CALLING ON ALL CALIFORNIA NATIVE AMERICANS…of the Forgotten Tribes and non recognized tribes of California……To all those who feel “ their voices” have not been heard. Some of us have started coming together, and we are starting a movement. A movement that calls for the recognition of each of our individual tribes. A call to honor the treaties given by the state of California and the federal government. Treaties that they have stated they have lost and will no longer honor [I say..conveniently lost]. If we as a nation can come together and act as one, we have a chance to succeed and beat them at their own game. But only if we come together, we MUST come together, as one entity with a common goal. For we know they [governments] have spread us out to the four corners of the world; and for some of our tribes there are only a few of us left. They have stolen our identities, our land, our” inalienable rights”. They have beaten us down. they have lied to us, they say that we are extinct. They say we are no longer Native Americans[how can that be?] that what we want no longer matters. We are told that there are not enough of us that are educated enough, to do anything about what they’ve done to us. Well I am here to say we are STILL here and WE are STILL INDIANS. I am here to say that it’s time we come together and show them what they say is not the case, what they say IS NOT TRUE. We can use their own laws of the land, their own constitution against them and win. I will not say that it will be an easy battle or that it won’t be a very long and drawn-out battle. But I know for many of us, what do we have to lose, and that “ we” have been patient long enough. IT IS time for them to get off their asses, to listen to us, to recognize us and to acknowledge the wrongs and “do right” by us. Many of us have heard all the excuses possible in the last 20 or 30 years. IT STOPS NOW!!! NOW IT IS TIME for them [the government, and the BIA] to cut the red tape, to honor the treaties that they made with us. [It took 40 years, but the Japanese got their reparations ,and the Jewish people got theirs from the German government] but we as a people have received “NOTHING” from our government. This same government that paid out millions in the past, to exterminate us. There are hundreds and hundreds of atrocities that were committed upon our people. Verified and recorded in the annals of history by their own newspapers of the past. To be brutally honest, California was built on the wholesale extermination of our people, encouraged and condoned by the government officials of the State of California and the federal government of United States. Their lies have gone on long enough, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. NOW is the time we put the state of California “ON NOTICE” that they be put ”ON TRIAL” for the atrocities committed against the California Native Americans. The stories that we will bring to the “trial of the atrocities” committed against each one of our tribes> [Are these not WAR CRIMES ?], as they declared WAR upon the Indian Nations and don’t they have a tribunal to punish those guilty of war crimes] The guilt the American people will feel is not unfounded, but it should not be solely for what was done to our people, but also for the LIES that they were told , LIES upon lies upon lies, by their churches, and their governments [both state and federal]. So if it takes telling each and every one of our stories, of the atrocities your government committed willingly against our Tribes then so be it, that is what we will do. And we will continue telling our stories of the “Verifiable Truth” of those atrocities and lies until we are heard…So if you feel that this is something you are willing to become involved in, then please do… We need all the help we can get, for our people will not fade into the night we will be remembered .We are a proud but a forgotten people, WE ARE the FORGOTTEN TRIBES OF CALIFORNIA ! PLEASE…Join your voices with ours so that we all may be heard.
These letters are being published on my Facebook page and today I got comment which said in essence, that you, the pope are trying to right the wrongs that your predecessors have done and I kinda laughed. So I told this woman about all the letters from my tribe and the other tribes here in California and the 10,000 signatures we got on the petition to stop Father Serra from being elevated to sainthood. All this was done in a very diplomatic way, but it didn’t work. So I told her that I would be doing the same in a somewhat different way. #1 .. I’m going to tell it like it is. I am going to say what I feel and if it offends you I really don’t give a damn. We sent you[the Pope] as the head of your church, all that we could and still the church…
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Let me start by saying I am one members of the forgotten tribes of California. This is the continuation of a open letter to the Pope Francis and the destruction of my ancestors and the forgot tribes of California by Father Sierra and the Catholic Church. I was just reading about the funeral of father Sierra had and I thought to myself the Catholic Church and its ultimate wisdom buried this mass murderer of my people in the church.how many thousands and thousands of my ancestors are buried in Mass Graves the on the mission grounds and there is no mention of them except for maybe a little plaque or a little sign.my ancestors didn’t even get one of your Catholic burials all you did for us was to throw us into a hole and bury us, but then again it is your church. His body was laid in state so…
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To begin with, I am one of the members of a race of people, that because of your religion we almost became extinct. It all started when you came to the new land, which is now called California. You looked upon my ancestors of the forgotten tribes of California and said, ” look at all those savages, dirty unkept, uncivilized people. I know what they need, it is religion. The Catholic religion, and so your priests and the soldiers under the control of your priests, began the end of so many people that never had a chance to live out their lives. Then came Father Sierra, he was the best man suited for the job that needed to be done. That is the reason the church sent him, he knew exactly what to do with the so call inferior race of people that he saw. Our only downfall was that…
