~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

Ethics Not For Sale

A Public Rebuttal to the Findings of the Yavapai Prescott Tribal Court

Against Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM
~ March 13, 2010 ~

Adversarial strategy may extend not only to discrediting the genealogist’s report, but also to discrediting the professional integrity of the genealogist.[1]

~ Dee Dee King, CG

In 2001, the Arizonian Yavapai-Prescott Tribal [YPIT] Board of Directors [Board] filed a lawsuit against me, Lorraine Escobar, and then offered to drop the charges if I “reversed” my findings. They soon learned my ethics were not for sale – at any price. I am now openly defending myself against the unfounded and negative tribal court judgment issued against me in 2002.[2]

Nine years ago, I found compelling evidence proving Robert Rice was a full-blooded Yavapai. But, because of Board’s biased and highly personalized political agenda, they sought to discredit my work and my reputation as a genealogist. It was a travesty of justice that neither began, nor ended, with me.

Historical Background

In 1960, with the stroke of pen, a 58-year-old full-blooded Yavapai Indian, Robert Rice, was cheated. His Indian blood quantum was reduced to one-half. He had been told he needed to produce a birth certificate for his mother. But, he could not

[1]King, Dee Dee, CG, “Forensic Genealogy: Part 2,” On Board, Newsletter of the Board for Certification of Genealogists, January 2010, page 2.

[2] The Daily Courier - Sep 22, 2002 via Google news

~ No Stone Unturned Genealogy ~
Lorraine Escobar, CG/NALCM

so do because his mother was born long before counties implemented a birth registration process – no birth certificate was available for her, not even a baptism record.

It was not just a lack of evidence that prompted this blood-quantum reduction – it was motivated by a long-standing family feud between Robert Rice and a large family, who occupied a majority of the Board and apparently disliked both him and his descendants.

In April, 2001, the tribe hired me to research two issues regarding a deceased couple – Robert Rice and his wife, Effie – to wit: their genealogy and historical tribal membership. My job was to research and evaluate factual evidence and to submit my findings to the Board.

As the project ran its course, I learned the tribe was in the middle of a political upheaval. This upheaval involved the Board’s desire to rid itself of the then President, Stan Rice, Jr., and related families on the basis of a rumor of an alleged insufficient Yavapai Indian blood quantum to qualify for tribal membership. Aside from shutting down access to tribal files mid-way through the investigation, the Board members attempted to coerce me into favoring oral history (hearsay) alone without corroboration from other evidence. I nonetheless evaluated all available evidence – oral and documentary – and submitted the report to the Board as contracted.

By December, 2001, the Board removed Stan Rice, Jr., as President of the tribe because he was party to a lawsuit against the Board,[3] not because he did not possess sufficient Yavapai Indian blood to be a tribal member.

[3] The Daily Courier - Dec 24, 2001 via Google news

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