Monday, May 15, 2023

INDIAN COUNTRY MUST LIGHT THE PATH TO ABUSING TRIBES Restore Justice and Compassion: Returning Disenrolled Native Americans to Their Tribes

Or, is it the NEW Indian Way

The issue of disenrollment of Native Americans from their tribes is  demands urgent attention from both tribal communities and the federal government.

Disenrollment is a violation of basic human rights, which not only undermines the dignity and self-determination of those affected but also damages the fabric of our tribal communities as a whole.

The practice of disenrollment is not a new phenomenon, but it has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, particularly in California. Many tribes have members from their rolls, often due to disputes over membership eligibility or claims of fraudulent enrollment.  Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro actually said my ancestor was fraudulently enrolled, which would make ANY current Pechanga member fraudulently enrolled, 

Disenrollment robs individuals of their heritage and identity, and also strips them of their access to essential tribal services, such as health care, education, and housing, as we've seen in the Nooksack 306 eviction hearings

The need for social justice and compassion in addressing this issue cannot be overstated. Native Americans have endured centuries of oppression, genocide, and forced assimilation at the hands of the federal government and colonizers. Disenrollment perpetuates this legacy of injustice and further marginalizes already vulnerable communities.

To address this problem, it is crucial that tribal communities work together to find fair and transparent solutions to disputes over membership eligibility. This requires a commitment to democratic decision-making and a respect for due process and human rights. Tribal leadership should also prioritize the preservation of their cultural heritage and promote inclusivity and unity within their communities, not banning people for speaking out, or eliminating voting rights just before elections.

The federal government has a critical role to play in protecting the rights of Native Americans and ensuring that they are not subject to discrimination and exclusion from their own communities. The Department of the Interior, which oversees Indian affairs, must provide guidance and resources to tribes to help them navigate disputes over membership eligibility, and intervene in cases where there are violations of civil rights.  STICKING their heads in the sand or shrugging their shoulders is not leadership.

Returning disenrolled Native Americans to their tribes is not just a legal or administrative issue but a matter of social justice and compassion. It is an opportunity to right historical wrongs and to ensure that Native American communities are able to thrive and flourish. All stakeholders, including tribal leaders, government officials, and civil society organizations, should promote a culture of inclusivity and respect for the human rights of disenrolled Native Americans.


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Anonymous said...

As in the case of Pechanga the enrollment committee did not follow the bylaws to disenroll, and Franis Miranda told a family member of the Hunters that it didn't matter what documentation was turned in they were getting disenrolled no matter what. Then the appeal went to Mark Macarro and the council and when Showen the discrepancies with the bylaws and the report of DR john Johnson that the enrollment committee hired showing the hunters were from Pechanga it was ignored. Yes, disenrollment needs to go Infront of a real court of law. If you want to see Mark Macarro lie and look nerves see knbc without a tribe the interview with Collen Willams