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Sent: Fri 10/05/07 6:36 PM
   

...I was reading with interest about corruption on Indian Chief and council. It seems that there is no help, according to many of the letters and stories that are put in this article. Indian Affairs does not seem to care or to want to help, because they are part of the problem. So , is this the only alternative , to form a coalition to address corruption in our band offices. I come from the Musqueam Indian Band and the same things that are mentioned by these concerned people happen in our chief and council. Who can I contact to join a coalition to address the corruption that is in our band office. It seems that when concerned people of this reserve address the corruption that it is swept under the rug. Can I please have the names of People in Vancouver, b.C that have formed a coalition to address these problems. Many band members here are concerned for our future land claims that could be used inappropriately and also we have many concerns about our current chief and council that have many drug addicts and alcoholics that are forever being voted into chief and council. Please get back to me about this.


10/26/06

I am a member of the Cherokee Nation in Stilwell, Oklahoma. I am a 100% disabled Vietnam veteran. ....

The greatest injustice the Federal Government has imposed on Indian people is to make us citizens, but deny us the most basic right of citizenship, the protections promised in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Corrupt tribal leaders who want to protect their newfound wealth and power use the United States Constitution for their own agenda by claiming sovereign immunity. However, when a tribal member redresses civil rights violations committed by tribal leaders, then the US Constitution has no jurisdiction over their unlawful action.

Tribal sovereign immunity has essentially told a generation of tribal leaders that once they are in office, they are above the law and can do whatever they please. The only culture that tribal sovereign immunity is protecting is a culture of corruption, denial of rights, and unaccountability.

 

Sent: Thu 6/15/06 12:03 AM
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Hello!  This is....... of Gitwangak, B. C. a.k.a.  Kitwanga, B. C.    My concern is with the grand theft that has been going on for twenty to thirty years in the Kitwanga Band Office.   I have talked with Nathan Cullen - NDP MP - May 25th, 2006 about our concerns.  We talked and I didn't feel confident that this would be taken care of although he did try to call INAC three times only to get an answering machine.  He left the responsibility to get a hold of INAC to request a Forensic Audit be conducted in the Kitwanga Band Office to his secretary Francoise Godet.  Initialy I was treated very well by Francoise but when I went to see her June 6th, 2006 she seemed a bit agitated with me.  Her body language spoke volumes - Oh not you again is what I seemed to read.  She also stated emphatically that this was not going to be an over night success. I felt hurt.  June 14th, 2006, I called her to tell her how I felt about our last meeting.  She indicated that this was not the case at all.  She did state again that this matter could not be taken care of as quickly as I would like.   The corruption in the band office is horrendous.   I made an itemized list of thirty items to share with Nathan Cullen.  I am sure he was aghast at what he learned but this is still being treated in an insignificant manner.  Please help us with this matter.  We want a Forensic Audit done quickly.    Yours sincerely

6/16/06

Wow it is a breath of fresh air to recieve a response so quickly.  Thank you for being so considerate.  I believe with all my heart that we will stop this dysfunctional leadership.  I'll give you an example of what transpired yesterday...I called ... re my sons request for the incentive funds everyone is entitled to after completing a course.  He completed his six week theory for plumbing and these two women refuse to honor my son. I called and they laughed as though it were comedy hour.  They grant their family and close friends funds galore.  If a family member completes a two week program they are granted one thousand dollars.  My daughter Jaclyn obtained two degrees from the university of British Columbia and we had to wrangle with these people to get a thousand dollars.  We had to appeal etc. etc. etc.  It is simply frustrating.  Their children have not been successful with education.  I believe it is because they are  bingpo orphans.  These children earn up to six thousand dollars a month and they do not have certificates, diplomas or degrees.  I sincerely hope and pray that we can do good work together.  Thank you again.    Yours sincerley


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-----Original Message-----
From: Rose
Sent: Thursday, September 28, 2000 5:48 PM                 
Subject: voting
My husband in on the roll on white earth the last time he got a ballet was to late to vote. why is this? He is not ware of what is going on with the tribe. why is this? thank you


".... A friend, a tribal member, confided to us that he had been essentially sharecropping with his white neighbor. The tribal member shared his tribally leased land; the neighbor shared his tractors and other heavy equipment. Together, they both benefited. However, the tribal government found out about it and was angry. Without warning, it revoked the tribal member's lease on the land in question, threatened to revoke other land he leased, and threatened him with forced eviction from his HUD home. The government eventually allowed him to keep his home and other land, but permanently revoked the land he had shared with a non-member. Our friend, having a large family and afraid of retribution, had no intention of taking another chance by speaking out."

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From: "Amelia"

 

Subject: Harassment

Date: Mon, 11 Aug 2003 12:16:10 -0500

Helloo

My sister and her family are being harassed by the tribal government and the tribal police. The trial police went to their home. grabbed her and pulled her off her steps, threw her on the ground and handcuffed. They told her to get up and she was unable to. her son was walking over to help her off the ground and they maced him. The grabbed my sister and pulled her off the ground and put her in the police car and also her son. They then went into her home. There is alot more that goes with this story. There is no one to help them!

