Organization by Miwok of Buena Vista Rancheria

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The USA Defense

Posted by Ya-Nah on September 10, 2013 at 11:25 PM

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 the elders of that tribe, Bea Crabtree and June Geary.


Beatrice Mae Ortega Crabtree is Grandma June's oldest sister, and in more traditional times, she might be considered hereditary leader of the tribe. Auntie Bea is the one who would take me out to yard sales when I was younger and then bring me home with a 5 gallon bucket full of adorible, happy puppies.  It turns out that I don't believe that three puppies fit into a 5 gallong bucket, so I held them as much as possible on the way home.  She is the most amusingly impulsive person I know and one of the most generous, and elderly. September 11th is her birthday and this year, she will be 83 years old.


This year Bea lost her Chico, CA apartment and all of her belongings to a home disaster. The Chico Rancheria Housing Coorporation, would have given her financial assistance to relocate, except she is not an enrolled member of any federally recognized American Indian tribe. It was debasing to see one of my elders denied assistance that is supposed to be for Native Americans in need. She is now in a temporary residence in Davis and still in search of a permanent senior residence here.


Blocking her membership and right to acknowledgement, is an organization called "Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians." That organization has received over $12 million since 2001 because it claims to represent Miwok people like Bea, however, it does not consider her a member and it aggressively pursues casino style gaming to pay debts from contracting a casino style gaming facility next to our ceremonial grounds.


The axiom is that a Miwok elder is Native American and she deserves equal rights.  


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