Friday, May 16, 2008

Last PL Bankruptcy Hearing Was Yesterday

Oops, sorry for the misinfo in yesterdays post saying that the last hearing would be today. The stories in the Eureka Reporter and the Times Standard give a little insight but not much on what Judge Schmidt may be thinking.


At 5/16/2008 11:48:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

If enviros had helped Bear River's Heartlands Project in 1995-97, or in the last six months, maybe we wouldn't be seeing another set of rich absentee owners owning Palco and extracting profits from our trees so that executives in other states can make the payments on their beamers and their luxury estates.

At 5/17/2008 12:18:00 PM, Anonymous Bolithio said...

PALCOs trees are theirs - not ours.

Our trees occur on National Forest and other Public lands.

Doesn't Bear River make a pretty penny from their casino? Why don't you get your money and support from that enterprise

At 5/20/2008 06:38:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

Hah! If only. Bear River is ruled by virtually one woman who happens not to like the lottery project, never has and she gets her nephew elected, end of story for Heartlands Bear River members. Most of the Tribe that Don Brenard has talked with supports Heartlands but that one person dictates what happens in the Tribal Council. We've tried and tried to go around her but cannot buck "Indian politics" as it's called. It's really a shame because all Bear River tribal members current and future are being deprived of a huge opportunity to regain their ancestral lands.

Call up Bear River and ask why they aren't supporting their own tribal member's Heartlands Project. I can't get any news to tell our story. I am forced to tell it only on these blogs. Bear River leaders never receives flak for what they are doing--the community is silent because it doesn't know and neither do Bear River tribal members either. They don't know what's happening in their own Tribe because the current leadership runs its own way without much tribal imput or communication. You enviros never have pressured Bear River tribal leaders to support Heartlands either and there's another pressure not happening that could have gotten them into the Palco Bankruptcy.

They came very close at one point--ready to authorize a lawyer and a party to go to Texas but then the one person stepped in mentioned above and that was that--no more Heartlands--again. This has happened two or three times now with us waiting and hoping for another change in tribal elections to go forward.

Trying to organize Bear River has been about as easy as trying to put diapers on a porcupine blindfolded with only your fingers.

At 5/20/2008 11:49:00 AM, Blogger John Doe #86 said...

Bear River is ruled by virtually one woman who happens not to like the lottery project... end of story for Heartlands Bear River members. person stepped in mentioned above and that was that--no more Heartlands--again.

But the failure of your project is still somehow to be blamed on the enviro's, right Steve?

Bolithio, I know you disagree with people considering the forest "our forest" or "our trees" but I wanted to point out that the phrase is used across political lines and that the concept is similiar to the idea that this is "our county" or "our planet".

When I read this letter to bankruptcy Judge Schmidt it made me think of you.

Here's a couple quotes;

Then came the corporate raider, and now our magnificent woods have been severely diminished.

We want our forests back.

At 5/20/2008 11:54:00 AM, Blogger John Doe #86 said...

And I should mention that the letter was written by a local who's family has lived here for several generations.

If you want to get technical about it then it could easily be mentioned that we non-indigenous are all living on someone elses land that was violently stolen from them by our predecessors.

At 5/20/2008 01:17:00 PM, Anonymous Bolithio said...

Well certainly we are all guilty of being white. I understand the "our trees" thing and honestly - I agree with it too. I admit my previous statements where a bit arrogant. I think I was drunk when I posted it lol no offense!

At 5/20/2008 04:15:00 PM, Blogger John Doe #86 said...

None taken.

At 5/22/2008 03:25:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

John doe, yes, you enviros do share a lot of the blame now Palco will very likely be going to another corporate family. You could have backed Bear River's Heartlands Project back in the '90's when we had full support of the Tribal Council then but you didn't. Your leaders chose to try to sabotage Heartlands and then refused to tell the rest of you about Bear River's plans to regain their ancestral lands.

So, yes, share the guilt because there were hundreds of you, with money and media contacts and lawyers, and there were only two of us Heartlands Project organizers. We came to you repeatedly in the '90's only to be rebuffed and ignored. We had the only financially feasible plan for dealing with Maxxam--total buy-out using Native American gaming rights to run a special lottery.

What my Bear River tribal friends tell me is that being ignored is normal for Native Americans. And they also tell me Native Americans trying to get back land always involves a fight with hostile white people who do not want injuns around them. So what white enviros do to them is what they expected. It was only me that was outraged and still am at the hypocrisy of "my" people.

At 5/22/2008 11:25:00 AM, Blogger John Doe #86 said...

The Bear River members who are working on this plan should appoint a new spokesperson because your attitude is negative and repugnant and is likely a key reason for your lack of success.

You insult and attack me while simultaneously asking for help, claiming that failure for me to jump on board has killed your project. Why should anyone work with someone exhibiting such counterproductive wingnut behavior?

At 5/22/2008 01:46:00 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

It's your karma, mr. doe. You've teamed up with a bunch of yahoos who have never once helped Bear River but have tried to hurt Bear River. You're just getting the results of past enviro bad acts towards this particular Tribe. And it isn't about me either. I mean, look at yourself trying to use me as an excuse for not helping Bear River tribal members. I'm not a Native American so don't use me as a foil for not doing the right thing. Enviros came to Bear River to sabotage their Heartlands Project--that was Darryl Cherney, your forebearer, and Woods of EPIC, and several others. Later Ken Miller and Bob Martel joined in the sabotage effort only they were more thorough and professional about it, linking up with other orgs to do their dirty work for them.

