Thursday, March 28, 2019

Tribal Membership Revocations: Disenrolling For Dollars? It's about the $$, NOT Membership PALA CHUKCHANSI Nooksack Explored

Over a BILLION REASON$ to DI$ENROLL....

Dennis Whittlesey and Patrick Sullivan have an article on disenrollment, or here, called membership revocation due to casino money and discusses the corrupt activities at PALA, Nooksack and Chukchansi

Over the past several years, there have been a series of publicized tribal enrollment revocations of enrolled members - including former tribal leaders - and their entire families. While this phenomenon was extremely rare in the past, it is becoming increasingly and disturbingly common.

Many in Indian Country openly trace this activity from the date on which the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act became law in 1988 and tribes too often spending large amounts of their casino revenues in per capita payments to tribal members. In some cases, as tribal populations grew, revenue distributions were accordingly reduced to continue payments to all members. In other cases, the economic downturn that dates back to 2007-08 led to reduced casino revenues and, in turn, reduced individual payments. Still, many have linked dollar reductions in per capita payments to the increase in expelling members.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Saginaw Chippewa Appeals Panel Hearing Arguments on Families Disenrolled. New Hearings Requested.





A three-judge appeals panel heard arguments Wednesday morning concerning the status of two families who were disenrolled by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and whether those cases should be given a new community court hearing expanded to include expert testimony.
At the heart of both is whether there is documentation linking both families -- the Fowler/Wheaton family and the Ortiz/Perez family -- to Tribal rolls from the late 1800s.
The same panel will hear about a third family, the Alma family, early Wednesday afternoon. Sitting on the appeals court are Chief Justice Andrew Pyatskowit, Associate Justice Gregory Paulson and Associate Justice Carolyn Abeita.  
The Fowler/Wheaton hearing filled the courtroom Wednesday morning as family attorney Paula Fisher traced that family's linneage back to a woman named Jane or Julia David and whether that was the same woman who appeared on the 1891 membership roll as Jane David.
Shawn Frank, attorney for the Tribe, said that the claim of lineage was completed directly and required that the family make several assumptions not born out in evidence.
Similarly for the Ortiz/Perez family, the matter comes down to just who is the John Williams identified on a Tribal membership roll from around the turn of the 20th century.
 

Sunday, March 24, 2019

GET OVER DISENROLLMENT? F**K YOU! Says Hopland's Michelle Hammock:

Michelle Hammock Hopland Disenrolled

My friend Michelle Hammock, one of the HOPLAND 74 disenrolled has a powerful piece up on her webpage .  I was proud to share a podium with her in Sacramento as we shared our stories of disenrollment, I wrote about that here.  I ripped my speech up after hearing hers..

The act of disenrollment is an act of genocide, whether the Genocide Convention recognizes it as such or not. It removes the living and deceased identities of federally recognized individuals and strips them of their treaty rights, their tribal constitutional rights, and their legal identities. It breaks families apart and expires the identities of a group of people. It strips them of the federal protections afforded to only Native tribal people uniquely agreed upon with our dominantly white government.

And we are called hateful for decrying the acts. For calling it out and never letting it be forgotten. We are the hate filled ones that need to shut our mouths for the sake of other people’s reputations. We are told to get over it. We are told that because of “our” hate that no one would want us back. We are told that we are so blinded in hate that we cannot offer anything to our tribes.    And to that I say Fuck You!

Friday, March 22, 2019

Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker's Commemoration of Trail of Tear IGNORES the SLAVES THEY DRAGGED AS PROPERTY

Image from Vocativ.com

Baker's commemoration without a mention of their slave descendants is in full at INDIANZ.com  I have a few excerpts here.



On March 24 we commemorate the 180th anniversary of the end of the infamous Trail of Tears with a National Day of Remembrance.
On this day in 1839, the last detachment of our ancestors’ forced removal from their homelands in the southeast region of the United States occurred as they marched to Indian Territory, now Oklahoma. We remember and honor the sacrifices and untold hardships of our ancestors. Those who completed the trek and those who perished on that brutal journey will always remain in our hearts and in our minds.
AND
During the Trail of Tears, an estimated 4,000 Cherokees perished along the way, which represented about one quarter of our tribe. The grit and determination of our ancestors allowed them to not only survive adversity, despair and grief, but it empowered them to thrive. That sense of where we come from and who we are is deeply rooted in who we are as Cherokee people.
Their slaves ALSO PERISHED, and those who survived had despair and grief and yes, they thrived and fought their battles to VICTORY, 150 years after the Trail of Tears.  Read about the Cherokee Freemen History here and here 

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Lake Elsinore SUPER BLOOM BLOCKING PECHANGA RESORT & CASINO Traffic

Pechanga coughs up money to improve traffic flow to the casino after super bloom fans clog up the roads, delaying gamblers.
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PECHANGA – The Pechanga Tribal Council on Thursday, March 21 announced a grant of up to $100,000 to the City of Lake Elsinore to support the city’s efforts to aid with traffic control surrounding the “super bloom.”

Last weekend, more than 150,000 people were estimated to have visited the hillsides off of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore. On Sunday, March 17, local officials were forced to cut off access and stopped courtesy shuttles running to the flower-covered hills, calling the crowding “unbearable.”
“This natural wonder is a treasure to be enjoyed by Californians, but we need to be responsible about it,” said Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro.

“Elsinore is part of our ancestral territory, and we even have reservation lands there. We are pleased to support the city and our local partners to help better manage traffic control and public safety for the thousands of visitors enjoying the super bloom, as well as the local residents and commuters impacted by traffic conditions. Conservation and protection of our natural resources are important values to our tribe.”
The City of Lake Elsinore will be able to use the Pechanga grant funds for additional resources including law enforcement, traffic control, shuttles, public safety personnel, and super bloom area protection (OP:notice how that's LAST?)

“We are extremely grateful for this generous contribution from Pechanga,” said Mayor Steve Manos. “This will ensure we can continue to fund the resources and support needed to provide for the safety of our residents and visitors.” (OP: Notice how he doesn't mention the natural resources)

Monday, March 18, 2019

Nooksack 306 Youth, Kiana Hart Takes Down The EVILS of Disenrollment

Watch Kiana Hart, age 18, part of the Nooksack 306, from A.C. Davis High School and a  Senior, TAKE DOWN disenrollment and all of its evils, at a state level debate tournament at the University of Puget Sound.  THIS is what we need from our young people who are disenrolled.  Telling the stories of those affected by this scourge.   Well done Kiana



 

Movement to End 'Redface' Is Slow Say Native Americans

Standing Rock Sioux John Little:  
Doesn't hear widespread outrage over these images that many Native Americans find offensive, even as the country has spent most of the year coming to grips with blackface and racist imagery following the revelation of a racist photo on the Virginia governor's college yearbook page. Since then, new examples have surfaced regularly, most recently a TV host who painted her face brown in a parody of Oscar-nominated Mexican actress Yalitza Aparicio.
"These are everyday realities for Native people," said Little
READ THE FULL STORY          

Saturday, March 16, 2019

21st Century Indian Wars Has 11,000 Casualties and Growing

On Tribal Disenrollments and the Beginning of the End of Sovereignty



In the 21st .Century, who would have thought that the Indian Wars would begin anew? This is not the war of racist whites who wanted to move west no matter who was hurt. This time, it's greedy Indians who want more power and more money, no matter which tribal members they hurt. The 21st century Indian War is now Indian vs. Indian. Tribes such as Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indiansof Temecula, Redding Rancheria, Jamul of San Diego, Enterprise Rancheria (OP:Which recently brought some members and ancestors back) are violating their members civil rights, eliminating them from tribal rolls and denying them their part of the tribe. Over ELEVEN THOUSAND Indians have had their citizenship stripped

And because of California Tribe's use of sovereignty, it can be "we just don't like you" or "we don't believe the evidence" (are you going to believe me or your lying eyes?), In California's Indian Country, wealthy casino tribes are gorging themselves with cash, the fruits of their casino, thanks to laws passed by the citizens of California. Prop 1A and Prop. 5 were passed overwhelmingly, thanks to ads that promised not to expand gaming and to help tribes with self reliance. Was abusing their people's rights what they meant by that?

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Disenrollment for GREED and POWER, At Pechanga The Theft of Per Capita is nearing ONE BILLION DOLLARS


STILL THINK That TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT IS NOT ABOUT THE MONEY?


Anthony Broadman 
of the prestigious Galanda Broadman law firm just wrote about tribal disenrollment for greed and power  so let's explore a little Pechanga greed and power.

Since 2006, the year of our disenrollment, the Hunter family has lost $3,484,000 per person, in per capita payments alone. We arrived at that figure by taking the last full year of per capita $268,000/12 months ($22,333) and multiplying that loss times 156 months of disenrollment (13 years). 95 adults at the time of disenrollment equals:  $330,975,000

The Apis/
Manuela Miranda family was disenrolled two years prior in 2004. The per capita at that time was slightly less, about $17,000 per month times 180 months of termination: $3,060,000 multiply by 135 adults equals:  $413,100,000

Add some NOW, for the 100 or so children who would have reached the age of majority and you are looking at another $100 million in per capita and benefits.

Moratorium People NEVER shared in what was rightfully theirs. In fact, Pechanga's Enrollment Committee worked hard to KEEP them from their rightful place, so as not to reduce the per capita.  Think of this, HAD the Tosobol descendants alone been  included, 80 who may have reduced the first six years of per capita to say $140,000 total. That's an additional $200+ MILLION..
ADD those numbers up and it's nearly ONE BILLION at Pechanga alone

The per capita at Pechanga went up to $360,000 per year for those remaining after elimination of 25% of Pechanga’s tribal citizens, and varies now with children maturing into adulthood.

With Mark Macarro not being opposed at tribal chairman, he's consolidated his power and can spend unchecked.. so it's not JUST about the money.....

I have old data on other tribes disenrolled's losses here  so, for you to bellieve it's not about the money, you have to be blind.  To think it's just about correcting tribal rolls, is laughable as long as there are PROVABLE tribal members still enrolled in tribes.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Omaha Tribe of Nebraska Report: Fighting the Colonizer InsideTraditional Kinship, Blood Quantum, and Disenrollment from the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska


Wonderful article by Marisa Miakonda Cummings on how Disenrollment destroys kinship and uses the colonizer's blood quantum to destroy families.

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska’s tribal council and enrollment officer have stated that I have been removed as a tribal member (though I have yet to receive official documentation of my expulsion, a removal known as “disenrollment”).