Monday, August 5, 2019

The Sacramento Bee - What is a ‘California Indian tribe’?

Interesting article in the Sacramento Bee:

What is a ‘California Indian tribe’? How a proposed law unearthed a decades-old wound

BY HANNAH WILEY
AUGUST 05, 2019

Excerpt:

Ramos used a legal definition for “tribe” outlined in the 2001 California Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, which states a “California Indian Tribe” must be federally recognized. If it’s not, the tribe must be in the petitioning process for recognition or be eligible to apply for the status.

That definition contradicts laws from 2004 and 2014 that define a California tribe as federally or non-federally recognized, as long as it’s on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission.

There are only 109 federally recognized tribes in California, with another 55 without the status, according to a 2016 commission report. Many of the unrecognized tribes either had their status terminated beginning in the 1950s under a handful of congressional acts, or were never federally recognized.

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21 comments:

Anonymous said...

What’s this rumor about an order on Robs desk from a federal judge that he must re-enroll the illegally disnerolled?? The judge stated no evidence was provided by the tribal council to support their reason for dis enrollment. I didn’t think there were any court hearings in process? Just the approval of acknowledgment for the Agua Caliente members breaking off from their partnership from Pala. This is going to affect everyone at Pala but not worse than smith and Nieto have and will continue to. I say get rid of them and fix what’s left of Pala so members won’t want to break away.

Anonymous said...

I also heard about this letter and Rob and Nieto are saying that no federal judge can tell them what to do concerning membership issues.
Also they said that the only way that the Britten family will be re-enrolled is when hell freezes over or they are no longer in control of the Band.
Also said was that when they are no longer in the EC that they could give a shit less what a new EC tries to do
because neither of them will be living on the Reservation
after they retire or voted out.
By that time there will be nothing left to fight over.

Anonymous said...

Yeah....uhm....a federal judge cannot tell a tribe who and how to determine, change, alter, or amend their membership rolls, criteria, eljgibility, and history. The right to determine mebership is a protected inherent right as a soverign nation.

Anonymous said...

But the Tribe wasn't the ones that disenrolled.
It was Smith, Nieto and Perez.
The tribe was not aware of the disenrollments until after it was already done.
So by condoning this action which was done illegally just gives the EC the power to do the same to another family that they want gone.
Just like the family that they are thinking of targeting soon.

Anonymous said...

Let me lay it down for you! This is how it works, smith donates the tribes money to many organizations in turn they place him on the board and in some cases he holds the seat of chairman of the board. He gets payed for sitting on all these boards and now has several paychecks coming in from percap, EC, 12 boards. By smith making all this legitimate income it makes it easier to hide or cover up his stolen money from Pala. He is legitimately making hundreds of thousands a year so he can justify his purchases and most people won’t notice him spending extra money he has stolen from Pala. Including his daughters who he puts items under their names as well. We have all noticed the several cars he and his daughters drive around. His daughters only receive percap which has consistently gone down so they cannot afford the things they have without fathers help. He spreads the money around through the family so it’s divided up between several people and harder to notice. He also has accounts that he hides money in to save for later or when they go on vacation. These accounts have millions. This is his runaway money and what his family will use as a safety net when things go under. Smith and nieto are driving Pala’s finances into such a mess that when things go under there will be so much money missing gone here and there and bad investments and payments that several millions over the years will not be accounted for or traced. This is the plan.

Anonymous said...

Why don't Smith,and Neito look into the Lovatos roll and family tree,and fix it.And take Cindy Leal off the rolls,the e.c. have proof thay Cindy is not a Lovato,Mel took dna with Cindy Leal,is is not a Lovato.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:35 PM
True what you say and the fact that Cindy Leal is using something against Rob to keep her and her kids on the
rolls.
There were rumors a few years ago something about Rob
taking off Cindy's cloths when she passed out at his house from drinking and he tried to have sex with her but she woke up before he could get it in.
But she said that she would tell everyone that he raped her if he didn't put her kids on the Roles.
So when Mel gave them the DNA results that proves that she is not a lavato Rob lost the the test results in one of his trash cans.
She is not the only one that he has tried to rape at his old house, one of them still works at the Admin with him.

Anonymous said...

He raped the other one when she was 12 or 13. The guy is as crooked as they come. I wondered how her kids got enrolled seeing how her blood was the end of the line, supposedly because her kids father was enrolled somewhere else, by Pala's rules she wasn't supposed to be able to use his Pala blood which is 1/32. If that's the case then my grandchildren who have more than enough Pala blood should be able to be enrolled.

Anonymous said...

Her kids dad is a Mexican and not enrolled on any reservation.Her husband is the one that kissed Rob on the lips at the Casino bar.
Maybe it was a thank you kiss but was more like a passionate one.

Anonymous said...

*********** WARNING TO PALA MEMBERS******************

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, DO NOT TRUST THE SO-CALLED
ENROLLMENT SPECIALIST THAT WORKS FOR THE PBMI.
SHE IS JUST AS CORRUPT AS SMITH AND NIETO AND WILL FIND A WAY TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD LINE, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.
SHE THINKS THAT SHE CAN CHANGE GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN RECORDED FOR DECADES BUT ACCORDING TO THE BIA SHE DOES NOT HAVE THAT POWER TO DO SO.

Anonymous said...

No they’re not.

Anonymous said...

Why won't the BIA issue a CIB when requested by the Pala
members.
The BIA is supposed to issue them upon request by Tribal Members.
I have one for my father and the Pala EC refuses to look at and will not let me use it for my kids for enrollment.
More than likely its because my Dad was the grandson of Margarita Britten.

Anonymous said...

@3:35 Better yet why doesn't the EC look into Robs and Nieto's bloodline?

Anonymous said...

Why is there no pressure coming from the rightful members to take down Smith? He's only human with many false. I'm just an outsider looking in. Why is he constantly the head chair of your tribe?

Anonymous said...

Elections are rigged at Pala. That is how Smith keeps getting re-elected.

Anonymous said...

The only way he will be out is when he is dead, then and only then will things change in pala.
then the members can live without fear of being ousted
and get the answers to all the questions that have been asked for the last 20 plus years.
Then watch the per capita go way up like it should be.
And all the bonuses will be restored and everyone will be treated with respect like it used to be.
The members will be proud once again to say they are from the PALA INDIAN RESERVATION.
No more hurt only happiness.

Anonymous said...

Rob is able to keep passing his agenda because he has illegally enrolled so many people in trade of their support. He disenrolled 164 so how do we still have the same amount of members? I don’t think 164 new members were born in the past 6 years? He is enrolling people’s kids and entire families and keeping some enrolled that should not be as long as they keep supporting him. Why do you think some people are so hard cores Robert supporters because they know if he is out of office they or their kids will be off the rolls. Robert rather have non qualified members that support him than rightful members that don’t.

Anonymous said...

That’s probably not true.

Anonymous said...

It is 100% true.

Anonymous said...

It is absolutely true. When I have gone to meetings there is sometimes people there that I have never seen before. Pala is not that big and everyone knows everyone. It is 110% true.

Anonymous said...

And more so when the EC wants something approved for their own personal agenda, there are so many people that
no one seems to know who they are.
Some of them don't bother to sign in they just go get a voting machine and sit down.
I have personally witnessed this at more than one meeting
and have asked people sitting near me who is guy or lady and always they say they don;r know.
They come in get a voting machine and when the subject that they are there for comes up for a vote they vote and then a few minutes later they leave.
Even on the sign in sheet sometimes the sign in but don't put their roll number down next to there signature.