Skip to comments.Who belongs to Snoqualmie Tribe? 'This is a mess'
Posted on 01/08/2013 10:49:43 AM PST by Theoria
A look at original documents at the National Archives alerts a researcher that records of family lineage used to claim enrollment at the Snoqualmie Tribe are unreliable.
He traveled with a notebook in his pocket, on an urgent mission.
All over Western Washington, for two years beginning in late 1916, Indian agent Charles Roblin sought out homeless, landless Indians, left behind and hiding out during the treaty-making era, who had never received the benefits promised in return for the loss of their land: a school for their children, tools for farming, money.
On sandbars in the rivers in northern Puget Sound, he found Sauk Indians chased out of communal gardens that had sustained them for generations, run out of the forests where loggers didn't want them, and burned out of villages where fishermen didn't want them, either. He traveled to Tolt, where Snoqualmies had lost their livelihood when the hop ranches were destroyed by aphids.
Roblin took down their names and family history, and recorded their enrollment in tribes according to their bloodline, so they could secure the benefits they had been promised under the treaties.
Those records are called Charles Roblin's Schedule of Unenrolled Indians, dated Jan. 1, 1919, or Roblin Rolls for short. In those records Roblin used a red pen to denote families that did not qualify to be enrolled at Snoqualmie, because they were already enrolled in other tribes.
But the red ink was undetectable in the black-and-white copies and microfilmed records that made it to Northwest archives, and at least three major families called out in the Roblin Rolls nonetheless claim Snoqualmie ancestry today.
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Nice little scam they have though.
Elizabeth Warren’s ancestors listed?
Thanks for posting. My daughter lives in Whistler, BC and has become interested in “First Nations” problems there.
It sounds like the rolls of the Snoqualmies are a complete mess. As the author points out, nobody cared until the riches began piling up from their casino.
Nah, that’s the Faquarwe Indian Tribe. Everyone knows where they are.
Wasn’t there a whole fake tribe out east that was running a casino???
Where? The Faquarwe!
“Anyway, the ‘tribe’ fighting over who is who and other various corrupt things.”
The casino money will be the end of a lot of these tribes. Fewer members = fewer shares to divide the money between. So, a lot of tribes are purging the rolls. Follow that to the logical conclusion, and if this keeps up, every tribe with a casino should end up being just one guy or one family, after they’ve pushed everyone else out.
One of the southern California tribes, now rich from a massive casino and resort near Palm Springs, has been purging members who don’t get along with the top dogs.
So keeping up their logic, how relevant is the concept of Reservations and the whole First Nation thing?
That was Nixon's thought. He started with the Alaska Aboriginals and ended with Special Masters, casinos, and SCOTUS declarations that “... only Treaty Tribes have Constitutionally guaranteed Rights, all others have mere privileges which can be revoked at any given time.”
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