Friday, April 24, 2015

APARTHEID RULER Mark Macarro, Says POKER belongs to Tribes and Card Clubs. Bad Actor Speaks

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Mark Macarro, who leads an Apartheid reservation and who is well known for harming Native Americans, has come out swinging on Online Gaming.

“The only entities that can play poker in California are Indian tribes and card clubs, period,” Chairman Mark Macarro told attendees of a GiGse 2015 panel Tuesday in San Francisco.

The very same person, that violates tribal law, lied to Congress, covered up corruption and has stolen hundreds of millions of dollars in per capita payments, now finds a law he likes:  

“The future of our people, the future of our tribes, depend on that policy, that law,” Macarro said.

Really, "our people"?  You got rid  of HUNDREDS of OUR PEOPLE, including many, unlike you who still LIVE ON THE PECHANGA reservation.   HAVE YOU NO SHAME, Mr. MACARRO?  Pechanga is a BAD ACTOR and a tribe that SHOULD NOT be considered for online gaming in CALIFORNIA. 

Read More about What Pechanga's own BAD ACTOR Mark Macarro has Done to OUR people.

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Casino Tribes AGAINST Easing Federal Recognition Rules for Tribes. Don't Want Competition for their Casinos

Amazing that tribes support rules to keep other tribes from gaining federal recognition, but when it comes to challenging their own sovereignty, they squeal like greedy pigs.

The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes.

American Indians have been pushing for years to revise the process, but proposed regulations nearing the finish line have deeply divided existing tribes, and Congress. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Utah Republican, says he’s prepared to use every tool at his disposal to block enactment of the regulations.

He criticized the Interior Department for forwarding the regulations to the Office of Management and Budget for final approval earlier this week. He said the administration has ignored lawmakers’ requests to hold off on the rules until Congress has a chance to review them. “Are our concerns not important to you?”

Bishop asked an Obama administration official during a subcommittee hearing Wednesday evening. Kevin Washburn, an assistant secretary of the Department of Interior, said the administration has been criticized for moving too slowly on the regulations, and he refused Bishop’s request. “There’s been a lot of oversight. In fact, that’s where we got a lot of our ideas,” Washburn said. “... There’s been an enormous amount of effort, and we are going to try to get this done.”

Federal recognition has been granted to 566 American tribes, and it is sought by others because of the health and education benefits it brings to tribal members, along with opportunities for commercial development. Under the current recognition process, which dates back to 1978, the Interior Department has recognized 17 tribes and denied 34 requests. A proposed rule issued 11 months ago changes some of the thresholds groups would need to meet to be federally recognized as a tribe.

For example, the proposed regulation reduced how far back in time a tribe must demonstrate it has been a distinct political entity with authority over its members.

The proposed regulation would also allow tribes denied federal recognition to try again.

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have expressed concern about the cost to the federal government, and about how the approval of new tribes could alter the casino landscape in their home states. Existing tribes have also raised the casino issue and say that adding tribes would stretch already scarce federal resources allocated for health care, education and housing for Native Americans.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

PART III: Are Native Americans Entitled to Civil Rights Protections? Senate Indian Committee Must Have Field Hearings Senator Barrasso.

The conclusion of Native American Activist Paul Johnson's treatise on the violations of civil rights in Indian Country.  Please check out the previous two posts:Part One and Part TWO   .  Thank you Paul for your excellent work on this critical issue infecting Indian Country

