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By David Yeagley

American patriots are making their last stand in California, and Indians are joining them.   They’re fighting against the giant casino syndicate, and their “star-spangled banner” yet waves over Rohnert Park.  Basic rights of American citizens are being trampled by the casino industry, and both Indians and whites face intimidation and bribery. Yet the patriots are strong, and their numbers grow daily.

I spoke to the core resistance group at Rohnert Park Library, July 13, 2004.  Among them is Pastor Chip Worthington, a city council candidate in a heroic recall to replace Armando Flores and Amie Spradlin—who allegedly conspired with the casino industry against the will of the Sonoma County community.  

             
             Chip Worthington.  If you live in Rohnert Park,      
             vote for Chip on August 24, 2004, for City Councilman.
   

Ordinary citizens like Worthington, Steve Bosshard, Marilee Montgomery, are listening to Indians like Suzanne Anderson (Ojibwa), Cory Alcantra (Coyote Valley Pomo), Chuck Schillings (Chukchansi) through a new organization in northern California:  American Indians for Accountability.    

AIA was introduced that evening by KSFO's Melanie Morgan. Some community leaders attending the program were Republican conservatives, but the audience was mostly liberal Democrats—who see things differently when liberalism invades their own back yard.  They don’t aggrandize Indian “equality” after all, if it means their cozy community will be trashed by a resort casino

But the big money players are always the same people, according to retired San Francisco Police Sergeant Steve Bosshard.  “It’s Jimmie Rogers, the real estate broker and developer, and Redwood Equities—that’s Clementi Carinnali, Dennis Hunter, and James Ratto, who also control the garbage business of the county.  They financially influence local  officials for cooperation, as well as local papers, like The Press Democrat. They provided the city manager $70,000 a year for pro-casino publicity.   Hard copy editions of the Community Voice, the local weekly, show a full two page ad every week, telling everyone how wonderful the casino business is for the community.”  

Rogers and Redwood Equities apparently cut a deal with Station Casinos out of Las Vegas, and Station Casinos advanced some $12.7 million.   This is to make everyone happy and create positive feeling.  $60,000 went to booster clubs for the local high school; $700,000 went to the Rohnert Park police department for five new officer salaries (in anticipation of what?); another $10,000 went to local non-profit organizations.

Money came to Greg Sarris, the self-created leader of the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria.  Sarris wants the casino at Rohnert Park.  He has a dubious "Indian" reputation.  A Los Angeles author and professor, Sarris suddenly ‘became Indian.’  Born to a Filipino father and a Jewish mother, adopted and raised by George and Mary Sarris in a middle class white society, he suddenly found it more advantageous to be a Pomo-Miwok Indian.   It’s claimed that his birth father was "part Indian," but the story is sufficiently vague and fits his Hollywood-style identity.   He greatly offends many Indians.

An outsider, he suddenly got dictatorial control over the Federation’s membership.  With the help of Congresswoman Barbara Boxer's son Doug he petitioned Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey for "federal recognition" of his new, reconstituted Indian ‘federation,’ then procured a  $1.5 million endowment for a new chair in “Native American Studies” at liberal Sonoma State University, (which prior to this was anti-casino because of the industry’s damaging effects on the environment).  He also apparently broke his word regarding his casino interests.  He had agreed to federal recognition for his Federation--barring tribal casinos.    

Instead, he can "bar" Indians.  Many Indians are being barred from their own tribes when they disagree with the leadership.  Chuck Schilling’s grandmother and two hundred other Chukchansi tribal members were "dis-enrolled" and physically forced off their rancheria (reservation) because they opposed their tribe’s management.  Many small California tribes are being tragically divided by the greed of so-called tribal leaders and outside casino management companies.  

California Indians for Justice has publicly decried such abuse.  They met at the capitol in Sacramento, July 14, protesting tribal casino corruption.  Laura Wass (AIM, Fresno) handed out a petition to be delivered to Gov. Schwarzenegger protesting the violation of the Indian Civil Rights Act (1968).   Indians are being denied not only their tribal rights, but their rights as American citizens.  

Rohnert Park is the last stand.  Can American citizens, white and Indian, overcome the political corruption and avarice that comes with the casino industry?  

You bet they can.  “And I’m glad David Horowitz is giving you a voice,” said Bosshard to me.  “He gave me a voice too, back in 1989.  I’m ‘the cop’ in the third chapter of Destructive Generation.
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Typical...

Looks like the same ole, same ole.......aka mafia taking over the big casinos over in California & paying everyone off in the process (aka politicians, schools, community, et al)........thank goodness my tribe's casinos are tribally owned & operated.  Still, California tribes are the ones whom are setting an example (precedent even) for the rest of the nations.  JMHO.  No telling how this will affect the others.  Hopefully it won't.

