All advocates talk a good game on civil rights, actions to take, protesting mascotry, but the deafening silence on tribal disenrollment stand out to over 11,000 of us, who have been stripped of our tribal rights to belong.
You aren’t a bad person for not being consumed by the tribal disenrollment, but you kind of are if you pretend to be and do nothing about it beyond hoping we acknowledge you care
paraphrased from the article linked below
An article about the UYGURS of China, an oppressed group by every standard of human decency by Derek Hunter in Townhall got me thinking of the comparisons to the disenrolled of 90 Tribal Nations which have over 11,000 Natives stripped of citizenship. Alice Langton Sloan had kept a diary of the tribes, I don't have a current update, but here's the breakdown of disenrolling tribes from 2016
Inaction speaks louder than words. The NCAI has studiously avoided the issue for decades, here at Original Pechanga Blog, we have called them out through at least 3 Presidents (of the U.S. and the NCAI) READ those Here or HERE or here That silence and inaction favors the oppressors. Even worse, they bring in disenrollment chieftains as honored leaders. Any abuses of Native people are okay, just don't use a Native mascot?
John Gomez Jr. former head of the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization published 10 Things You Can Do To Help Stop the Lawlessness in Indian Country That got some movement from politicians like Rep. Mike Thompson from N. California. He wrote to Nick Rahall then head of the House Natural Resources committee asking for oversight hearings but this was an exception.
We've written to Attorneys General Barr, Sessions , Eric Holder, Lynch Governors, Senators. Mostly to crickets, although Barbara Boxer responded with a campaign letter.
Let's circle back to our Native advocates. We have called for boycotts of offending tribes' enterprises, each of the TOP TEN INDIAN CASINOS To AVOID because THEY CHEAT Their OWN People have violated one or all of the rights on this list:
•Stripped tribal members of their citizenship
•Denied voting rights to members
•Taken away rightful healthcare to seniors
•Blocked access to land on the reservation
•Denied members due process of law, including legal representation, even writing tools.
•Prohibition of practicing religion, including the right to pray at their ancestor's graves.
•Threatened others if they speak out
•Subjected some to ex post facto laws.
Since President Biden's Voting Rights Act is the talk of the present, be reminded that all 11,000 of us have lost the right to vote in our tribes elections. Imagine if Republicans lost 25% of the vote, giving Democrats unlimited power...or vice versa.
What can YOU DO? Without much effort, YOU can Stop patronizing disenrolling tribe's casinos, hotel, restaurants and their powwows. Let them know that we do not agree with their system of denying civil rights to their people and until they follow their own tribal law, you, as a proud citizen will NOT support their nation, but will patronize their competitor nations. If you don't tell them why you aren't coming, they could just think, business is bad. Mabuhay Radio joined in a boycott of Pechanga when the tribal council started stripping citizenship from tribal members and stealing their per capita.
I understand we can't all STAND UP FOR ALL RIGHTS ALL THE TIME, but a couple of small actions, including sharing the stories we've put here for 15 year, is a step in the right direction. It just takes a little effort, from a lot of us. And there is GOOD NEWS on restoration of some to their tribes:
ENTERPRISE RANCHERIA Robinson Rancheria The Cherokee Freedmen won their treaty rights, and the Grand Ronde followed the tribal courts decision bringing back Chief Tumulth's descendants JUST RECENTLY, the Cahto tribe of the Laytonville Rancheria brought a long disenrolled family back.
Read here on SOMEBODY DO SOMETHING You will see THAT somebody is in the mirror LOOKING BACK.