Past History Information

  1. Congressional hearing picture in San Diego- On Termination Bill died in the hopper (H.R.7473)
  2. Senate Joint Resolution NO. 4 from the Senate of California to the Congress- saved California Reservations, Indian Colonies, and Rancherias from Terminating Federal financing and responsibilities to the Indians.
  3. Steve Ponchetti and Max meet with the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the District Attorney, Don Keller-D.A. and Supervisor Dean Howall take a Survey to Pala and to Santa Isabel-1951 Don Keller Iists Nine problems to be solved before Federal Termination... News Clippings
  4. Indians are Citizens
  5. Los Angeles Examiner Feb .26-1954 In 1954 the Congress was known as the anti-Indian Congress and wanted to Terminate ten States of Indians, 70,000 Indians affected... US Senator Arthur V. Wadkins wanted to Terminate the ten States- Wadkins did not like Indians- He said 9 out 10 Indians just don't want to pay their taxes. Present day 1998-99 INDIANS FIND ANOTHER INDIAN ENEMY NAMED U.S. SENATOR SLADE GORTIN
    In this next session of Congress He plans on knocking out INDIAN SOVEREIGNTY- IF SO in a short time the Indians will soon have to pay for taxes on all Indian Reservations and all possessions of property.. Are you ready for this- Make sure your TRIBAL COUNCIL works on this ... and reports to the General Memberships.
  6. Max sent letters to Governor Knight and CA Attorney General Pat Brown to Oppose the Termination Bills- however I didn't like the Governors wording...
  7. Some letters to the Editor on Indian Sovereignty - 1008 Some big changes from 1950- 1998

Rincon's Max Mazzetti (left) shown with Sergeant Shriver in a picture taken in 1965

Rincon chairman honored for work setting up Inter-Tribal Council

Rincon chairman honored for work setting up Intertribal Council Rincon resident and longtinne Indian advocate Max C. Mazzetti last month was recog- nized for his work in helping to organize the Intertribal Councils of California 30 years ago.

On May 14 Mazzetti, who is the tribal chairman of the Rincon, San Luiseno Band of Indians, was one. of the guests of honor and guest speaker at the 30th annual meeting of the Inter- Tribal Councils of California, held at the Radisson Hotel in San Bemardino.

Also honored were SMB- Brown. Ben Magante. Jim Parcell, Matthew Calac and Henry Rodriquez..

Mazzetti told how he was invited to Washington D.C. by Vice -President Hubert Humphrey to tell Congress about the Indians' hardships in California. For instance, Indians who were honorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces could not qualify for the G.I. Loan Program. By 1969 housing was granted by the H.U.D. pro- gram nationwide, including Indians on reservations,

At that first conference the water rights of Indian tribes was first discussed. Eventually, through the help of Congressman Ron Packard a bill was passed in 1988 and signed by President Reagan giving many water rights back to their original owners.

Following the organization of the Intertribal Councils in 1968, Indian education pro- grams. including Head Start, became available.

Mazzetti recalls how he was attended a 196? conference on poverty in Tucson, Arizona, as a delegate. He met with Director Sargeant Shriver, who advised him how to get these program; started for the Indians.

He also recalls the bill that made it possible for Governor Pete Wilson to threaten to shut down California's Indian casinos.

That law. Public Law 280, was passed in 1952. In signing it President Dwight Eisenhower warned that it would destroy some of the tribes' sovereignty