Thursday, November 30, 2017

Liberal THINK PROGRESS NAILS Liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren in Cherokee's Op -Ed

You don't often see this, a liberal website going against a liberal politician, so you have to give credit where credit is due.

This OP-Ed, I am Cherokee, Elizabeth Warren is NOT by Cherokee citizen Rebecca Nagle, gets to the heart of the matter:  She is NOT Cherokee, She benefitted from lying, she should APOLOGIZE and even HAS an apology that Warren can use.

Cherokee activist and genealogist David Cornsilk is quoted:

"We don’t get to celebrate her, because we don’t know her. She is not related to us, she does not live in our community. She is not our conduit to the Senate. We are not celebrating her in the Tribal newspaper. Elizabeth Warren is nothing to us, so we have no inroad to that powerful operation that affects our daily lives.”


Elizabeth Warren is NO champion of Indian Country, because she is NOT INDIAN.   Read the article linked above.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Elizabeth "FAUXCAHONTAS" Warren Decries CONTINUED Exposure of her Lies on Cherokee Ancestry

We posted yesterday on President Trumps insensitive remarks at an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers.  This drew a response on twitter from Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is well known to have appropriated native american heritage for her own benefit.


She tweeted:  ".....he came after me with a disgusting slur"

Well, maybe, especially after he called her "Pocahontas" who was a real Indian.  Fauxcahontas, would imply she's a wannabe, a fake, an imposter.  I have the link that details her ancestry that Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes did after the jump from a story in 2014.

Noted Cherokee attorney Stacy Leeds commented on Warren:

Elizabeth Warren needs to stop, too. When non-natives take identities that do not belong to them, they help create a myth-laden society that normalize the disrespect we saw yesterday. Just stop.

Remember in her 2012 campaign, when she REFUSED to meet with REAL Cherokees on her theft of ancestry?  Remember we posted that Warren's pet agency the the CFPB harmed actual Indians?  Yeah, that agency is back in the news again.

Trump has his own problems, created by himself.  He should be adding to them by ill -timed jokes at events that deserve real honor and respect. And WARREN should own up to her lies, apologize and STOP...JUST STOP.

Windsor High School NATIVE AMERICAN Club Needs YOUR HELP

Here's a chance for ALL Natives to help OTHER Native Youth.  This new Native American Club at WINDSOR HIGH SCHOOL, in Windsor, CA need fundraising help.  The details are in the flyer below.  

Many tribal youth are represented (Hopland, Covalo, Dry Creek...) and some tribal organizations may help.  But your help can start to build their legacy.


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nooksack Vote Count To Be Done in Secret. Because TRANSPARENCY is Not the Nooksack Way?

Spotlights make the best disinfectant, and that's why the BALLOT COUNTING for the  Nooksack Tribe will be done behind closed doors.

From the tribal communications Facebook page:

For everyone's safety, the Nooksack Tribal Council Election Ballot Count on December 2, 2017 will not be open to the public.

The Election Board, Tally Markers, BIA Observer(s) and the Nooksack Tribal Police will be present to witness the ballot count to provide assurance to the public that ballots are counted without tampering of any kind.

Unofficial results will be posted at the conclusion of the count at the Nooksack Administration building, the Tribe's website and the Tribe's Facebook Communication page.

The BIA has been informed of this decision.

Hey, they've been trustworthy all along right?  Nothing to see here....

Monday, November 27, 2017

Trump NAILS IT! Couldn't be MORE Culturally Insensitive

With the backdrop of Andrew "Indian Killer" Jackson, President Donald Trump spoils the day of honor for Navajo code talkers

Just stick to the script Mr. President.  It's true, that Elizabeth Warren is a WANNABE and a heritage thief. Readers can find her detailed genealogy done by Twila Barnes who writes Thoughts From Polly's Granddaughter blog, but disparaging a REAL Native, Pocahontas, and using her name in a derogatory manner, IS CULTURALLY insensitive. 

Donald Trump bloviates about
Fake Indian Elizabeth Warren

Yes, the code talkers of World War II day of honor was disgraced, and here's part of the statement by Navajo President Begaye:
“In this day and age, all tribal nations still battle insensitive references to our people. The prejudice that Native American people face is an unfortunate historical legacy,” President Begaye said. “As Native Americans, we are proud people who have taken care of this land long before there was the United States of America and we will continue to fight for this Nation.”
President Begaye said the Navajo Nation does not want to engage in this dialogue between Sen. Warren and President Trump.
The purpose of the day’s event was to honor all Native American Code Talkers who used their native languages to encode sensitive messages and protect U.S. wartime communications in both World Wars I and II.
“It was our Code Talkers that ensured the freedom of the United States and that’s what is important to remember here,” President Begaye said.