The selective nature of disenrollments illustrates the bias and discrimination that motivates these heinous actions. Tribes select entire extended families and target them for elimination. They place unfair standards only on those they wish to eliminate, with full knowledge that there are other tribal members who could not meet the same standard. Disenrollees are treated differently under the law than other tribal members, and this is what is meant by the violation of the right to equal protection under the law. Equal protection means not only that all people shall be treated equally in the enforcement of the law, but also that all people shall have equal access to the law. This right was intended specifically to prevent unfair or discriminatory actions by those enforcing the laws from preventing individuals from obtaining recourse or remedy.
Read the citation from the Fourteenth Amendment carefully. It doesn't say citizen; it says person. In Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886) the Supreme Court ruled that:
These provisions are universal in their application to all persons within the territorial jurisdiction, without regard to any differences of race, of color, or of nationality, and the equal protection of the laws is a pledge of the protection of equal laws.
It doesn't apply to Indians though. Why does the Court deny the civil rights of Indians? Because Congress denies the Civil Rights of Indians. Why does Congress discriminate against Indians? The Supreme Court says that protecting the civil rights of Indians means interfering with the sovereignty of Tribes, but Tribes are domestic dependent sovereigns with lands held in trust by the Federal Government. Congress has plenary powers over Tribes. (OP: plenary power is a power that has been granted to a body in absolute terms, with no review of, or limitations upon, the exercise of the power)
The politics that are being played by Congress and Tribes should not result in the violation of the civil rights of tribal members.
This attitude toward Indians is not new. America has a long and bloody history of mistreatment of native peoples. Nothing has changed except that now Tribes have gaming. Along with the gaming came wholesale corruption. The Federal Government allows the corruption as long as it is just Indians hurting other Indians, but there are other ramifications that have not been fully understood. The BIA now says disenrollees are not eligible for federal services or programs because they are not members of a Federally Recognized Tribe, and their internal policy states that disenrollees are not entitled to per-capita distribution.
The BIA does not inform disenrollees that they are taking these actions against them. They say that tribal law is controlling law for tribal members, but disenrollees are not tribal members. So without committing a crime or any transgression at all against the Federal Government, the BIA denies services, programs, and revenue sharing to those who are otherwise entitled and eligible. They do this without providing due process, and without equal protection of the law. There is no legal definition of disenrollee, and no federal regulation that tells the BIA that they have to stop seeing an Indian as an Indian just because a Tribe decided to harm a selective portion of their members.
Disenrollees can have their tribal membership terminated. It happens all the time these days; however, Tribes do not tell the Federal Government what to do. Why then is the BIA acting against disenrollees on the instruction of Tribes? It appears that the BIA and Tribes are working together to inflict harm and injury on innocent persons, and it is time for disenrollees to recognize that they are U.S. Citizens. In 1924 Congress granted all American Indians U.S. Citizenship, and if their tribal membership is terminated, for whatever reason, Indians revert to U.S. Citizens, and they are entitled to all the rights and protections of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In fact Indians are U.S. Citizens even when they are also Tribal Citizens, and can always assert their rights.
This fact has been lost in the disputes over membership and the BIA and Courts purposely avoid addressing civil rights violations. So far the BIA and the Courts have been able to narrow the scope of their decisions to frame disenrollment as internal tribal matters in which they have no jurisdiction and cannot interfere. They are able to do this because the disenrollees file their appeals and complaints against the Tribes. The Tribes are immune to lawsuits, and the BIA has no jurisdiction, and the cases are dismissed, or the appeals are lost.
The BIA should not disregard these rights and protections, and the BIA should not apply tribal law to those who are no longer tribal citizens. The problem is that disenrollees are so intent on regaining tribal membership that they forget that they are U.S. Citizens and allow the BIA to treat them as neither U.S. Citizens nor Tribal Citizens. To make matters worse the BIA gives deference to the Tribal Leaders who are hurting their own people no matter how corrupt the leaders are. The BIA says it is reasonable for them to give deference to Tribes even though this deference enables Tribes to violate their own Constitutions, Laws, Customs and Traditions.
The BIA addresses only matters involving tribal law and membership disputes and ignores any other arguments in appeals. The Courts rule that Tribes are sovereign and immune to lawsuits. Congress specifically left out provisions for enforcement of the ICRA. Disenrollees are painted into a corner, with no recourse except to claim their Rights. How else are they going to make any headway against a power structure that is completely discriminatory?
The BIA will never interfere and help disenrollees get reinstated. They have no rules, regulations, policies, procedures, court decisions or empowerment from Congress to reinstate disenrollees. Even if a Tribe's governing document gives the BIA this power, they will still try to weasel out of doing something for disenrollees. Instead of seeking reinstatement, disenrollees should tell the BIA that they are being denied due process and equal protection under the law. They should demand a hearing, and an opportunity to present evidence on their behalf with an independent judicial review.
This strategy will have either of two outcomes. It is possible that the BIA will rule that those disenrollees who assert their civil rights are still eligible for federal services and programs despite being disenrolled. Those disenrollees who obtain this ruling from the BIA will have proof that they are Indians, and that the Tribe was wrong in disenrolling them. This is a far better outcome than a decision not to interfere, and could lead to further action.
If the BIA rules that the agency cannot provide disenrollees a hearing or equal protection under the law, then the table is set for a suit against the BIA. The Court will then have an opportunity to hear the arguments and decide for all disenrollees whether or not they have civil rights. In might also mean that disenrollees can file complaints with the Department of Justice claiming civil rights violation by the Tribe against a U.S. Citizen with the support of a judicial decision that says that Tribes do not have the right to determine your eligibility for federal services and programs.
There is even a chance that the Court might rule that the BIA must change the internal policy that disenrollees are not entitled to per-capita revenue sharing. This is where the whole strategy has been pointing. Gaming Tribes have Revenue Allocation Plans with the BIA that state that Tribes must share revenue with Tribal members. There are federal court decisions (Short et al.v. United States, 1973) that state all Indians of a reservation are entitled to share revenue from reservation lands regardless of their tribal membership status. By asserting their claim to civil rights protections disenrollees might be able to remove the reason why the Tribe disenrolled in the first place. If Tribes cannot withhold per-capita from disenrollees they might not be so hasty to disenroll members. With the requirement for Tribal membership out of the picture, then the Tribe will have to share with disenrollees too or be in violation of their RAPs.
Can the BIA force Tribes to share revenue with disenrollees? That question won't be answered until some brave disenrollees assert their claim to civil rights protections. There is also the NIGC, and gaming Tribes must file Tribal Gaming Ordinances with the NIGC that state they will share revenue with tribal members. Along with the Tribal Gaming Ordinances comes a waiver of sovereign immunity due to the provisions of the IGRA. Gaming Tribes must sign such a waiver so that the NIGC can enforce the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