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These letters are being published on my Facebook page and today I got comment which said in essence, that you, the pope are trying to right the wrongs that your predecessors have done and I kinda laughed. So I told this woman about all the letters from my tribe and the other tribes here in California and the 10,000 signatures we got on the petition to stop Father Serra from being elevated to sainthood. All this was done in a very diplomatic way, but it didn’t work. So I told her that I would be doing the same in a somewhat different way. #1 .. I’m going to tell it like it is. I am going to say what I feel and if it offends you I really don’t give a damn. We sent you[the Pope] as the head of your church, all that we could and still the church does not give a damn, about my people or the forgotten tribes of California. I see no reason to be diplomatic with you and to tone down what needs to be said. I just found your tweet site and so I’m going to go ahead and tweet you and maybe you can read some of the things that I’m saying about you and your religion. Right now I’m looking at your tweets and it seems like you are contradicting yourself. Honestly, are you sure you are writing these yourself… Like this one; this is your newest tweet:”the word of God helps us to open our eyes, to welcome and love life, especially when it is weak and vulnerable. If that is true, then why did your religion destroy my people? We were vulnerable and you took full advantage of that. If we as a people thought like you did, let’s just say things would’ve been much different when you landed on coast of California. But that is not what happened. Can you please tell me why so many of my ancestors had to die at the hands of your priests. I am certain, you probably won’t give these letters any acknowledgement because they are just from one man and I alone am not enough to bring your great church and religion to its knees. But I will continue fighting and doing my best no matter what, in order for the world to understand that my people and my ancestors and all of the forgotten tribes of California do have a place in the history of man. And that one day your church and your religion will have to face the judgment of man and your god.
Let me start by saying I am one members of the forgotten tribes of California. This is the continuation of a open letter to the Pope Francis and the destruction of my ancestors and the forgot tribes of California by Father Sierra and the Catholic Church. I was just reading about the funeral of father Sierra had and I thought to myself the Catholic Church and its ultimate wisdom buried this mass murderer of my people in the church.how many thousands and thousands of my ancestors are buried in Mass Graves the on the mission grounds and there is no mention of them except for maybe a little plaque or a little sign.my ancestors didn’t even get one of your Catholic burials all you did for us was to throw us into a hole and bury us, but then again it is your church. His body was laid in state so that all could come and pay their respects and to honor him.how long did it take for the priest to San Juan Bautista to put a fence or barrier around the places where my people were buried.how can your religion have so much disrespect for the people of my tribe.it’s not the lifes that your religion took good enough. And then your church decided to honor him even more by naming places and streets after him. and yet there’s nothing not one place within your missions compounds that say anything about us.making statues of him and putting them throughout the missions and there’s even one in Washington DC why is this one man so important to you and the Catholic Church. that you would spit on my ancestors by raising him to sainthood. You do realize that pathetic apology that you made to the Native Americans when you were in Brazil means nothing if you really felt that way why wouldn’t you come to America to our land and make that same apology to us in person. somebody, who is supposedly as great as you, you would think that you would be able to humble yourself and your church and make that apology. Father Sierra does not, repeat does not deserve the elevation to sainthood.He may have not kill, tortured or beaten any indian.But He order the Spanish soldiers to hang, beat, torture and brand them with a burning cross on the forehead..your religion has destroyed many of the indigenous people in this world, and I think it’s about time you and your church or held accountable for the heinous things that you have done in the name of your religion. there were over 10,000 signatures on a petition to stop this mass murderer from becoming a saint but you ignored it and all of the protest and all of the rules for elevating a priest to sainthood just so that you could get a few other Spanish people into your church it seems like just like them when all that mattered was the at the end of the day was the tally of souls that you saved and went to heaven and if they died in the process oh well.you are still doing the same thing today. just what is it going to take for you to recognize that there is a problem that needs to be addressed by you and only you just like the priest who molested children for so long they hid behind your cross. the same thing is happening now when you deny what father Sierra did in the name of the church.when you keep denying that we don’t matter. and all the lives of my ancestors that your Religion murdered are insignificant in your eyes. I hope this is not the case but if it is ,then know this. we as a people will continue to cry out until you listen to our cries of anguish and you the Pope to recognize and acknowledge the people of the Forgotten tribes of California.they say that one man can make the difference well if that’s true then I hope you are that man and you do make a difference and help my people and the forgotten tribes to finally get to recognize from the state of California and finally come home to are land of our ancestors. Your religion may have felt that we were a inferior race of people and did not deserve the same rights as you and your kind. It’s just that we as a race of people that was
peaceful and spiritual and where not power-hungry, greedy selfish, self-centered and egotistical. There may not be many of us left but I can tell you this the ones that are left are not inferior, they’re not savage, they’re not lost there just forgotten and no matter what the outcome of this we as a people will live on no matter how hard your church denies that we ever existed so says the forgotten and proud people of California Indian Tribestribes.
