Wednesday, July 11, 2018


We posted the Daily Beast story earlier this week. It's only FAIR we post AHTNA's side here.

The Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) in Los Fresnos, TX has been in the news lately in connection with the ongoing national discussion regarding U.S. immigration policies. Ahtna Support and Training Services (AhtnaSTS)[1] has a contract to provide detention center services at PIDC, and a recent story by The Daily Beast contained several inaccuracies and misrepresentations about our management of this facility. We wanted to take a moment to clarify a few key facts – and address how the core values of our corporation with regard to respect, safety, quality and integrity guide every aspect of the important work we do at PIDC.

Native American Tribes CLASH with UC Over BONES, IGNORE the LIVING. Pechanga Accused of Theft of Ancestors

Cal Matters has an interesting article up today authored by Felicia Mello, this rebuttal of sorts, will be heavily linked by me and I'd love it if you'd take a look at them and share on social media:

Myra Masiel

As tribal archaeologist for the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Myra Masiel uses her UC Berkeley anthropology training daily. Her mission: track down skeletons of Native Californians extracted from gravesites over the last two centuries and shipped off to museums around the world, and return them to the tribe’s ancestral land near Temecula so they can be reburied with dignity.

OP: Masiel is part of Pechanga's Masiel Basquez Crime Family, which we documented. That family also has been determined to have falsified Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents while employed in the Riverside Office.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Emilio Reyes Victorious Against BIA WRONGDOING.

Good News against some bad activity from the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  Our friend EMILIO REYES has the news on his FACEBOOK PAGE

21,977 California Indian applications were approved under the act of 1928. About 584 applications were approved on the 1928 California Indian Judgment Roll as “Unknown Tribe,” 97 approved as “Tribe Not Given” 70 approved as “Mission Tribe” and 5 approved as “California Tribe.”

The BIA has wrongfully assigned some of these Native applicants in wrong tribes, changed their blood quantum, and have been withholding and redacting their historical errors.

Note: the records from the National Archives are inconsistent with BIA records on these 1928 applications.

Effective today, the BIA cannot redact or withheld any information on the 1928 applications and must show to the public, upon request, each applicant’s determined tribal affiliation and correct blood degree.

Monday, July 9, 2018

AHTNA Tribe Has a $800 Million Contract to Run ICE Detention Centers for TRUMP Administration

Photo from the Daily Beast
WHOA...  who will the NCAI BACK on this?  Trump or one of TRUMP's ally's in the "putting kids in a cage" issue?

THE NCAI certainly doesn't care about civil rights violations, do they

Ahtna, Inc. is one of a number of companies profiting off of the deportation of undocumented immigrants from the United States. Previous reporting by The Daily Beast has revealed that the federal government currently employs the services of several companies and charities bringing in millions of dollars off of the Trump administration’s treatment of immigrant families.
The Ahtna, who have also run immigrant detention centers in New York, Florida, and Arizona in addition to Port Isabel, fall under the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) umbrella, and Ahtna, Inc. is an Alaska Native Regional Corporation established by Congress under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971.

Monday, June 25, 2018

How To Contact YOUR Senators and other Representatives: VOICE YOUR OPINION

Too much is going on to stay silent, whether it's a native issue of tribal disenrollment, or violations of civil and human rights at our borders.  GET INVOLVED. 

Our elected representatives in Sacramento and in Washington D.C. need to be made aware of this situation. Letters, phone calls and faxes are the most effective - emails just get lost

The point is that they are elected to address our concerns, if they hear from enough people, they will become aware. We are the voters - we have the power --
Yes this may cost a few stamps and long distance phone calls --

Another option is to find and join one of your local Democratic clubs and put the issue to them, and ask if they will take action.
Find some here:


Our California U.S. Senators are Kamala Harris and Diane Feinstein --
Contact their field offices, (not the D.C. Offices)

Ask for hearings and investigations into the civil rights abuses and enforcement of the Native American Civil Rights Act

Senator Kamala Harris
Los Angeles Office
11845 West Olympic Boulevard, Suite 1250W
Los Angeles, CA 90064
Phone (310) 231 - 4494
Fax (202) 224 - 0357

Senator Diane Feinstein
San Diego local office
750 B Street, Suite 1030
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: (619) 231-9712
Fax: (619) 231-1108

FInd your U.S. Congressmen in Washington DC, and your State legislators in Sacto here:  type in your zip code -- then click on 'contact' when the reps name comes up it will give you mailing addresses and phone numbers
for congressmen - contact the local field office - it takes ages for anything to be read as far as mail in DC phone calls to DC would be okay - but letters take too much time.

