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Author:  Mike Graham
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Date:  April 28, 2008
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U.S. Government Holocaust Against Terminated Utah Uinta Utes Indians Continues

In 1954 the U.S. Congress enacted the Ute Partition And Termination Act. The termination act was based on one's race and Indian blood quantum.

Today the federal government is still continuing its holocaust against Utah's terminated Uinta Ute's Indian men, women and children. Our federal government terminated Uinta Ute's Indian tribal citizens of less than one half Native American blood quantum. This racist federal government law of termination against Indians and tribal nations has to stop now, and reinstate their full citizenship and tribal rights to include all damages incurred over the years from the federal governments' inhuman actions against the terminated Uinta Ute's Indians!

In 1954 the U.S. Congress enacted the Ute Partition And Termination Act. The termination act was based on one's race and Indian blood quantum. At the time of the federal governments enforcement of the termination act in the late 1950's; it affected four hundred and ninety Uinta Ute's Indians, of that group, two hundred and sixty were minor Indian children. They were cut off from all their tribal support for health, education, jobs and social support programs. In their efforts to find jobs to support their families, it was normal to see signs in store front windows that read, no dogs-no Indians allowed. Racial segregation against Indians was in full force in Utah state as it was across America.

Oranna Bumgarner Felter at the age of ten years old was one of the two hundred and sixty Uinta Ute's Indian children that had to live and grow up under the federal governments Indian termination act law. Now, fifty three years later Oranna is the lead Plaintiff in a 2002 federal court Lawsuit to overturn the federal governments racist Ute Partition And Termination Act Law.

Oranna Felter's federal Lawsuit has come about because members of the U.S. Congress and officials over the Bureau of Indian Affairs have failed to do their job and repeal the Ute Partition And Termination Act Law against terminated Uinta Ute's Indians today numbering six hundred, including original tribal citizens. The National Congress Of American Indians came about because of the federal government Indian nations termination era. To date their organization has not called for the overturn of the Ute Partition and Termination Act. It's time they joined this fight for Indian civil rights.

This is as un-American as it gets and goes against everything America stands for. Our federal elected representatives should step up to the plate and do the right thing on this issue now! This is not the image of America we want the world to see and know us by, our federal government has done a great injustice toward the terminated Uinta Ute's Indian's and their family members.

Their sons and daughters are serving in the U.S. Armed forces putting their lives on the line for people of other countries so they can have their freedoms and rights as human beings, just as so many of their fathers had done in past U.S. Wars; all the while knowing their own federal government stripped them of their tribal citizenship rights with the stroke of a pen, and backed it up with threat of U.S. armed force.

Because of their tribal citizenship termination, Uinta Ute's Indians were not allowed to participate in their tribes events at the U.S. Winter Olympics held at Salt Lake City Utah. The Uinta Ute's have two Olympic medal winners in their group. The Bureau Of Indian Affairs said because of their tribal citizenship termination they could not be allowed into the American Indian Olympic Hall Of Fame.

Federal Attorney Dennis Chappabittys of Chiricahua Apache and Comanche Descent in Sacramento, California represents the terminated Uinta Ute's Indians in their federal lawsuit. In 2006 he had to contend with Federal Judge Roberts trying to drop the lawsuit over a statute of limitations of six years in claming government wrongdoing. In 2007, the Appellant Court reversed Judge Roberts ruling and directed him to consider whether the terminated Ute's had access to their financial records and received an accounting of what had transpired before ruling that the statute of limitations had run its course.

Attorney Dennis Chappabitty, contends that the terminated Ute's have never received any kind of an accounting throughout the course of their legal battles to have the Ute Partition Act declared invalid.

All other Terminated Tribes and their citizens have either been reinstated or the laws have been repealed. It's in our federal governments best interests to bring about a full and complete end to all it's misguided policies past and present against Native American citizens.

You can help stop this tragedy. Use information below in calling for an end to the termination of the Utah Uinta Ute's Indians. Email your federal representatives, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Congress Of American Indians, asking them to take issue with the termination of the Utah Uinta Ute's Indians.

Write your representatives: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

National Congress Of American Indians: http://www.ncai.org/ Email: ncai@ncai.org

The Bureau of Indian Affairs: Email page: http://www.doi.gov/feedback.html

Learn more about the "Terminated Uinta Ute's Indians" www.undeclaredutes.net

Mike Graham
United Native America (Founder)

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Notes:  Write your representatives: http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

National Congress Of American Indians: http://www.ncai.org/ Email: ncai@ncai.org

The Bureau of Indian Affairs: Email page http://www.doi.gov/feedback.html

Learn more about the "Terminated Uinta Ute's Indians" www.undeclaredutes.net


Biography - Mike Graham

Mike Graham is a citizen of the Oklahoma Cherokee Nation, a retired service connected disabled Army veteran. Founded United Native America in 1993 to form a national group to take action on American Indian issues. The groups main issue is to bring about a federal national holiday for Native Americans. United Native America's motto is, "Standing up for America and the American Indian community."

Graham has been a guest speaker on national and international radio talk shows to include television programs concerning Indian community issues, his reports on Indian issues have been published in newspapers all over America. He has traveled across the country discussing issues with Indian nation leaders, he has presented Indian issues at college's and high schools.


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