Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Native Americans Challenge Their Invisibility in Society.

Some insightful wisdom in this video, about being invisible as an Indian. In light of the immature discussions this week on the Cleveland Chief Wahoo caricature issue and how some white sportscasters are now challenging Notre Dame's Fighting Irish mascot, as if the two compare.

From last year, but if you haven't watched it, haven't lived it.... At the 2:30 mark, watch what the outwardly African American woman says about, "one drop" of blood...
(h/t to my cousin Andrea for pointing this out to me)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based mascots

We wrote about this film project two years ago, amid the REDSKINS controversy.  And now, the Little brothers have gotten it together and available for screening.  Why is it that Native American mascotry is flourishing decades after Sambo depictions were wiped off the face of advertising?  Chief Wahoo is on the way out, how about we end all Native American mascotry and inappropriate signage?

“More Than a Word: A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins” analyzes the controversy over the Washington football team and its contentious name. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, the film presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the matter.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Indian Country Disaster: Tribal Disenrollments, Moratorium & Corruption

Over 11,000 Native Americans STRIPPED of citizenship
                                (Photo by Madeline Cuevas)

Learn about the corruption and abuses of civil rights of Native Americans by their OWN TRIBES.   

 This post has links to many stories that have ended with over 11,000 Indians, suffering harm from our tribes, coupled with the failure of the BIA/Federal Govts to handle their trust responsibilities.

Sharing each link means FEWER people can say "We didn't KNOW". There is a search bar on the upper left of the blog.

Learn More on Disenrollment in Indian  Country at these Links:


Yes, the PRESSURE on the Cleveland Indians to remove their racist caricature CHIEF WAHOO has yielded results:

The enlightened social mores of the mid-to-late 20th century have arrived with a vengeance in Cleveland, the New York Times reports:

The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Trump Administration Keeping EYE on the CORRUPTION at NOOKSACK and BOB KELLY has the story:

The Trump administration is continuing to assert oversight in a long-running and highly-charged leadership and disenrollment dispute within the Nooksack Tribe.
Some within the tribe expressed optimism after the Bureau of Indian Affairs reached an agreement last fall with Bob Kelly, the disputed chairman on the reservation in Washington state. The deal called for a new council election, one in which hundreds of people who were being kicked off the rolls were able to participate.
But hopes have been dashed since the December vote. The BIA has called more than 100 ballots into question, a number so large that it could sway the outcome of the results for the four council seats that were on the general election ballot.
"Our immediate reaction to the general election results was that the total vote count appeared to be about 100 votes too high," said Michelle Roberts, a tribal citizen who serves as a spokesperson for those who have clashed with Kelly and his faction. "It now appears to have been 126 votes too high. We have no doubt the election was a sham."
Separately, a former council member who opposed the disenrollment purge, has filed two lawsuits in connection with the struggle. In one, Carmen Tageant alleges she was "assaulted and battered" by the tribe's police chief earlier this month when she attempted to file as a candidate in an upcoming election. In the second, she says an unnamed individual has engaged in a "cyber-harassment" campaign against her by posting personal and threatening information about her online.
The lawsuit alleges the individual behind a Facebook profile is connected to Kelly and his faction. Some on the social media site believe the person controlling the "Keith Williams" account is actually Kelly, though there is little direct proof of that at this point.
According to the complaint, Tageant has "suffered severe emotional trauma. Ms. Tageant has been unable to sleep. Instead of focusing on her professional career, Ms. Tageant has had to worry about her safety and the safety of her seven children. She has had to work hard to repair her professional and personal reputations."

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Darrell Issa Who Remained Serially IGNORANT of Civil Rights Abuses in his District To RETIRE


Darrell Issa has never stood up for the civil and human rights of Native Americans who have been harmed by his rich tribal friends.   Today, he announced his retirement.   Sadly, it's NOT immediate.

We wrote about him here in 2008   Darrell Issa Screws Temecula Indians..  and other times throughout the disenrollment decade. He supported and sponsored a land grab by Mark Macarro's council which became a golf course built over the graves of our ancestors.

NO BIG LOSS, adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen Darrell.  Don't Let the Door Hit You In the Ass On the Way Out.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Should the Fight AGAINST Unjust Tribal Disenrollment Be Fought from ONE FRONT or MANY?

As we are nearing the next  and possibly final STOP DISENROLLMENT DAY
Do we fight?  
Do we hope?
Do we pray for justice or SEEK JUSTICE for our ancestors?

Do we wait and see while our elders die without justice? 

What say YOU?  What have YOU done to raise awareness?

I've been writing this blog to expose the corruption of Tribal Disenrollment for TEN YEARS.  As most of my regular readers know, my ancestor, Paulina Hunter was an Original Pechanga Indian, disenrolled 106 years after she walked on in death.