There are over 11,000 Native Americans whose citizenship has been stripped by their tribes, with little exposure from the mainstream media. It's dismaying to many of us who have been on the front lines of the fight, to see a FAKE Native American Senator, get so much media attention for her cultural appropriation. GIVE Tribal DISENROLLMENT the attention MEDIA, NOT a FAKE INDIAN.
As my friend Michelle Hammock wrote about the disenrolled:
We have the blood, we have the named ancestors on government rolls and censuses, we have kinship, friendships, hands on, involved-ness, etc. But what disenrollees don't have, is an honest tribal government to protect their identities, their status, their homes, their ancestral rights to be who and what they are.
Another shameful offshoot of the Warren debacle, is the media trying to decide WHO is Native American. If you can link your family to the Cherokee on records for the tribe, dating prior to the 1820's...YOU can be a citizen of the tribe. My friend David Cornsilk from the Cherokee Tribe wrote in 2015:
Cherokees are among the best documented people in the world. We probably come in 3rd after royalty and Mormons. Very likely, we are claimed by many more. Our blood quantums range from 4/4 to 1/8192. All are embraced as equal, though not 100% Indian, they are 100% Cherokee. What all real Cherokees have in common is proof of ancestry whether they can enroll or not.
I have documented PROOF for my family that dates back to 1830 California Missions as documented in THE PADRONES , the record kept by the priests of the Mission San Luis Rey, from which MY Luiseno tribe, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians get their records. My ancestor, PAULINA HUNTER was determined to NOT be Pechanga, DESPITE the evidence, based on politics, and the corruption of power. The tribe actually gave more credence to a CHILD MOLESTER's hearsay, than they did their OWN PAID researcher.
Whom to believe, the FOREMOST authority on California Indians genealogy John Johnson or:
Ruth Masiel - uneducated homemaker, slept through one Hunter hearing, puppet of daughter Jennie Miranda
Bobbie LaMere - Casino employee, who got family members enrolled in a quid pro quo while a moratorium is in effect.
Ihrene Scearce - BIA clerk reprimanded for changing records, stole from tribe (as per Ed Burbee) and whose nephew was on the council deciding our fate via appeal
Frances Miranda - barely educated homemaker
Pechanga Chairman, the tyrannical Mark Macarro said "The insinuation that these actions are motivated by politics or profits is reprehensible. The fact is that disenrollments occurred long before Pechanga ever opened its gaming facility." OP: But never entire families of members, and their VOTES, both disenrollments coming just prior to elections which is DISENFRANCHISEMENT
GIVE DISENROLLMENT the attention MEDIA, NOT a FAKE INDIAN. And for those who think DNA is the answer, not so at the REDDING RANCHERIA as Carla Foreman Maslin told us..
Tribal Officials never produced a single piece of evidence to dispute my mother's maternal lineage and my family provided reams of legal and contemporary documents proving her mother was Virginia Timmons.
Tribal Council still required my family to provide genomic DNA from my deceased mother and grandmother to retain our tribal citizenship
Despite my family providing Tribal Council with DNA test results from two separate labs of 99.987% and 99.890%, proving by the legal standards established by the American Bar Association and the American Medical Associations that Lorena Butler and Virginia Timmons were mother and daughter, Tribal Council still stripped my family of our tribal citizenship