To begin with, I am one of the members of a race of people, that because of your religion we almost became extinct. It all started when you came to the new land, which is now called California. You looked upon my ancestors of the forgotten tribes of California and said, ” look at all those savages, dirty unkept, uncivilized people. I know what they need, it is religion. The Catholic religion, and so your priests and the soldiers under the control of your priests, began the end of so many people that never had a chance to live out their lives. Then came Father Sierra, he was the best man suited for the job that needed to be done. That is the reason the church sent him, he knew exactly what to do with the so call inferior race of people that he saw. Our only downfall was that we did not think and feel like the Europeans. At that time, we were not power hungry, we did not control the land or the people that surrounded us. We were simple people, a gentle people who only wanted to live out our lives practicing our believes. To live off the land and to sing songs about our families. All you saw were people you knew would be easy to control and if not, we were expendable. You kept really good records at the time, so I am sure that if you wanted, you could look them up and see just how many of the Native Americans that your priests murdered in the name of your Catholic Church. Your church dictated so many things to help destroy my ancestors and their identities. First all of, the diseases that you brought with you and you knew, from past experiences that we had no immunity to these particular diseases. You also knew that your soldiers and priests( because there was no other women around) they would have free reign, to rape as many as they could in order to; #1 spread the diseases, #2 to have more control over the women, #3 to make them happy so that they would do anything that the church asked. From kidnapping the 200 women and children from the village down in the valley( because you knew their Honor would not let them cross the borders of another tribe) then when they sat down and cried, you gave orders to your soldiers to hack them to death with they long swords and spread their body parts throughout the valley. Blatantly you have the audacity to say your church and your religion are not responsible. Your Father Sierra dictated who the women would marry, how the ones who disobeyed you or your religion would be tortured, beaten, branded and we both know your church had lots of experience in this arena; how to torture and inflict the most pain. You have not answered any of our letters, from any of the forgotten tribes of California. Your token apology you gave to the indigenous people, in another country, was somehow supposed to say you were sorry to us. If so, you are wrong, you in no way have made any attempt to rectify this injustice that your church has committed against the forgotten tribes of California. I will be starting a petition to get as many signatures from as many people from all walks of life including the Catholic ones to be sent with this letter, and however many letters it takes for you ( not wanting your bishops, not your secretary) but YOU as the head of your church open a dialogue with the heads of the tribes forgotten tribes of California. I cannot understand how you can justify what your Father Sierra did when it came to my ancestors. For example, how 25,000 babies died that we know of, and that was just in the missions. How is it possible that you, as a so-called man of God, condone this. Or when your priests allowed the Spanish soldiers to rape the women (they knew and they condoned this, because the priests held the keys to where the women were locked up) and when the women trid to avoid having the babies of these rapes you had them shackle, chained and beaten; their heads shaved and then forced to stand in front of the altar every Sunday morning with the painted baby in their arms. To me this makes you a monster and your religion a fallacy. I don’t know how to describe it, I don’t know what to call it, an yet you have the audacity to elevate this man to sainthood all in order to please the Spanish part of your congregation. This is just wrong!! I cannot understand how you look in the mirror, since you became Pope,and not get sick. Is it so hard for you, as the head of your church to look at the records, read them for yourself and not come to the conclusion that your church, your religion are the force behind the destruction, the decimation of a race of people. For the sole purpose to have a hold on this new country you thought you discovered. I’ve heard it said how your priests taught us all these new wondrous things. Well believe it or not we did not need them we lived quite well with our simple way of life our religion, our beliefs. We had a creator it just happened, not to be yours. We did not need the plowed fields, to learn a trade, only helped you and your church. And so when we revolted and said,”no more” what did you do? Your church sent to soldiers out and brought us back they tortured and beat us, they branded us as runaways – all in the name of your religion, your Catholic church. It was not ours and yet you still will not admit to your wrong doings and to do something about it. You are the head of the church, it should be you that comes here and tell us how sorry you are that the church committed such a heinous crimes, such disrespect to my people and the people of the forgotten tribes. You know, as well as I do, if you wanted to you could just say something to the government and our petition for recognition would be granted. Why haven’t you done this, why won’t you do this? I don’t know I don’t understand the reasoning. Also you could give us San Juan Bautista Mission, so that we would have a central place for people to come and learn about the forgotten tribes of California. A place for us to hold our ceremonies, practice our religion , not yours. You could do this and more, believe me when I say that this is the least you could do and it would be the right thing to do. But I will not hold my breath, because I somehow feel that the church will never admit they’re wrong. Because as far as they are concerned they thought and still think that we are inferior to them and therefore do not have the same rights or privileges as other Europeans. This is only the first of many letters and petitions that I’m going to write. I will write them, I will say exactly what I am thinking and feeling until the pope and ONLY the POPE answers to these letters and petitions and opens a dialogue with the tribal leaders of the forgotten tribes of California.
