Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Capitalism turns tribes into racists

The Cherokee aren't the only tribe who now use concepts of race instead of culture to define tribal identity. From California Indian Tribes Eject Thousands of Members:
One of Mr. Roan’s daughters, Ruby Cordero, is also considered a cultural pillar of the tribe because she is expert at basket weaving and among the last native speakers of the Chukchansi language. But at 87, she, too, has been disenrolled.

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  1. The Loss of Chukchansi Citizenship is Wrong
    I find it disturbing that in all the years we’ve had mass terminations of tribal citizenships, no politician has stood up for those Indians who have been harmed by their tribe.
    When you give it a benign name like “disenrollment”, it takes on the context of, say, losing membership in the P. T. A. That makes it simpler for a politician to take tribal money and say, “tribes can choose their own membership” to taking a closer look at what it really entails.
    The U.S. Government can strip an American of citizenship for few reasons, here’s one from US CODE 1481:
    7) committing any act of treason against, or attempting by force to overthrow, or bearing arms against, the United States .. engaging in a conspiracy to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States . We are talking about treason or overthrowing the government. No disenrollees have threatened overthrow of their tribal government. No bearing arms against tribal councils. In Indian Country, you can lose your citizenship for simply disagreeing with the tribal council. Can you name one American stripped of their citizenship? How about American terrorists who advocate death to American and Sharia law? In Indian Country, the number is in the THOUSANDS. On the Pechanga Reservation in Temecula, Original Pechanga allottee descendent have had their citizenship taken away, along with voting rights, health care, the right to speak at meetings. Redding Rancheria terminated 25% of their tribe, including their FIRST Tribal chairman. The same politicians who rightfully found the apartheid policy of sovereign country of South Africa abhorrent, now side with tribes who are practicing the same apartheid in their own districts. Politicians in CA who were appalled over neighbor state Arizona’s stricter immigration enforcement laws, going so far as to shrilly calling for boycotting that state over ‘possible’ civil rights violation, are supporting tribes who have actually stripped voting rights, health care, per capita (now totaling $500 million), elder care, educational assistance They tell themselves “well it’s only 9 people, or it’s only 75 people”. Yet how many does it have to be to make it wrong? The Picayune Rancheria took away citizenship to fully 50% of their tribal people. When is it wrong, or rather “wrong enough”? What if say, the GOP got 50% of Democrats excluded? Would it be wrong? Of course it would. It’s past time to take it seriously and to stand up for the rights of the individual Indian. Our government needs to do its job and stand up for the weak and defenseless. Exercising its moral outrage includes:

    1.Eliminate funding for tribes who violate the rights of their people.2.No longer take land into trust for abusive tribes3.Place enforcement actions into the Indian Civil Rights Act Tribes have a sovereign right to do wrong, but they shouldn’t be supported by our politicians when they do.