For the state representatives, contact the local field offices and their Sacto offices

I would also suggest contacting state attorney general Xavier Becerra's  Sacramento office

Attorney General's Office
California Department of Justice
Attn: Public Inquiry UnitP.O. Box 944255 Sacramento, CA 94244
(916) 322-3360 or
(Toll-free in CA)
(800) 952-5225

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians, a group which has STUDIOUSLY avoided the horrible civil and human rights abuses of many of his member tribes. Including  Pechanga, Hopland, Pala, Chukchansi, Redding Rancheria,  which we have noted many times, including this article by Dr. David Wilkins, should be congratulated for coming out against the human rights abuses of America.

At the same time, we encourage Mr. Keel, to LOOK WITHIN, and speak out for those that have had their tribal citizenship STRIPPED, their elders abused and the apartheid and segregation on many tribal reservation under his sphere of influence.

Get YOUR MEMBERS to live the moral values our nations proclaim to embody, Mr. Keel, and erase the MORAL STAIN of Tribal Disenrollment

Friday, June 15, 2018

BIA CORRUPTION Lawuit: TRUE San Pasqual Indians Get Their Day in Court

The attorney for the True San Pasqual Indians has announced the court date for their trial against the Dept. of Interior for their failures. July 19th in San Diego Federal Court.

Jose Juan

Alexandra McIntosh:

This will be the first time that the true San Pasqual Indians, collectively, have been in court to defend themselves since 1878, when your ancestors were ejected from your aboriginal land. 

However, it is the first time since 1850 that you have been able to have a voice in a California court as the San Pasqual Indians! It goes without saying that this is historic, no matter what the outcome.

So you are more than welcome to pack the court room, but I am sure I need not say . . . . but I will . . . you must be respectful no matter what the outcome.

Second: If you are interested, I would like to take you to show you where Jose Juan, Modesta, and your family members actually executed their 1928 California Indian Applications that have created so much controversy for not only the true San Pasqual Indians, but also nearly each and every Native in California .

I can show you exactly where your ancestors stood on that date before Wadsworth. If you are interested, we will set a time and I will meet you prior to the hearing, which is in a different building, but near by to the hearing in Judge Battaglia's court room

OP:  We hope this effort is successful. The corruption at the BIA is STAGGERING.  True San Pasqual Indians wait for JUSTICE, while white people are in charge of the tribe.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Pechanga and Pala Tribe's Disenrollment Stories Strikingly Similar: Tribal Heritage Erased and Citizenship Terminated.

PALA vs. Pechanga in the race to eliminate Indians.  Pechanga Resort & Casino has brought good fortune but that wasn't enough for some.  Greed won out over honor and tribal history.

Two casino tribes from Temecula the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and the Pala Band of Mission Indians in Valley Center, both related in Luiseno heritage, have affected their membership's lives by stripping tribal citizenship and erasing their heritage.

KCBS Channel 2 reporter CRISTY FAJARDO reports on disenrollment for greed and power tonight. Pay special attention as to how WEAK the responses are from the two tribal chairmen, Mark Macarro and Robert Smith .  They can lie and obfuscate with ease, because they know that nobody will put them in check.

Here is the video, PLEASE watch and share..

Nooksack Election FRAUDULENT and Dept. of Interior FAILED to Uphold Their Duties

Nooksack Tribal Election FRAUDULENT

Four Nooksack tribal council candidates who lost in a December special election filed suit Wednesday in Washington federal court, Law360 reports. The suit, filed by the Galanda Broadman law firm is alleging the U.S. Department of the Interior did not properly oversee the election that they said was fraudulent and likely included ballot stuffing.

The suit is the latest in a long-running dispute over who runs the Nooksack tribe and has a say in tribal matters. Candidates Robert Doucette, Bernadine Roberts and others said that the federal government under the Trump administration abandoned its oversight responsibilities when it accepted the special election results despite allegations that rules were improperly changed and the result could not be trusted, according to the complaint.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018 on TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT: The Fight Over Who’s a “Real Indian” Pechanga Casino Tribe a Focus

Jaime Dunaway has an extensive piece on disenrollment in . From an interview we did in APRIL:

.. California’s Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, owners of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA ,  whose tribal council sought to consolidate power by targeting political opponents through disenrollment. “It was simply a political issue,” said Rick Cuevas, who was dismissed from the tribe, along with nearly 100 extended family members, after the council posthumously disenrolled his ancestor in 2006. “There were votes they couldn’t control. It’s not just about the money. It’s about power and control.”

Unlike Crandell, Cuevas’ relatives were allowed to remain on the reservation—in the house that his father {HELPED} built in 1957—albeit without access to tribal resources, such as health care, housing grants, and other benefits provided by the federal government, which were annulled in the disenrollment proceedings. “They’re basically living under an apartheid system,” he said.

