Take a quick look at what is happening to
the real Native Americans throughout Indian country.
This did not happen back when the east
Shechaim’s, Clan-Mothers and an Elders Counsel.
The west, north and south
Chief and Elder Counsels.
It has been happening all over New England
for over 20 years with no one seeming to care.
Will, now it is the turn of Casino Indians!
The St. Croix Chippewa maintain a blood quantum requirement of 50 percent. It is one of fewer than 10 of 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States to retain such a stringent standard.
Banished from the tribe
ED EMERSON and GARY KING
is the grandson of former longtime
St. Croix Chippewa chief and traditional
spiritual leader Archie Mosay.
His mother, Archie’s daughter,
has Department of Interior papers certifying
her blood quantum requirement to be a member of the tribe.
Despite Ammann’s lineage and heritage,
the St. Croix Chippewa Tribal Council is actively
seeking to banish him from the tribe.
Ammann says the attempt at disenrollment is an old vendetta that underlines the need for reform and greater accountability within tribal governance.
“People have been corrupted by all of this casino money,”
Tony Ammann said.
“It’s vindictiveness. It’s greed. It’s an abuse of authority. We need to put a stop to this system where decisions are being made in secret.”
“They’ve taken this idea of sovereignty to mean they can do whatever they want with no accountability,”
Dora Ammann said.
“Let’s run our government by the rules and not personal vendettas. I have nothing against these people.
I try not to judge them.
But when they start to become mean it becomes worse than a bully on the playground.”
A human and civil rights issue
The issue of tribal disenrollment has become a national human and civil rights issue.
It is estimated that 70 tribes in the United States
have banished as many as 8,000 members
from tribal rolls.
Tribal elders receive per capita payments of approximately $10,000 per year – other members approximately $4,800 per year.
Banishment would mean losing that payment and all hunting and fishing rights.
The St. Croix Chippewa maintain a blood quantum requirement of 50 percent.
It is one of fewer than 10 of 562 federally recognized tribes in the United States
to retain such a stringent standard.
This did not happen back when
had Shechaim’s, Clan-Mothers and an Elders Counsel.
And the west, north and south
had Chiefs and Elder Counsels.