Amelia 


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From: Debra

Sent: Tuesday, May 28, 2002 5:10 PM

Subject: Response to tribal corruption

Dear Ö thank you for your prompt response. To answer your question about our newly formed organization a lady from the Round Valley reservation responded to an article I had written in our local newspaper. We decided to hold informal meetings with all tribal members of mendocino county who were being persecuted by their tribal councils. So far we have had two meetings and more people have attended. We plan to compose a FYI newsletter to all tribal members of Mendocino County... If you need more Info, please keep in contact with me, I will always respond in kind. Once again thank you for taking the time to answer my letter.


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>>From: "art

>>Subject: Do you know about Indian Laws pertaining to the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe?

>>Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2001 19:28:45 -0700 >>

>>I have a situation where I am currently working for the Las Vegas Paiute >>Tribe as an administrative assistant, but since I started was sexually >>harassed, confronted my Health Director and now he is trying to get me >>fired. I need to consult with an attorney that can practice in their tribal >>court and would like a referral if you know of one. Thanks I am Native >>American myself. Please let me know >>


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From: MARG

Subject: negative treatment

Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 20:05:54 -0800 (PST)

I have a commit to make about our tribal policies and the article of WHAT IS DISCRIMINATION?, yes it does only pertain to certain people. The tribal council of our tribe are elective to sit on the council regardless of what level of education they have. They discriminate against people of our tribe not because of our race but because someone is higher educated then them. I lost my job for due to accused allegations of making contact with convicted felons, but how can you help if our council members are convicted felons, and also our related tribal members. Our tribes have a non indian general manager and he waves indian preference and recommends it to the tribal council. They don't know the tribal management and operations manual or the constitution, they are making million dollar decisions. but who do you talk to when the tribes are protected and immune from suit?

 

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From: Bill

Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2002 12:00 PM

Subject: E-mail to Congressmen

Lisa,

I found a web site listing every congressman in the US along with their e-mail address. I'm going to send them the following e-mail. Since the Democrat and Republican parties will be going after the Indian votes this election ("Parties target American Indian votes in six states", Muskogee Daily Phoenix, May 1, 2002, page 6A) they need to know how these rights are denied by tribal leaders. I was also thinking about sending a copy to their hometown newspaper editor, I have to find each newspapers web site first. A lot of the ideas came from doing research on the web and from articles on CERA. I hope they don't mind my using some of their words. What do you think?

Dear Congressman,

Are you aware federal tax dollars are being used to support a policy of denying basic civil rights to US citizens on federal lands? (land held in trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs)

As a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, a tax paying US citizen, and a full-blood Cherokee Indian, condoning this kind of treatment on United States soil is disgraceful.

The greatest injustice the federal government has imposed on Indian people during the past 58 years is to make us citizens, but deny us the most basic right of citizenship, the protections promised in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Corrupt tribal leaders, who want to protect their new found wealth and power, use the United States Constitution for their own agenda and by claiming sovereign immunity. However, when a tribal member redresses civil rights violations committed by tribal leaders, then the US Constitution has no jurisdiction on their unlawful action.

"Tribal sovereign immunity has essentially told a generation of tribal leaders that once they are in office they are above the law and can do whatever they please. The only culture that tribal sovereign immunity is protecting is a culture of corruption, denial of rights, and unaccountability".

Congress has condoned this behavior by not intervening for the protection of ALL United States citizens.

Congress has the power to correct this injustice but is failing to do so.

Why?

--- Billy


>From: Jeff
>Subject: Hi Mr. Morris please read regarding Indian trouble
>Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 18:18:08 EDT
>
>I am a small part South Dakota Sioux. I claim that I'm White as mostly I am.
> I am not a enrolled tribal member. I worked for an Indian Reservation and
>was wrongfully terminated. My dept. is denying me copies of evidence against
>me--because they have nothing. I am grieving my action now but it's hard to
>do when you don't have the so-called evidence against you. Do we as
>non-tribals then have rights? Why are there Discrimination signs posted in
>the workplace, EEOC/TERO signs posted? I went to them (EEOC) for help both
>in town -- can't help you because you worked for reservation. I go to the
>EEOC/TERO representive on the Nation-- can't help you because your white.
>This is really ticking me off. I was told our (white people) jobs out here
>are temporary. I have no problem with Indian Preference and promotion in
>regards to hiring and that but not preferential treatment for punishment for
>Indians is little or nothing while to a white man it's termination for the
>same offense! That's a problem! My dept. violated several of the their own
>and the Nation's policies what can i do to help myself in this matter. I
>loved my job and working for the Indian people but after what was done to me
>I'm mad at the resentment they put me through. I was also denied a $600.00
>clothing allowance and 35 annual leave hours when I was terminated. This is
>part of the Nations "unwritten policies" Please send information of what I
>can do. There are 6 others with problems as well.
>Jeff

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