“They can’t go to the park without a tribal member. They can’t drink out of the water fountains. They can’t go to the pool. That’s segregation.”


Monday, June 11, 2018

Tribal Disenrollment: CRUEL and UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT?

The author Julia Stinson, here is talking about tribal disenrollment due to criminal activity.  But in our case at Pechanga, we had criminals working to disenroll us.   If it's cruel and unusual to disenroll for a crime, isn't it even MORE cruel to disenroll over disagreements, or political opposition?

In the past two decades, Native American tribes have disenrolled (OVER 11,000 )—permanently removed from tribal citizenship—thousands of tribal members, mainly because of lineage concerns or for political reasons. In these instances, scholars generally decry disenrollment. But there is a growing trend to disenroll tribal citizens for criminal conduct, and scholars (and even tribal members themselves) assume this is proper. This paper argues that tribal disenrollment for criminal conduct violates the Indian Civil Rights Act’s prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.

The Supreme Court held that denationalization as a result of criminal conduct is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth Amendment. Congress applied that same prohibition to Native American tribes in the Indian Civil Rights Act. And traditionally, tribes, who had the inherent power to impose any sanction necessary, focused on restoring harmony rather than punishing offenders; permanent expulsion was almost never imposed. Tribes are nations, and tribal membership is a voluntary compact equivalent in all meaningful respects to United States citizenship—hence, tribes cannot disenroll members for criminal behavior. Yet Congress also severely limited tribes’ ability to punish criminal defendants by capping incarceration at one year, and crime in Indian country is a significant problem. To allow tribes to battle crime and yet protect against cruel and unusual punishment, Congress should remove the limit on incarceration and individual tribal members can decide whether they are willing to submit to their tribe’s inherent power—and greater sentences—or voluntarily renounce their tribal citizenship.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs APPROVES Alaska Native TARA SWEENEYS Nomination to ASIA

AS-IA Nominee
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs today approved Tara Sweeney's nomination as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs  (AS-IA), now headed to FLOOR VOTE.  VIRTUALLY NO OPPOSITION, says Sen. Murkowski from Alaska. She also says there should be UNANIMOUS CONSENT for approval.


MEDIA recognizes her FAKERY in news of REAL Native American candidate from New Mexico Deb Haaland's primary victory.
Congratulations to Deb Haaland for her victory last night in the primary for New Mexico’s heavily Democrat 1st Congressional District. Haaland, who is Native American, will “likely” be the first Native American congresswoman to serve:

Monday, June 4, 2018


Our friend EMILIO REYES has won a victory against the Department of the Interior! Emilio writes:

“Motion for Costs” on one of the pending FOIA lawsuits was granted by the Court and no opposition will be filed by the Government. Which means, I am now awaiting payment from the United States Attorney’s Office on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Great things happen when you’re passionate and do things with a humble heart and life always pays back the good actions.  

This PROMISES to be one of MANY.  The BIA/Dept. of Interior has screwed up so much, it HAS TO BE DELIBERATE....  STAY TUNED

Denise Quitiquit, Robinson Rancheria Native Activist Walks On.

Sad news from Indian Country  Denise Quitiquit, longtime Native American Activist, and once disenrolled from the Robinson Rancheria, and since restored to tribal member, has walked on

Denise Quitiquit
As an activist, along with her late sister Luwana, she was among the first group that occupied Alcatraz Island in 1969. In 1996, she joined the “Longest Walk-Free Leonard Peltier” and walked from California to Washington, DC. During that time on her travels to New York, she was invited to read the poetry of Jack Kerouac at an annual festival.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Genízaros: NATIVE AMERICAN SLAVES, Which Were Captured and Native Americans

Forgotten history of a shameful period in Native American history.  Native American SLAVES own by the Spanish settlers in New Mexico.  SOLD to them by Native Americans.  We've oft told the story of the Cherokee slaves, who evolved into the Freedmen of the five civilized tribes.  In fact just recently we wrote about how those descendants are often ignored in the commemorations of the Trail of Tears.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

REMEMBER THE REMOVAL: Cherokee Youth take part in annual Trail of Tears ride MISSING the SLAVE's Ancestors That Were Dragged on the Trail

Riders from Remember the Removal
This event commemorates the 180th anniversary of this horrible event. Here's the description from Cherokee Chief Bill John Baker. Full Story and pictures at  NOTICE WHAT'S MISSING? see below

Thursday, May 31, 2018


After losing an initial challenge in February to the Interior Department’s decision to set aside land for a tribal casino, a nonprofit scored a rare court victory that will allow it to assess whether the government wrongly withheld documents from the court record.

