Thursday, April 27, 2023

Why The Scourge of Tribal Disenrollment is a Human Rights Issue Every Native Should Care About

As long as I am disenrolled, I will continue to fight for my ancestors rights and my descendants, and I will keep asking for YOU to join the fight for us.

Why WE ALL Should Care About Disenrollment even in you are not affected.

Disenrollment is the practice that involves stripping Native Americans of their citizenship and heritage, perpetrated by Native Americans themselves to gain money, benefits, and power. It's a harmful and disturbing trend that has affected over 10,000 people, with far-reaching implications.

You may wonder why you should care about disenrollment, especially if you're not a member of a Native American tribe. But the answer is simple: if one person's rights are violated, it affects us all. Disenrollment is a violation of basic human rights, and it goes against the very principles of democracy, fairness, and justice that we hold dear. And one our tribal leaders purport to support.

When tribes were granted gaming licenses, they made a promise to voters that they would take care of their people. Disenrollment, along with other practices such as banishments and moratoriums, directly contradicts that promise. Not only does it harm individual tribal members, but it also undermines tribal self-governance, making it harder to gain support from those who doubt the ability of tribal governments to handle membership issues.  Not following tribal law and the tribe's own consitution as what happened to my Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has done JUST THAT.

Moreover, disenrollment tears apart our ancestral connections that tribal members have with their communities. It's not just about being kicked out of a tribe; it's about losing cultural identities, religious ceremonies, activities, politics, burials, education, and customs that are an integral part of their lives. This type of isolation and separation is cruel and inhumane, and it's a sentence of imprisonment for life.

But it's not just a matter of basic human rights; it's a matter of ethics and morality. Disenrollment is not the traditional way of the Native Americans, and it's only used in extreme cases. This practice is being called the new genocide, and it's being perpetrated by tribal officials who are supposed to protect the rights of their tribal citizens. It's time to demand moral and ethical integrity in regards to human rights and the law.

Why stand idly by and watch as these atrocities continue to occur? It's time to take action and hold these officials accountable for their harmful actions. One way to do this is to stop patronizing offending tribes' casinos, hotels, restaurants, powwows, and clubs. 

Let them know that we do not agree with their system of denying civil rights to their people and that we will not support their nation until they follow their own tribal law.

We must demand that tribes who disenroll en masse, like Chukchansi is doing now,  should lose Federal funding and benefits, including land trusts. The American people should not be paying tribes who violate the civil and human rights of their people. Our representatives should shun these tribes and use their bully pulpit to fight for the rights of the people who have been beaten by the club of sovereignty.

It's time for the Department of Interior and Congress to step up and uphold the protection of our civil rights and protect tribal members from rogue governments that break tribal laws and constitutions. The trust responsibility of Congress extends to all Native Americans, not just Chiefs and Chairmen. We must demand that they do their duty to protect our civil rights and the rights of all tribal members.

Disenrollment matters. It's a violation of basic human rights, and it goes against the very principles of democracy and fairness that we hold dear. We must demand change and hold those responsible accountable for their actions.


Shauna said...

Holly and Mark Macarro have had their hands in disenrollment. They have vanished families who have made it through genocide with paperwork and politics for money -- water contracts.

Holly is now attempting to help a white dude vanish a 79-year-old Indigenous Political Prisoner.

Why is Holly Macarro now messing with Leonard Peltier? The man has been locked up almost 50 years for defending his people. His attorney, Kevin Sharp, has been stringing Peltier along for 6 years, doing nothing but wringing money out of the man by taking over Peltier Merchandise.

HOLLY MACARRO is now on Kevin Sharp's legal team. When Peltier rightfully questions why nothing is happening, Holly placates him and helps Sharp string him along.

WHY? We all know she does not do anything out of the goodness of her heart. She bought Peltier a house to "prove" that Kevin is getting him out.

With the right lawyer, Peltier would have been out years ago. Sharp uses Holly to chase other lawyers away. She has made herself "close" to Peltier.

Just as Holly and Mark vanished entire bloodlines through disenrollment, Holly is now helping the white dude try and vanish Leonard Peltier.

Someone needs to make some noise about who this woman really is. I have no idea what is in this for her. Maybe she is desperate to try and look good to someone.

This white dude, Kevin Sharp, is a straight-up fraud. He cannot keep Peltier on the hook any longer by himself, so Holly has magically become a lawyer.

We cannot let Peltier die in prison. The FBI attacked Pine Ridge Reservation in the 1970s to get uranium mining rights and silence AIM. They did not want pesky talk about Sovereignty and Native Americans being told they had human rights.

Peltier was on the front lines against straight-up genocide and has paid for it with 48 years' worth of prison.

ONCE AGAIN, HOLLY MACARRO IS PREYING ON ONE OF HER OWN. Sharp is a fraud. He made a big deal about leaving the federal bench to "fight for justice". He was a placeholder. His father-in-law bought him a seat, then yanked him to turn the bench over to Republicans.

Sharp has done NOTHING. In six years he has written one clemency petition, that came out in his friend's art book. That he is getting kickbacks on.

Macarro and Sharp need to be exposed as the predators they are. Peltier will be 80 soon. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

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Anonymous said...

Monacan Indian Nation was Federaly Recognized in Jan 2018 . 2020 our tribe received a large amount of money due to Covid. Because some of us didn’t vote for funds being spent and control by one person 13 of us were disenrolled . Chief overturned an entire government and our Constitution which he signed into place 4/2018 . .The people in place are hiding behind Sovereignty. Unfortunately our tribe doesn’t have a tribal court . So leaders say nothing citizen can do about what going on because they are all protected due to being a Sovereign Nation . Unfortunately citizen are left fight for our birth right which Elden to fall on deaf ears . Something must change .