Letter to the Editor: Picket the Central California Agency - BIA

Dear Editor,

The California Valley Miwok Tribe invites you to join us in our open protest against the local Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept. of the Interior, Central California Agency

Our Tribe is a federally recognized Tribe that is listed in the Federal Register as an Indian Entity Recognized and Eligible to receive services from the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Central California Agency — BIA is illegally trying to re-organize a federally recognized Tribe that has never been terminated, that has a Custom and Tradition Tribal Constitution ratified by the Tribe in March 2000.

The local BIA has been illegally withholding our Mature Status 638 Contract since 2008 and by refusing to confirm to the California Gambling Control Commission who our duly elected Chairperson is, BIA has caused the CGCC to illegally withhold the Tribe's Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Monies (RSTF) since 2005.

Our civil rights have been violated. The local BIA is also violating federal law.

We (the "Tribe") have no money to fund our Tribal Programs, all employees have been layed off since Dec 2007. The Tribe cannot pay its bills, and the only Tribal Property (1 acre of land at 10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA 95212) has been foreclosed on. The Sheriff's Department is scheduled to evict the Tribe and its members off the Tribal Property on January 15, 2010.

We are demanding that our funding be released immediately so we can save our Tribal Property and not be homeless. We are demanding fair treatment by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. We are demanding that an investigation into the inappropriate actions and treatment of

our Tribe, by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Dept of the Interior - BIA mission is to “protect and honor its trust responsibilities to American Indians, Alaskan Natives and Affiliated Island Communities,” so why have they failed so miserably with protecting the California Valley Miwok Tribe?

Come join us, voice your concerns and issues. Show strength in UNITY!

Where: John Moss Building
Central Calif. Agency/BIA:
650 Capitol Mall,
Sacramento, California 95814


For more info contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at

(209) 931-4567