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There was an article in the paper a while back. It said that Superior Court and the group of people claiming to be the real Shingle Springs Miwoks are going to be working together to deal with native families when kids are involved.
This group of people have not even proven that they are even Miwok. My name is Louie L. Smith III and I am a real Shingle Springs Miwok. Before these people are even dealt with in any professional way, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors needs to ask this group for tribal identification. Until these people prove that they are who they claim to be, they have no right sticking their nose where it does not belong.
They’re already stealing our stuff and I’ll be damned if I’m going to let them take our kids too. I Louie L. Smith III, am as fifth-generation Shingle Springs Miwok and I can prove what I say I am with birth records, tribal records, Buckeye school records and more.
The public officials need to stop holding their hand out and do their jobs by making these people prove that they are original Miwoks from this area. The truth is that you need to prove that you are what you claim to be with real documentations, not stuff you made up, and I will shut up. Until then you have not heard the last from me.
LOUIE L. SMITH III