posted on Dec, 10 2009 @ 12:11 PM
On Nov. 5, the day of the historic White House Tribal Nations Conference, newspaper readers across the Washington region saw an ad featuring the
smiling face of Obama posing next to a grinning Matthew Franklin, the federally recognized chairman of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians of
“Mr. President, what is wrong with this picture?” asked large, black newsprint appearing below the photo.
there is a problem Mister President... Mister Matt Franklin, is recognized by your administration as the Tribal Chairman of the Ione Band of Miwok
Indians. However, he is not their tribal leader. in fact he is not a real member of their tribe and cannot even speak the language...
Can everyone say "Oops"!
turns out Nicolas Villa Jr., identified therein is the historical tribal leader of the band.
SO what went wrong???
in 1995, the BIA wrongfully forced the tribe to reorganize its membership to include non-members, non-Indians, and terminated some existing
memberships using the United Auburn Indian Restoration Act of 1994 as its basis for action.
As a result of the 1990s reorganization, Franklin was ultimately elected chairman. in other words he was appointed to be chairmen by a federal agency
and not the tribe.
Why would Frankin make such a claim???
seems he's trying to develop a casino, or perhaps even a water park on tribal lands.
So now we have a fight on our hands... Villa has asked Congress to investigate.
The BIA claims Franklin is the rightful leader.
there's going to be a lot to answer for when this all shakes out and whats at stake is do Native Americans have the right to appoint their own
leaders or have the federal government pick them for us?
More on this here
[edit on 10-12-2009 by DaddyBare]