Disenrollment Demands Serious Attention from ALL SOVEREIGN NATIONS, Including the Federal Government

Attorney Ryan Seelau had an essay in Indian Country Today  in 2013 on the issue of the harmful action of tribal disenrollment foisted upon thousands of Native Americans by their own tribes.  How much has changed? Graton Rancheria has ended disenrollments, Enterprise Rancheria and the Robinson Rancheria have brought people home where they belong.   Still, 11,000 are without justice, and tribal people are either unwilling or afraid to DO THE RIGHT THING.......what is the answer?

Before I go any further, let me be very clear about something. 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Support FEDERAL RECOGNITION for the NEWE TONGVA NATION. Gabrielino was erroneously omitted from the list of entities eligible to receive services


The Newe Tongva Nation, a band of Gabrielino Indians, led by Chairman Ronnie Fierro is seeking federal recognition, demanding in the California Southern District Court for federal recognition of the Tribe.

The Tribe is not requesting review under the acknowledgement process at 25 C.F.R. Part 83 because the Tribe was and continues to be federally recognized. Gabrielino was erroneously omitted from the list of entities eligible to receive services from the BIA brownshirts in error.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Barbara Murphy, Architect of the Redding Rancheria's Disenrollment of the FOREMAN FAMILY, WALKS ON

Barbara Murphy

Barbara Murphy, a former chairwoman and respected elder of the Redding Rancheria, passed away on May 8. She was 79.  May her soul find the peace that in life, she ripped away from Bob Foreman and his family, via disenrollment

Murphy served as chairwoman for several years and as chief executive officer of the tribe for 16 years, according to a tribal press release.

Murphy also was a reminder of a darker era in federal policy. As the last living survivor of the termination era, she was one of the 17 original distributees who helped keep the community together after the United States ended its government-to-government relationship with the tribe.

Darker STILL was the fact that she was a leader in the movement to disenroll the family of the tribe's FIRST Chairman, Robert Foreman  whose story we tell often.

It's not honorable to disrespect the dead. but it's also dishonorable to not tell the truth about what happened.......

RIP Barbara Murphy, may nobody EVER ask to dig up your body, like you had Virginia Timmon's remains exhumed for a DNA test, and then disregarded the information......

RIPPING CHILDREN from their Parents is NOT a New Phenomenon. Native Children were STOLEN and FORCED to ATTEND BOARDING SCHOOLS

In the news is the stories of children of illegal immigrants being "RIPPED" from their families by Donald Trump.  Missing from those news stories is that his predecessor Barack Obama ripped thousands of children from their parents too.

Carlisle Boarding School

CA Senate Candidates WOEFULLY IGNORANT of Native Issues in Their State

This past week, we learned how WOEFULLY IGNORANT many of California's Senate Candidates are about Native American Issues.

Interesting project from AC that I found on Facebook, he's kindly given permission to post.  He reached out to a number of candidates for U.S. Senator in California's upcoming primary election. Here is what some of them had to say about the government-to-government relationship between Indian tribes and the United States, of which CALIFORNIA has 109:

Really Tom?  How so?

Admitting you know nothing is honest

Monday, May 28, 2018

New Nooksack Chairman: 306 should QUIT fighting for THEIR RIGHTS, THEY Ain't GONNA GET THEM

Nooksack 306
compared to DOGS by new chairman

As far as I’m concerned, the battle with the 306 is now over,” said the Nooksack’s new chairman, speaking of the hundreds of people the tribe considers disenrolled. He now plans to get them to “move along,” even as they continue fighting and making startling allegations.

Ross Cline Sr., embezzler and felon, two weeks into his new role of Nooksack tribal chairman, knows things have been bad.

Council members stopped holding public meetings. The previous chairman was nowhere to be seen. And he could feel the tension as he walked around tribal neighborhoods east of Bellingham.

“You’re afraid to say hi. You don’t know who’s your enemy.”  (how about LOOKING IN THE FREAKING MIRROR, Mr. New Chairman, SAME as the OLD CHAIRMAN....

The reason for all this is the long-running fight in this tiny tribe of roughly 2,000 over whether some 300 members should be kicked out. The tribal government’s attempt to do so became a symbol of tribal disenrollment nationwide and unraveled in such a tumultuous and legally suspect way that federal and state authorities paused millions of dollars in funding.

Learn More on Disenrollment and Ethnic Cleansing in Indian Gaming Country at these Links:
Gaming Revenue Blamed for Disenrollment
Disenrollment is paper Genocide
Read the ICT article on NOOKSACK here
CA Tribal Cleansing
TRIBAL TERRORISM includes Banishment
Nooksack Disenrollment

Friday, May 18, 2018


TOO GOOD NOT TO POST the only thing missing is another democrat calling Shiva a (red dot Indian, not a whoo whoo Indian) :

A self-described "real Indian" who is running against Mass. Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren is suing after city officials demanded he take down his signs calling her a "fake Indian."

