Sacramento, California, October 4, 2006:
NCAI Sub-Committee Refused to Allow Letters of Support to be Presented or Read During Meeting on the Resolution to Repeal the Ute Partition Act of 1954.
Petitioner's were not informed in advance when their Resolution would be heard! Which prevented a number of individuals who were going speak in favor of the Resolution from attending! With no backers those NCAI members in attendents refused to second a motion allowing a vote which killed the petition ending any hope of a Resolution.
The Northern Ute Tribe, with backing from the Southern Ute's of Colorado, was successful in under-mining the effort of the Terminated Uinta's by painting a perception that the Uinta's are nothing more then Greedy Mormons!
"This action only proves just how "Bigoted and Intolerant" members of the Ute Indian Tribe Are when it come to the Terminated Mixed-Blood Uinta's!"
October 1, 2006
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of the National Congress of American Indians:
My name is John McKenna, but I am called Black Wolf by my People. I was born in Massachusetts and am a member of The Chappiquiddic Band, and we are originally from the Island off Cape Cod of the same name. Our Band is 115 strong and still living where we have always lived, in and around Massachusetts, with the exception of me and my younger brother, Ronald “Roaming Wind”, who now resides here in California. Acting as emissary for the Chappiquiddic Band, I had hoped to attend and speak these words; however certain events prohibited my attendance. So, I send this letter on behalf of my People, to speak for my Band, sent by my Council, our Squa-Sachem (Woman Chief), Yellow Feather, and our Sub-Chief, my Brother Edward, Ghost Bear.
Everyone back home, I included, want you to know that we stand behind our Uinta Mixed-Blood Brothers and Sisters gathered here today. We understand the frustration of living without recognition, by both our native brothers and by the peoples of the United States. You are not alone as there are many bands, many tribes, and many indigenous peoples here in North America that shares this common frustration. In closing, The Chappiquiddic People sends their Good Wishes and Best Regards for a Favorable outcome to these proceedings.
The Members of the Chappiquiddic Band of Massachusetts