California Indian Day
Rally for Indian Civil Rights
September 23, 2005   11am - 3pm
North Steps of State Capitol Building
Sacramento, California

(Click here for latest info - housing, parking, press conference, rally agenda.)


SACRAMENTO, CA --- On Friday, September 23, 2005, representatives from throughout Indian Country will gather at the State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California in a show of unity, strength, and support for civil rights in Indian Country.

The Rally will highlight the gross violations of human and civil rights perpetrated by tribal members, tribal leaders, and/or tribal governments. Such violations include denial of due process, denial of equal protection, stripping of personal liberty and property, and denial of tribal identity.

The Rally will also serve as a kick-off for the Tribal Justice Act (TJA). The TJA will serve to enforce the provisions of 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act and provide fair and impartial forums for those who have been denied or otherwise stripped of their human and civil rights.

Several presentations by Indian scholars, legal representatives, and Native American activists will focus on this ever growing problem.

The Rally will also be highlighted by the performance of Native American dancers and singers.

Additional information regarding the gathering can be obtained at Pechanga.Info ( or by contacting

BACKGROUND: Since the passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the signing of Class III gaming compacts legalizing gaming on Indian reservations, California tribes have unjustly disenrolled, disenfranchised or denied membership to over 1500 Indian people from the Pechanga Band, the Santa Rosa Reservation, Redding Rancheria, Mooretown Rancheria, Guidiville Rancheria, Laytonville Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria, Table Mountain Rancheria, Colusa Rancheria, Cold Springs Rancheria, Picayune Rancheria, Santa Rosa Rancheria, Jackson Rancheria and Pinoleville Rancheria.

CONTACT: Mark and Carla Maslin
(530) 365-1282

OR: John Gomez, Jr.
(951) 541-6612
or go to

Stop Tribal Disenrollment" T-shirts can be purchased for $10 each.
email or phone (530) 365-1282.
All proceeds support the cost of the rally.


**** See below for latest updates from Mark and Carla Maslin
(including info on housing, parking, press conference, rally agenda, etc....) ****



Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 11:05:15 -0700
Subject: California Indian Day Rally

Hello everyone,

We made a trip to Sacramento on Friday for some pre-rally planning.  We were discussing the Rally’s purpose and aside from the Rally continuing to educate the public on the growing problem in this country of a race of people being denied basic human and civil rights and the urgency to resolve this matter, we also felt the Rally would allow participants a chance to share stories and form new friendships.


The rally gives individuals and groups an opportunity to express their point of views on this very serious issue, how it affects themselves and their family, and an opportunity to offer possible solutions. There have been a number of phone calls and emails to individuals and group representatives whose civil rights have been violated as a result of Tribal membership issues.  We would like to extend the offer for those individuals or group representatives to have an opportunity to speak or set up an informational table during the Rally. Although the agenda is scheduled to be released tomorrow it is still subject to change. There will also be time set aside for an open mic session for individuals to speak.


For those individuals driving to the rally, here are the directions to the State Capitol via the I-5 freeway:

From North or South, take the J Street exit off of I-5.  Follow the one way J Street, turn right on 12th Street. 

Drive 2 blocks and turn right on L Street.  Open your eyes.  You will see the grassy area leading up to the North steps of the Capitol building.  This where the Rally will be held.


There are a number of parking garages in this area.  There is a public parking garage across form the Capitol steps when you turn right off of L Street onto 10 Street.  Cost is $2.00 a half hour and $16.00 a day.  There is a cheaper private parking garage located on the left hand side of L street just 2 blocks from the North steps.  If you arrive before 9:30a.m. the charge is $8.00 a day and after 9:30 a.m. the charge goes to $10.00 a day .  In addition, there are also both private and public parking garages on the South side of the Capitol. Here is an on-line map that contains a list of the public parking garages.


For those flying into Sac international there is a Super Shuttle service available 24 hours a day.  Call 1-800-258-3826 or book on line at

Price is $14.00 one way and $8.00 for each additional person.


We were able to stop by the Travelodge hotel. It is 4 block walk down 11th street to the North steps of the Capital Building approximately a 10 minute walk.  Half of the walk is through a market square of shops and diners.  For those who wish to book a room at the Travelodge, you possibly may still be able to get group flat rate of $60.00 a night by asking for Janice and if the group code is INDI is still available.  There is also a nicer Best Western across the street at 1110 H Street.  It has rooms for $114.00 a night double occupancy.


For those interested in having a diner and to socialize the night before the Rally we have set aside a restaurant for Thursday night for 7:30.  We are also still planning on picketing and handing out rally fliers at the Tribal Leadership Conference on Thursday from about 10:45a.m.- 1:30 p.m. We did speak with a local police officer and informed him of the purpose of our slated picket and he saw no problems.  He was going to have his superior officer call me on Monday to discuss the do's and don'ts'. More details on the diner and picket tomorrow.

Mark and Carla Maslin

Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 23:32:55 -0700
Subject: Indian Civil Rights Rally Agenda
From: <>
California Indian Day - Indian Civil Rights Rally, Friday, September 23, 2005 10:45am -3:30 pm
Agenda (Tentative)


10:00 a.m. - Pre rally press conference with group representatives

Informational tables:

  • Families affected by Indian Civil Rights violations
  • Syracuse University video “The Fourteenth Family,” the demolition of Danielle Schenadoah’s home (Oneida Nation disenrolled Tribal member)
  • Protection of Indian burial sites

Performance of the Intertribal Pomo Dancers



  • “History of the 1968 Indian Civil Rights Act”- Attorney Mike Stuhff, Las Vegas 
  • “History of the California Termination Act”- Bob Foreman, Pit-River Indian- Redding Rancheria
  • “The Unrecognized Indians”- Caleen Sisk-Franco, Spiritual and Tribal Leader of the Winnemem Wintu Tribe
  • “Indians and their Re-recognition” - Kathy Lewis, Table Mountain Rancheria
  • “Civil Rights violations in Indian Country”- John Gomez, Jr., Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  • “Pending Indian Civil Rights litigation”- Attorney Jon Velie, Oklahoma 
  • “Implementation of Moratoriums to deny Tribal Heritage” - Marc Lucero, Pechanga Band Luiseno Indian,
  • “Why members are targeted for disenrollment”- John Bill, Washington Sauk-Suiattle tribe
  • “The Terminated Utes of Utah Yellowpine, Uinta Ute Indian,
  • “The State of California's role in Civil Rights”- John Gomez, Jr., Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
  • “The nation wide problem of disenrollment”- Gene Sloan, Cahto Indian-Laytonville Rancheria
  • “The impact of Indian Civil Rights violations on young children and young adults”- Ari-el Treppa, Guidiville Rancheria
  •  “The mental impact of being denied Tribal Heritage” Mental Health Provider
  •  Open mic 


Return to Vallejo Inter-Tribal Council home page