The upstart independent Senate challenger, Shiva Ayyadurai, on Sunday filed a federal lawsuit alleging that the demand from the city of Cambridge violates his constitutional free speech rights, according to The Washington Times.

Since March 17, Ayyadurai's campaign bus has sported two identical signs picturing himself and a rendition of Warren wearing Indian attire. Emblazoned next to the images are the words: "Only a REAL INDIAN Can Defeat the Fake Indian."

The bus has reportedly been stationed in a parking lot in front of an office building owned by Ayyadurai, who faces exceptionally long odds, for more than a month -- just a mile from Warren's home.

Monday, April 30, 2018

Tribal Membership: It's NOT the P.T.A or Kiwanis, Yet Tribal Leaders Revoke Memberships Like it Doesn't Matter

Me and Mrs. OP are on vacation for three weeks, I will try to post new articles, but will bring some older articles forward for our new readers.  PLEASE, visit my blog often, share on social media and ask family and friends to do the same:  

From 2011:

The process of determining who is a legitimate member of an Indian nation is inherently an emotional one, and never more so than when tribes are expelling members, as has been happening quite a bit of late locally.
At those tribes with successful casinos, quite a bit of money can be at stake (in addition to issues of self-identity and family ties) ---- and so it's no surprise that lawyers are getting involved. Or at least wanting to get involved.
Outside of tribal courts, each of which sets its own rules, those being expelled have no legal right to appeal ---- something a group of recently expelled members from Pala want Congress to change.
We believe this would be a mistake.
The Indian tribes are best suited themselves to determine their own eligibility standards and rules. Just as it would be highly inappropriate (not to mention unconstitutional) for the government to pass laws determining how religions admit (or expel) members, so should tribal membership be left alone. 

Friday, April 27, 2018

B.I.A. Director Bryan Rice RESIGNS after Only 6 Months

Bryan Rice has resigned just six months after Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed him to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 It is our policy not to discuss DOI personnel matters in the press,” BIA spokeswoman Nedra Darling said in an email. She ignored follow-up questions about whether Rice was still employed.

The resignation comes roughly two weeks after the agency’s internal watchdog concluded that poor Interior Department staff record keeping made it impossible to determine if the reassignment of dozens of senior agency staff last year was legal. 

Zinke's Comment doesn't Age well:

When Zinke announced Rice as his choice to lead the bureau in October, he said the veteran Interior official “has a wealth of management expertise and experience that will well serve Indian Country.”

“I have full confidence that Bryan is the right person at this pivotal time as we work to renew the department’s focus on self-determination and self-governance, give power back to the tribes, and provide real meaning to the concept of tribal sovereignty,” Zinke said.

Rice is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and previously led Interior’s Office of Wildland Fire beginning under the Obama administration in 2016.

9th Circuit RULES NLRA APPLIES to TRIBAL CASINOS in Casino Pauma Case

A U.S. appeals court says employees at Native American casinos can receive protection under a federal labor law.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously on Thursday that federal officials reasonably concluded that the National Labor Relations Act applies to tribal employers. The judges said the law does not violate tribes' right to self-government.

The decision came in a fight over efforts to unionize employees at Casino Pauma, a Southern California casino owned by the Pauma Band of Mission Indians. A judge ruled in 2015 that the tribe committed unfair labor practices under the NLRA when it tried to stop the distribution of union leaflets.

The 9th Circuit upheld that ruling.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Trump To Strike a BLOW at Tribal Sovereignty in Medicaid Requirements?

Trump Administration LOGO

After over a decade of disenrollments, abusing over 11,000 Native Americans (Tribes saying, THAT's okay, WE can do it) Now they don't like it when someone else is doing the abusing.

In this Teen Vogue op-ed, Ruth H. Hopkins (Cankudutawin-Red Road Woman), a Dakota/Lakota Sioux writer, biologist, attorney, and former tribal judge, explains how the Trump administration is trying to remove the classification that designates Native tribes as unique nations

Under the guise of Medicaid reform, it was reported by Politico on April 22 that the Trump administration is considering steps that would undermine the United States Constitution and upend hundreds of years of federal Indian law court precedent by dismantling federal recognition of tribal sovereignty, which acknowledges tribes’ right to govern themselves.

They have denied requests by tribal leaders to grant natives exemption from new Medicaid work requirements by disregarding tribes’ distinct political status as native nations and changing their designation to a racial group only, thereby making such an exemption a potential illegal racial preference. This action breaches the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution, that says that treaties with tribes are the supreme law of the land, and shirks the government’s legal responsibility to provide health care for tribal citizens.

