Organization by Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria

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Uplifiting thoughts from Great Aunt Bea and her niece, Ya-Nah.

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Great Auntie Bea

Posted by Ya-Nah on May 30, 2016 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (2)

This is an excerpt from an essay that I recently completed about some of my experiences. 

She’s Like a Superhero


The sun is rising now over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. From the window, I can see the silhouette of the mountains in the distance and trees that line the hotel parking lot. My daughter is still asleep. She keeps tossing the blankets around in her sleep, and she giggled once. I’m drinking my second cup of the Lipto...

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Grandma June

Posted by Ya-Nah on May 30, 2016 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This is an excerpt from an essay that I recently completed about some of my experiences.

She Would Laugh


Once my daughter was out of bed, I got up and made a delicious smoothie with two peaches and several large strawberries that I found in my mom’s refrigerator. I added some lemonade that I bought at the Co-op last week and blended it all together. Then I took off on my bike for the gym while my mom started baking some brownies for my b...

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Updated Letter

Posted by Ya-Nah on May 31, 2014 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

May 30th, 2014


Re: Native American Religious Freedom and the Cemetery of Buena Vista Rancheria


Dear Governor Brown and Representatives,

Greetings and salutations, thank you for your time. Buena Vista Rancheria is a small parcel of land that has always been preserved by Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria. It is now considered to be within the county of Amador, near the city of Ione, California, and it has never been accepted into trust with the United...

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Dear Governor Brown and Congress,

Posted by Ya-Nah on May 5, 2014 at 6:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Greetings and salutations, thank you for our time. Buena Vista Rancheria is a small parcel of land that has always been preserved by the Miwok nation. It is now considered to be within the county of Amador, near the city of Ione. It is a very important location since it serves as a ceremonial gathering place, and burial ground for our people. My great grandmother was the last member of my family to be born there in 1909, and she was buried there in 1956.

A few years ago my grandmot...

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God's Beauty

Posted by Ya-Nah on April 8, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

I am not Catholic like my Grandma and Great Auntie, I'm not even Christian.  On days when the sun is shining on so much of the earth, and people don't seem to be distracted by their electronic devices, it is impossible to miss all of god's beauty.  God as a symbol of our perception of omnicience, is as much undeniable, as it is uncontainable, but it can be enjoyable.  To sit and honor the idea of vast existence, and the goodness there in is so uplifting that one can imagine tha...

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Remembering Grandma June

Posted by Ya-Nah on February 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Grandma June passed on last week.  She was born June 1st, 1935 and she died February 12th, 2014.  St. James Parish in Davis was wonderful.  She is loved and she will be missed.  

When June was young, she married a Nomlaki man and raised six children with him.  My Grandma June is one of the luckiest women I have ever known and I feel lucky to be her Granddaughter. She was 78 and her hair was mostly black. ...

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American Indians Versus The United States

Posted by Ya-Nah on January 14, 2014 at 12:55 PM Comments comments (0)

FOR RELEASE January 14, 2015

Contact: Ya-nah Geary Mandujano (916) 215-9123


SACRAMENTO - Two Miwok elders are joined with Friends of Amador County in legal action to preserve a way of life enjoyed by Miwok people and Amador County residents now. Bea Crabtree, who is a plaintiff in the case says that her concern is for “protection of the land and people that are buried there.”


The case, Friends of Amador v. Salazar regarding reorganizati...

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Documentary Film Features Miwok Elders

Posted by Ya-Nah on November 28, 2013 at 9:40 PM Comments comments (0)

“Miwok No Matter What” is an upcoming documentary film due to be released in 2014 and it will premier on the Davis' public access channel. The film features the lives and experiences of two Miwok women who have recently been discriminated against by “Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians.” It will feature the story of Buena Vista Rancheria from the perspective of elders June Geary and Beatrice Crabtree who recount memories from...

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Repair D-Q University

Posted by Ya-Nah on October 28, 2013 at 2:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I wonder whether California Tribal College & D-Q University are getting together or not.  Either way, California should have an acredited American Indian University like before.  

D-Q University was California's first tribal college and the second in the nation.  It is not reservation based or tribally run.  A 2005 Yolo Superior Court case, # CV 05-486, regarding its board's legal standing is pending.  

Following civil rights movements, it was ded...

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The USA Defense

Posted by Ya-Nah on September 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Former California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger was "TERMINATED" in 2010, as a defendant to the federal case, Friends of Amador County et. al. versus the United States of America et. al.. That is because the case involves the National Indian Gaming Act and States have immunity from lawsuit regarding that act. Otherwise, lawyers for the defence have not opposed the lawsuit. Maybe they do not want to oppose the reorganization of a small Miwok band of Northern California, by ...

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