Tribal disenrollment is apparently becoming the new norm for newly wealthy tribes in Indian Country.
Greed has always been a risk that accompanies authority. Our leaders have traditionally been given the task of protecting and nurturing The People. Often that meant sharing both scarcity and wealth. Now Greed and corruption seem to be the new norm.
Native America Calling: The Real Life of An American Indian provided the following announcement:
Earlier this month (Feb. 2012) the Pala Band of Mission Indians disenrolled a number of previous tribal members. As stated in an earlier blog, this did not catch much attention in the non-Native community surrounding San Diego. However, Native Country will not allow this issue to go without critical review, dialogue and extended discussion. The meaning behind this matter is still being questioned. It is hopeful that, in the near future, a level of truth will surface regarding this matter.
On Monday Feb. 13 Native America Calling will hold a broadcast about this issue and examine similar cases that have taken place in other Native tribes. It is important to share this information, call-in if possible, discuss and speak – with an informed opinion that is critical of the issues at stake – about this with those who are not aware of the devastating impact that this has, and will continue to foster, for the local tribe(s) and their families for generations to come.
For those affected, disenrollment seems to be another form of genocide, as Original Pechanga’s Blog noted recently;
It has been discussed that tribal disenrollments in Indian Country is nothing short of genocide of families. It’s nothing compared to the horrors in Rwanda or Armenia of last century, however, tribes are eliminating large percentages of their people. Just recently, The Pala Band of Mission Indians in N. San Diego County eliminated 154 people, taking a cue from their relatives and neighbors at Pechanga.
The Picayune Rancheria, near Fresno, eliminated almost 70% of their tribe. Pechanga at about 25%. The Redding Rancheria even terminated the family of their FIRST Tribal Chairman, Robert Foreman. Tribes are small, so when you phrase it as 400 people, it doesn’t sound so bad, if you equate that to say, 8 MILLION Californians or 78 MILLION Americans, you’d get a truer picture. The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has done the same with their Freedmen population, and I’m sure many readers would be surprised to know the Cherokee to their SLAVES on the Trail of Tears.
We’ve taken an article from Genocide Watch that details the stages of genocide and used them to illustrate what went on at the Pechanga Reservation in Temecula California, the tribe is led by Mark Macarro. There is an urgent need for the enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act.
These are indeed heartbreaking times.
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