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Pandora's Box - Update #1 by: carolh Tue Feb 03, 2009 at 04:41:56 PM EST

My last diary on the Native Americans in NJ referenced Pandora's Box.  Well folks, it appears Pandora's Box is officially opened according to the following press release:

Over the past six years, with an increased effort over the last three (3) years, there has been an attempt to eradicate the existence of two Native American tribes living in the State of New Jersey- the Sand Hill Band of Indians and The Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi Northeastern Band.

During the month of February, legal action will be taken by one of these tribes that will affect the entire population of New Jersey, as well as impacting upcoming N.J. elections.

Within the next week, a press release will be sent giving more details as to the time, date, and location that the legal filing will occur.  A Press Conference will be held immediately after filing.

Please contact runstream@aol.com

For more information on what led up to this event, please see the following:

Clip# 1
September 17 Meeting of the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs, where 10 full minutes was spent by the Commission, attempting to prevent Sand Hill Councilman Ron Yonaguska Holloway from addressing the Commission.


Sept 17 Meeting of the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs, Sand Hill Councilman Ron Yonaguska Holloway is allowed only ten minutes because others yielded their 5 minutes to him.


Clips #3 and #4
Ron Yonaguska Holloway finally allowed to give a formal presentation on the history of the Sand Hill Band of Lenape-Cherokee at the November Commission Meeting of the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs (The Commission for reasons that are unclear, still refuses to acknowledge the tribe as indigenous to NJ.)



BlueJersey Diaries by Chief Ross of the Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi:

Who is an Indian?

Chief Ross Addresses Some Aspects of Historic Genocide

BlueJersey Diaries by Laura Zucker:

Corzine's Bloodless Coup Eliminates 2 of 3 oldest NJ Tribes

Historic Genocide Part II - Divide and Conquer

Historical Genocide Continued

My diaries on the topic, newest first:

Pandora's Box

Why the NJ Commission on Indian Affairs Needs to be Re-Formed

Sand Hill Tribe Request to Give Presentation

Letter From Native Tribe Ignored by Governor

Obama's Position on Native Americans

Historic Genocide - Continued

Courtroom Drama at the NJ Commission on American Indian Affairs - Updated

History in the Making - Show Up Sept 17

NJ Historic Genocide Background Docs - Updated

Why is NJ Commission on Indian Affairs Committing Historic Genocide?

Scanned Background Documents including documents hand delivered to the Commission, proving the Tribes' case.

Background Documents - Sand Hill Band of Lenape Cherokee

Background Documents - Ani-Tsalagi Onaselagi

A link to photos of Chief Lone Bear Revey of the Sand Hill Band and his family as well as crafts they made.

If you want to see in person, the Indian museum in Paterson across from the Great Falls also has great exhibits of the Sand Hill Band of Indians.

Two bills stalled in Committee in Trenton regarding the tribes:

For Assembly Bill A205:
Sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assembly Environment and Solid Waste Comm
John F. McKeon, 4 Sloan Street, Suite D & E, South Orange, NJ 07079
For Assembly Bill A206:
Sponsored by Assemblyman Gordon Johnson, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle
Assembly State Government Committee
Joan M. Quigley, Chair, 242 Tenth Street, Suite 101, Jersey City, NJ 07302
Phone: 201-217-4614
For Senate Bill: S108
For Senate Bill: S109:
Sponsored by Senator Loretta Weinberg and Senator Ronald Rice,
Wage, Tourism & Historic Preservation Committee
Jim Whelan, Chair, 511 Tilton road, Northfield, NJ 08225
Phone: 609-383-1388

And so, I have given all the information over months and months that should explain why Tribes still in existence in NJ and INDIGENOUS to NJ, because they have been so poorly treated by the Government of our state, have had to resort to this legal action.

The Governor won't be able to say we didn't warn him.  The blame rests squarely at his feet.  

I will keep you up to date as things unfold.