Liberals Sue Native-American Tribe for Discrimination for Removing Non-Native American Members

Every day liberals wake up dreaming of finding more racism to expose. Sometimes they have to travel farther to find the evil racism. And sometimes what they think is racism involves absurdly convoluted reasoning. So bring on the Red Privilege.

The Sauk-Suiattle is being targeted for disenrolling members who were mostly not Nooksack… and were involved in drugs. To a liberal this is the worst case of Red Privilege ever.

The suit stems from an attempt by tribal leaders to disenroll 306 members–allegedly because they are part-Filipino.”This is ethnic cleansing pure and simple,” says Moreno Peralta, a spokesperson for the four plaintiffs and their relatives, in a statement to Seattle Weekly. “Our Chairman and his faction are trying to wash the Filipino blood out of the Nooksack Tribe.

I don’t want to get into all these racial issues, but isn’t the whole point of a tribe that it’s composed of a specific indigenous people, rather than of Filipinos. The whole premise of reservations and tribal authority allows indigenous peoples to safeguard their identity. That’s what they’re doing.

There’s an entire country here where people who have all sorts of ancestry can live freely. A tribal territory isn’t one of them. You either belong or you don’t. And ethnicity is the determinant of that. If it stops being the determinant of that, then a tribal territory is no different than any other area or neighborhood in the country.

Peralta hints that the bad feelings toward his family members is related not only to race but to federal drug-smuggling charges brought against members of the clan more than a decade ago. Even then, there was a move to oust the family that some felt had inflitrated the tribe, bringing crime and corruption, according to a 2000 Los Angeles Times story.

“We are keenly aware of mistakes that a few of our family members made several years ago,” Peralta says. But that does not make all of us guilty by blood relation.” He adds: “We are not a ‘Filipino Gang,’” apparently a reference to how some within the tribe continue to see family members.

But apparently the tribe has spoken. And it’s a fairly small tribe.

In the 1970s, the federal government officially recognized the Sauk-Suiattle as a tribe and demarcated a small reservation. The tribe’s numbers have since grown, but not much: The population now stands at about 200, only a fraction of whom (roughly 70, according to one estimate) live on the reservation.

At the time of the mass firing, the tribe maintained a staff of about 60, according to Pendergrass. They worked in departments devoted to, among other things, natural resources, cultural resources, health care, housing, and police. Retired Seattle homicide detective Steve O’Leary, who served as the tribe’s police chief from 2007 to 2012, says his four-person department kept busy in part by giving rides to kids who missed the school bus into Darrington.

So this is a reservation of 70 people with 60 staff members. Sounds about right.

  • Gee59

    With 60 members out 70 people exactly how many children can there be – 10 is the maximum I can find. And the 4 police officers were always business driving those ten children?

    • Eric

      Filipinos – They probably just using tribal members for citizenship. If a philipino, mexican, asian, etc. can find a person to marry that they can get citizenship. The whole bride order business is getting out of control. LOL

  • Ar'nun

    These "Filipinos" are just getting the same treatment Christopher Columbus and other explorers got whent hey first encountered the Native Americans. Lack of acceptance. Who knows, maybe 200 years from now Liberals will claim the Peralta family slaughtered this tribe and gave them a cold.

    • eric

      Racism against Native Americans, Asians, Blacks, and other minorities is not comparable to the millions of People White Europeans have killed. White Europeans will have to stand for the several genocides they have committed. Most likely this will be in the future and their children will be held responsible. The world moves in ages, 1000 year, 10000 year, Cycles. It is funny how ignorant white folks are so oblivious to crimes against humanity performed by white Europeans against Blacks, etc. Even a black man calling a white boy a cracker is compared to mass killing of non-whites — Whites are just looking for an excuse to justify their actions.

  • john spielman

    So where will progressive liberals side on this discrimination lawsuit? Come to think of it ,which side willth esame progressive liberals side between Islamists and homosexuals visa viz sharia law?
    I am glad I'm not a progressive liberal.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "So where will progressive liberals side on this discrimination lawsuit? Come to think of it ,which side willth esame progressive liberals side between Islamists and homosexuals visa viz sharia law? "

      Easy. These are all sub-classes of victims of "systemic racism" caused by "white privilege."

  • Anon

    Actually, I don't think we're getting the whole story here. If the tribe only has 200 members, they can't keep that going very many generations because it's too small a gene pool. The only way to stay healthy from one generation to the next is for at least some tribe members to intermarry with people outside the tribe. It is very doubtful that all the tribe members other than the Filipino family have purely tribal ancestry.

    If they continue to insist upon absolute tribal purity, soon there will be no more tribe members.

    That said, if some people are trouble-makers, I don't see why they can't kick the trouble-makers out of the tribe any time they want to.

  • flychem

    I thought indian tribes were outside of federal jurisdiction!

    • Edward Cline

      Quite the opposite. Indian tribes are federally protected and patrons of federal largesse. Maintaining these tribal collectives actually is a disservice to individual members, who otherwise would discover a much bigger world outside tribal confines. Tribalism discourages individuals and individualism. Those who submit to such tribalism have no identifies of their own. They're like Muslims. They're merely ciphers of one or another tribe. And they all claim victimhood, as well. "See what white man's culture has done to us? Kept us on reservations!" But these people choose to stay on those reservations.

      • Ron

        The bitter truth is that we violated every treaty we ever signed with the indian tribes. The reality is that by right entire swaths of the United States belongs to them. Territory we unjustly massacred them for, and territory which they are never going to get back.

        The concept of territories is twofold, 1) a feeble effort to adhere to the tattered remnants of our honor, and 2) to control and humiliate them.

