I mean that in the kindest way of course, to all of us that have been harmed by their tribes. Those of YOU that have been sitting on the sidelines, waiting for others to do the heavy lifting, medium lifting and light lifting... YOU know who YOU are.
Whether YOU have been disenrolled, banished or placed in a moratorium, YOU have been abused by those corrupt leaders in power. They get away with it, because MOST of YOU have refused to stay standing.
As I wrote in the post: My Rights Have been violated, WHY won't anyone HELP? WHY should others help, when we don't help ourselves. I asked another tribal group what they were doing, as I hadn't heard from their team in a while. They stated that they were awaiting a tribal court decision. Well waiting is the same as doing nothing.
We are all in similar straits. We've all been violated, yet why is it that we aren't all fighting for our rights, the rights of our parents, or children or grandchildren? Embarrassingly, I've had my own cousins, ask to be taken off a mailing list. Which means they've accepted the fate determined by Mark Macarro and his smaller brother John, instead of being willing to do something as simple as forwarding on an email or sharing a blog post. I know the story is the same with a lot of groups. NOT winning quickly, makes it easy to give up.
Still, that is what Robert Smith of Pala, Macarro of Pechanga, Trasks of San Pasqual, to name a few, wait for. They've got the deep pockets to wait, they spend the money on lobbyists (in Macarro's case, his own wife's company, therefore paying his family unit). But, they can be BEATEN, even if it's only a small battle. WE proved it ...TWICE... a trio of Pechanga disenrolled/moratorium bound went to Washington four years ago to lobby against a water bill Pechanga was looking for. Three guys beat back a team of high priced DC lobbyist, council members and lawyers. THEY WON, by using a personal touch, explaining the injustice and letting the TRUTH be told.
Last year, my cousin and I did the same thing as I wrote about here: Shooting on Capitol Hill and here:Pechanga LOSES Water Bill
There are protests scheduled for January 11th and 12th, you can learn more here: Fed Up with Disenrollment and Tribal Corruption IF you aren't on Facebook, you SHOULD be. A lot of information is being shared and processed via social media and we need to increase the number of people helping. Currently, this protest has 157 people signed on. If you can spend a couple of hours, add your body count, share your stories with others, PLEASE join in. It will make the pictures look stronger and increase interest by news media.
I have done television, radio, and many newspaper interviews, discussing a lot of tribes, not just my own, Pechanga. New York Times, Fresno Bee, Sacramento Bee and Indian Country Today have all used my information.
Some will say, "well, we are writing letters". Really? Why don't you share them? I've offered repeatedly to publish your stories, feel free to send me information that can broaden the reach.
I hope to see and meet more of you at San Pasqual. PLEASE rekindle you efforts. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Even if the minor victory is not letting the corrupt councils sleep easy. We are forcing them to spend money they never thought they would. The more money they spend, the less they get. And believe me, that pisses them off.
So please..... GET OFF YOUR ASS...