how can we stop the U.S. the killing and stealing from the Treaty Tribe of the Kawaiisu Citizens

Over 50,000 peaceful and loving people of the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon have been  murdered by the United States Government and Corporations. Their land has been stolen and their families sold as slaves. Yet no American does anything to help them. Why is it OK to just allow this to continue to happen while you stand there and say I did not do it and it is not my fault?
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Hello David-

To be honest, I had not heard about the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon until reading your post today. I do not know enough about the situation to have anything to add. I would love to learn more though. Are there any resources you can point me to?

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Answered over 2 years ago tallybower 289 3 from United States
about 2 years ago exdir1 said:

Tally, Here are two articles and a copy of the final Court Order in the federal case, that will help bring you up to speed on at least some of the more current issues in the situation to which David Laughing Horse Robinson, Chairman of the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon, is referring in his question:

The first, “California: Kawaiisu Tribe Of Tejon Urgent Action – Letter Writing Campaign,” is an article which appeared in Indigenous Peoples Issues & Resources in February 2011, concerning the desecration of tribal burial grounds on the Tejon Reservation near Los Angeles, California, denial of federal recognition as a treatied tribe, and the associated denial of rights guaranteed under federal treaties, including, but not limited to, health care, education benefits, provisions for water and electricity, etc. http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=9135:california-kawaiisu-tribe-of-tejon-urgent-action-letter-writing-campaign&catid=22:north-america-indigenous-peoples&Itemid=55

The second article, “Kawaiisu Tribe Thanks Secretary Salazar For Righting Wrongs Of The Past,” dated January 2012, is a press release issued by Chairman Robinson thanking Secretary of the Interior, Kenneth Lee (Ken) Salazar, “for ‘Reaffirming’ the Tribe to the list of Federally Recognized Tribes in the United States.”


Since the tribe’s status as a federally recognized tribe was central to asserting their rights, it was hoped that finally achieving US reaffirmation of their tribal status and inclusion on the list of Federally Recognized Tribes would also support their claim in federal court. However, in August, the Court issued its final order dismissing the tribe’s Third Amended Complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Here is the link to the Court’s final Order of Dismissal, which also includes a great deal of background information on the complaint at hand.


An appeal was filed in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals just over 3 weeks ago (on September 26th). http://dockets.justia.com/docket/circuit-courts/ca9/12-17151/


Mr. Chairman,

I understand that an appeal of the decision in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on September 26, on behalf of the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon. 

Has a request for intervention regarding the land and ancestral graves sacred to the Kawaiisu people also been sent to James Anaya, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People? (While I was able to find Mr. Anaya's statement in the urgent situation concerning the site sacred to the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota peoples, Pe’ Sla, I was unable to find anything that indicated that a request for intervention had been filed with the Special Rapporteur on behalf of the Kawaiisu Tribe of Tejon.) 

The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program produced a handbook on "The Role of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples within the United Nations Human Rights System - A Handbook for Indigenous Leaders in the United States" in connection with Mr. Anaya's official visit to the United States  in April-May 2012, to explain how the Special Rapporteur's function and work may be useful to leaders of indigenous peoples. The handbook, which includes directions for corresponding with the Office of the Special Rapporteur, may be downloaded in PDF form.

Subsequent to his general statement to the Eleventh Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues last May, in August, Mr. Anaya submitted a report to the General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Twenty-First Session  on "The situation of indigenous peoples in the United States of America," on the basis of his findings during an in-country visit earlier this year (April 23- May 4th).  The report was released to the public on September 11 and formally presented to the Human Rights Council on September 18. In his report, Mr. Anaya calls for the U.S. government “to advance toward reconciliation with indigenous peoples and address persistent deep-seeded problems related to historical wrongs, failed policies of the past and continuing systemic barriers to the full realization of indigenous peoples’ rights.” Links to both the news releaseand the full report are provided both here and in the announcement.

I trust you will keep us informed on the progress of the Ninth Circuit appeal and any communication with/from the U.N. as more information becomes available.

With respect to the Ninth Circuit case, I understand that California Indian Legal Services (CILS) is a non-profit law firm that provides pro-bono or low-cost legal representation exclusively to Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Native Americans. Have you been in contact with CILS? Are their attorneys representing (or advising on or assisting in the legal representation of) the Kawaiisu people in the appellate case before the Ninth Circuit?

Answered about 2 years ago exdir1 143 from United States