        This is one of those things the less said about the better. It doesnt do any good to beat our chests, and the solutions are usually worse than the problems, which are usually statist/leftist. The only real thing we can do is create a country which respects free speech, property rights, and honors its contracts.

  • Mary Sue

    Interesting, given that my understanding is that Federal regulations mean a person may self-identify as Indian if they are 1/16th.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    It is always the case, leftists cannot tolerate any group which asserts their national heritage, even in a non-violent manner. This is because nationalism, in any form, is abhorrent to those who want to live in a multi-culti, psychotic world. But even so, they have their own hierarchy, and riff raff need not apply.

    In a real sense, this is why a border less world is being pushed, for it will erase any ethnic identities. In the main, Israel is seen as a nationalist thorn in the left's side, even though the left gives "grace" to fully Islamic states. This has much to do with their underlining symbiosis, they are both totalitarian in nature. They are yin and yang.

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • jakespoon

    Excuse my cynicism, but it sounds like a scam to me. One group doesn't want another group scamming their hard scammed money.

  • Hairee

    Asia only for the Asians! Africa only for the Africans! Native American Communities for everyone?

    Nobody is flooding Asia with a crap load of non-Asians
    Nobody is flooding Africa with a Crap-load of non-Africans.

    Now the Freedmen Africans and Filipino's are trying to sue for Native American Anti-foreigner/Anti-Colonial policies. Koreans are mass immigrating with "Church Missions" to Native American lands.

    Everybody says the final solution to this RACE problem is for EVERY Native American and ONLY Native Americans to “assimilate,” i.e., intermarry, with all those non-Native Americans.

    at if I said there was this RACE problem and this RACE problem would be solved only if hundreds of millions of non-Asians were brought into EVERY Asian country and ONLY into Asian countries?

    But if I tell that obvious truth about the ongoing program of genocide against my race, the Red race, Liberals and respectable conservatives agree that I am a savage wagon-burning Injun.

    They say they are anti-racist. What they are is anti-Native American.

    Anti-racist is a code word for anti-Native American.

  • Doug Mayfield

    "The whole premise of reservations and tribal authority allows indigenous peoples to safeguard their indentity. That's what they're doing."

    And look where that premise takes them. Straight to an impenetrable judicial tangle in which it's impossible to judge anyone fairly. The laws should apply to everyone equally, free of concerns over race, creed, color, sex, sexual preference, and all the other criteria which the Left embrace as leading to 'justice' when, in fact,
    such criteria make justice impossible.

  • guest

    Hey Daniel,

    I feel you man, this stuff is confusing! Let me clear it up for you. You see Daniel, the reason this is hard for you is that you’re a f#*king idiot. But because you spend so much time around other people just like you, it’s hard to see. Understand?

    Now, Indians never determined membership based on some notion of racial or ethnic purity (and I know the difference between race and ethnicity is foreign to you, but that’s ok here). That was something you white people, Daniel, introduced. And some of us have internalized it. But it wasn’t originally ours. We always determined membership based on whether we wanted you or not. If we wanted you, you were in, no questions asked. You see Daniel, that’s why the Seminoles could take in the black slaves that ran away from your labor camps. The Seminoles didn’t say, “we’ll you’re black, you’re from Africa, you can’t be real Seminoles.” That’s why there is no contradiction between “specific indigenous people” and Filipinos. Or at least, there wasn’t. See Daniel, we didn’t roll like that until you came along and taught us about race and blood and identity. Safeguarding identity, as you put it, was based on our ability to determine membership, not on a blood test or inquiry into origins. Now, of course, for many of us it is. Especially given all the money and poverty involved.

    And I get the irony, give your Jewish heritage, that now you are party to propagating racial identity and difference as a basis for membership. Imagine, Daniel, if the good Germans had conceived of belonging the way we once did! How different history might have been!

    I realize you have to go all alpha if you respond to this at all Daniel. I don’t expect a debate. And to be fair, I’ve poked the goat.

    • Mary Sue

      I got bad news for you, guest. Chinese were racist and xenophobic long before any white man set foot there. It was not invented by Whitey.

      • guest

        who the f#@k is talking about China? It sure as sh*t wasn't the Chinese that invaded the Americas and exterminated millions. Jesus Christ, talking to you people is like trying to chew cement.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Now, Indians never determined membership based on some notion of racial or ethnic purity (and I know the difference between race and ethnicity is foreign to you, but that’s ok here). That was something you white people, Daniel, introduced. And some of us have internalized it. But it wasn’t originally ours. We always determined membership based on whether we wanted you or not. If we wanted you, you were in, no questions asked. You see Daniel, that’s why the Seminoles could take in the black slaves that ran away from your labor camps. The Seminoles didn’t say, “we’ll you’re black, you’re from Africa, you can’t be real Seminoles.” That’s why there is no contradiction between “specific indigenous people” and Filipinos. Or at least, there wasn’t. See Daniel, we didn’t roll like that until you came along and taught us about race and blood and identity. "

      I knew it was my fault.

  • Aboriginal

    The Filipino community should be ashamed of themselves looking for "Handouts" from Native American via the Courts and there Casino's. Native Americans tribes and states like Inca/Aztec did not have anything to do with the history of the Phililipines or their oppression. They should sue Spain for "Filipino ethnic cleansing" and Entitlement for wrong doing. Native Americans have their high tech Casino resorts. Filipino's have their Mall of Asia (Biggest mall in Asia), Both races should be happy with what they got and leave each other alone.

  • johnstark2

    You are mixing up two different tribes–Sauk-Suiattle and Nooksack–and two different disenrollment controversies. Might want to recheck your sources.