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PERRY “TWO FEATHERS” TRIPP

4740 Burke Hill Dr. Ukiah, CA 95482-8832
Phone: (916) 678-2345 Email: twofeatherstripp@gmail.com
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Congressman Jarred Huffman, 2nd District of California
Washington, D.C. Office
House of Representatives
1630 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-5161
Fax: (202) 225-5163
UKIAH OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JARRED HUFFMAN
559 Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
Phone/Fax: (707) 671-7449
FORT BRAGG OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JARRED HUFFMAN
430 North Franklin St.
P.O. Box 2208
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: (707) 962-0933
Fax: (707) 962-0905
EUREKA OFFICE OF CONGRESSMAN JARRED HUFFMAN
317 Third St., Suite 1
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: (707) 407-3585
Fax: (707) 407-3559
RE:

REQUEST FOR CONGRESSIONAL ASSISTANCE IN CALIFORNIA TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT –
NATIVE/U.S. CIVIL & CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS VIOLATIONS @ HOPLAND BAND OF
POMO INDIANS

U.S. Congressman Jarred Huffman,
I am addressing this communication directly to you seeking your immediate attention and assistance for
issues concerning Tribal Nations here in the Great State of California. As each day passes the situation throughout
California Tribal Nations worsen with the wide spread on-going pandemic of Tribal Disenrollment. Tribal
Disenrollment is currently being used by Native American Tribal Council Leaders in California, who seek to

eliminate once accepted Tribal Decedents/Members from a Federally Recognized Tribe1, to eliminate eligible
applicants from being accepted into a Federally Recognized Tribe or to banish or disenroll existing members for
the purpose of greed, internal corruption, power, money and control. In most cases the cause is politically
motivated or personal family vendettas. On January 15, 2016 the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians in Hopland,
California, Tribal Council caused for seventy-four (74) long-time existing tribal members to be disenrolled from
the Tribe. The action was based on fabrication of facts of “ethnically” challenge (lineage from a base roll) not
originally from Hopland Band of Pomo Indians. This was just the beginning of the violations of tribal
constitutional rights. The facts remain that the seventy-four (74) are ethnically originally Hopland decedents.
These unfortunate but preventable situations result in Indian on Indian (Native American) oppression,
often time leading to tribal warfare, separation of blood families, numerous violations of civil and constitutional
rights, continued Historical/Generational Trauma with the long term effects of extermination of our Culture,
Traditions, Ancestry, Heritage and the continuation of genocide to the remainder of us “survivor” Native
Americans. Disenrollment is the total striping of one’s cultural and/or traditional heritage, ancestry, origin of
indigenous belonging, Native rights, privileges, Loss of Indian Health, Education and Human Services, Loss of
cultural identity and virtual elimination of existence. Some of these rights and privileges are afforded by federal
laws or statutes with regard to Health2, Education3 and Housing4. There is very little if any redress to the victims
of this heinous crimes against people and humanity. Tribal Governments hide under the Sovereign Immunity
afforded to them by Congress as Sovereign Nations, who cannot be sued nor prosecuted for civil or constitutional
rights violations. Tribes in California are not considered States within the State. The Indian Civil Rights Act
(ICRA) has no teeth and essentially is useless in these matters with no over reaching body of law to enforce these
rights or government entity oversight. The landmark case Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez 436 U.S. 49 (1978) is
even cited by the BIA in disenrollment matters. We feel and believe that this is a matter for you, your office and a
bigger matter to be addressed by Congress and the United Nations as it is a matter of International Law with
regard to foreign and/or sovereign nations. This is why I am asking for your help and assistance in these matters!
Please!
I have been asked by former Hopland Tribal Chairwoman/Councilmember Sandy Sigala, whom I worked
under as a Tribal Officer, Patrol Lieutenant to assist her and the rest of her family in pursuing Justice for the
ungodly action brought against her family in January. Therefore, on behalf of my 74 clients of the Hopland Band
of Pomo Indians whom have suffered, will suffer and experienced Tribal Disenrollment, we are asking for your
attention to this matter and your support. We urge you, our Congressman, to act on behalf of these people to urge
Congress to address this matter.
1

The term "Indian tribe" means any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, including any Alaska
Native village but not including any Alaska Native regional or village corporation, which is recognized as eligible for the
special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians. 42 USCS § 9601
2
25 U.S. Code Chapter 18 - INDIAN HEALTH CARE
3
The 1972 Indian Education Act
4
Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996
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Public Law 83-280 was enacted by congress to address the lawlessness within Indian Country in six
states that are mandatory PL280 States like California. However, with little to no oversight from the Federal
Government Agencies such as the Secretary of Interior, Office of Inspector General, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
United States Attorney General, Department of Justice, and other Federal Agencies we are left with no pathway
for redress and no other way to address our Constitutional due rights of process under existing law.
We look forward in hearing back from your office about this matter and how you can assist us. We do believe that
Congress has the Supreme Authority to act on this matter and would like your help.

Warm regards,

Perry “Two Feathers” Tripp, Esq.
ON BEHALF OF THE “HOPLAND 74”.

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