Feds Raid Seeno Empire Offices, Miwok Tribe Still Under Siege

In a Thursday morning raid 30 FBI, IRS and Secret Service agents stormed the offices casino mogul, land developer, contractor *Albert Seeno and his associates with search warrants in this quiet Concord California community. The exact nature of the raid was still under seal of the court. According to William Goodman, attorney for the multi faceted business empire the Seeno family was working with investigators to resolve the situation and were confident they would reach a positive resolution to the matter.

The smorgasbord of federal agents has caused some speculation as to the true nature of the raid and seizure of documents. Seeno enterprises rage from construction to casinos with a multitude of other lucrative businesses that span several western states including California and Nevada. The list of political beneficiaries to the Seeno family’s generosity spans both sides of the political isle Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barbara Boxer and good ole Harry Reid relished in tens of thousands of dollars in bountiful donations that filled their political coffers. Surely Arnie, Barbie and Harry would not have a clue what the feds might be looking for. Or are their nasty little secrets about to get exposed?

The media listed a host of past criminal complaints that were lodged against the Seeno Empire in the past ranging from environmental to financial foibles. Millions in fines and penalties have been paid out over the years by this firm and it would appear they are set to pay out more green stamps if criminality is found again. But the media as a whole forgot to make mention of a current complaint that was lodged against the Seeno empire and that is with the California Valley Miwok Tribe.

From court documents it was discovered that Seeno and associate Chadd Everone were involved in a multi state scam to remove members of a federally recognized **Native Tribe and replace them with non natives who would allow for the Seeno’s to build a casino in California. Apparently the Peppermill Casino’s Incorporated, A Seeno holding, was not happy with their lucrative enterprises in Nevada. Chadd was mentioned in one complaint selling tribal cards to bolster the number of non natives to claim Miwok lineage in an effort to throw out the true blood line and real Miwok people. Mr. Everone also started several web sites under the Miwok tribal name in an effort to legitimize his bogus band of Miwoks. Albert Seeno was clearly identified as the moneyman behind the criminal act of fraud and identity theft as well.

It is ironic the tribal chief Silvia Burley asked for assistance from politicians who where receiving lucrative donations from the Seeno empire including but not limited to Barbara Boxer, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Harry Reid. This raises the scepter of suspicion since absolutely no help came from these politicians in spite of the fact a crime was being perpetrated against the tribe. Guess Barbara and her chums did not want to bite the hand that feeds them.

The plot thickens since the California BIA as well as other authorities not only did nothing, they assisted the Seeno’s in perpetrating this crime. The California BIA shuttered the tribes funding forcing this beleaguered band of natives to fend for them selves regardless of the fact they were a federally recognized tribe. Tiger, a tribal elder, joked that this is the only federally recognized tribe that is operated solely on unemployment insurance. Granted, it was dark humor at its best but from Tigers vantage point cynicism replaced faith in the political system long ago. Their last bastion of tribal land went into foreclosure since the state and federal governments failed in their obligation to uphold the law. The state and feds played ball with the Seeno scam by making it all but impossible for this tribe to exist by shuttering their funding since 2007. Calculated and divisive is the only way to describe how politicians and unscrupulous corporate interests have financially crippled this humble tribe of people just to build another casino. Are state and federal agencies going to stand behind the tribe now that death threats have been lodged against these people or is the government going to send in their own hit men to whack the tribe? I wager it would be the second choice eh. I can almost hear Gary Owen being played as government troops prepare to wipe out the Miwoks. Is this our contemporary Manifest Destiny and wave of the future?

Director of marketing for the Peppermill Casino Corporation in Reno NV., Bill Hughes said the Seeno situation in California had nothing to do with the casinos in Nevada. It would appear this raid has only opened a Pandora’s Box of intrigue. Now there will be focus on politicians who’ve allowed the Seeno’s to do as they wished in Northern California as well as wage war on a sovereign tribal nation to steal their identity for a casino. Though Hughes said there was no connection in the case and the Peppermill Casino Corp it would behoove Renee Shaffer of the Nevada Gaming Commission to look deeper into Seeno and Chadd Everone’s exploits since they were involved on both sides of the Nevada border with regard to the California Valley Miwok Tribe and casino gambling. Or does Harry Reid have the Seeno’s back on this one? No doubt Harry Reid’s involvement or lack there of will be called into question. Dirty Harry was a scoundrel in his own right anyway. Oh well, to bad so sad Harry.