Native nations have existed for millennia on the North American continent as distinct Indigenous groups. The federal government currently acknowledges the existence of at least 567 tribes located in the U.S., although there are more that are recognized by states. The federal government officially recognizes these tribes’ through treaty, and most recently, through a regulatory process established by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1978

Trump’s apparent decision comes from the President’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and would suddenly eliminate treaty and trust obligations owed these tribes by removing their distinct classification as sovereign political entities and instead recategorize natives as a race only.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


Another crack in the sovereignty dam. 

Organized labor managed an increasingly rare feat on Monday — a political victory — when its allies turned back a Senate measure aimed at rolling back labor rights on tribal lands.

The legislation, called the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act, would have exempted enterprises owned and operated by Native American tribes from federal labor standards, even for employees who were not tribal citizens.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O. said passage of the measure, the subject of several years of tribal lobbying, would have amounted to the most aggressive erosion of labor protections since 1940s.

A package of bills containing the measure fell five votes short of the 60 needed to break a filibuster.

CATHOLIC CHURCH and Native American Tribe Reach Consensus

After centuries of abuse of Native Americans, Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez signed 17 new protocols in March that serve as guidelines for churches and their institutions to welcome and include Native Americans of California.

The protocols include a range of topics, including the prohibition of using Native American burial sites as construction sites, allowing events that involve the formal participation of Native Americans to use a traditional blessing with a sacred herb, and specifically stating that Native Americans are not to be invited to events "merely for purposes of demonstration or cultural expression but for appropriate, full and active participation."

Twice the church has apologized for the treatment and punishment of Native Americans by Catholics, as well as the spread of disease to tribes by Westerners.

Read MORE of the story HERE

Monday, April 16, 2018

Courts SAYS NO to Disenrolling Tribe: GUIDIVILLE RANCHERIA WILL NOT GET CASINO 100 Miles Away From Ancestral Lands

Despite the fact that its reservation is situated 100 miles to the north, in Ukiah, Mendocino County, the Guidiville Rancheria claimed the Point Molate promontory should be transferred to the tribe under the “restored lands” provision of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act. The tribe said its ancestors had once inhabited the Bay hundreds of years ago.

Read the whole story here

CA Senator Dianne Feinstein and former Senator Barbara Boxer were against the casino plan for Point Molate, which we wrote about in 2009.

Guidiville is a tribe, one of many which has disenrolled over 11,000 Native Americans, stripping rightful members of their Native identity.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Nooksack's Nabob Ne'er Do Well kNOCKED OUT: BOB KELLY fails to advance in Election

Karma is a bitch, as Nooksack Tribal Chairman Bob Kelly found out this week.

After years of abuse of his own tribe's members, racist attacks on the Nooksack 306 and being such a poor leader that the federal government had to step in, was eliminated from contention as tribal chairman.

3rd place in the primary, shows how little the tribe thinks of him anymore. CAN THE TRIBE get on the right track and follow the leads of the Enterprise Rancheria and Graton Rancheria in bringing the tribe together again?

3rd place and not a SINGLE 306 vote?  Can we HOPE for JUSTICE?

Friday, April 6, 2018


Congressman Doug LaMalfa, who co-sponsored a thieving water rights bill for an APARTHEID TRIBE, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians recently introduced a bill to reinvent a terminated Rancheria as California's largest tribe with a reservation anywhere within Siskiyou County. 

Doug LaMalfa
Shady thinking?

Disturbingly, the bill’s proponents have no lineal connection to the original Rancheria.  They are led by a Chico attorney — Tahj Gomes — who in 2016 identified himself in county minutes as the “Shasta Nation Etna Band Chair” but a few months later he testified to Congress that he was the “Chairman of the Ruffey Rancheria.”  OP:  LOL! Doesn't know WHO he

When a lawyer tells the county one story but Congress another, you start to ask questions. We, along with numerous tribes within California and Oregon have done so, resulting in the congressional record swelling to 13 letters exceeding 200 pages of materials.

What we do know is that the original Rancheria’s namesake — Old Man Ruffey — was documented by the Department of Interior in 1905 as a landless Karuk Indian living in Etna. In 1907, DOI purchased land in Etna and created the Ruffey Rancheria for Old Man Ruffey and others. In 1961, Congress ended its federal relationship with the Ruffey Rancheria and distributed its 441-acre reservation to the four remaining members who were Karuk relations of Old Man Ruffey. Those four members of the Ruffy Rancheria are deceased and it’s unknown whether they had children.

Nelson Mandela is Dead, his wife WINNIE is DEAD, They Worked to End Apartheid in South Africa. Sad that Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Practices Apartheid On Their Reservation.

Winnie Mandela is dead at 81, a member of South Africa's parliament and anti apartheid activist.

WE STILL have APARTHEID in CALIFORNIA, under Democrat leadership on tribal reservation...

Wednesday, April 4, 2018


Isn't this rich? 

Porcine Pala Chairman Robert Smith's tribe, wants to tell a sovereign nation what to do, but remember when HE didn't need to produce evidence on disenrollment because PALA was sovereign?

Late this summer, a proposal to build 780 homes just north of state Route 76 and across the highway from the Pala Casino Resort & Spa will go before county planners and ultimately the Board of Supervisors or approval.

The developer, Ali Shapouri, has been working on the plans for his Warner Ranch project for 13 years and bases almost everything on a single concept — that thousands of casino and resort workers in North County (Pala, Pauma, Rincon, Valley View) drive great distances between their work and their homes.

But Pala is an Indian reservation and is technically a sovereign nation.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Gabriel Galanda Delivers Speech on Due Process for ALL Native Americans Targeted for Disenrollment to NATIONAL NATIVE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION at TALKING STICK Resort

Ethics in Indian Country Law should NOT be an OXYMORON...

Gabriel Galanda
Champion for Native Justice

On Wednesday, April 4, 2017, at the National Native American Bar Association's (NNABA) Annual Meeting, which is being held in conjunction with the Federal Bar Association's 2018 Indian Law Conference, at TALKING STICK RESORT, Gabe Galanda will deliver the "Update on NNABA Formal Ethics Opinion No. 1: 'Ensuring Due Process For All Native Americans Targeted For Disenrollment.'"

Judge William Alsup Rules ELEM COLONY Can Bully, Threaten and Banish Members

 A California federal judge on Saturday tossed a suit by members of the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria over their alleged disenrollment, saying that a political struggle between the parties for control of the tribe didn’t offer the members access to habeas corpus relief under the Indian Civil Rights Act.

Adrian John Sr. and the other tribe-member plaintiffs had sought a writ of habeas corpus to prevent restraint of their liberty, claiming that the Elem Colony Tribal Council had tried to disenroll and banish them and that they remained under threat of being removed from the tribe’s California reservation.

In an order dismissing the case Saturday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup agreed with the tribal council that the members hadn’t shown their treatment by the tribal officials, based mostly on documents sent by the tribe in 2016 threatening them with disenrollment, reached the level of a “severe restraint” permitting habeas relief under the ICRA.

Thursday, March 29, 2018


My late cousin James Appel wrote this in 2010.  It's an example of what was written before in Like Being Raped and Going to your Rapist for Justice   

What happens when people who are your accusers, people that have always hated your family, become not only your accusers, but are also your judge and jury?
Pechanga Tribe Disenrolled
25% of the population

It is a fact that our ancestor Paulina Hunter was an Indian that lived in the original Temecula Indian village. She was also recognized by members of that tribe as a member via witnessed and certified documents of that period.

She was evicted along with the rest of the tribe from that village and moved to the area known as Pechanga to live with them. One of the most revered and respected members of the Tribe most recently wrote before his death in a signed and witnessed document stating that he knew her personally as a member of the tribe.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

USSC Stand Silent to the ABUSE of Tribal Members By Tribal Governments in Denying Cert For Jessica Tavares vs. United Auburn

OK to ABUSE Tribal Members
said 9th Circuit

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday continues to avoid cases involving Native American issues — including one challenging a decision backing the United Auburn Indian Community’s right to banish a member from tribal land

The justices denied a petition for writ of certiorari from UAIC member Jessica Tavares that asked the high court to reverse a split Ninth Circuit panel’s March 2017 ruling that her banishment from some lands on the tribe’s California reservation for a limited time didn’t violate the Indian Civil Rights Act.

Fred J. Hiestand, an attorney for Tavares, expressed dissatisfaction with the Supreme Court's denial.

Seattle Councilperson DEBORA JUAREZ Speaks out AGAINST DISENROLLMENT. WHO will stand up NEXT?

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 When people of prominence speak out...more will listen.   SPEAK OUT!  
Wise words from (emphasis mine) Seattle's City Councilperson Debora Juarez, the first Native American elected to Seattle's City Council.  A member of the Blackfeet Nation. From 2016 (
h/tip Gabe Galanda)

Disenrollment is tantamount to relinquishment of my Birthright.   But unlike relinquishment of parental rights, disenrollment is based on no fault of my own.

Disenrollment is a decision to steal from me my own Creator-given DNA, my spark, my own gift. I understand.

Because, as an Indian Mother who gave up an Indian Son, it feels eerily reminiscent of a day 39 years ago.

He was there. Then taken from my arms. Then gone.  I never again had any say.

Disenrollment is like a unilateral politically motivated divorce or forced adoption.  It is like a relinquishment of parental rights, yet with no due process. 

