Without comment, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down a petition in Alto v. Jewell, a tribal disenrollment case from California. The action marks the second time this year that the justices have refused to get involved in the controversy.
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The hands-off approach from the nation's highest court stands in contrast to the growing concern about tens of thousands of people who have lost their tribal citizenship across Indian Country. More and more prominent voices, including Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills (Oglala Sioux), Washington State Sen. John McCoy (Tulalip) and Arkansas Law School Dean Stacy Leeds (Cherokee), have joined the #StopDisenrollment campaign to draw attention to what has been called an epidemic.
The efforts are slowly paying off after years of inaction. In one notable example, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, during the final months of the Obama administration, questioned the ouster of more than 300 people from the Nooksack Tribe.
The BIA and other federal agencies have since withheld an estimated $14 million for health, housing and other programs on the reservation in Washington. The tribe is now suing the new Trump administration in hopes of securing the funds, ensuring that the dispute, which has drawn consistent media coverage, will continue to gain attention.
Not everyone has been so fortunate, though. Dozens of people who were ousted by the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians and the Pala Band of Mission Indians turned to the BIA for help but were ultimately unable to prevent their removals from the two tribes, both based in southern California.
In the Alto case, the one denied by the Supreme Court on Monday, the BIA actually took part in the removal of former citizens of the San Pasqual Band under a provision in the tribe's constitution. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision last September, said the BIA acted lawfully when it determined that Marcus Alto Sr. had been incorrectly enrolled.
In the Aguayo case, the one denied by the Supreme Court in January, the BIA refused to get involved because the Pala Band changed its laws to keep the agency out of citizenship matters. The 9th Circuit sided with the agency, ensuring that the descendants of Margarita Britten will remain off the rolls.
The courts will never help Indian tribes.
That's is it, it's time to settle this the old Indian way by taking this issue into our own hands.
If these Mother Fuckers want to be down and dirty then lets make them happy and play the game without rules.
The only way to settle this to take out the Chairman of these corrupt Tribes or Bands and do unto them what they have done unto us.
In the old days our people would not have put up with this shit.
I can remember when fist fights would break out at Tribal Meetings and things got settled very quickly.
They need to be shown that we want our Tribes or Bands back and we are going to take them back as of now.
If they want violence then by God lets give it to them.
Aren't you tired of getting pushed around by these assholes?
Well show them what they want, beat the shit out of them like they are beating the shit out of us with their Sovereignty club.
If we don't take a stance now we will always be on the outside looking in instead of the inside looking out.
Make you Ancestors proud and beat there asses real good.
This have gone to far and these corrupt bastards need to get what they have earned.
I have to agree with 4:03 above post.
What happens when you die and your Children are turned away from you homes and not allowed to gather anything that you left for them.
This is what will happen without any doubt.
What will you Children or you Grandchildren think of you for not standing up for your and their rights, while sitting back and not caring about nothing but your check that you get.
Not caring for you family's future and their safety will haunt you forever if you do not act on this issue.
As you can see and read the Courts and the Government will not do a damn thing to protect you or your family, it's up to you to show our Ancestors that what they fought and died for means just as much to us today as it did to them.
Bluster and threat get you nowhere.
Actions speak louder
You cry about children, but you can't stand up for them.
Threat is with Thunder. The God's are on the side of the righteous!!
This is not about the white man winning in Court, It's about the "truth" and the Truth is that "Marcus Alto" was adopted. We have the old documents... How are many of you going to "Endorse lies'? Are yall Insane" what's right is right' what's wrong and is wrong...PERIOD....Many of you who endorse lies will have the flames of hell licking your booty. Come on now..'Let's Shame the Devil" Speak the truth'!!...yall dont like my Sermons go back to the "Catholic Missions. where they will tickle your ears with lies.. and rape you.
Read your history. don't be a fool.
fuck valley view casino close that fucking place down then see how those fuckers feel with no money coming in fuck them
I say go to war with those pricks
Right on 9:50 AM
Where do we sign up for duty? Sir yes Sir.
Waiting to be drafted.
In Pala those that were disenrolled with only be that way until Robert Smith is dead and buried and no longer in charge.
He once said that his legacy is to have his daughter carry on where he left off.
Well good luck with that Robert, because as soon as you are gone then so will be your daughters.
I mean it's only fair, but there are welfare programs that they can apply for to get them some food and shelter if they want to apply.
Just have them fill out the forms with the NEW CHAIRMAN and see if they qualify.
They will have to apply in Escondido because they will be banished from Pala Reservation.
And don't forget to have his Daughters house bulldozed and hauled to the nearest landfill.
Just think about how much money the Members will get each month after
Robert Smith and Theresa Nieto are out of the EC, along with all the people that are taken off the Rolls because they don't belong and have no blood line to connect them to the real Cupeno People.
Oh Lord what a day this will be.
We will have a big Fiesta and dance the streets of Pala.
Even after the Disenrolled are put back on the Rolls where they belong, your Per Capita will double from what you are getting now.
There will be no more hiding anything from the People and the People will get all of their power back.
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