Barbara Boxer has the most dirt on her hands since I’ve read complaints sent to her office clearly identifying the Seeno’s and others in the scam to steal their tribal lineage. She was given names, dates and addresses as well as an in depth report yet Barbie turned a deaf ear to their complaints. Predictably the California Governator, Arnie, did less than nothing to stop the siege of the California Valley Miwok Nation and allowed state agencies to join in the shooting match. It is a very sad state of affairs when legality is set aside in favor of corporate contributors and this is the case of the California Valley Miwok Nation. Maybe if the Miwok greased Barbara’s palm with $20,000 or so she would have stood by existing laws that govern sovereign tribal nations. Fraud and bunko are still crimes in most states Barbie or is California above such nuisance laws? Pandering for money at the expense of the electorate has become an art form it would appear. Maybe the school system should pencil in this dark side of American politics in civics class. “Buying Politicians 101”

With an affluent businessman armed with loads of cash and an army of morally bankrupt politicians the Miwok people face insurmountable odds in surviving the onslaught that has besieged this impoverished nation. Where the hell is Secretary Ken “Howdy Doody” Salazar since he was notified by the tribe about the crime being committed in his jurisdiction and on his watch? After all he is the Department of the Interior mast head. Is Ken in the deep pockets of the Seeno Empire as well? How come all these hot shot natives appointed to the Obama administration are not raising a stink? Aren’t they supposed be on the side of justice and Indigenous issues or are they simply political eye candy? The real issue in the California Valley Miwok case is tribal sovereignty because if corrupt politicians succeed in stealing tribal lineage from one nation they will make a dangerous precedent. Other tribes will be caught in the crosshairs of corporate greed and ultimately loose their birth right to satisfy the needs of corporate interests. Silly me, this is happening throughout the Central/South America and Africa since the needs of corporations overshadows the concerns of Indigenous populations already.

On the bright side, the plight of the California Valley Miwok Nation is no longer a secret Californian act of corruption for now the whole world is becoming aware of this crime. The world is coming to know who all the players are in this identity theft scam including some very prominent politicians. There is no question more dirty politicians will be rousted from the fetid depths of deceptive practices as this investigation delves deeper into the matrix of the Miwok scam. Like David and Goliath, the California Valley Miwok Tribe is standing in defiance against a giant casino/construction mogul with deep pockets and powerful political friends. And from what I gathered from conversations with the tribe, the California Valley Miwok Tribe will fight to the last breath to save their nation. In all reality these human beings have no other options since they are fighting for their very existence.

For more current information on the California Valley Miwok scandal contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe;

s.burley@californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov

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* http://www.contracostatimes.com/search/ci_14426353

   http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-     bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/02/19/BA721C3VBK.DTL

** http://www.poormagazine.org/index.cfm?L1=news&story=2427&pg=1

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair

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The California Valley Miwok Tribe Fights Eviction

CALL US 209 931-4567 day or night!!! Fax us at 209 931-4333

Please join us. We need your support!!! Alert the Media!!! We need singers, dancers, drummers, sweat leaders, story tellers, flute players, etc…. Come by and show your support. We will also have a candle light vigil after sunset.

Help us stop the Eviction!!!

Most Sincerely,

Silvia Burley, Chaiperson
s.burley@californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov
California Valley Miwok Tribe
10601 Escondido Pl
Stockton, CA 95212

http://www.californiavalleymiwoktribe-nsn.gov

http://californiavalleymiwoktribe.us

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The California Valley Miwok Tribe

“The official and legitimate Tribe”

COMMUNITY OVERNIGHT PRAYER VIGIL

POTLUCK

Help the California Valley Miwok Tribe

Keep Their Land — Stop The Eviction!

