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Thursday, August 7, 2014


The Great Spirit watches it all - much like a HAWK in the sky - sees from afar - that which some of you think you see - but not with your near sighted - tunnel vision - blurry vision - if you are corrupt and crooked.

Often times I remind the San Francisco Board of Supervisor - who are now on a long vacation - whiling away their time.

That they SF Board of Supervisors - do not deserve this vacation - having failed San Franciscans and the constituents - by failing to represent them.

The Muwekma Ohlone are the sovereign Nation to whom the jurisdiction in all matters pertaining the land in San Francisco, belongs. Mother Earth.

They earned this from the stay on the land - over 13,000 years. Carbon dated and kept the land, the water, and the air - pristine.

Not so the stranger in less than 200 years created a concrete jungle, polluted the watershed, contaminated the air - and created masses of land with poor ill-fill -  prone to liquefaction and flooding.

All through history before the conquest of California - that evil period from 1846 to 1848 - the Native American tribes in California were killed and sought after.

It was common to kill a Native American in California and fetch $5 for a scalp up until 1927.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs - part of the Department of Interior - a Federal entity - deemed what they deemed was right or wrong.

Often and most of the time without empirical data and most of the time without - justification.

The Native Americans of California - had to fight to stay alive.

For sure - one would be a fool - to openly state that they were Native Americans - when bounty hunters and those that were evil to the core - were actively seeking to kill them.

Paradoxically the Department of Interior is foolish to demand - continuity in all matters - when the Native Americans of Northern California - lived day to day fearing they would be killed.

The Rancherias established provide some succor to Native Americans in California some much needed safe haven.

Among the many bands - the Verona Band of Alameda - that the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe meets all the criteria - as a previously recognized tribe.

This criteria is linked to as part of the Federal Acknowledgement of tribes that are put on the Federal Register of Recognized  Federal Tribes.

This quest by the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of San Francisco to seek its right to be put back on the Federal Register - is a real quest for the Truth and Justice.

The fight will go on - until TRUTH - prevails.

When it comes with dealing with the Department of Interior - the Department of the Interior (DOI) does not believe in the Truth.

The DOI believes in changing the rules - in the middle of the game - just because they deem it so.

The DOI will look into you eye - and LIE.

The Muwekma Ohlone can trace their ancestry through the Missions - Mission Dolores in San Francisco, Santa Clara and San Jose.

The Muwekma Ohlone have all the proof that those that determine the criteria require to fulfill the requirements of Federal Acknowledgement - and have detailed the requirements and more met the standards - over and above.

On December 8, 1999 the Muwekma Tribal Council filed a court case against the Department of Interior.

Arguing that as a previously Federally recognized tribe that was never "Terminated" by any Act of Congress, the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe should not have to wait 20 years for its status clarification. 

For the BAR to even review and evaluate the Muwekma Ohlone tribe's documents - is an insult and to wait for 20 more years - an even greater, insult.

Congress put the Muweka Ohlone Tribe on the Federal Register and only Congress can remove them - and this was NOT the case.

Judge Ricardo Urbina ordered the Bureau of Indian Affairs to shorten the wait - linked to adjudicating this case - to be put on the Federal Register - from 20 years to 2 years.

A process so convoluted that is boggles the mind. 

The lengthy determination created by the DOI and followed by the DOI - to put hurdles in the way and make the determination process - cumbersome.

The Department of Interior and the Bureau of Indian Affairs - was mandated by the Court to fulfill this obligation to act swiftly and failed miserably.

Some months ago in this year 2014 - the Federal Courts are making a determination.

Pondering seriously that those tribes once Federally Recognized by Congress - and then removed from the Federal Register - should be put back on the Federal Register - and all their rights restored as a Sovereign Nation. 

This time around the process will be simplified - but this is all talk - unless Congress mandates it by law - and what is more acts with determination and fortitude.

The Verona Band and the Muwekma Ohlone were put on the Federal Register in 1924 by Congress - much as Sioux, the Cheyenne, and others spurred by the work of Charles Kelsey.

