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Joe Rhoan

"Make you aware of the real facts behind the Yosemite Valley Plan"

Mesa, AZ, USA
male, age 55
Speaks: English
Joined Sep 6, 2003

Some Things to consider

This site is all about cultural preservation that the National Park Service has decided "not" to do.
Instead, they have decided to allow an non-profit organization to represent the American Indian culture of Yosemite Valley, all in the name of profit and explotation.
This site is dedicated to exposing the truth about the American Indian culture of Yosemite, thats being replaced and another none shoved in its place, to support the NPS agenda.
There is a point.....
Around 1980 a group of Yosemite National Park employees of American Indian descent got together and made a non-profit called the American Indian Council of Mariposa. They did this to become an official tribe, but to be an official tribe they had to pass criteria set up by the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Branch of Federal Acknowledgment.
What many of us believe, and we have quite a bit of proof, is that to meet the criteria for federal recognition certain people at the park assisted them to change the history of Yosemite; the history of the Native American people, maybe unknowingly or maybe on purpose.
To try to meet the criteria the non-profit group changed it's name from the American Indian Council of Mariposa to the Southern Sierra Miwuks. You see there was more written about Miwoks in Yosemite than about Indians of Mariposa County.
So we believe that they modified themselves to the name.
The group is primarily made up of Casson Yokuts from Madera County, Central Miwoks who assisted James Savage and signers of the Fremont treaty and others. They are not the original American Indians of Yosemite, but only descendents of Indians who went to work at the park.
They started to claim that Yosemite was their ancient homeland, but they really only had ties to Yosemite as employees and former employees to the park. The group as of 1999 had gotten over $400,000 dollars in grants to become a tribe. Yet most of the founders of the group are already enrolled members of other tribes and so are their children.
We Paiutes started to notice that our ancestors, who were part of the original people of Yosemite, were suddenly being changed from Paiutes to Miwoks. That started to appear in books, publications and even guide markers in Yosemite National Park. They were even on the governmental websites.
We noticed employees and former employees of the park were actually changing historical accounts NOT for the benefit of the general public, but to meet the criteria for their efforts to become a tribe. Children were now repeating the lie and NOT getting the true history of Yosemite.
This is a big conflict of Interest, since they were employees of the park, and influencing the actual history of a national park. Some of us believe that once they become federally recognized, by changing the history of Yosemite to match themselves, they are going for a casino around Mariposa or Midpines.
Now that might be great for the was it gotten? Through misinformation?
That is why we ask and park will not listen, because they are "friends" with these fellow employees of the Park and the park has gone into an unheard of 15 year agreement with the Southern Sierra Miwuks, a non-profit, and not a tribe.

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Groups Beats4Change, Clubster, Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund - Electing Pro-Wildlife Leaders, Minority Rights Network, Protect Yellowstone
Hometown Fresno,Ca 
Homepage rhoan&type=users  
Birthday Sept 13, 1958  
Languages English  
About Me Nice Guy
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Pets Sophie The Dawg  
Activist Aspirations Enthusiastic
Political Leaning Liberal
Eating Habits All kind of food  
Wild Fact About Me American Indian
My Philosophy Never leave your car doors open to a hungry goat!
What Gives Me Hope That more people will read the information posted here and question the NPS, Yosemite Fund, and the wrong doings they are committing.
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
What/who changed my life and why
What Bugs Me LIARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, ignorance, people who don't "listen", People who steal  
Inspirations Capt Sam  
What Scares Me People who have no concience, Fear Is Void of Freedom  
Role Models Jim the activist, Anyone who stands up for their beliefs, Anyone who tries to make a difference  
Quotation Where are you going? Why don't you walk the wheel with us? What is the matter my American friend? What has upset you? Oh! I know. The bad machine doesn't know that he's a bad machine. You still don't believe it. You still don't believe you're a bad machine? To know yourself is to know God, my friend. The factory knows, that's why they put you here. You'll see... You'll find out... In time, you'll know.

Books In Cold Blood - Truman Capote.., The Purple Plain By H.E.Bates, The Raven - Ritterman/Jacobs, Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury, SE Hinton Series, Mad Magazine  
Music YardBirds, Deep Purple, Nirvana, Led Zeppelin, The Doors/Classic Rock, Mud Honey  
Movies Rodger Patterson Film, The Flight Of The Phoenix, Thunderheart, Smithereens.., The Fog, Clearcut, Lost highway  
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Favorite Foods Hot dogs  
Favorite Places Desert Southwest, Bodega Bay CA, Yosemite National Park  
Can't Live Without hope, books, peace, my dog  
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    This is a slide show documenting the Yosemite Mono Lake Paiutes of Yosemite National Park. This slide show contains historical photos of Yosemite National Park and explains the Paiute language of this National Park. 

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