The alphabet soup gets a little crowded here, and before too much complexity drowns these actions in a slew of hearings and delays the best weapon that disenrollees have is to stand fast to their civil rights and see where the strategy leads. Most Tribes will probably reconsider their disenrollment decisions if it becomes apparent that the federal government will be forced to either investigate or act. No one knows if this strategy will work though. It hasn't been tried before. 
This is an opportunity to fight disenrollment actions and force the BIA, the DOI, the DOJ and perhaps even Congress to develop a policy that addresses the civil rights of Indians in a meaningful way. We won't know until we give this strategy a ride and test it out. 

Loretta Lynch CONFIRMED as Attorney General to Replace Ineffective Eric Holder. Let's Welcome her with a Letter Requesting She Protect our Civil Rights

Loretta Lynch has been confirmed  by the U.S. Senate to succeed the ineffective Attorney General Eric Holder.   NOW is a good time to get this letter to her, so that when she's confirmed and takes office, shortly, she can find our letters waiting for her.

The Honorable Loretta Lynch
United States Attorney General
Department of Justice Building
950 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20530

Dear Attorney General Loretta Lynch:

I respectfully submit this letter urging the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division to commence a full-scale investigation into the gross civil and human rights violations which have infected Indian Country.

Throughout Indian Country, tribal officials have taken actions which have denied and/or stripped thousands of individual Indians of their citizenship rights and privileges as tribal members and denied them access to federal benefits and programs in the areas of housing, education, health, voting and public works assistance. Pechanga, Pala, Redding, Snoqualmie, Nooksack, Chukchansi, Enterprise, San Pascual are just a few who have terminated the rights of their people. 

In some instances, the illegal actions occurred decades ago, however, there has been a marked increase since Indian Gaming has evolved into a multi-billion dollar business. Tribal leaders justify their right to systematically deny and/or strip basic rights and privileges from their citizens under the guise of tribal sovereignty. The time is right for your department's civil rights division to use it's full force on the corruption that has spread throughout Indian Country.

Tribal leaders have routinely committed acts to deny Indian individuals due process; equal protection of tribal, state, and federal laws; property interest rights; and voting rights. Theses actions have been carried out in gross violation of tribal and federal laws, such as the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, which were specifically enacted to guarantee and protect the rights of the individual Indian.

Using sovereignty as a club to beat the weak and render them helpless is abhorrent.The federal government can no longer allow the offending tribes and tribal officials to claim that this is a sovereignty issue that rests solely within the domain of tribal courts and tribal law. Few Tribes actually have tribal courts.And, in most cases, the tribal government officials responsiblefor the violations of law are the very same people who pass judgment as to whether or not lawshave been violated - they are the judge, jury and alleged criminal all rolled into one
The United States has a trust responsibility to the thousands of individual Indians whose basic rights have been infringed upon. Unfortunately, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that their trust responsibility extends only to the tribal government and government officials and not to the thousands of individual Indian victims. Therefore, I believe that the DOJ has the legal and moral responsibility to investigate and prosecute such violations of basic rights.

I urge you to direct the DOJ Civil Rights Division to initiate an investigation into the growing number of human and civil rights violations described above. In addition, I hope that any investigation would not be short-circuited by those who would claim tribal sovereignty as a justification for inaction.

Nor should justice be denied as a result of political wrangling by politicians fighting to protect their tribal “clients” who funnel millions of dollars into their campaign coffer.

Part II: Are Native Americans Entitled to Civil Rights Protections

In the first post on the violations of civil and human rights ( Are Native Americans Entitled to Civil....) written by guest blogger Paul Johnson, he concluded by asking this question:

Was it an oversight of Congress to omit the power to enforce these rights for tribal citizens?  The obvious answer is NO!

If Congress had wanted teeth in the ICRA they would have included provision for enforcement, or they would have amended the ICRA after over forty-five years. The Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez (1978) decision ruled that:
As originally introduced, the Act (ICRA) would have required the Attorney General to 'receive and investigate' complaints relating to deprivations of an Indian’s statutory or constitutional rights, and to bring 'such criminal or other action as he deems appropriate to vindicate and secure such right to such Indian.'...Congress retains authority expressly to authorize civil actions for injunctive or other the event that the tribes themselves prove deficient in applying and enforcing it’s (the ICRA) substantive provisions.”
So the Supreme Court says it is Congress' job to provide remedy if Tribes don't enforce the ICRA and protect the rights of their citizens. Obviously Congress is not motivated to act on behalf of harmed tribal citizens, so we can blame Congress for enabling Tribes to terminate members, but Congress must bear only part of the responsibility. The Supreme Court also says that:
". . . To abrogate tribal decisions, particularly in the delicate area of membership, for whatever `good' reasons, is to destroy cultural identity under the guise of saving it." 402 F. Supp., at 18-19.
So the Santa Clara Pueblos v. Martinez decision limits the power of the Federal Government to interfere with tribal decisions. And even though the ICRA guarantees Indian Civil Rights, Santa Clara Pueblos v. Martinez goes on to say that the ICRA:
...provides that States may not assume civil or criminal jurisdiction over 'Indian country' without the prior consent of the tribe, thereby abrogating prior law to the contrary.”
So the government can't enforce civil rights protections on reservations unless Tribes waive their sovereign immunity. The NNABA resolution declares that human rights and fundamental freedoms of all shall be respected, but who is going to tell Tribes this? Not only has the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government can't interfere with tribal decisions on membership, but other court decisions have expanded on the Santa Clara Pueblos v. Martinez decision and consistently ruled that sovereign immunity protects Tribes against lawsuits, and this has enabled Tribes to violate the civil rights of their members.

It is clear that the ICRA was never meant to provide for the protection of the rights of Indians. Read the Supreme Court decision yourself if you want to understand the position of the Court. The whole idea was that Tribes would provide this protection for their own people as part of their commitment to self-determination. Congress assumed that Tribes would naturally promote the interests, welfare, and status of their citizens far better than the Federal Government. 

Who could have foreseen that Tribes would seek to intentionally harm their own members, their own family? That is NOT the Indian Way.

The NNABA resolution is forceful in its affirmation that the right of tribal citizenship is absolute and inherent, and the U.S. Views citizenship as sacrosanct. However, Tribes have taken destructive action against innocent individuals who have committed no wrong or harmed the Tribe in any manner whatsoever, stripped them of their citizenship, and justified these actions with reasons that are simply false and illegitimate. (OP: Changing blood quantum (Pala); correcting "mistakes" in membership rolls i.e. Chukchansi, Grand Ronde, Nooksack or politically motivated i.e. Redding Rancheria, Jamul, United Auburn) 
We will continue in PART III, please, share on Facebook and Twitter and make sure you address your tweets to your state's Senators and to @SenJohnBarrasso  and @indiancommittee and @NatResources and @civilrights.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Saginaw Chippewa Disenrolling to 'balance the budget'. Stripping Citizenship for Dollars, Sound Familiar?

Gloria Narvais is from the Ortiz family group.
She and 166 other Saginaw Chippewa  Tribal members are appealing a judge’s recent opinion that a six-year-old disenrollment case can be re-opened.
There are 233 Tribal members appealing Tribal Chief Judge Patrick Shannon’s March opinion, but only 167 are living.
Mt. Pleasant attorney Paula M. Fisher filed an paperwork March 31 to the Saginaw Chippewa Court of Appeals, arguing that the Tribe is violating the plaintiffs’ due process by revisiting disenrollment issues time after time.
For Narvais, it’s the third time she has had to defend herself against disenrollment, which she said is a way for Tribal Council to balance the budget.
“They aren’t following protocol,” she said. “These are tough economical times for everyone.”
Narvais thinks the Tribe is balancing the budget by decreasing the number of members, thus decreasing the amount of per-cap payments.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Are Native Americans Entitled to Civil Rights Protections? Paul Johnson, American Indian Activist Discusses What Civil Are Being Violated. Senator Boxer, Senator Feinstein PAY ATTENTION to YOUR STATE

I've invited a friend, American Indian Activist Paul Johnson, to write a piece on the civil rights that we constantly talk about, but to many, they only have a vague idea what it means.   I'm going to break down his piece into at least two posts, so I'm inviting everyone to share it and anticipate the next post from Paul.  I'll add some thoughts on how these violations relate to my family's issues at Pechanga.

The recent resolution from the NNABA supporting Equal Protection and Due Process for those who have been divested of the Right of Tribal Citizenship
is shining a light on the civil and human rights violations that accompany many of the disenrollment actions happening throughout Indian Country.  So what are these civil rights to which we refer, and how are they being violated?
When we speak of the right to due process we are citing the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. Due process provides protections to those facing a proposed action, applies in civil and criminal proceedings, and has specific requirements.
Here are the requirements in a nutshell:
1.     Unbiased tribunal
2.     Notice of proposed action and the grounds on which it is based
3.     Opportunity to present a reason why the action should not occur
4.     Right to call witnesses on your behalf
5.     Right to know what evidence is brought against you
6.     Right to have the decision based only on the evidence
7.     Right to counsel
8.     Right to a public proceeding
9.     A record of the proceedings
10.  Right to judicial review

Here is how the Fourteenth Amendment says it:

Monday, April 20, 2015

Last Real Indians Denounces Disenrollment, Joining Native American Bar Association

The writing group LAST REAL INDIANS has a piece out on DISENROLLMENT.   THEY DON'T LIKE IT.  Fitting that some disenrollment tribes have councils with NO Indian Blood, or were adopted themselves.  The wattage of the spotlight on the corrupt actions of disenrollment is increasing

Disenrollment is not our way as indigenous peoples.

We know of no Lakota word for “disenrollment.” We have no prayers, songs, dances or ceremonies about disenrollment. We know of no Sioux leaders who have ever disenrolled our relatives from the Great Sioux Nation.

Disenrollment is a tool of colonialism and conquest.

The United States began planting the seeds of disenrollment during the Indian removal and allotment eras, in furtherance of indigenous land dispossession and assimilation. The federal government then introduced disenrollment to us during the Indian reorganization era, to further assimilate us.

Disenrollment is not indigenous to us or our lands.

We are people of kinship and inclusion. We inter-marry with other peoples from Turtle Island. We adopt children from other tribes, into our tribes and families. We take relatives who are cold or hungry, into our homes and communities.

We do not exclude our relatives, except in instances of banishment or exile as punishment for serious offenses against our people and ways.  OP:  In Pechanga's case, they took the word of a convicted, imprisoned child molester over the preponderance of the evidence in the Paulina Hunter Matter.

We most certainly do not exclude our Indian children. It is horrible to think that a Lakota child would lose the protections afforded by the federal Indian Child Welfare Act, upon his or her disenrollment.

Disenrollment goes against our ways of being and co-existing.

We understand the need to exclude non-Indians from our communities and territories, to protect ourselves against the forces of Manifest Destiny. Our tribal governments enjoy the inherent right to exclude outsiders from our country.

But disenrollment is exclusively aimed at Indians—not non-Indians. To be disenrolled, you first have to be tribally enrolled. Since tribes do not enroll non-Indians, tribes cannot, and do not, disenroll them. Instead tribes disenroll their own—their own kin.

Disenrollment is not an act of inherent sovereignty or self-determination.

Again, disenrollment was foisted upon us by the federal government, for ulterior purposes. It is not a practice that has existed within our societies or governments since our beginnings. Nor is it a practice that perpetuates our existence or belonging as indigenous peoples. It does the opposite: it diminishes us—all of us on Turtle Island—in size, strength and spirit.

Disenrollment is an act of Indian disenfranchisement.

The practice deprives our relatives of what it means to be indigenous; what it means to be tribal. It strips them of their Indian rights to worship; to fish, hunt and gather; to be with the land; to participate in ceremony and celebration; to vote, speak and be heard. It strips them of their right to belong. It strips them of their everything.

