Calif. tribe accuses county of ignoring racism
Monday, January 26, 2004

The Coast Miwok Tribe says officials in Sonoma County, California, are ignoring racism and hate speech against the tribe.

Over the summer, the tribe sent a mailing to registered voters seeking support for a proposed casino. Some of the responses received were offensive. Residents wrote things like "Indian speak with forked tongue," "Go back to your Indian land," "The only good Indian is a dead Indian," and "Dead Indians upcoming" on informational cards.

The tribe, also known as the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, submitted a 54-page report to the county's Commission on Human Rights detailing its complaints. The commission passed the allegations to the sheriff's department, which concluded there were no hate crimes or credible threats.

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Graton tribe says county ignoring hate speech (The Santa Rosa Press-Democrat 1/26)

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