Chadd Everone, Coordinator
Dear Tribal Representatives:
Recently, I sent a letter to all of the
101 Federally Recognized Tribes in California, regarding the issue of closing
State Parks due to, supposedly, the on-going "budget crisis".
I commented that inherent in every crisis there is usually an opportunity;
and I think that this crisis is a major opportunity for Indian tribes.
Letter to tribes of
September 17, 2012
Let me add some further information to what was stated
in that letter and encourage your tribe to participate.
Summarizing the letter, I stated that I and others think
that this budget situation, with respect to the parks, is more of a pretext
to sell off this valuable land to developers than it is a real need; and
as an example, I cited the previous Governor's (Schwarzenegger) attempt
in 2010 to sell off 11 major State buildings to a secret group of investor
friends. If such is the case with the parks, then certainly tribes should
do everything possible to intercede and prevent that; and even if the State
must close the parks for real financial issues, it would still be an opportunity
for tribes to step forward to either take ownership or management of parks
in their vicinity. Because the parks already earn service fees, they could
be made to break-even or be profitable with minor adjustments; and operating
them would be a good source of jobs for tribal members as well as good public
relations in the broader community. Further, I noted a common law practice
that when a government agency abandons its land and facilities, the right
of first refusal should go to Native Americans, whose land it was in the
first place. That is certainly true of Federal land, and it could be argued
that it should also apply to State lands. There are 101 Federally Recognized
tribes throughout the state and many other Unrecognized ones. Each is close
to or in either a State or Federal park and each is represented by elected
officials at all levels of government. This is a strong network of tribes
which could have considerable influence with legislative and administrative
government entities and gain broad popular support.
So, what is appropriate now is to bring together those
tribes who might be interested in this project and start planning, in advance,
how to respond and take advantage of conditions as they evolve. And I encourage
you to register you interest and provide contact information, below. All
communications are confidential.
In terms of my own background, I became interested in this
project due to my involvement with a Federally Recognized Miwok tribe. Since
2003, I have represented that tribe in a very intense and complicated struggle
over who will be the Federally recognized authority for the tribe. Representing
the hereditary members, I have been engaged in all aspects of negotiating
with the BIA, the administrative appeals, state and federal court actions,
tribal constitution, business development including the casino, and involved
with the tribal community in virtually all aspect of organization. In the
course of this effort, a variety of opportunities for tribes, both cultural
and economic, have come to my attention; and being in Berkeley, I am close
to many resources that are relevant to California tribes. Further, I have
developed a good network of experts in Indian law, liaisons to the BIA and
State agencies, and public relations.
For some background information, see the Map
of the Parks which we have constructed. Each park has a link to
Google maps, so you can see more exactly what is at stake. Also, see various
public interest groups,
with which a coalition network can be constructed.
Federated Tribes, 2140 Shattuck Ave. #602, Berkeley,
Tele: 510-486-1314 / Internet: www.federatedtribes.com / E-mail: