As Emilio reported to me:
In a previous court case, it was determined thru the Court that the BIA CANNOT withhold or redact 1928 CA Indian Applications related to the 1933 Indian Census Roll as they are in the public domain with no restrictions.
The Agency continues to be non-compliant to my FOIA requests, even after the previous win case. The records requested in this FOIA request pertain to a family allegedly claiming affiliation with the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians, but are listed in the early records as Cabazon Indians. Similar story is happening in other tribal bands such as the San Pasqual Band Of Mission Indians.
After a phone call, with Ms. Rogers, where he showed he obviously was well versed on FOIA requests, rules and compliance, was offered a chance to help on their upcoming procedures manual. Proving that the work begins when you are told NO. Do not let them beat YOU into submission. Please Read and SHARE.
Excellent work by my friend Emilio Reyes
Dear Mr. Reyes:Thank you for your request for IA FOIA Public Liaison Services. There are no special forms needed for requesting IA FOIA Public Liaison Services. However to better serve you and streamline our coordination you will need to provide and clarify the information you submitted to contain only the following:
- Your contact information (name, mailing address or e-mail address, daytime telephone number):
- A clear description of the issue or the assistance you seek from the IA FOIA Public Liaison (for example, a delay in receiving a response to your FOIA request or a denial of specific information)
- The name of the agency or agencies to which you submitted your request(s)
- The tracking/request/case number(s) assigned to your FOIA request(s) and/or appeal(s)
- Copies of all relevant correspondence between you and the Federal agency. Depending on where you are in the FOIA process, this material might include:
- Your FOIA request;
- The agency’s response to your request (including a response to a request for expedited processing or a fee waiver);
- Your administrative appeal letter; and
- The agency’s response to your appeal.Send your documents and information by:
Mail: Indian Affairs FOIA Public LiaisonU.S. Department of the InteriorAssistant Secretary - Indian AffairsFreedom of Information Act Office1849 C Street, NW, MS-4660-MIB, Washington, DC 20240Please note that the IA FOIA Public Liaison cannot:
- Address requests that are already in litigation
- Compel responsive action offices to release documents
- Review or process or FOIA requests or appeals
- Provide legal assistance
- Provide assistance outside the realm of FOIA, including state or local FOI matters, or underlying disputes with agencies (for example, administrative proceedings)If you have any questions about what you need to send, feel to email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.comSincerely,Jessica R. Rogers Indian Affairs FOIA Officer/Indian Affairs Public Liaison