WHERE:

California Valley Miwok Tribe – Tribal Land

10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA 95212

WHEN:

Friday, January 15

th, 2010

TIME:

Gathering at the Tribal property throughout the day followed with a

Candle light vigil to be held after sunset

I hour Press Conference starting at 3:00 pm

COME EARLY – STAY LATE

We humbly ask that everyone please bring your medicines, drums, candles, lighters,

wood, lawn chairs, and sleeping bags. Please dress warm. We are asking for singers,

dancers, storytellers and drummers. Also donations of water & non perishable foods,

flash lights, batteries, etc… (Need a portable generator with propane).

All Individuals, Media, Tribes, and/or Organizations are welcome

Our Tribe is facing the threat of a forced eviction on Jan 15 th1 2010

Please join us! We need community/public support!

For more information contact the

California Valley Miwok Tribe at (2091931-4567

htio://www.californiavallevmiwoloribe-nsn.gov

htto://californiayallevmiwoktribe.us

California Valley Miwok Tribe (physical address) 10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton, CA 95212

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Stockton, California, The California Valley Miwok Tribe once again is facing the

threat of eviction off its Tribal Property located at 10601 Escondido Pl., Stockton,

CA 95212.

Stockton is in the top 5 across the nation regarding homes being foreclosed upon.

 

Miwok territory covers 10 counties and our Tribe is fighting to retain its 1

 

 

 

1/2

acres

of land. It is our homeland, our history here in San Joaquin. We do not want to

lose our land. Our people are being threatened to be thrown out in the street (by

the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Dept.) on January 15, 2010.

We are asking for the community to join us. We are asking for One West Bank to

hold off on moving forward with the eviction. We have a lawsuit against the

California Gambling Control Commission that will be heard on February 9, 2010 in

which we anticipate our Revenue Sharing Trust Fund Money being released. That

means, the Tribe can pay to keep its property.

We are asking that One West Bank give us the extra time to have our day in court

and to have the chance to save our land. We (the “Tribe”) have had so much

taken from us in the past that it may only be 1 1/2 acres of land but it means

everything to us.

You may help by contacting Governor Schwarzenegger and tell him that the

California Valley Miwok Tribe (a federally recognized Miwok Tribe) is fighting off

being thrown out in the street due to foreclosure of their Tribal Property because

of the California Gambling Control Commission illegally withholding their Revenue

Sharing Trust Fund Money for the past 5 years. Tell the Governor that the Miwok

people are in a dire situation and that CGCC will not release our funding because

they say they are waiting for the local BIA to say who the Tribal leader is, but the

BIA says they have no jurisdiction or mandate to tell CGCC anything.

President Obama needs to intervene on our behalf and put a stop to the abuses

the local BIA has been inflicting upon our Tribe. RELEASE OUR FUNDS!!!

For more information, contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe Tribal Office:

209.931.4567 Fax: 209.931.4333

 

http://californiavalleymiwoktribe.us

 

 

Assault on Sovereign Tribes Continue

The assault on the Crow Creek Sioux Nation continues as innocent men women and children fend for themselves as an unscrupulous power company continues to violate federal law, pulling electric meters in the dead of winter. Ironically this tribe allowed for the construction of a hydro electric dam on their tribal land with the stipulation the tribe would never pay electric bills. Well, consider that yet another broken treaty or bold faced lie. Toss in the *IRS who has no jurisdiction conducting a land sale on sovereign tribal land and you have a federal government who does not follow their own laws in favor of corporate interests.

Enter the Miwok Nation, a federally recognized tribe located in Central California. Apparently dirty fingers of criminality point to Barbara Boxer, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid since their names came up along with non natives and a casino mogul from Reno NV. Simply put, these political thugs want to place a casino in Central California while “using” the federally recognized Miwok Tribe as their front. Sad part is these thugs want to cut out the real tribe and replace them with their lackeys. The plot thickens.

I am providing an interview from the Modesto Anarcho I believe the world should read. The world needs to stand in support of these humble tribal people within the continental United States since politicians have sided with tyranny against the Miwok Nation in favor of gambling interests. Where are the Department of Interior and the BIA?

Your Devil’s Advocate

Buffalohair

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Modesto Anarcho 12-28-09

OCCUPY EVERYTHING!

