rights.
Attorney J Eric Reed of Dallas: “The constitutional questions surrounding every aspect of the Indian Child Welfare Act were vigorously debated by Congress, which enacted this legislation to protect the ultimate health and welfare of all indigenous children in the United States. Those hearings uncovered a very tragic reality in the systematic abusive child welfare practices toward Indians in state courts that resulted in the separation of great numbers of Indian children from their families and tribes..."
The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has done more harm than the adoptive parents of Veronica who loved her.
The Pechanga Band, led by Mark Macarro, wiped out the history of 150 Indian children from his own tribe, via two large disenrollments we have been discussing on this blog for six years.
One family, descended from Manuela Miranda was disenrolled when it was determined that a FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD, cut her ties to the tribe when she moved away from the reservation to be with her adult sister. WTF? When can a FIVE YEAR old make that determination?
Descendents of the HUNTER family were escorted OFF Tribal school property after disenrolling their parents.
We added this post to the Temecula Patch Can you go to that site and Like it on FB and tweet it out? We are expecting a big story from the PATCH to break shortly.