The California Apartheid
- The fruit of Democrat supported racism is coming home to roost as Indians fight with each other over who has the most "Pure Blood".
- By a racist California law only the American Indian racial group in allowed to own a gambling business.
The Rolling Hills Casino, opened in 2002, has transformed the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians into a wealthy nation. Every adult member of the Tehama County tribe gets $54,000 a year, and kids receive trust funds and scholarships. Casino profits paid for the tribe’s $3 million jet and more than 162 ounces of gold.
Now, Tribal Chairman Andy Freeman and about 60 angry tribal members are asking: Where’s the jet? Where’s the gold?
They stormed the Bureau of Indian Affairs office on Capitol Mall in Sacramento on Thursday to accuse the tribe’s economic development officer, former Sacramento FBI agent John Crosby, and treasurer and Tribal Council member Leslie Lohse of embezzling close to $10 million.
They’ve also accused Lohse, Crosby and Tribal Council members Geraldine Freeman and David Swearinger of launching a cyberattack on the casino, freezing some machines and forcing the casino staff to make all payouts by hand reports the Sacramento Bee.
Crosby and Lohse have fired back, saying they didn’t embezzle anything, and accusing the faction led by Andy Freeman of stealing all the tribal records and computers and hiring its own security force armed with AR-15s to take over the casino in a military-style operation.
Andy Freeman says Crosby, Lohse and about 40 members of the Henthorne, Crosby and Pata families have had their tribal membership and benefits suspended because they are not legitimate tribal members. The other side counters that it’s still in charge and has a letter from Troy Burdick, the BIA’s Central California superintendent, to prove it.
The bitter dispute over who runs the 216-member nation is one of a dozen intertribal feuds playing out in California Indian country, often involving casinos that gross hundreds of millions of dollars annually. Since these tribes are recognized as sovereign nations by the U.S. government, they have the right to pass their own laws and constitutions. They decide who’s in charge, who’s a member – and who’s not – and who gets a slice of casino revenue that can exceed $1 million a year per member.
Festering family rivalries and power struggles often boil to the surface, and several thousand California Indians have been disenrolled in the last decade, said Rick Cuevas, one of more than 300 members disenrolled from the Pechanga nation in Riverside in 2006. Those disputes can turn violent, and Lohse said she fears “another Cedarville.”
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