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

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Ethics Not For Sale

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

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

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Response to My Findings

Without my knowledge, or consent, a copy of my report landed on the desk of former Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs [AS-IA] Neal McCaleb. He reviewed my work and concurred with my findings. He then notified the tribe they could increase the Yavapai Indian blood-quantum record of Robert Rice to “4/4.” Someone, unknown to this day, sent a copy of this letter to the Daily Courier. One of its reporters then faxed a copy of that letter to me.

In his letter, AS-IA McCaleb agreed with my findings that Robert Rice was a full-blooded Yavapai Indian according to the evidence. After his letter was made public to the Daily Courier, the Board undertook to sue me. This action indicated the Board was unhappy with my findings and was looking for a way to discredit the message. Just before the case was to be heard in the tribal court, the Board’s attorneys sent a letter to me offering to drop the lawsuit if I “reversed” my findings.” Of course, I refused.

The Board attorneys served subpoena after subpoena on me, demanding that I turn over my computer hard drives, which included the genealogy of several tribes and all of my individual clients.

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

I absolutely refused on the basis of client confidentiality. They threatened financial sanctions against me for refusing but I did not waver.

The YPIT Board’s Manipulation of Factual Findings

Unknown to me, the YPIT Board’s attorneys found a husband-and-wife team, Jim Warren and Paula Stuart-Warren, willing to evaluate my work. However, Jim Warren was not a certified genealogist and Paula Stuart-Warren had no apparent experience in compiling Native American lineages. I received a copy of their report. I chose a couple of examples to counter in this response:.

The first is Jim Warren’s allegation that I “failed to do the very basic things, such as define the term ‘Yavapai.’” Although doing anthropological research was not part of my scope of work, I covered this topic. I devoted more than two pages to the subject substantiated by several sources. My conclusion agreed with the YPIT tribal literature. Evidently Mr. Warren did not read the report.

The second is Paula Stuart-Warren’s opinion in regards to the reliability of the Indian schedule censuses created from 1878 through 1934. In her opinion, the federal agents were unable to perform his sworn duty to keep track of the Indians because they couldn’t be objective, a condition of missing their families back east. Yet, she provided no evidence these agents even had families or where they were, let alone how they felt on the job at any time. The admissibility of official documents such as these censuses is based upon a presumed trustworthiness because “public officers acting under oath,

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