Letter's Supporting Our Struggle
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We're requesting your help in contacting key officials by writing a letter to both United States Senators and U.S. Congressman from your state. The success of which will depend on your participation, your commitment, and your ongoing support! We also ask that you write letters to each member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and to public Officials from the State of Utah, informing them about our Fifty Two year struggle. Take Action Today.
* "In Germany they came first for the communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the Jews,and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time nobody was left to speak up!"_Martin Niemoeller
We need your support! Please click here for important information about petitioning for a repeal of the "Ute Partition Act" and how you can help!
By working together on a single integrated strategy, and without relinquishing the individuality or proprietary interests of any individual or organization, we can quickly build the national awareness needed to convince our leaders and our courts that the day they must honor the People’s Petitions has arrived. All that is needed is your help.
Letter of Support from Professor Charles Wilkinson
Distinguished University Professor
Moses Lasky Professor of Law
University of Colorado School of Law
Campus Box 401
Boulder, Colorado 80309
Professor Wilkinson's profile
letter of support from Professor Warren Metcalf
Associate Professor of History
University of Oklahoma
Author of the Book, "Termination's
The Discarded Indians of Utah.
Letters of support from Indian Tribe's and Organization's
» The Duwamish of Washington. «
Below are copies of letter's that individuals have written and the replies received.
» Reply from Utah's Senator Robert F. Bennett to the support letter. / Letter to repeal P.L. 671 / Letter back to Sen. Bennett, dated June 26, 2006 / Letter from Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) of Utah, dated August 28, 2006 «
Biography of Director Forrest S. Cuch
Congress needs to know what we are suffering thru!
Below are two sample letter's that you can use.
Dear (Senator or Representative)
I am aware that the terminated "mixed-blood" Utes filed a federal action in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, to seek a declaration that the Ute Partition Act is null and void. The dilemma faced by the terminated Utes in reaching justice to restore their federally-recognized status as members of the Uinta Band of Utes and to seek reparation for damages caused by the Bureau of Indian Affairs must be elevated to the status of an international human rights issue.
I am in total support to their efforts to bring out the truth behind this dark chapter of American history. There is no reason why they remain the victims of a rejected federal policy, "termination" that singled them out because of their racial and ethnic status.
The terminated Utes want to have their "day in court" so the facts will be heard and the truth about the systematic destruction of their tribal culture and loss of their land to non-Indians and the Ute Tribe will be exposed to the world. We expect that the United States government will do everything possible to prevent this. Therefore, I urge you to learn about their plight and their lawsuit and do everything in your power to help us correct this longstanding injustice.
(Your name) » Click here to Print a copy of this letter «
Dear Senator or Representative
On November 4, 2002, the case of Felter, et al. v. Norton, et al., Civ. No. 1:02CV02156 was filed in the U.S. District Court, District of Columbia. I am a plaintiff in this pending action. I urge you to become familiar with our case since it is also a spiritual battle to reclaim our identity as federally-recognized members of the Uinta Band. We are also committed to educating the public on a massive injustice that cannot be swept under the rug and forgotten.
Our lawsuit charges that the Bureau of Indian Affairs incorrectly implemented the "Ute Partition Act", a law enacted in 1954 to "terminate" our legal relationship with the U.S. government, and, as a consequence, this Act of Congress is null and void. There is no doubt that the Bureau of Indian Affairs bungled the implementation of the Ute Partition Act. There is also no doubt that we, as "mixed-blood" members of the Uinta Band of Utes, objected early on to our "termination" but we were forced by the Bureau of Indian Affairs into accepting the Act - our stringent objections to its passage kept from Congress by the U.S. government.
We intend that our legal action cause reflection by the world on years of systematic destruction of our tribal culture and the political and economic disenfranchisement that has isolated us from our homeland and left us the forgotten victims of an Act of Congress enacted on racial lines. The despicable federal policy of termination that continues to affect and scar us has been renounced except for my Native People, the "mixed-blood" Uinta Utes. Why?
We urge you to become familiar with our case. You will find that because of the bungled implementation of the Act, we were stripped of our tribal identity and our homelands and billions of dollars of assets were turned over to Ute Indian Tribe and non-Indians for their benefit - something that Congress never intended when the Ute Partition Act was forced upon us, our parents and grandparents in 1954. Please look at our website at www.undeclaredutes.net.
Please do everything in your power to help us correct this injustice. You can become a partner with us in renouncing this "heritage of hate". Thank you!
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we support your efforts to "repeal> the U.P.A.
We are in a battle too, if you have time, please visit our uncensored website at http://californiavalleymiwoktribe.us
We too have a hard time getting people to notice what is
happening to our tribe. Being a ember tribe of the NCAI you
would think that these kinds of issues would light a spark
because, lets not kid ourselves what affects one, effects all!!
My heart goes out to you and your people. Please stay strong!! Those before us showed us that we are survivors. I know what it
feels like to stand along and have others turn away when you are near your wits end. The frustration are beyond words. I know its not much but please accept my personal donation of $200.00 dollars toward your victory! Be it known, you do not stand alone.
Silvia Burley, Chairperson
California Valley Miwok Tribe
Saturday June 17, 2006 10:45 AM
Hi My Friend:
Thank you for your letter dated 06/12/06
I will introduce (and see no problem is obtaining approval on) a joint resolution supporting your efforts. We will attach a copy of the resolution with a cover letter and send it to every congressman and Senator representing South Carolina.
If there are catch phrases or words that need be said to these people please let me know so I can draft the most effective resolution I am able.
I applaud your efforts but I have no confidence that Congress will act according to moral conviction. I hope I am wrong and we will sure try but (I hope I don't offend) under the Bush Administration Indians have suffered more than any previous administration and I simply believe we are not on their calendar of concerns.
I will publish any electronic letter you send me to The South Carolina Indian Voice at SCNDNVOICE@aol.com . That may help, as well.
At Waccamaw, we have decided to wait until he is gone to press for anything of consequence. In any even, we will stand with you, win, lose, or draw.
Walk easy my friend and good luck.
Harold (Buster) Hatcher
Chief of the Waccamaw until October 2006 but Indian forever.
Sunday, June 04, 2006 5:36 PM
I am Don Rankin , Elder of the Piqua Shawnee Tribe. I have sent copies of your request to as many of our Council members as I have e-mail addresses.
I can assure you that you are in my prayers and in the prayers of many of our people. Personally I find this to be more helpful than anything else we can do. However, we will also urge our elected officials to deal fairly with your plight.
Walk in Peace,
Tuesday, June 13, 2006 12:05 PM
Lead Plaintiff in Felter v. Norton
Uinta Band of Ute Indian Tribe of Utah
Your message to Linda Yellowfeather Morceau of the Chappiquiddic Band of Massachusetts Indians was forwarded to me by Yellowfeather. I am John BlackWolf McKenna of the Chappiquiddic and ask you for more information regarding your efforts so that we may be in a better situation to offer our help and support.
In your letter, you mentioned that you will be presenting a resolution for passage at the National Congress of American Indians 2006 Annual Conference in Sacramento California. When is the exact date and time of the conference? Also, what may we, the Chappiquiddic Band, do to assist you in this endeavor? Would one or more members of our band attending the conference be of any value? If so, what is the registration process?
We will certainly be happy to lend our support via the letter writing campaign by sending letters to our congressional representatives and asking other tribal members to do the same.
I look forward to hearing from you,
John also known as BlackWolf
Sunday, May 21, 2006 11:11 PM
We will support you. We had the same thing happen to us.
Delores Pigsley, Chairperson
Confederated Tribes of Siletz
P.O. Box 549
Siletz, Oregon 97380