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The Real History of Graton Rancheria

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Frank Truvido House - Lot #1
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December 1956 Indian Agency Appraisal Report

In December, 2000, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) was restored by an Act of Congress.  The Graton Restoration Act was based on one small piece of Sonoma County real estate:  the Graton or Sebastopol Rancheria, at 10091 Occidental Road in West Sonoma County.
For the past decade, all we've known about the Graton Rancheria is what we've been told by FIGR Chairman Greg Sarris.  But recently, STC101 has begun to acquire an ever-growing body of evidence from a variety of sources, including the BIA and the National Archives in San Bruno. These documents form a comprehensive history of the Graton Rancheria that is very much different from what we've been told in the media and other sources.
The PDF files below contain our preliminary report of March, 2006, an update as of April, 2007 and over 50 pages of documents from the National Archives - a fraction of those in our possession.  Every week, we receive more documents, and to date, we have found that the record simply does not support the statements made by the FIGR on the subject of the Graton Rancheria.
You are urged to print the report and supporting documents so that you can easily review them. 
The facts speak for themselves, and you can make up your own mind. 
If you have any questions about this material, please email us at info@stopthecasino101.com.   If you have trouble opening the PDF files, email us, and we will send you a free DVD containing the report and all supporting documents.

MUST READ!!  THE HISTORY OF THE GRATON RANCHERIA:  Based entirely upon the record from the National Archives in San Bruno, CA, with no editorializing, no twisting of fact, no attempt at emotional manipulation.  Every document footnoted in this report can be found in these four PDF files below:  (You will need Adove Acrobat 5.1 or higher to read these files): 
1920 through 1936.  Includes Indian Agency documents of original purchase (also see Deed below) as well as documents proving no one lived on the Graton Rancheria from 1921 to 1936, and that the Rancheria was for "any homeless Indian", not for a specific tribe or group.
 
1952 through 1955.  Includes an Indian Agency letter acknowledging Frank Truvido's 1952 application for an assignment on Graton, the field notes with interviews with Graton residents Frank Truvido, Andrew Sears and Fred Everill, and the 1955 list of Graton assignees.
Beginning with Frank Truvido's handwritten thank you note to the government for the Rancheria Act (ca. 1959), this batch includes the original ballots voting in favor of terminating federal owership of the Graton land, and distributing it to its residents.
Appraisal reports, a diagram of the land distribution to Graton's residents, and details on the homes plus photos of the Graton houses of a type once common in Sonoma County's rural areas.

NEW!!  GRATON HISTORY UPDATE  More info on the facts about the Graton Rancheria.  Was Graton Rancheria established as a "village home"?  Our report and a newly-discovered letter from Special Indian Agent John Terrell will  prove that it was not.   Be sure to  read the 1920 Letter from John Terrell quoted in the report!
 
NEW!!  1920 LETTER FROM JOHN TERRELL:  Read the letter the FIGR claims proves that the Graton Rancheria was established as a "village home".  Not so!!  Includes two more letters proving that Graton Rancheria was opened up to any California Indians in 1937.
 
 NEW!!  ORIGINAL 1920 DEED FOR GRATON RANCHERIA:  See the orginal deed for the property purchased from Joseph and Louisa Corda by the United States government - this is not trust land. This deed is held in fee. 
 
 
HOW A SHASTA INDIAN BECAME A GRATON DISTRIBUTEE: The FIGR claims that Graton was established for Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo Indians of Marshall, Tomales, Bodega and Sebastopol.  But what about one of the three Graton Distributees, Fred Evrill?  New information provided to STC101 by a Shasta Indian researcher  proves that Graton Distributee Fred Evrill was 3/4 White and 1/4 Shasta Indian, from Siskiyou County. 
 
THE BIA DID NOT SUPPORT GRATON'S RESTORATION - NOT JUST ONCE, BUT TWICE!!
 
"We would generally support a tribe requesting restoration of Federal recognition when there is documentation to show that the group is significantly tied to the terminated tribe.  We have not seen any such evidence in regards to the Graton Rancheria and therefore we cannot recommend support of this bill at this time."  Director, Office of Tribal Services, Bureau of Indian Affairs, September 8, 1998
 
READ THE ORIGINAL 1998 MEMO AND THE 1999 MEMO FROM THE OFFICE OF TRIBAL SERVICES TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF CONGRESSIONAL AND LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS. 

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Where does all the FIGR's money come from? 

Where does all the FIGR's money come from?  That's a question people have been asking since 2003.  People are confused:  Greg Sarris, Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR), has made statements to the Press about how very poor FIGR members are.  
 
Yet since its inception in 2000, the FIGR has given away literally millions of dollars, such as $1.5 Million for Mr. Sarris' new job at Sonoma State University, $100,000 to the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, where FIGR Tribal Secretary Jeanette Anglin sits on the Board (talk about hush money!),  and hundreds of thousands of dollars more to various organizations in Marin and Sonoma County.  But where does the poverty-stricken FIGR get all that money? 
 
Much of the money is from Station Casinos:  according to the company's most recent quarterly filing, "As of September 30, 2006,...the Company has agreed to pay approximately $11.3 million upon achieving certain milestones, which will not be reimbursed. As of September 30, 2006, approximately $2.0 million of these payments had been made"  (Source: The Securities & Exchange Commission) 
 
The FIGR also has received, to date, over $1.5 Million from the State's Indian Gaming Revenue Sharing Trust Fund, a fund paid into by casino tribes and distributed to non-gambling tribes.  The FIGR currently receives $122,332.79 every three months - almost half a million dollars a year.  (Source: State of California Gambling Control Commission). 
 
In addition, the FIGR receives money from the federal government - your tax dollars at work.  One grant alone from HUD in 2003-2004 was for $185,000.  They also received money from other sources, including $1,000 from the Buck Foundation in 2003  "To support sending tribal members to the Native Americans in Philanthropy meeting", even though by June 30, 2003, Station Casinos had invested " approximately $11.3 million...in the (FIGR) project.
 
And that's the truth.

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