So, yes, I do have an attitude now and if you're just going to focus on me then, sure, use me for a flimsy excuse for not helping Bear River tribal members.

Go talk to Don Brenard, Wayne Moon, (in Nevada now) Barbara Orr, and Arliss _________ who is now on the Tribal Council were she hasn't the votes to counter the majority who are the former Casino Commission people now running Bear River. Don't take my word for the situation. Check it out yourselves and see what Don and I, and Wayne and Barbara have been up against for years because we have had no outside support which could have changed the situation by adding pressure on tribal members who have forgotten their ancestral heritage.

If it makes you feel good, get mad at me for being angry with you guys but that does zip for the situation of Palco and the Bankruptcy.

At 5/23/2008 09:29:00 AM, Anonymous Bolithio said...


At 5/23/2008 06:02:00 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

Next...yes, shine it on, don't deal with criticism--just go to the next ineffectual protest action. Meanwhile Palco goes to the super richies.

I just received this I guess final statement of the Bear River Tribal Council which again has stopped direct communication with the inevitable result of not understanding what I have been trying to do. They don't seem to get it that our Native American lottery doesn't depend on Bear River at all. It was always meant to be Inter-Tribal and the Lakota have expressed interest--so Mr. Bowman's legal objections are moot. Bear River is just the first beneficiary tribe of the lottery operation--not the owners or operators of it. And they don't remember the Bear River Timber Management Plan that the 1997 Bear River Tribal Council approved as part of the Heartlands Project. This present Tribal Council of four people with one abstention cannot see past their Casino operation and don't really care that 70,00O acres of the Tribe's ancestral land is on the block. All they care about is their Casino. The Bear River tribal leaders who are out of power have no way of stopping these few people from destroying this opportunity for generations to come. If enviros pressured Bear River perhaps they wouldn't be so quick to scotch this opportunity. Here's the letter:

Mr. Stephen Lewis

RE: PALCO Bankruptcy
Heartlands Project


The Tribal Council appreciates your time and effort on this project, however, due
to the large number of projects we have locally, and our direct management of the Tribe's
Casino, we simply don't have the time to dedicate to the PALCO bankruptcy. We were hoping that Sparky Brenard, with your assistance, could handle that representation. It was not mentioned, during our previous conversation, that a lawyer would be necessary.

The Tribal Council is not willing to retain a Texas lawyer at $30,000.00 to intervene in
the bankruptcy proceeding, nor are either of our California lawyers available to attend bankruptcy proceedings in Corpus Christi, TX. Therefore, unfortunately, we must
decline your offer to continue advocacy on the PALCO bankruptcy.

In addition, there are significant restrictions on running a lottery system that make it impractical to proceed with (see Gaming Compact Section 4.1, restriction on use of internet to facilitate a lottery system.) The Tribe has no interest in running a lottery system outside of its gaming facility, and it would likely be ruled illegal to conduct such operations off of the Tribe~s trust land. It is also unlikely, based on the obligations of the
bankruptcy court to protect the secured interests and shareholders, that the court would simply give the Tribe 70,000 acres. The Tribe is not in the logging business and is not interested in taking over the logging obligations of the Pacific Lumber Company.

Thank you for your interest in this matter.

~ ~ ~f'~

Leonard Bowman, Chairman
Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

This is all I can do to stop Palco from going to another outside corporate owner. It's not working and I'm getting pretty burned out. Sorry for taking it out on you guys but heck, why didn't you try to work with us when we asked you years ago? We did get as far as registered in the Corpus Christi Bankruptcy Court even without a lawyer and I have a phone message from a couple weeks ago from Sandy Dean, head of MRC, wanting to talk with me but I didn't respond.


At 5/25/2008 08:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't respond to messages from Sandy Dean, realize that no one wants to side with you, and constantly attacking everyone around you; at what point do you start to acknowledge that you are a bit of a lunatic.

At 5/26/2008 12:39:00 PM, Blogger Stephen said...

And you're just another anonymous slimebucket who is too chickenshit to say their slander in person. You are a coward, anon 8:44, one of the many of the world who hide under rocks and come out only when they think it's safe to throw stones at those who actually attempt to change things for the better. There's always been your types throughout history trying to stop progress from happening by ridiculing those bringing in the new.

You have nothing to offer, no truth, no valid criticism because leaders of industry do talk with me and not you guys, so whatever your beef is, it's basically jealousy bullshit because as an activist I have gotten much farther along in salvaging PL from Maxxam than any of you enviros with all your legions of activists and media exposure and lawyers for the professionals making money off environmental protection ala EPIC and Baykeeper.

When you guys stop with the smears of me and start with cooperation with the parties you should have been cooperating with all along, Native Americans and Palco workers, then perhaps you will some day realize what you've been trashing.

This is it. No mas for me here. I gave you a chance to help and again zero response in that department so you can all go back to your fantasies of significance in the events you are just sideline entertainment for.

At 5/29/2008 06:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do belive you just proved the point 8:44 was making.


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