~ 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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Such positive response to my work only verifies the integrity of my professional record. But more importantly, my unwavering refusal to bow to pressure from biased interests, or to violate any confidentiality or ethics despite heavy pressure, speaks to my professional integrity.


In my opinion, the whole case was born out of a political agenda to deny tribal families who have a right to their inheritance. The Rice families petitioned a federal district court but their case was remanded to the tribal court to first exhaust their administrative remedies. The tribal court denied hearing their case. As a result, the family took the case to an appeals court where it got remanded back to tribal court.

As far as I know, the Rice’s case has not been heard. When it comes back to federal court, my findings may be used as evidence in their case. Consequently, except for information that has already been made public, I have not disclosed the contents of my reports.

One more point before concluding: During the one deposition I attended, the lead attorney tried to allege bias. He said something like, “Your website says you enjoy finding Indian lineages” as if there was something wrong with having that kind

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

of passion. My response was that there was nothing wrong with enjoying my work. He next alleged I was biased before writing the report. That claim borders on the ludicrous where untold scores of times my research has compelled me to tell clients they are not Indian, contrary to their hopes and expectations.

I sometimes ask myself if I regret being the one chosen to do this particular research on Robert Rice. I’m glad it was me because now there should be no doubt – my time may be for sale, but my ethics are not – not at any price.

But, all that Yavapai fiasco occurred eight years ago. The evidence I found on Robert Rice’s genealogy, and that of his wife, Effie, falls within public domain. It is time to publish Robert’s genealogy and set the record straight for anyone who is interested in knowing the truth. Genealogy to come …

But, if you cannot wait for the report to be published, go to Ancestry.com, type in a search for Robert Rice, born 1902, in Arizona, add “Arizona” for the residential location and click the “exact” button for that location field. That search will turn up 18 Indian censuses (from 1913-1937) that identify him as a full-blooded Indian with his English name, Robert Rice. As for the name of the tribe, the “Mohave” name of the tribe is known as Yavapai today. You can go to Wikipedia and check that out for yourself. [5] Lastly, Robert lost his parents as a child and was raised by an Apache woman, Lucy. But, it doesn’t take rocket science to understand adoption does not change your ethnicity or tribal origins!

Happy hunting!

[5] Wikipedia - Yavapai people

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