Well, it’s been an interesting past few months. Not that you’d know if all you knew of me was what I wrote on this blog because I haven’t written anything lately. Notes has remained on my mind throughout my self-imposed hiatus and I’ve always been wondering what to write next, but nothing ever really came through. It’s not for a dearth of material, that’s for sure. Certain gaming tribes continue to make a mess of things and abuse their sovereignty by disenrolling their members. The Chukchansi tribe is currently in a train-wreck of a situation and a couple federal agencies have finally done something about it. I think, however, I stopped writing for a reason, one that I think was always on my mind subconsciously, but now I think it’s time to hoist it to the forefront.
The reason I’ve stopped writing is because I have nothing else more to say.
First of all, I’m not Rick Cuevas, proprietor of the Original Pechanga Blog, who can always find an angle on tribal disenrollment to write about. The man is a machine and ceaselessly rings the warning bell about the injustice brought about by tribal corruption.
Second, and more importantly, if the purpose of this blog was to analyze the legal aspects of tribal disenrollment, then I’m pretty sure I’ve done that by now. The law of tribal sovereignty can be very convoluted at times, but the law surrounding tribal disenrollment is pretty clear-cut, thanks to Santa Clara Pueblo and numerous decision in California state and federal courts. If your tribe wants you gone, then there’s little stopping them from doing it. Courts can’t do anything about it; Congress can, but they won’t, or at least not in the foreseeable future. Of course, I would love to be proven wrong about this, but I’m just not liking what I see so far.
Third, if we’re being frank, I’ve simply lost my passion for writing about this subject. Indian law will always remain a passion for me, but it’s always been a dismal task writing about the sorrows of people who you know deserve justice and knowing that the law has foreclosed any meaningful access to justice. Reading case law that further hammers home that point is equally dismal.
Fourth, and finally, I want to write about other things. There are other areas of Indian law out there and who knows, I’ve always been meaning to begin writing stuff about Yosemite. That’s an entirely different mess and I haven’t really seen much coverage on it. Or maybe just something else completely. Who knows.
I’ve made some great friends through this blog and I hope people out there will still find it useful, but as for new content I think I’m going to take a very long vacation from it. I wish you all the best, and as I said in one of my prior articles:
In particular, I would like to thank the disenrolled Native Americans who have stopped by to read and offer their two cents on the whole affair. I would like to dedicate these articles to you and along with my thanks, wish you the best and hope that you one day get the justice that many of you, whether you are in California or any other state, deserve. You will always be an Indian, no matter what any person says and no one can take that away from you.