Fauxahontas, or maybe IRON EYES WARREN after FAKE INDIAN Iron Eyes Cody?

After Murders, Carjackings and Beatings at PECHANGA CASINO, Law Enforcement holds Active Shooter Exercises

After the crimes at Pechanga of Murder, attempted murder carjacking and beating of a customer (by Pechanga Security no less) tribe holds active shooter exercise.

Sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and emergency medical technicians flooded a Pechanga Resort & Casino parking lot as dozens of people – many seen complaining of injuries – were rushed out of the nearby employment training building. Several onlookers watched calmly from a nearby parking garage.

The surreal scene was part of a planned active shooter training exercise Wednesday night, Nov. 15, which included members of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Riverside County Fire Department, the FBI and Pechanga Tribal Rangers, among other agencies.

Jason Keeling, fire chief for the Pechanga Fire Department, said recent active shooter situations made members of the department decide it was important to start training for such incidents.

Monday, November 13, 2017


Dishonor and Shame the NOOKSACK TRIBE:

Because disturbing the DEAD is how the NOOKSACK ROLL?  Kelly Faction is beyond shameless.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Felipe Cuevas, Pechanga Veteran, Posthumously Stripped of his Tribal Citizenship, BY Masiel Basquez Crime Family

Here is an appreciation of a father, by his son, ME, that we wrote for last year's Veteran's Day. 
We at Original Pechanga's Blog would like to thank all our veterans from each branch of service for their sacrifices. 

On this Veteran’s Day, I want to remember my father, Felipe Cuevas, born July 13, 1928. He was the son of Phillip and Olive Cuevas.  Olive was the daughter of Mary Ann Miller, who, in turn, was the daughter of Paulina Hunter of Pechanga.  Paulina was the matriarch of the Hunter Clan who was given her 20 acres of land on the Pechanga Reservation as the head of the Family by President McKinley. Her Pechanga Ancestry was proved by noted researcher Dr. John Johnson, who was hired by the Pechanga Enrollment Committee, using Pechanga's own records.

My father grew up in Los Angeles, attending Malabar Elementary, and a graduate of Roosevelt High School.  He the oldest of five children, all of whom served in our military, including his sister Mary Ann Poole and his eldest sister, Matilda Smith, who is the eldest now of the Hunter Family. He entered the U.S. Army in 1948 and served in many capacities, primarily as a drill instructor. He was stationed in Germany, where his wife Alice bore a son,serving as well in South Korea, Ft. Ord, CA (three times), Ft. Lewis, WA where I was born, and Ft. Benning, GA. At all of these posts he trained young men to serve our country. He served two tours in Vietnam, once an advisor with a South Vietnamese Army Battalion, both tours were near the end of his 23 year career.

He always taught us about our family roots at Pechanga, having helped to build the cabin on Hunter Lane in 1957 with his cousins and uncles. My first time on the reservation was when he served his first tour in Vietnam in 1966. My Aunt Tillie and Uncle Bars took my brother and me to spend time at the cabin. That was when you could still hunt on the rez, for rabbit and dove. He was proud to be Pechanga and he was happy that family members were able to bring us to the reservation while he was in Southeast Asia.  At that time, there were few homes on the reservation. It wasn't until after the casino came and many found out that they could avoid state income taxes did they move there ... or build there.

As it is Veteran’s Day, I’m proud to write about one of his achievements. This Pechanga warrior was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with “V” Device (valor).  His first tour was as an advisor to a South Vietnamese Unit, serving with two other Americans.  Since my scanner is down, I’ll re-type the citation here, but will have a copy linked as soon as I can, so there can be no "Rathergate" claims. Here's what the citation says:

Date action: 3 July 1967
Theater: Republic of Vietnam

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force: Sergeant First Class Cuevas distinguished himself by heroic action on 3 July 1967 while serving as Light Weapons Infantry Advisor to the 1st Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment, Army of the Republic of Vietnam.