Now I think the one the people should go after is this Greg Sarris person, whom claims to be American Indian, but is not.  Looks to me like this ALL started with him, and no one else.  Time to take the snake out of Eden. :angry:  

Where the heck is DNA testing!!!  Really tees me off when I see someone like the above overtake a tribe, and tear it apart in the process, especially when he is not even American Indian.  Corruption, corruption, corruption.  It's things like this that makes me feel fatalistic at times (no lie).    :(

Peace & In a Introspective Mood, Nadine

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Funny, the BIA is perfectly happy to let in the "suddenly Indian" leaders of newly reconstituted tribes, but the BIA has really worked against the Seminole, when they "dis-enrolled" their Negro population.

Part of our tribal sovereignty allows each tribe to determine its own membership.  Yet, that is now all pressured by the casino industry.   Money, quick, big, and fast, I believe is not good for Indian people, really.

I know the casino income seems to be the only hope for securing a future, but, it's gambling Indian future on the white man's vice.  This doesn't make sense to me.  

Of course, my Indian National Bank idea might provide a wiser management of the casino money, since, casinos aren't going away.
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Dr. Yeagley,

Just want to let you know that I am not prejudiced against African Americans nor casinos........whereas I know you feel differently (read all about you over on indianz.com)..........and thus, I honestly don't mind a.) enrollment of African Americans whom can prove that they have American Indian blood in them, and b.)  tribes making $$$ off casinos (all part of the treaties; treaty money, as you say).  However, I do feel that American Indian tribes can not just rely solely on casinos for income, but rather should take those profits & reinvest them into tribal businesses.  Perhaps even one day in the future they will not even need tribal casinos anymore b/c their respective tribally-owned businesses will be such a success!  One can only hope.  But, for now, I don't mind them at all (no lie).  :)

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Lakota to Blackfeet?  Now that's interesting.  I suppose we'd better not go there--to the subject of "choose your tribe" options.   What a hornet's nest that could be.

We're only allowed to be enrolled in one tribe, no matter how many different bloods are in us, right?  

So, who's the lucky tribe?  Who get's your membership?  Are we going to start marketing our membership now?   :D
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Want to thank you Dr. Yeagley for your article. I don't know where this casino stuff is going to end up but it does not look good for our nation and society. Money brings corruption and gambling money brings the worst corruption. Call it native american, nevada gambling interests, Malayasian, Hong Kong, Mafia etc etc. Gambling is not an industry.  It makes nothing

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The Buzzard!  Thanks for pushing through the log-on carcass!
Welcome to BadEagle, whence "thither the eagles gather."

Interesting point:  gambling does not produce a product.  The "gaming" industry merely moves money around, from one hand to another hand.  

What would be a better term, Money Shift?  Dollar Rounds?  Economic Circulation?   Changing Hands Society?

I am so infuriated at what gaming does to the moral reputation of Indians--as if we don't have enough bad rep in modern times!   The casino clowns don't care about Indians, and neither do Democratic leaders.  That's a facade.

They take the Al Capone approach:  give the people what they want.   I think that's called a "splippery slope."  

Better to give the people what they need, or does that sound too Big Brother-ish?
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Better to give the people what they need, or does that sound too Big Brother-ish?


What the people need is to be able to dream and pursue those dreams, whatever they may be, and under the present system that can't be done. All most have is a casino job to look forward too, and that isn't much, any attempt to try something on ones own is looked down on as not being Indian. With out dreams there can be no hope, with out true freedom, there is no point in dreaming. We need to learn to dream.
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We need to learn to dream.  I like that.  I like that a lot!  

Years ago Rudolph Kruger, conductor of the Ft.Worth Opera called me that, "the dreamer."  But that was because I seemed to be 'lost in space.'  (I couldn't remember things he told me.) I was never really taught how to dream.  I just dream.  Strange things have happened.

Learning to dream, that would have been a great advantage.

Truth is, there are a lot of successful Indians out there, but they're not in the casino business.  Educational funding put them all in medicine, social work, engineering, business (small), and law.  Then "Indian studies."   These were the only degrees you could get a fellowship in.   The arts, literature, industry, design, the creative stuff, was not a concern.   They wanted you to have degrees that would benefit your tribe.   You weren't allowed to be a free-thinking individual, and do whatever you wanted, or dreamed.
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The arts, literature, industry, design and the creative stuff is what keeps most of America out of abject poverty. What if an Indian wants to be something other then a social worker, there are so many interesting things people can achieve that is not a direct benefit of the tribe, but can't they see that the tribe still benefits in the end?
Did the American people benefit as a whole by Edison's work?  Not only him but so many others, no great invention or discovery was ever made by oppressed people, and Indians are in many ways oppressed, only now it is they who are oppressing themselves. It's time to start dreaming.
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