In doing research, with a tremendous amount of reading on Father Sierra and impact he had on the forgotten tribes of California; I have come to the conclusion for all the good that he did; it can not and does not outweight the systematic annihilation of the forgotten tribes of California. Just like Hitler, there were people that said good things about him and that he was a great man, in this situation, was not the case. The Catholic Church and others have said that if it hadn’t been for Father Sierra, it would’ve been the Russians or the Europeans and the outcome would’ve been the same. I for one don’t know if this is true or not. What I can say, is that he was the man in control of all the Spanish soldiers under his command at that time. And if they did not want to be excommunicated by the Catholic Church, they had to do whatever Father Sierra told him to do .We, as a people, did not ask for a new religion. We didnot ask for all of the terrible diseases that killed thousands of us. We did not ask for the beatings, the kidnappings, the torturing, the raping of our women, we did not ask for the land we that we lived on to be decimated by them, by bringing their animals to trample on and eat all of our vegetation which had been sustaining us for thousands of years. To reduced our fertile land to barren land in less than 50 years. One article stated that roads could be paved with the skulls of our dead or highways could be paved with the bones and the skulls of the thousands of our people that died due to the diseases that were inflicted upon us and our lands that were ravaged and left barron, no longer able to provide sustainance. Father Sierra said “when I saw their general behavior, pleasing ways and engaging manners my heart was broken to think that they were still being deprived of the light of the Holy gospel. So he set out to convert all of the Indians to their religion, by any means deemed necessary. When in reality it was a way to control a race of people. We did not ask the Spanish soldiers to kidnap thousands of us, to give us Spanish names, dress us in blue uniforms, make us in to farmworkers, to do something they never done. We were forced to care for their livestock tan hides, produce candles, bricks, tiles, shoes, saddlesoap and other necessities that the Spanish needed at the time. We lived for thousands of years, living the way of our ancestors did and then the Catholic church came into our lives and played God. And God forbid, that if we as a people misbehaved or said “no, we will not do this” we then were whipped, branded, mutilated, even executed. Hundreds and thousands of us, both in the mission and the surrounding areas died of malaria, smallpox or other unfamiliar diseases brought to our lands by the Spanish invaders. We had no immunity to these unfamiliar diseases and still they say that Father Sierra did nothing wrong. Just knowing that at the mission in Santa Barbara there are more than 4600 Chumash names that fill the burial registries. Indians were put in mass graves near the church and were denied either traditional or Christian burials and they say he loved us. What gave the Catholic Church the right to take it upon themselves to dictate our lives. One of the things that come to mind is when Father Sierra separated the unmarried women from the others, until he could choose spouses for them. Forcing our women into unwanted marriages to Spanish soldiers. The purpose of this was to strengthen their hold upon the native people. Under his [Father Sierras’] control we had no free choice of our own. The Catholic Church has made this man into a saint and swept all the horrible crimes that he committed “in the name of the Catholic Church” under the rug. I, as one, of the descendents of the people that suffered at his hands will not stand for this blatant disregard of the truth and injustices to my people. The church, as always, continues to deny these truths, and will not answer the letters or the questions about Father Sierra, his actions directly upon the instructions of the Catholic Church. The San Francisco Archbishop said this, ” his relative altruism towards Indians justify his sainthood and that native life under missionaries was preferable to battling European armies” This archbishop has no idea what the hell he is talking about. He says that we, as a race of people, were better off with the missionaries them without. I, for one, think he’s out of his f****** mind at least with the other Europeans, we would not have been enslaved we would have been killed out right, fighting for and defending our villages.Fighting for and defending our families. To die the way that we did, under the missionaries was the worst possible way to die. There was no dignity in the way that they treated us. How they took away our way of life, our souls, our names, our land, our identity ** but most of all, the history of the forgotten tribes of California. My ancestors cry out for the world to know that ” WE WERE HERE AND STILL ARE.