I'm reprising an July 2015 post where I invited a friend, Indigenous Activist Paul Johnson, to write a piece on the civil rights that we constantly talk about, but to many, they only have a vague idea what it means. I'll add some thoughts on how these violations relate to my family's issues at Pechanga.
is shining a light on the civil and human rights violations that accompany many of the disenrollment actions happening throughout Indian Country. So what are these civil rights to which we refer, and how are they being violated?
Here is how the Fourteenth Amendment says it:
These are violations of the right to due process as guaranteed by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, but the ICRA has no provision to enforce denial of due process. Was it an oversight of Congress to omit the power to enforce these rights for tribal citizens? The obvious answer is NO!