|Rep. Ruben Gallego|
Cam Foreman, disenrolled from the Redding Rancheria in Northern California has been doing the heavy lifting in getting politicians to go on record on tribal disenrollment. After getting now Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and NCAI President Fawn Sharp on record the same week, this week, Rep. Ruben Gallego answere Cam’s queries. (Edited to correct spell check )
Cam tells me “Basically I asked him as a Member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee of Indigenous Peoples if he was familiar with Tribal Disenrollment?” He said yes and talked about what he's heard In California etc being an tribal internal issue. I replied I agree with A tribe’s right to determine membership but should Tribes have a right to violate their Constitutions & Trust responsibility and their obligation to protect their citizen’s rights. Who enforces that protection? I spoke about what happened to my Grandfather.
Basically they want rights enforced but wouldn't want to infringe on Sovereignty. And how it's frustrating.
OP: there are a lot of frustrations in this issue of course there is the frustration of the disenrolled and not getting any help from our politicians on the protection of our civil and human rights.
And for those who purport to care about our issue there’s the frustration about them not being willing to stand up against the rich and powerful corrupt casino tribes.
For those like me who have been fighting to get this issue out onto the front burner for over 14 years there’s the frustration of not having everybody who’s affected by this abuse to continue to fight for their own rights. It is good to have young warriors fight for their ancestors and their elders like Cam Foreman if I had to say one thing I would say BE LIKE CAM FOREMAN and keep bringing the issue up.
My grandfathers my nation SHASTA , was disenrolled in 1958 but it wasn’t due to no Shasta people left the real reason is the ski park and Crystal Geyser ; fact is one of my bands of the Shasta Nation was the only band that actually lived on the mountain no other tribes bands were allowed on the mountain so I don’t see my family myself and others reversing the gov policy as a matter of fact the gov appointed the Karok tribe to over see the Shasta so they get our land our casino and trespassing money when really they’re are more Shasta than karoks
Yes its hard to be heard when Chair people like Mark Macarro are asked he tells that we were on the moratorium Meaning we were never enrolled Or we didn't have proof even when Pachanga hired an anthropologist to discredit our documentation and he told them we were from there. So when Mark is up in front of congress or the senators and Indian committee's he lies and there no one debate his lies so he taken for his word
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