On that date, the Viet Cong opened fire on the battalion headquarters compound with machinegun, small arms and 82mm mortar fire. Eight Vietnamese soldiers and dependents were seriously wounded during the initial phase of the attack and an aerial evacuation was requested. Sergeant Cuevas voluntarily proceeded to the helicopter landing area.

Sergeant Cuevas remained in the exposed area assisting in sorting the wounded and determining priority for evacuation. Only when all wounded personnel were safely aboard an aircraft and airborne did Sergeant Cuevas return to a safe position. As result of Sergeant Cuevas’s prompt and courageous efforts, the rapid and efficient evacuation of all wounded was accomplished. Sergeant First Class Cuevas’ heroic actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the military service.

Colonel, USA
Adjutant General

In a letter home to my mother, my father described what went on and his final reference to the above action which, by the way was his FIRST DAY there was;  " This made points with the troops, So I'm not in bad shape with the ARVN's." (Army of the Republic of Viet Nam)

My father was also awarded the Bronze Star. You don’t “win” these by the way. But he was proud of his service, proud that he was able to make young men ready to defend themselves and our country.

After surviving two tours in Vietnam and countless hours in the field training our military men, he died of a sudden heart attack in April 1979.

Sadly, he was never able to enjoy the largesse that came with the successful opening of the Pechanga Resort and Casino, which brought much needed funds to the reservation and our people. Conversely, he also was never able to feel the sting of seeing his birthright ripped from his family, which now includes five grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren by a "disenrollment" committee that included: Ruth Masiel, Ihrene Scearce, Frances Miranda and Bobbie LeMere. Pechanga proudly displayed his name as a Pechanga Veteran on their website, along with his brother and sisters, yet now, they also say, HE IS NOT PECHANGA. Pechanga has disrespected all their veterans by removing their veteran's page, because most of the veteran's were Hunters.

On July 13, 2006, on what would have been his 78th birthday, the Pechanga Tribal Council heard our family’s appeal of our unconstitutional disenrollment and later did not allow our appeal. Much of that story is written here on this blog.

My father always encouraged my brother and me to do our best, to do what is right and THAT is why we continue to fight for our rights and against the evil that has been done to our family. We may not be triumphant, but we will be successful in shining a light on the corruption in the tribe and forcing them to defend their disgraceful actions.

Dad, thank you for all that you gave to your family and to your country. I am proud to be your son. It is shameful that Pechanga doesn't reward your memory by following the rule of law and the will of the people. Even more scurrilous, the Pechanga Tribal Council has seen fit to remove it's page honoring tribal veterans.


Feel free to discuss YOUR family veterans in our comments.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017


Emilio Reyes, Tongva researcher, has a great post up in the DAILY KOS explaining his most recent FOIA lawsuits due to BIA failures to comply.

I have been conducting extensive research in the records of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (“BIA”) for many years now. During my five years of research, I’ve located important historical records that relate to my personal ancestry and other members of my tribe. Subsequently, I started researching many family lines in different tribes, including Pechanga, Pala, San Pasqual, who have been affected via tribal disenrollment. 

Friday, November 3, 2017

ELEM Citizens Lose in 9th Circuit

Sad news for some in the ELEM COMMUNITY:

This action is between two groups of the Elem Indian Colony Pomo Tribe (the Tribe), the “Brown faction” (plaintiffs) and the “Garcia Council” (defendants). Plaintiffs sued the Garcia Council over allegedly defamatory statements published in a notification that warned they would be disenrolled if the Tribe’s General Council found them guilty of specified crimes. The trial court ruled the lawsuit was barred by sovereign immunity and dismissed the complaint. We affirm

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Native American Heritage Month : THE PERFECT Time to RESTORE the Citizenship to Disenrolled Native Americans

This month-long holiday is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to pay homage to the important and numerous contributions of Native American people throughout the centuries.

Left unsaid is the issue of over 11,000 Native Americans who suffered the abuse of tribal disenrollment, moratoriums and banishment  at the hand of their own tribes.  This holiday month presents the PERFECT opportunity for tribes to restore their people to their rightful place in the tribe, to bring all the people home.

We have been writing this blog for over a decade. That's much too long for tribal people to be out in the wilderness and for too many young Native Americans to be born without their rightful heritage.

Each picture on my left sidebar tells a different story, there are also numerous links to tribal stories of their heritage and rights ripped by corrupt councils. the RIGHT THING this month, advocate for JUSTICE