Monday, March 26, 2018

Disenrolled Indians Can Lose FEDERAL Benefits When Stripped of Tribal Citizenship

An August 2007 story in Capitol Weekly still rings true, and sadly, has expanded out of California.
Individual Indian tribes are the sole arbiter of who is and is not a member. But members who are disenrolled from tribes can lose their access to federal benefits, as well, including housing, education, health care and welfare.
Nationwide, thousands of Indians have been kicked out of tribes in recent years. Most of these disenrollments have happened in the years since the advent of tribal casino gaming. Many tribes say their numbers swelled as non-members sought entry into the tribe, and they are dealing with backlogs of illegitimate tribal applicants.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nooksack Police Chief Michael Ashby SUED for Assault On Nooksack Tribal Council Member

Carmen Tageant
The Seattle law firm Galanda Broadman leads the case.
Tageant alleges that Ashby, formerly a police officer with the Ferndale Police Department, physically assaulted and battered her in Deming as she attempted to file for reelection to the council a few months ago.
“As Ms. Tageant approached the front door of the Elections Board Office, defendant Ashby saw her, with application materials in hand, and locked the front door,” court documents state.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Mark Macarro: Native America's Vladimir Putin? Only the Numbers Are Different

Let's begin by saying what must be said:

Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is a strongman and a thug whose authoritarian regime rigs elections, has control of tribal media outlets,  regularly stamps out dissent, invades private property, lies to congress, disappears the opposition, abuses human rights, stinks of corruption and meddles in other nation's sovereignty-- including tribal casino opportunities, where he was the state SPOKESPERSON in pro-tribal casino referendums.

Vlad Putin
Russian Strongman

Mark Macarro
Pechanga Tribal Chairman

Is that any different that what Putin does in Russia? 

We have congresspeople and media up in arms for Trump congratulating Putin on his election victory, yet in Temecula, CA, we have our governor, local and national politicians like Darrell Issa and Ken Calvert and local media like the Riverside Press Enterprise regularly ignoring the civil and human rights violations of their tribal neighbor and attending functions at their casino and accepting ad monies.  Even the DNC and Hillary Clinton were Pro-Macarro. 

To add insult to injury, Native American entities that rise up against a nickname, are silent to the abuses of people like Macarro, even honoring them.

There are degrees of sin and crimes, surely, but where does a line be drawn?  How many does it have to happen to, TO BE WRONG? 

Apartheid?    Nope, okay.
Elder Abuse Nuh-uh, that's okay too.
Theft of Heritage? LOL, what's THAT?
Election Rigging? Child's play
Stripping Citizenship?   It could happen

If you get rid of your opposition and their votes, how can you lose? It's not murder Pechanga members fear, it's losing their share of casino profits, which can leave them penniless.  And Macarro knows it.

Trump phone Putin to "congratulate him on his victory", media pounces after ignoring the fact that Obama did the exact same thing.  Politicians stood up to apartheid in South Africa, yet stand idly by when it's in their own backyard. 

Thanks for NOTHING Senators FEINSTEIN and Harris (and Boxer before her) and thanks for NOTHING Governor Brown.  Failure to lead, failure to protect the defenseless and saluting corruption is your legacy.

Monday, March 19, 2018


Eric Enriquez, disenrolled from Pinoleville Pomo Nation, has a brutal essay in the Anderson Valley Advertiser on tribal corruption ,led by charter members of the Original Pechanga Native American Hall of Shame Leona Williams, and their BIA benefactors.
Leona Williams

We wrote about Pinoleville and their termination of the Tillie Hardwick family almost a DECADE ago...

In the article, Enriquez writes:

Thursday, March 15, 2018

New Scholarship on California Mission System: The TRUTH is being EXPOSED...the CHUMASH Rebellion

Such an an interesting, untold story of the abuses suffered by California's Native American tribes under the mission systems that those sugar cube mission models never tell.

The salmon-hued tower of Mission La Purisima looms over the pastoral grounds near Lompoc where generations of California fourth-graders field trip each year to learn about the state’s mission era and the people who called Purisima home centuries ago.
La Purisima Mission

But life at the mission wasn’t always so serene. Forced hard labor, deadly outbreaks of disease, and the prohibition of native languages were the reality for the Chumash Indians who lived there.

For anyone who visits La Purisima on March 16, the day marks the anniversary of a bloody battle.

Twila Barnes, Cherokee Genealogist Exposes Warren's Fraud on National Television

My friend, Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes, who writes the blog Thoughts from Polly's Granddaughter was on nationally televised show Tucker Carlson Tonight explaining how her work on Elizabeth Warren's ancestry, which you can find HERE, proves she is NOT Cherokee.

Let's hope other television shows want to get to the TRUTH, about Elizabeth Warren's IDENTITY THEFT.

Watch the video: