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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

President Trump SUPPORTS Federal Recognition of the LUMBEE TRIBE of North Carolina

 President Donald Trump released a statement indicating his support for full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe in southeastern North Carolina.

“As President, I am committed to looking out for the needs of every American, including those of Native American heritage.  For more than a century, the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has sought federal recognition, but has been met with indifference and red tape,” Trump’s statement reads. 


The president said he supported S.1368, the Lumbee Recognition Act, a bill sponsored by Sen. Richard Burr and Sen. Thom Tillis to extend services and benefits provided to members of the recognized tribes.

“After consultation with Sen. Thom Tillis, Rep. Dan Bishop, and other members of the North Carolina congressional delegation, I am announcing my full support for S.1368, the Lumbee Recognition Act, which would make qualifying members of the Lumbee Tribe eligible for the services and benefits provided to members of federally recognized tribes,” Trump’s statement continued. “Lumbee Nation is forgotten no more!”

Members of the tribe residing in Robeson, Cumberland, Hoke, and Scotland counties would be deemed eligible within the delivery area for the federal services.

Covid 19: Tribal Sovereignty Allows Casino Tribes to Withhold Information on Covid 19 Contact Tracing Leaving Patrons without

When CA tribal Casinos opened up against the wishes of Gov. Gavin Newsom. Tribes put their concerns for cash, over the health and safety concerns of CA's health experts.  

Since the casinos reopened, San Diego county public health officials say 112 employees and 196 patrons with confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses visited a local casino within 14 days of their illness. The 308 cases are as of Oct. 5 and include three people who died.

From a report by KFMB news San Diego  but here is a video on how Coronavirus (COVID 19) attacks our bodies

Monday, October 19, 2020

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris Both Accept APARTHEID Tribal Nation Leader's Endorsement PECHANGA

 Mr. Biden, DO YOU DENOUNCE the APARTHEID system that your endorser, Mark Macarro of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians oversees in Temecula CA?

                     Agencies photo


We've posted many times on Kamala Harris NOT being good for Indian Country  

It's funny that since 2016 Presidential campaign, our current President has denounced whit supremacy, yet not one media outlet will ask the simple question to Biden or Harris.  "WHY do you think APARTHEID is okay in America?"

Sovereign right doesn't MAKE it RIGHT.  Otherwise, the Untied State would never have interfered in the sovereign nation of South Africa's right to have an apartheid system.

If you don't think it's APARTHEID and Segregation in CA... what would you call it?

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Saginaw Chippewa Disenrolled Say DOI VIOLATED FEDERAL LAW..


Thank you to Law 360 for providing the details  and all should subscribe and follow..

Law360 (October 15, 2020, 8:13 PM EDT) -- Disenrolled members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan have asked a D.C. federal court to restore their status in the tribe, alleging U.S. Department of the Interior officials violated federal law by refusing to step in to protect their rights.

Julia Cavazos and dozens of other disenrolled members of the Saginaw Chippewa tribe in their complaint Wednesday challenged a Jan. 30 decision by Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Tara Katuk Sweeney, in which Sweeney said the DOI didn't have the authority to help resolve the membership dispute.

The ex-members claim they were all disenrolled from the tribe between 2016 and 2017 and cut off from receiving tribal services and cash payments owed under the 1986 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan Distribution of Judgment Funds Act, which established an investment fund for tribal members to settle land claims against the federal government.

The Judgment Funds Act, or JFA, has a provision that bars the tribe from discriminating against members like the plaintiffs who are descendants of the Swan Creek, Black River and Saginaw Bands of Chippewa Indians and whose families had previously been denied membership in the tribe, according to the complaint.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Win River Casino Tribe, the Redding Rancheria Looking for New General Manager to Replace GARY HAYWARD

Now former GM Gary Hayward of the Redding Rancheria's Win River Casino has be relived of duty because of a "domestic violence" issue.  Sadly, his arraignment and charges will be out on local news soon.

Sources say other information has been found during Hayward's absence. We expect that will be detailed to tribal members soon.

Gary Hayward is grand nephew of Barbara Mruphy,  one of the architects of the Foreman family disenrollment circa 2004.

Monday, October 12, 2020

President Trump SIGNS SAVANNA's ACT! And the Not Invisible Act IT IS NOW LAW

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding the Signing of Savanna’s Act and the Not Invisible Act

President Donald J. Trump was the first president to formally recognize the tragedy of Missing and Murdered Native Americans, when he issued a Proclamation in May of 2019 drawing attention to this issue. Today, he proudly signed into law S. 227, Savanna’s Act, which directs the Department of Justice to develop law enforcement protocols to address the issue, and S. 982, the Not Invisible Act of 2019, which directs the Department of the Interior and the Department of Justice to establish a joint commission on violent crime within and against the Native American community. These two bills reinforce many actions the President has already undertaken to fulfill his promise that Missing and Murdered Native Americans are no longer forgotten.

 One study found that Native American women in certain tribal communities are ten times more likely to be murdered than the average American.

Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen Still Suffering Racism from Tribal Hands. Confederacy Lives On..


All my blog life, I have supported the Cherokee Freedmen in their quest for justice, both tribal and racial.  I have marched together with Creek Freedmen. This weekend, the Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen have come with an outstanding response the the Choctaw Nation's "Guide to McGirt v, Oklahoma" which omits their racist history.

I remind my readers, that when you read stories on the "Trail of Tears", you rarely if EVER hear about the black slaves the Cherokee dragged on that PROPERTY  Former Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith once claimed their "slaves were well treated

The Choctaw and Chickasaw Freedmen HAVE their response:

First of all, in the official guide, the authors state that “If people who were not Choctaw tribal members respected Choctaw laws, they could visit the Choctaw Nation, work there, or even become Choctaw citizens,” in post-Removal Indian Territory.

This statement holds true if the individual in question was white or non-Black from another Indigenous tribe. However, Black people (both of Choctaw heritage and devoid of Choctaw heritage) were specifically barred from living in the Choctaw Nation boundaries if they were free.

REDLINING 1847 style:
The 1847 Choctaw Constitution specifically stated that “no free negro, or any part negro, unconnected with Choctaw and Chickasaw blood, shall be permitted to come and settle in the Choctaw Nation.”

So, could “people who were not Choctaw tribal members respected Choctaw laws” “visit the Choctaw Nation, work there, or even become Choctaw citizens?” Well, they definitely COULD NOT if they were Black. In fact, in doing so, they risked arrest and re-enslavement.

Think Lincoln FREED THE SLAVES?   THINK AGAIN...  but the Choctaw and Chickasaw were CONFEDERATES.... their Freedmen fought on AMERICA's side.

Continue owning slaves of African descent. The Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations continued to practice slavery within their territories up until 1866–even after they LOST in the Civil War along with others in THE CONFEDERACY. 

Please go to this link to read the full article  which was put together from a Twitter thread...

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Disenrollment Leads to Desperation, Violence and Murder in Indian Country

 Ray has a new book out on the 2014 disenrollment murders by Cherie Rhodes of the Cedarville Rancheria in Alturas.   Our friends at Indianz .com have some details and the book is available on Amazon  

In his article Tribal Disenrollment and Political Violence: Kenneth Hansen PhD was a Witness for the Defense of The Cedarville Rancheria Murderer details how the disgraceful actions of disenrollment led to the killings.

The term used at Ms. Rhodes’ murder trial was banishment. However, to me banishment denotes a temporary condition, even if someone is banished for a lengthy period of time. Ms. Rhodes and her son were by definition disenrolled, as they lost all privileges of tribal citizenship, including personal and real property rights, political rights, association, as well as due process, permanently. For all intents and purposes they were terminated and dismembered from the tribe and the tribal community. This followed on the heels of a recall effort mounted against Ms. Rhodes and her son, who had served as tribal chair and vice chair, respectively, amid embezzlement allegations put forth by her brother, Rurik Davis. Davis would be her first victim, and was killed instantly by a bullet between the eyes...

Cherie Rhodes was found GUILTY on all counts in December 2016.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

NOOKSACK: Briefs are out in the Doucette vs Dept. of Interior


Doucette claims the BIA acted improperly (THEM? who would believe that? oh yea, THOUSANDS of us)   BIA says, what's a little quid pro quo amongst friends

The estimable Turtle Talk Blog has the briefs of the case we wrote about in 2017

US says:  Even if the Tribe’s attorney was encouraging the Department to

act more quickly in order to benefit third parties in another lawsuit that

fact does not make his communications with the Department improper

or otherwise undermine the propriety of the Department’s decision to

recognize the Council

Doucette says:   
THE DISTRICT COURT ERRED BY NOT REQUIRING INTERIOR TO PRODUCE THE WHOLE ADMINISTRATIVE RECORD. “The whole administrative record,” as per 5 U.S.C. § 706, “is not necessarily those documents that the agency has compiled and submitted as the administrative record. The whole administrative record . . . consists of all documents and materials directly or indirectly considered by agency decision-makers and includes evidence contrary to the agency’s position.” Thompson v. United States Dep’t of Labor, 885 F.2d 551, 555 (9th Cir. 1989) (emphasis in original; citations omitted); see also Bar MK Ranches v. Yuetter, 994 F.2d 735, 739 (10th Cir.1993) (“The complete administrative record consists of all documents and materials directly or indirectly considered by the agency.”). The critical inquiry is what was before the decisionmaker “at the time of the decision.”9 Thompson, 885 F.2d at 555. Lobbyist Porter’s dogged requests that Interior aid his clients in Rabang I by March 9, 2018, were directly or indirectly before PDAS Tahsuda at the time of his decision on that very same day. ER 0096-0108, 0159. 

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Pechanga's Paulina Hunter Family Disenrollment: August 2006 Appeal JUSTICE Did NOT PREVAIL

 The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which runs the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA, disenrolled TWO large families for political reasons, They ignored facts to accept hearsay. Our family disenrollment, the descendants fo PAULINA HUNTER  is detailed below

That's 14 years that Hunter descendants have been stripped of their tribal citizenship, due to unconstitutional actions by the corrupt Pechanga Tribal Council and by collusion with enrollment committee members, including Bobbi LeMere (who, in a quid pro quo, got her sisters enrolled in the tribe, even though scores of others were in the moratorium  READ Corruption Exposed… )  Ruth Masiel, the late matriarch of the Masie Crime Family and mother of council member Andrew Masiel Sr. and Frances Miranda, who two years before, had seen to it that her OWN FAMILY members, the descendent of Manuela Miranda were also stripped of their citizenship. Irhene Scearce received final justice for her actions in death.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Pechanga Resort & Casino RAPE Alleges Gloria Allred, PECHANGA FAILS to TAKE REASONABLE STEPS to PROTECT

Pechanga EMPLOYEE accused of Sexual Assault,Battery and RAPE of a GUEST.

On March 14, 2020, Michele was a guest of the Pechanga Resort Casino and was staying in Room 10470 on the fourth floor of Tower One by herself.

Michele spent time on the casino floor and consumed alcoholic beverages. At approximately 11:15 p.m., when Michele started feeling intoxicated, she attempted to return to her room at the casino – Room 10470. Surveillance video from the elevator showed Michele was having difficulty keeping her balance. Notwithstanding her intoxication, Michele made it to her room, Room 10470, safely. When she arrived at her door, she attempted to use the key card that she had been issued earlier that day. However, Michele’s room key card did not work. Instead of unlocking the door, a yellow/orange light appeared on the key card pad falsely indicating that the room had been locked from the inside. Michele walked to the elevator lobby and called the front desk for assistance using the guest phone. WATCH her VIDEO HERE After some time, the Supervisor arrived with another key card. According to law enforcement report, the Supervisor also recognized that Michele was intoxicated and having difficulty standing up. The employee physically assisted Michele in standing up because of her level of intoxication. The Supervisor informed her that the key card system often malfunctioned. He gave Michele a new key, which she used to gain entry to her room. The Supervisor and the employee then left after Michele entered her room. Michele prepared to go to bed. She heard a knock at her door. Upon opening the door, Michele found that the employee had returned to her room, unaccompanied by any other Pechanga employee. Michele asked why he was there. She had not asked for any further assistance, and she wanted to go to sleep. The employee knew that Michele was alone in her room. Because Michele was preparing to go to sleep, she was partially clothed. The employee then repeatedly pressured Michele to let him into her room by asking her multiple times if she needed anything. He finally gained access to her room.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Kamala Harris Responds To Redding Rancheria Descendant With Lip Service

Kamala Harris responds to Cam Foreman's (Grandson of Bob Foreman, Redding Rancheria's first chairman after restoration, who along with his entire family was disenrolled) letter with platitudes, and no direct response to direct question on tribal disenrollment and civil right violations.  Well at least she had the decency to NOT ask for money.   Politicians seem to think if they mention sovereignty, that's always a good thing.

Read this article at INDIANZ as to WHY Kamala Harris is NOT good for Indian Country  There are plenty of receipts.


Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Savanna's Act Passes House on to President Trump for Signature

GREAT NEWS! On to President Trump #MMIW 

The legislation is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22-year-old member of the Spirit Lake Tribe of North Dakota murdered in 2017. The Committee reported, “While Savanna’s tragic death became widespread news, many other Native Americans go missing or are murdered each year.” However, DOJ and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services (BIA-OJS) told the Committee that many of those cases go unreported or unresolved.

Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed Savanna’s Act, legislation he cosponsored that requires reporting on missing and murdered Native Americans. The bill, which is named for Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind from North Dakota who was tragically murdered in 2017, also directs the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to consult with Indian Tribes while developing national law enforcement guidelines.  #MMIW

Sunday, September 20, 2020

PECHANGA CASINO NEWS: CHAKA Khan First to Perform at Apartheid Tribe's Casino in 2021


R & B performer Chaka Khan is first up to resume performances at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula.  She's currently scheduled to perform at the tribal reservation of a tribe that practices apartheid and segregation.  Wonder if she would've played Sun City?

February 19th is the day.  I will not be attending.

PIT BULL will be appearing in March.   Nope, not going either

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Matilda Smilth, Pechanga Descendant of Paulina Hunter and Mary Ann Miller , Celebrates 91st Birthday

HAPPY Birthday to my aunt Matilda Smith, who, at 91 is the eldest descendant of Paulina Hunter's daugher Mary Ann Miller. We wrote about the abuse of Pechanga elders, who were disenrolled from the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
Matilda was 75 years old when the Pechanga tribal council abandoned her, unlawfully taking this elder's per capita money, health care, voting rights and her rights as an allottee, and dishonoring our ancestors.  

During my last visit with my aunt Matilda , then 87 years old, she recalled being on the reservation in the late 1930’s. “It was a long trip to get there, especially in those days”. “But that is where our roots were, my grandmother loved it there.”

Her grandmother was Mary Ann Miller, daughter of Paulina Hunter, an original allottee (#62) of the Temecula Reservation known as Pechanga.  Up to her disenrollment, she was attending meetings, travelling out from OKLA 'freaking" HOMA to support the tribe and family.   That's how much she believed in her tribal responsibilities.

She was also a MILITARY VETERAN, which meant very little to the tribe.

My great grandmother Mary Ann Hunter Miller, lived to be 88. 

Friday, September 18, 2020

Pechanga Casino Per Capita Stolen VIA DISENROLLMENT of their OWN PEOPLE

Disenrolling for a BILLION DOLLARS 

Disenrolling tribes say that disenrollment isn't about the money (yes, they are lying).  Well, they mean it's not ONLY about the money, but as the numbers here for the Pechanga casino prove, disenrollment enriches those remaining.  The rest is about controlling power, then you can control OTHER MONEY.

From the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula CA here is the breakdown of the theft of per capita by the Mark Macarro led tribal council:

The Hunter family has lost $3,729, 611 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 and multiplying that loss times 171 months of disenrollment. 95 adults at the time of disenrollment  totals: $3,818,945 EACH.  Total loss equals: $362,799,000

The Apis/Manuela Miranda family was disenrolled two years prior in 2004  The per capita was slightly less, about $17,000 per month times 195 months of termination: $3,264,000 times 135 adults equals: $440,640,00 

Moratorium People NEVER shared in what was rightfully theirs. The per capita went up to $360,000 per year for those remaining after elimination of 2 large families of tribal citizens. 

Thug members who were involved in drugs, shootings, sexual abuses carjacks still qualified. Pechanga Theft of $860 MILLION Includes additional $24 Million in Health Insurance a"Cadillac plan"  under Affordable Care Act.

These totals do not include lost education assistance nor does it account for family members that attained the age of majority. I wanted to keep the numbers static.  I'll gladly update if the tribe wants to give me the current numbers.

Chukchansi Resort & Casino: FIRE after Pestilence for This Corrupt Tribal Entity

picture  courtesy: Fresno Bee

We've written numerous times of the corrupt activities of the Chukchansi Resort & Casino tribe, on the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians in Coarsegold, CA near Fresno. The tribe is one of the most egregious perpetrators of disenrollment in all of Indian Country.

This week, it's FIRE!  Unrelated to the forest fires in N. California, Chukchansi officials say everyone inside the casino was evacuated safely, but it had to remain empty for at couple of hour while crews investigated.

Remember in 2012, the Chukchansi hotel had to be shut down because of pestilence, that being bed bugs.  

Back to disenrollment, my hero from Picayune, Cathy Cory, was featured as one of the faces of disenrollment with her ancestor Chief Hawa.  More on the Chukchansi corruption

Jim Crow Raises Ugly Head In Muscogee Creek Freedmen Case

154 YEARS OF INJUSTICE: Muscogee Creek Freedmen

As expected a setback in TRIBAL COURT for the Creek Freedmen seeking justice.

Denying the basic humanity of respecting treaty obligations, the District tribal court says the Cherokee Nation v Nash case is NOT binding precedent and guarantees this case will be heard in Federal Court.

The decision is here from Turtle Talk    Who cares about fair justice? Not the Creek courts, apparently.  More Creek Freedmen cases are in the queue, let's hope that justice, real, justice can prevail.  Hey, it's only been 154 years, right?

THREE OPINIONS from those involved in the victorious Cherokee Freedmen case.

JON VELIE, attorney who helped the Cherokee Freedmen win their treaty rights case says this case was brought incorrectly.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Redding Rancheria Disenrollment Chieftains who Disenfranchised.....

NO SOCIAL DISTANCING or Face coverings for these "leaders"?

Tracy Edwards/TattoosonFace Potter
Redding Rancheria 

The Redding Rancheria, when they disenrolled the Foreman Family unjustly also DISENFRANCHISED their VOTES.  The Foremans LOST the right to vote in tribal elections. It's precious that the chair and former chair are pictured here working to get out the NATIVE VOTE.   Hypocrisy much?

Read more on the Foremans, descendants of Virginia Timmons  here and here

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

#StopDisenrollment Visual Advocacy GETS REAL Redding Rancheria Style, Foreman Family Style UPDATE

Carla Foreman Maslin #stopdisenrollment

The Virginia Timmons descendants of the Redding Rancheria have begun their own visual advocacy campaign.  NO longer waiting for media and tribal representatives to ACT, the Foreman family is doing their own outreach.  

The fight against disenrollment must come from many fronts, and in this age of coronavirus, this is a perfect vehicle for that.  Masks that MUST be worn, can also tell the story.

BE LIKE the FOREMANS. RAMP UP THE FIGHT to #stopdisenrollment

Monday, September 14, 2020

SAY THEIR NAMES: Disenrollment Chiefs Who Despotically Disenrolled Their OWN KIN

The subject of WHO are the Disenrollment Chietains in Native America came up on Twitter, and credit to Indigenous rights attorney Gabe Galanda for coining the phrase.  Here's a short list, who needs to be added?


Robert Smith    PALA Band of Luiseno Indians

Mark Macarro  Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Robert Kelly     Nooksack

Morris Reid      Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Glenda Nelson  Enterprise Rancheria

Chad Smith      Cherokee

Iyesha Miller    Hopland

Reyn Leno        Grand Ronde

Tracy Edwards   Redding Rancheria

Frank Cloutier   Saginaw Chippewa

NEVER GIVE UP The Fight For Native American Rights To BELONG to Your Tribe

A Re-post from 2012  NEVER GIVE UP, NEVER SHUT UP


I was sent an article entitled 22 Reasons to Never Give UP by my cousin Russ, at a point where I was feeling a bit low about working the blog and the fact that a number of our people have dropped out. But, I’ve read it a few times and now I’m going to adapt some of it where it would pertain to those of us that have been harmed by their tribes.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Sixteen Years of Injustice for Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indian's Manuela Miranda Descendants

 Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians' first family to be disenrolled en masse, the descendants of Manuela Miranda, and cousins to the woman Frances Miranda, who helped disenroll them, are detailed at this link >  Manuela Miranda Descendant

SIXTEEN YEARS of Injustice, Frances Miranda sentenced her OWN FAMILY to the disgraceful action of disenrollment

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Former RINCON HARRAH"S Resort GM in VALLEY CENTER SUES over COVID 19 Health Concerns

 Opening Tribal Casinos in CA may have led to one death from COVID 19. The County refuses to name businesses where they may have contacted the killer disease. Accordingly, just because the afflicted may have visited the casinos, it doesn't mean they contracted it there.  Pechanga has lost one member to Covid 19. The RINCON TRIBE owns Harrahs.

INEWSOURCE has the story

A top executive at Harrah’s Resort Southern California who quit the day before the casino reopened is suing his former employer, claiming he was forced to resign after management ignored his concerns that the decision was dangerous and could expose visitors to COVID-19.

Darrell Pilant, the Valley Center casino’s former general manager and senior vice president, filed the lawsuit against Caesars Entertainment Inc. in San Diego Superior Court on Monday. He alleges the company’s decision to reopen in May resulted in “serious adverse health and safety consequences involving employees and customers contracting COVID-19.” 

San Diego County confirmed to inewsource this week that 217 local residents who have contracted COVID-19 reported being at a casino within two weeks of becoming ill. Twelve of the people were hospitalized and one, a casino patron, died.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

PECHANGA YOUNG Get it WRONG TRIBAL SOVEREIGNTY NOT Affected by Correct Tribal Membership Rolls

Disenrollment Strips Tribal Citizenship            Disenrollment Strips Tribal Citizenship          Disenrollment Strips Tribal Citizenship         Disenrollment Strips Tribal Citizenship
The fallacies in this conversation with a young Temecula Indian is staggering. What are they teaching?   In the Pechanga disenrollments of two large families, disenrollment was done SPECIFICALLY to harm those who stood for justice.

BOTH families traced their ancestors back to Original Pechanga ancestors.
SOVEREIGNTY does NOT depend on a correct membership roll. The Feds will allow tribes to SELL memberships.  

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians did not ACCEPT the proof their OWN documents and oral history laid out.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

North Fork Rancheria, United Auburn Victorious in CA Supreme Court Ruling on OFF RESERVATION Casino Projects

 California Supreme Court Gives Favorable Nod to North Fork Rancheria Casino

The Sierra Start News reports that the California Supreme Court has ruled that former Governor Jerry Brown acted within his authority when he concurred in a pair of federal decisions in 2011 that led to the approval of two so-called “off-reservation” tribal gaming projects in Madera and Yuba counties. In United Auburn Indian Community v. Newsom, the Court determined that the Governor has the right to concur. The decision will allow the North Fork Rancheria to move forward with the design, financing and construction of its long-awaited and highly anticipated project north of the City of Madera.

Quanah Brightman United Native American Gathered at Mount Rushmore Commemorating 50th Anniversary of Occupation

I have stood together with Quanah Brightman of UNITED NATIVE AMERICANS  numerous times against tribal disenrollment in Sacramento and Pechanga.

On Saturday, he led a gathering held at Mount Rushmore’s amphitheater marking the 50th anniversary of the monument’s occupation by supporters of indigenous rights.

The Supreme Court acknowledged the “stolen land” in a 1980 ruling, centuries after the massacre at Wounded Knee. They were willing to pay reparations in the amount of $1 billion to the Native Americans, but the offer was denied.

“We don’t want money for the land. But we should be entitled to the gold you stole from us,” says Quanah. “We are here to ask and demand that Mt. Rushmore be retired, that this site be removed. This monument needs to be torn down.”

 QUANAH Brightman  United Native Americans

Monday, August 31, 2020

Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Assoc. 8th Annual Conference GOES VIRTUAL



When:        Saturday, November 7, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm

Where:       Zoom via Eventbrite

Contact:     Marilyn Vann  at 405-227-9810 or


The Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association and the African Indians of the 5 Civilized Tribes Foundation will host a virtual conference on Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m via Zoom. This year’s conference theme is Freedmen Origins of Greenwood:  Tribal Enslavement, Sovereignty, and Citizenship. The conference is sponsored in part through a grant from the  1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission & WPX Energy. 

National and International speakers and presentations will cover the history of Black Native citizens in the formation of Tulsa’s Greenwood district. Attendees will walk away with a deeper understanding of the social and cultural identities of victims of enslavement by tribal citizens and the challenges faced by many of their descendants today. Presenters will address the ongoing struggle for the enforcement of the 1866 Treaty Rights.   

Register for the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association Conference on Eventbrite. Updates about the conference can be found on the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Tribes Facebook events page and Eventbrite.

The Mission of the Descendants of Freedmen of the Five Civilized Tribes Association, a 501c4 tax-exempt corporation is to provide education about the History and culture of the African-Indian freedmen and their descendants of the five tribes. To learn more about the Descendants of freedmen and their struggle for their rights under the 1866 Treaties, visit the website:  or follow us on Facebook. 

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Pechanga Casino BANS Certain MASKS. KNOW before you go, or STAY HOME


Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula has announced a MASK BAN in their casino.  Pechanga has lost one tribal member to Covid 19 and recently reopened the sports complex on the reservation after a Covid scare.

Bandanas, neck gaiters and masks with vents will NO longer be allowed in their casinos beginning Tuesday.   A study finds those face coverings do little to stop the spread of corona virus.

"The enhancement to the resort/casino's comprehensive safety measures is put in place for the health and safety of guests, team members and the community. The new face mask requirement will be enforced at all times,'' Pechanga officials said.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Pechanga Casino PRO TIPS: How to Win! Well....

Get outta here! YOU CAN'T WIN, the machines are designed to take your money. They don't even have to tell you win percentages at Pechanga Casino. And besides if a machine malfunctions, WHO are you going to complain to? The tribe? Heck, even a BEATING victim couldn't win with that one.

ONE of the biggest winners at Pechanga was a THIEF, who STOLE old slot machines and SOLD them even though it was TRIBAL property.  You would go to jail for that, unlike...HER

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Santana Rabang Nooksack 306 Tik Tok's Her Family's Disenrollment

 Nooksack 306 Santan Rabang  explains Disenrollment. and how, missing documents from a century ago, can impact thinking.  Even if the preponderance of Evidence goes towards enrollment.  90% wasn't good enough at Pechanga.  WELL DONE SANTANA


Knowledge👇🏽 THERE ARE HOLES IN COLONIAL DOCUMENTS, you belong. Nooksack Disenrollment pt. 1 ##decolonize ##bloodquantum ##nativetiktok ##fyp ##indigenous

♬ original sound - tanabangzz

Monday, August 24, 2020

Kaysera Stops Pretty Places; NO PEACE for Her, as Justice is Elusive in Hardin Montana

One year ago on August 14, Kaysera celebrated her 18th birthday. She played basketball and football, ran cross country, and performed in several school theatre productions. She had dreams of becoming an actress and a performer. She had a lot to look forward to.

Ten days later, on August 24, 2019, she went missing in a suburban neighborhood of Hardin, Montana, less than a half mile off of the Crow Reservation. Her body was found in the same neighborhood where she was last seen alive, on the morning of August 29. Law enforcement, however, did not inform the family that Kaysera’s body had been found until almost two weeks later, on September 11.

#MMIWG UPDATE: Pretty Blonde WHITE Sydney Sutherland Gets NYPOST Coverage. Native woman NOTHING

  Sydney Claire Sutherland (left), Quake Lewellyn (right)

It a "history repeat itself" moment,  a "White Woman in Jeopardy" gets national news. The #MMIWG movent, the thousands of missing Native women, get short shrift.
Sad news for the family of beautiful white woman Sydney Sutherland as her body has been found and her murderer captured.  This ARKANSAS woman's murder was in the New York Post !

Please read articles on the differences in press  

It's disheartening.  At least President Trump created a Task Force, hopefully things change. 


Sunday, August 23, 2020

PALA CASINO Crimewatch: Man Dies after Early Morning Fight

Sad News from the Pala Casino, a tribe that has been in the news for arrests on it's reservation.  Now, another death.  Looks like security was unavailable. 

A man died after he was believed to have been in a fight in the parking lot at Pala Casino Spa & Resort, San Diego County Sheriff's officials said Saturday, Aug. 22.

The man was taken by ambulance from the 4700 block of State Route 76 to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:50 a.m. Friday.

Casino Security Lacking

Upon further investigation, the victim was believed to have been in a fight with another man in the parking lot of the casino at about 6:30 a.m., according to Lt. Thomas Seiver of the Sheriff's Homicide Unit. The victim apparently left the scene and deputies found him about six miles west of the casino.

Saturday, August 22, 2020



Should we ignore the racism of the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia?  Should we accept it because of "tribal sovereignty"  This is a story not told and I'm sorry I'm just learning more of it.  The Richmond Free Press did the deep dive. My own tribe, Pechanga took my black cousins out of the tribal school, but I don't believe it was racism, just greed.

The exposure of the tribe’s racist past is largely the work of 30-year-old Essex County resident Jasmine N. Anderson, who has spent more than five years quietly working to gain recognition for herself and her relatives. They are members of the Dungee family that was banished from the tribe between 1865 and 1871 after a member opened a free school for newly freed slaves near the reservation.

“I have undisputed, direct ancestral ties to four Pamunkey Indian lines,” Ms. Anderson said.

That includes her six-times great-grandfather, Joseph Dungee Jr., and his brother, Jesse Dungee (also spelled Dungey and Dungy), a farmer and minister who represented King William County in the General Assembly from 1871 to 1873, and gained recognition as both a Pamunkey and as an African-American legislator.

Friday, August 21, 2020

Gabe Galanda Included in 2021 Best Lawyers in America® Galanda Broadman's 15th Year

 Gabe Galanda has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Gaming Law and Native American Law, for the 15th straight year. Best-Lawyer-America-LOGO-e1491091395185.gif

Gabe was also named 'Lawyer of the Year' for his work in Gaming Law in Seattle. Only a single lawyer in a specific practice area and location is honored with [that] designation."

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Elizabeth Warren's Address to Native America Was Pure Stagecraft.

After decades of appropriation of Native ancestry exposed by Cherokee genealogist Twila Barnes and detailed on her Polly's Granddaughter's website, the Native American Caucus of the Democrat Party invited her to speak.

WTF?  There weren't enough prominent Native Americans to speak? Before she took the stage, the chat room for the DNC remote-video event warned viewers to not criticize Warren over her heritage.  NO "High cheekbones" references?  LOL
Are we REALLY to believe Senator Warren cares about Natives?  Where has she been on the #stopdisenrollment issue, the stripping of tribal ciizenship of Native people

Native Americans can forgive. Elizabeth Warren apologized to Native Americans for appropriating and benefiting from the Native heritage she falsely claimed.  She took CHEROKEE heritage, yet didn't apologize to CHEROKEE until later.  That's admission she thinks "all Indians are alike" in my book.

But the VERY next day, the day apartheid supporting Kamala Harris was nominated for Vice President,  Senator Warren spoke at a school, with many visual (subliminal) product placements, You can read all of them at this Twitchy post,  NOT ONE reference to Native Americans,  NOT ONE,  Even in the artwork by their an expiration date on her political opportunism?

All the evidence says yes.   So, it was stagecraft with the Native American caucus, but epic stagecraft fail the very next day.

Monday, August 17, 2020

Pechanga GREAT OAK: 1,000 Oak Tree was a Babe of 800 When Paulina Hunter was Born


Wi’áaşal The Pechanga Great Oak 
Photo by Danny Freeman      

I often wonder what the Great Oak, looked like when  my great great grandmother Paulina Hunter first saw this majestic tree.   When Paulina passed, the tree was only 880 years old...ish.

HONOR THE ANCESTORS   Bring all the people home.

Pechanga Websites: Three Sites on Alexa's top 1,000 Original Pechanga Tops That List.

Rick Cuevas
Original Pechanga Editor

#1  Original Pechanga Blog
ALEXA RANK:   164,600

Indian Country websites are growing rapidly and Original Pechanga Blog is #1 of the   top Pechanga websites.  The 13 year old website was ranked low at the beginning, but with tribal disenrollment and civil rights abuses by tribes growing, so has this blog.  Mentioned and linked prominently by, Voice of America, Slate, and published in Indian Country Today on disenrollment, tribal corruption and civil rights abuses.

Image result for Pechanga Resort Casino Logo

#2  Pechanga Resort & Casino Website
ALEXA RANK:   287,634

The Pechanga Resort & Casino website is moving back up the rankings after re opening their casino, with limitations

Tribal Gaming - ICE London

#3  Victor Rocha
ALEXA RANK:   824,708

Primarily focused on Indian Gaming, this site run by the current Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro's cousin, has lost it's luster as many established websites do.  Know for censoring negative news on Pechanga, is still widely seen by international readers.   Prominence fades, but is also cyclical.  It will return.

CONGRATULATIONS to PECHANGA for giving the internet audience a diversity of options

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Joe Biden Chooses Apartheid Supporter Kamala Harris AS VP

WELCOME to READERS, PLEASE look around the blog
NO FRIEND to Native Americans
               photo by Washington Examiner

Apartheid supporter?  You bet.  CA's junior Senator Kamala Harris accepted the endorsement of Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Mark Macarro, a tribe from Temecula, who runs an apartheid reservation.  More on that down post.

Remember Kamala Harris and Columbus Day

Her reply sent shivers of confidence in her: 
 "Sign me up," Harris replied.  Not, "I've been supporting this for the decade I've been in higher office"  Not, "I've already drafted a law in the Senate".  (has she passed ANY laws?)

A Senatorial candidate,Harris concerned a CA Native American Democrat group 

We are dismayed by the lack of sensitivity to tribal issues and to Native Americans as individuals that we see in our announced candidates. Their comments and actions provide little assurance that they grasp the government-to-government relationship guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.
When Kamala Harris first became Senator, we sent her a letter that scared even the crickets from chirping, the silence was so deafening.

Dear Senator Harris,

As you assume office and begin the job of familiarizing yourself with the various issues and concerns of your constituents, please take notice of the unique problems facing Southern California Indian Country. American Indians have long suffered unfair and discriminatory treatment from the U.S. Government, and since the passing of the I.G.R.A. (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) individual Indians have been assaulted by “elected” leaders that pursue wealth and power to the detriment of the general welfare of the people.

As CA Attorney General she was not helpful to many Native Americans

Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted a brief in a lawsuit that seeks to diminish the boundaries of the reservation of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

Indian Gaming Groups were unsure of her as reported

She’s just failed to take positions on some critical issues … and that causes alarm,” Steve Stallings, the chairman of the California Nations Indian Gaming Association, told The Los Angeles Times. “Unfortunately, what it looks like is politics.”

As attorney general, Harris opposed at least 15 tribal land-into-trust applications, Dave Palermo reported for in February 2014. Her office also tried to stop the Big Lagoon Rancheria from opening a casino on land that was placed in trust more than two decades ago.


If you say, "Trump is Racist, and that makes his supporter Racist!"  Then you have to believe that if Kamala Harris takes the support from an Apartheid Tribe's Leader, that means she's okay with Apartheid, right?

FIFTEEN TIMES she opposed tribes on land into Trust applications, she also worked to keep Chukchansi closed.. time she was right.

Is this the woman we need as Vice President of the United States. Don't forget, she accused a prospective US Supreme Court Justice candidate and FAILED spectacularly.   She's NOT the only Democrat accepting APARTHEID MONEY

Before you send me comments about being a Republican lapdog, I ADMIT I voted for Dianne Feinstein last election, WHY?  TO KEEP THIS TWIT from being my senior Senator from California.