California Valley Miwok Tribe Occupies Foreclosed House in Stockton

Modesto Anarcho: Many people do not know the history of the Native peoples in the Central Valley; can you tell us a little about the history of the Miwoks?California Valley Miwok Tribe: Previous to Rancherias being created in California, the Miwok People’s territory covered ten (10) counties. Now our Tribe is fighting to retain its Tribal Property that consists of one and one half (1 ½) acres, located in (Morada) Stockton, California.

MA: How does your tribe use the house that is located in Stockton?

CVMT: The Tribal Property at 10601 Escondido Pl. Stockton, California 95212 has a multi-purpose function. Since our tribe is a landless tribe, the piece of property, including the building, is considered to the Tribe to be its reservation, and is utilized as such. Until such time as the tribe is able to acquire a larger tract of land for the benefit of future tribal members [the house is all we have]. The Tribe conducts official Tribal ‘governmental’ business, day-to-day office duties, Tribal Programs, Tribal Meetings, and a portion of the building is used for housing.

MA: What brought your house to foreclosure?

CVMT: Our PL-93 638 Mature Status Contract (BIA) has been illegally withheld for two years and our Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund (RSTF) monies have been illegally stopped, since the end of 2005. Without any funds coming in, the Tribe had no way to pay its mortgage on the only piece of property, the place the Tribe calls “home”.

Please see our DOT US website for further info:

http://www.californiavalleymiwoks.us

MA: Why did people physically occupy your house? How did you go about making sure that people were not going to be able to easily get into the house?

CVMT: The Tribe decided to stand its ground when it was threatened with eviction. We had no choice, where were we supposed to go? Our monies have been illegally withheld for no good reason, our jobs lost, our medical benefits lost with our jobs, we tribal members have been using own personal money to keep the Tribe going, to keep the USDA Food Program open for the people in need to still be able to get their monthly rations of food. We had to make our point clear that we were no longer going to be pushed out and forgotten like yesterday’s trash!! We are human beings. We are not just names and/ or numbers on a piece of paper. We needed the Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs in Washington, DC to take notice of what was being allowed to happen to our Tribe. We were pushed in a corner and had no other choice but to go into survival mode and stand our ground. The Tribe went into a vote and decided to go into lockdown and barricade itself in until the Dept. of the Interior would be forced to take notice of our devastating situation and agree to sit down at the table with us to resolve our immediate problem that had been ignored up until we decided to stand our ground.

I can’t answer the second part of your question because our crisis isn’t over yet. We are still negotiating.

MA: How have the state and their police responded to your situation? How have other people and/ or institutions tried to hinder your efforts?

CVMT: Well, the state still hasn’t released the Tribe’s money. I would say that the sad part to this dilemma is seeing some of the people believing the negative stuff that had been going out on blogs. It hurts our hearts to see people say such cruel things when they don’t know the whole truth behind the situation. We are confident that the truth will prevail and so we don’t follow the blogs. Although we do want to thank those who stood by us and still stand with us today…

MA: In what ways have other Tribes and communities/groups offered you support?

CVMT: We are thankful for the internet radio talk shows , tv hosts, Veteran Affairs, some pocket members of the American Indian Movement (AIM), legal services, individual concerned citizens (Indians and non-Indian peoples), universities, special interest groups, Canadian Indians, doctors, Calaveras Band of Mi-Wuk Indians, Calaveras County Mountain Miwuk, Historical Shingle Springs Miwok Indians, Modesto Anarcho, Ghost Machine Group, United Native Americans Inc., WPFW Nightwolf, Onnativeground. Recently, Chairperson Burley did a presentation at the Consumnes River College in Sacramento in which they have asked how they can help show their support for the Tribe. Also, UC San Diego has passed a resolution in support of the California Valley Miwok Tribe and they have continued to be stong advocates to help our tribe get justice.

MA: Anything you would like to add?

CVMT: We (“The Tribe”) are asking for help from the General Public. Please help our tribe survive. Help us protect not only our history/culture but the native history that is a big part of California and the United States.

For more information, please visit our websites at:

http://wwwcaliforniamiwoktribe-nsn.gov

http://californiamiwoktribe.us

 

Crow Creek Sioux

*http://www.argusleader.com/article/20091203/NEWS/912030311/1003/business