Thursday, August 30, 2018

Federal Recognition ISN'T ABOUT Getting A CASINO, Cultural Deprivation is REAL

My friend Emilio Reyes brought up some good points about lack of FEDERAL RECOGNITION of Native American Tribes.  Everyone thinks it's about getting a casino, but, NO as he explains

Being affiliated with the Tongva Tribe; a non-federally recognized tribe, deprives me from the following:

- The right to protect sacred sites, family graves and cultural objects. (NAGPRA)

- The protections guaranteed for my future children under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

- The right to to make and sell Native American Arts and Crafts (IACA)

- The right and freedom to practice traditional rights and cultural practices. (AIRFA)

- The right for services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (FITR)

All of the above is tantamount to being disenrolled and not recognized, let that sink in.

More links to Federal Recognition Issues:
BIA FAILS JUANENO People
JIM CROWFEATHER in INDIAN COUNTRY
Saginaw Chippewa Disenrolled Seek Federal Recognition
Casino Tribes AGAINST Federal Recognition Efforts

2 comments:

hauldinCaufield said...

Oh, come on now, you know damn well it's about getting a casino. If it were not and the federal government granted them recognition but without the opportunity for a casino would the Tongva accept? According to the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act of 1988 a tribe had to be federally recognized by that same year in order to have a casino; and yes there are tribes that have came into existence after that which have a casino. A Tongva casino in downtown LA would be extremely lucrative, so don't lie and say it's not about getting a casino.

Anonymous said...

Great comment! And that there was no response says a whole lot.