Charles Kelsey who at that time reported that 70 Native American Tribes and this particular tribe belonging to the Verona Band were living in Pleasanton, California - that they needed help with land and Federal Recognition.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) appointed Special Agent Charles E. Kelsey to compile a census of landless Native Americans in Northern California in 1905. The BIA and the DOI accepted and endorsed Charles Kelsey's report.

This particular census documented the Muwekma Ohlone communities located at Niles and Pleasanton in Alameda County.

In 1906 Congress begun appropriating funds for the purchase of  land for landless California Native Americans.

In 1914 the BIA recognized the Verona Band that came under Federal Recognition and eligible for land acquisition.

In 1923 the Reno Agency of the BIA recognized that the Verona Band was eligible of land acquisition but did not acquire land for the Tribe.

18 treaties signed by the California Tribes ceded 70 million acres. This in exchange for 8.5 million acres of Native American reservations.

These treaties were never ratified - and secretly place in the U.S. Senate back room. In 1972 each California Native American was paid a measly $668 for the land.

The paradox the United States Government does not intend to honor the 18 treaties - and the truth must be told - and the shame of those conspirators exposed - for all the world to see and note.

There was even talk to heard about 500,000 Native Americans on Santa Catalina Island - some 76 square miles. The world must know about these truths - for the time has come and long passed - to right the wrong.

The Muwekma Ohlone Tribe has fulfilled all the mandates required in its rightful quest to be placed on the Federal Register on which it once was and illegally removed.

In 1989 about the time I got involved with this quest - following the instruction of the Department of Interior - thousands of pages were submitted to the Department of Interior. 

The final submission was made in 1995.

In 1998 the Office of Federal Acknowledgement (OFA) placed the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe's Part 83 petition " on the list of petitions ready for consideration".

The Part 83 process is a long and convoluted process - and should never be meted out to any Tribe that once was placed on the Federal Register - duly Acknowledged as a Tribe - as was the Muwekma Ohlone.

In 1999 the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe filed a suit asking the Court to order the Department of Interior to act on the Muwekma Ohlone's petition within one year.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) pompously argued that only the DOI had the exclusive right to determine when it would consider such petitions but could take its time - which it did - shaming all decency.

Further stalling and bring further hurdles to prolong the Muwekma Ohlone - case.

The judge Ricardo Urbina rejected the argument and ruled in favor of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

Noting that the Federally Recognized Indian Tribe List Act "prohibits the Secretary from removing or omitting tribes once placed on the list and underscores the Congress has the sole authority to terminate the relationship between a tribe and the United States."

Reminded the DOI that other tribes had been restored to the list of Recognized Tribes without going through the Part 83 cumbersome - process.

It is truly shocking that in the year 2014 - this determination full proved - adjudicated and ordered - in still lingering at the highest level in the Supreme Court.

In the 25 years I have been involved with this case of Federal Acknowledgement and Determination - the DOI has been pathetic to say the least.

Congress must set this case straight - and sign into law what is evident and right. 

The proof and all the thousands of documents have been verified and adjudicated in favor of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

The Congress person Nancy Pelosi and the Senator Diane Feinstein is fully aware of this predicament.

Both are shit scared to fully acknowledge a Sovereign Nation and that includes Mayor Edwin Lee.

For all practical purposes the Muwekma Ohlone and the City and County  of San Francisco would be equal partners - governed by the laws of this Nation.

The on going corruption and illegalities would be exposed - we know where the the skeletons are - and we know who are the crooks - and more their track record of crimes of the highest order.

The Pacific Heights Mafia comprehend the repercussions. So does Willie L. Brown the former Mayor of San Francisco.

Recently, we established an office in San Francisco - to further our cause and I head this office with the blessings of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribal Council and its Chairperson Rosemary Cambra.

Dr Espanola Jackson who holds a legal Tribal Card and I - Francisco Da Costa - have done what we could and will do what we can - to uphold Justice for the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

This land all of it - every square inch belongs to the Muwekma Ohlone.

The time is coming for quick adjudication and action.

The thieves are afraid that all their illegal assets - will be confiscated. They are afraid of true FREEDOM.

There is freedom and there is license.

Abuse of freedom is license and that is what prevails in San Francisco.

The very corrupt and the greedy have their way - but not for long. Aho.

Tribal history of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe: