Native American Credit Union Administration
In 1995, I read about the Coeur d'Alene Tribe in Idaho starting a national lottery using Indian gaming rights to do so. I was an environmental activist at that time who's girlfriend happened to be both Native American and a former California Lottery set-up person. Realizing how much money the Coeur d'Alene Tribe expected their National Lottery to generate, I thought that perhaps a local Native American tribe here in Humboldt County, California, could also run a lottery, one that would only need to be in California because, unlike Idaho, we have a large population that a lottery needs as a customer base to succeed.
I contacted the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria and pitched the lottery project as a means for the Bear River tribe to regain a large portion of their former ancestral lands. Their Tribal Council agreed to sponsor the project which became known as the Heartlands Project after my partner Bear River tribal member Donald Brenard joined in 1996. We worked for about 13 years on and off with a few other members of the Tribe unable to ever get a solid backing for our Heartlands Project because of tribal politics - - the Tribe also had a Casino Commission going which did not appreciate our lottery project seeing it as unwanted competition. Our Heartlands Project was handicapped throughout its entire 13 year existence with this internal tribal political battle that pitted our Project against the tribeís Casino project with the Casino group eventually winning the upper hand and closing down our Heartlands Project three different times, the most recent rejection happening about three years ago which is why I turned to the Lakota where I have some good friends and even relatives now through my son-in-law's Crow Creek heritage.
I worked with Arlene Catches the Enemy for year or so before her economic development office was closed and our NACUA project along with it. Not knowing where to go next with the NACUA/Lifeline Lottery project I haven't attempted to promote the project until a few weeks ago when I saw the MacArthur Foundation's monstrously large grant online and it's requirement for funding of an organization's addressing some worldwide Problem. So, why not Disaster Relief and funding poorest of Americans? Why not submit an Oglala NACUA/Lifeline Lottery plan to the MacArthur Foundation's 100Million and Change program?
The Oglala dropped the ball, the same lottery as a political tribal football it turned out that the Bear River Tribal Council's played with for years. And still today, this NACUA system sits undeveloped by any tribe and that's a shame because tribes without successful casinos could really use this system. But often tribes make poor decisions due to trying to work within European-American government models instead of their old ways that worked.
The final Heartlands Project act was to submit a Heartlands Trust Company reorganization plan to the Palco Bankruptcy court case in Corpus Christi, Texas which was ignored by the judge there because Bear River did not have any legal representation in court in Texas. The Heartlands Reorganization Plan is valuable for its Palco diversification plans relevant to Disaster Relief that included Communikit mfg. (as "Palco-kits") and "Down Homes"--emergency disaster relief tents made like sleeping bags to withstand cold weather.
New cell-phone/satellite phone lottery system*
While researching lottery systems Iíve developed a new global lottery system that I believe will be the most advanced cell-phone type lottery system in the world and one that will provide the model for the next generation of state and national lotteries. The Coeur d'Alene's National Lottery was stopped by what is called the Wire Act which prohibits any type of gambling over any telephone lines that cross state lines within the U.S.A.
This new cell
phone/satellite phone lottery system needs no land lines to operate
and so far, there are no laws prohibiting Tribes using such a system
to run a national or international lottery. And at this point in time
with many tribes with casinos able to lobby for Indian gaming
expansion with major money behind, it would be very hard for the U.S.
to try to stop such a Native American run international lottery. With
the tribe no longer interested in recovering their ancestral lands
using the lottery mechanism, I am free to use this new lottery system
for what I believe will be the next level of lottery systems which is
global and includes a much more relevant Good Cause--Disaster Relief
and Humanitarian Aid to communities in desperate need. Emergency
Shelters, Food, Medicine, and state-of-the-art eco-friendly
sustainable community self-sufficiency systems--the Lifeline Lottery
can provide funding for all of this.
* This cell-phone/satellite phone lottery system was actually made obsolete by the NACUA credit card rewards lottery system that needs no lottery ticket purchasing because of being automatically included in the NACUA credit card Rewards system. No actual tickets need be purchased eliminating government restrictions on lottery ticket purchasing by non-Native Americans.
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