Please send this follow up letter:
fax for majority (202) 228-2589
minority (202) 2245429
To the Indian Affairs Committee. Maria Cantwell, Tim Tester, Jon Tester, Tom Udall, Al Franken, Mark Begich, Brian Schatz, Heidi Heitkamp, John Barrasso, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, John Hoeven, Michael Crapo, Deb Fischer.
I’m writing you on the Pechanga water bill S1219 and HR2508. This bill give all benefits to Pechanga and not one allottee that has been disenrolled or band from Pechanga will see any benefits that this bill say it will bring. The senate and congress seem to be concerned with Syria a true sovereign country and protecting its people from a corrupt government. But lack the willingness to uphold civil rights and protect Native Americans from criminal acts from corrupt tribal governments that do not follow their own tribal constitutions and bylaws and commit fraud and civil right violations right here in the United States of America. There are federal laws right now that need to be enforced like the Indian civil rights act of 1968. For Tribes that disenroll against their tribal laws and constitution there is Commission 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, ordinance, 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under which the ordinance, resolution or contract was adopted, enacted, or negotiated; or should be disapproved or rescinded for any other reason.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.
If this bill is not killed then the amendment needs to be added
Tribal enactments disenrolling allottees not found to meet the established enrollment criteria. The commissioner’s approval of such action shall be subject to appeal to the Secretary of the Interior. The commissioner shall forward to the secretary with a recommendation, ordinance, resolution or contract with a treaty or with Tribal Constitution and membership criteria set by the tribe or charter, under which the ordinance, resolution or contract was adopted, enacted or negotiated or should be disapproved or rescinded for any other reason. Notwithstanding the commissioner shall not redelegate the authority granted in this paragraph to any officer or employee who pursuant to a tribe constitution or charter passes upon ordinance, resolution or contracts
Recently I saw Senator John McCain on the news concerning the Syria crises. He was playing poker and his nonchalant reaction was too laugh and says he lost thousands of dollars. This allottee water rights and the disenrollment is a grave matter to us. The disenrollment has left members of these familys destitute and homeless. If it weren’t for the allotment they would be homeless with no place to go. I hope Senator John McCain shows some concern for their plight concerning this bill and if not I hope it does not reflect the attitude of the Indian Affairs Committee on this matter.