Skip to comments.Boxer Resurrects Indian Tribe Deemed Defunct 40 Years Ago, Son Profits $8 Million Off It
Posted on 11/01/2010 8:19:12 AM PDT by OregonRancher
Boxer Resurrects Indian Tribe Deemed Defunct 40 Years Ago, Son Profits $8 Million Off It
(p)It doesn't get more corrupt than this....
For the past 10 years Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has been playing a game that would make Jack Abramoff blush, a game that can best be described using the language of Get Smarts Maxwell Smart as the ole family-profiting-off-of-the-Indian-tribe-that-you-created trick.
Heres the story.
In 1998, Lynn Woolsey introduced legislation reinstating an Indian tribe in the wine country of Northern California that had been declared defunct by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1958. None of the Indians of the tribe objected at that time; they received a payment and went about their lives. The Woolsey bill would reinstate the tribe but specifically prohibited them from starting a casino. The legislation ran into trouble when the Bureau of Indian Affairs opposed the legislation because it had not seen any evidence that the tribe was significantly tied to the terminated tribe.
In 2000, Boxer helpfully picked up the Woolsey bill, but changed the prohibition against gaming, and designated any land that the group owned to be considered as a reservation.
In the same year, Boxer got her language into the Omnibus Indian Advancement Act of 2000, and with the changes unbeknownst to either fellow Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D) or House sponsor Woolsey (D), the bill was signed into law by then-President Clinton.
Thats when the game got interesting.
Shortly after passage, the newly minted Indian tribe declared that after much soul-searching, the only thing it could do was open a casino on the outskirts of San Francisco in the town of Rohnert Park.
The tribe turned its fortunes over to two firms to make its dreams of wealth come true Platinum Advisers, a political consulting/lobbying firm, and Kenwood Investments 2. Amazingly, and Im certain quite coincidentally, Barbara Boxers son, Doug, was a partner in each firm.
To avoid immediate citizen concern about a casino popping up in their posh neighborhood, Doug Boxers Kenwood Investments 2 kindly fronted for the casino interests in purchasing a tract of land in Rohnert Park, as well as helpfully taking options on adjoining parcels of land for themselves to sweeten the pot. (Can I say pot and Sonoma County, Calif., in the same breath?)
Then Platinum Advisers sprang into action to try to gain community support for the casino. They apparently didnt do a very good job, because the casino still is not built 10 years later.
According to Reference.com, Doug Boxers take from the project was a very Abramoff-like $8 million.
What makes the story timely is that the federal government just a couple of weeks ago was compelled to declare the land that Boxers son had purchased on behalf of the Indian casino a reservation, effectively killing the local zoning and lawsuits that had tied the project up in knots for most of the past decade.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat rightly pinned the federal decision right on the Senate Ethics Committee chairwomans doorstep by pointing out that since she used the word shall, rather than may, in the legislation that birthed this tribe, the federal government had no choice but to declare the property that the tribe subsequently purchased to be tribal lands.
Of course, my favorite part of this story is the poor bedraggled, downtrodden Indian chief, Greg Sarris. You see, poor Greg Sarris is a Ph.D. who has served as a professor at the University of California at Los Angeles.
Dr. Chief Sarris, according to his own biographical story, was adopted out when he was born, never meeting his natural parents. At some point in his life, like many who have been adopted, he wanted to know about his birth parents, and began to research. He discovered that his mother was deceased, and his fathers name was unlisted on the birth certificate. His mother was not a Native American.
Just so this tale is believable, I am now directly quoting Sarriss bio from Reference.com. According to Sarris in Mabel McKay (a book he wrote), Bunny (his mother) claimed that the father of her baby was a Mexican stablehand who worked where she kept her horse, but her brother disputed this (based on Sarriss looks) and suggested that the father was more likely to have been a boy called Emilio. Sarris describes looking through yearbooks from his mothers school to locate him:
Then I saw it. The name, Emilio Hilario. I looked at the picture and saw my face. Darker, yes. But my face all the same. I ended up interviewing over twenty people, and yes, they confirmed that Emilio was my father. Other girls had gotten pregnant from him also. Oh, your mother loved him so, even as wild as he was, her best friend told me. Mabel McKay. p. 142.
To make a long story somewhat shorter, Sarris located the Filipino father of Emilio, who said that Emilios mothers father had some Indian ancestry, and so Sarris adopted his fathers mothers heritage and proceeded to regenerate an Indian tribe.
And that, boys and girls, is the abridged story of how you create an Indian tribe and profit off of it in six easy steps. Isnt it nice to have a Senate Ethics Committee chairwoman who is so skillful at playing the game?
Has Fiorina thrown this at her? The Hill isn’t a conservative publication, either, that I recall.
Bump for the Tar and Feather list.
Uh, what is the name of this tribe?
Californians need to Boxer up their trash pickup to the curb tomorrow but leave those recycle bins in the house.
Article seems to have been pulled
Rush needs to read this story on air today. Unbelievable that these multi-millionaires will still fabricate scams like this to defraud us tax drones of money our families could really use.
Boxer and her rotten son should be arrested for this, as well as the UCLA professor who cooked up his phony Indian credentials that made this scam possible. We are sick and tired of being robbed by Democrats while they give away our money to buy the votes of the perpetually dependent.
60% of republicans are corrupt... 100% of the dims are.
OK California— Halloween is over now. That little worn out screeching gargoyle decoration you are so fond of is in desperate need of replacement. Out with the old and in with the new! That’s Change you will relieve in!
It's ridiculous that the tribe is not named.
Say it ain’t so...the democrats are corrupt bookmark.
Although as I keep looking around, there could be any of 2 or 3 others that apparently had some historic connection to the area. Frankly, I suppose it doesn't matter: the Boxers only needed one to finagle a deal.
Sarris' biological father was purportedly Emilio Hilario. Hilario's mother was the daughter of a Tom Smith, who claimed to be part Miwok.
So Greg Sarris' biological father may or may not have been one-eighth Coastal Miwok.
And one-eighth is a stretch, since there were only 1500 Coastal Miwoks in 1770 and there likely have been no full-blooded Coastal Miwoks since the 1840s.
If Sarris is right about the identity of his biological father, chances are that he is one sixty-fourth Miwok or less.
“Uh, what is the name of this tribe?”
The ‘ukindoit’ tribe.
“Boxer and her rotten son should be arrested for this”
AGREED!!!! And they should be barred from using phony opaque names on their “corporations”, so we can easily trace the miscreants, e.g. “Doug Boxer and Co.”
“Unbelievable that these multi-millionaires will still fabricate scams like this to defraud us tax drones of money our families could really use.”
To paraphrase what the Indians said about gold during the Gold Rush,
“The green paper that drives white woman crazy”/s;)
Senior Democrat Senator
Senate Ethics Committee Chairwoman
Too big & powerful to fail
Move on there is nothing to see here.
Corruption is also a type of ethics
As usual there are white people like Boxer quite willing to lie, cheat, steal and abuse Indians to serve a momentary cash gain.