Letter to PBP members on a dis-enrollment hearing.
From Joyce Guerrero
Our family received a letter dated May 23, 2007 from the enrollment department of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, signed by Arlene Lingo.
It is a Notice of Intent to Dis-Enroll my grandson Aaron Michael.
The letter goes on to state reasons: briefly they are that years ago when Aaron’s application was processed there was a miscalculation made by the Enrollment department and the Enrollment Committee and Tribal Council at that time. All three entities failed to catch this error if that is the case.
My Mother Agnes Wabski Kitchkommie was correctly the 4/4 full blood. Apparently my Father Joseph A. Kitchkommie came up “erroneously” the letter says.
I question the timing of this action. The fact that this letter comes at a time of this recall petition process I have to wonder who is targeting my family. I will not state if I have or have not signed the petition. I have however; as a Gaming Commissioner been put in the position of having to confront Tracy Stanhoff more than once on her lack of following protocol in the area of regulations. It is no secret as this was done in front of other Commissioners and Council members and that I have been vocal with questions in meetings to her regarding the IL project.
We have been given a date of hearing on this matter of June 4th, 2007 in front of Tribal Council to decide. I have no reassurance that the entire tribal council will decide on the fate of my grandson’s enrollment. We all know that one person now on that council overpowers the weaker ones.
My family will live with the decision of that hearing and persevere. Aaron has been for 12 years a Prairie Band Potawatomi tribal member. He asks does this mean he cannot say that he is Prairie Band Potawatomi anymore? He does not understand at his age the political ramifications and mean spirited actions that children can get caught in the middle of. I wanted to share this experience because I think this is not a good sign for our future of our tribal members.
Can an outside group go to someone and point a finger at your family and start dis-enrollment procedures? Or one individual? You will always find angry, disgruntled, unhappy people willing to participate in these causes. I welcome this hearing to be heard and share my original paperwork, if for no other reason than to prove that there was no intent to deceive or falseness committed on our behalf and I want that to be a part of that hearing that day. Is council prepared to have more hearings?
It could be your family next. Thank you so much for having this venue to get out information.
Joyce Kitchkommie Guerrero