My Name is Rick Cuevas Since 2007 I Blog on Tribal Disenrollment, the Stripping of Tribal Citizenship
Disenrollment Destroys Kinship
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
BIA Slapped with ANOTHER LAWSUIT on PECHANGA RECORDS FAILURE
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.
During my research, I have uncovered many discrepancies in many agency records. Issues I’ve identified include blood quantum, tribal affiliations, adoptions, etc. The Bureau of Indian Affairs tends to make 2 to 3 copies of their records. Some records are kept in the National Archives and other records are kept in their repository, the American Indian Records Administration located in Kansas.