Disenrollment is today’s “kill the Indian, save the man”-regime. But now, we are doing it to ourselves. We are killing each other, terminating ourselves.

We denounce disenrollment. Real Indians don’t disenroll.
Learn More on Disenrollment, Ethnic Cleansing in Indian Gaming Country at these Links:
Gaming Revenue Blamed for Disenrollment
disenrollment is paper Genocide
CA Tribal Cleansing
Tribal terrorism
TRIBAL TERRORISM includes Banishment
Nooksack Disenrollment

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Instant KARMA 2.0 : Disenrolling Casino Tribe The NOOKSACK's CASINO May Close, Following Chukchansi Casino Closure, ALSO a Disenrolling Tribe

The Nooksack River Casino’s days could be numbered, pending a ruling in Whatcom County Superior Court later this year.  This would follow on the heels of a shutdown of the Chukchansi Gold Casino, also a disenrolling tribe's casino late last year.   Disenrollment is BAD FOR BUSINESS.  If those tribes will cheat their own people, won't they cheat their customers?  Their lenders?

 Since at least 2011, the Nooksack Business Corporation an entity owned by the Nooksack Indian Tribe, has tried to shirk its responsibility to pay back about $15 million in loans it obtained from now-defunct BankFirst in 2006.    PAYBACK?  PAYBACK?  We don't need no stinkin' payback, right, we are sovereign..

Friday, April 17, 2015

Pechanga Crime Watch: Slow Speed Chase on The REZ with heavy Police Presence

Reports coming in that there was a slow speed car chase all over the rez at 1:30 a.m. with 5-7 police vehicles and a helicopter. There was also a police swat team and helicopter the night before. Lots of action. Pechanga, has a lot of felons..and that's just in the Masiel Basquez Crime family, one of whom was a carjacker, lots of drugs... Details as they become available. Stay Tuned

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mark Macarro Sets Up STRAWMAN in Television Interview on Pechanga Disenrollment

By exaggerating, misrepresenting or just fabricating someone's argument, as Pechanga chairman Mark Macarro does here, in his interview with KNBC's Colleen Williams. It is much easier to present his position as being reasonable

Here in a discussion of Paulina Hunter descendants, he tries to shift the discussion from a family with ties to the reservation, by blood, since its inception, to the casino.  The majority of Hunters have a lower enrollment number than Macarro himself.  Watch

Hear is the response to that:

Total B.S. as it applies to Hunters. Paulina Hunter, whose ties to the reservation were cemented by testimony of fellow Pechanga people, who KNEW PAULINA HUNTER in the 19th century, disprove this strawman argument.  Hunters have lives on the reaervation for decades before Macarro was born.

What Macarro doesn't say, is that there are NON Pechanga blood on his own tribal council, right Butch Murphy?

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Chukchansi Tribal Casino: 14 Who RAIDED Casino Claim THEIR Rights Were Violated By Being Charged with Kidnapping and Assault

Fourteen members of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino tribal police force and security team have filed legal claims against Madera County saying they were falsely arrested and jailed for trying to take back a casino gaming office from an opposing faction.
Among those named in the claims are former District Attorney Micheal Keitz, retired Sheriff John Anderson and prosecutor Nicholas Fogg. The claims suggest that county officials are also involved in malicious prosecution and civil rights violations.
The claims say that each man is seeking in excess of $1 million. The members of the security force claim monetary losses from being unable to work, emotional distress and loss of reputation. Many of the men had to pay bail amounts of hundreds of thousands of dollars, with some in excess of $1 million.
The Madera County Board of Supervisors will review the claims Tuesday during the closed session of its weekly meeting.
“Because they have the potential to be litigation, we will make the board aware of them,” said Regina Garza, Madera County counsel.
If, or when, supervisors reject the claims, it will allow the men to file civil lawsuits against the county.
Claims were required to be filed by last week, which marked six months since the gaming office raid at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino.
Overall, 15 were charged in the case. Only security officer Miguel Ramos did not file a claim. There are provisions in the law that allow him to file a late claim.
On Friday, Madera County Superior Court Judge Dale Blea would not dismiss criminal charges against the 15 men. Blea said the county acted properly in making the arrests and that none of the defendants had immunity in the casino office raid either as police officers or members of the tribe.
Ten of the men were hired as tribal police officers and were being paid by the Tex McDonald faction of the tribe when they raided the casino office on Oct. 9. The takeover took about five minutes. During the raid, the men handcuffed and detained security forces paid by the Reggie Lewis-Nancy Ayala faction, which had control of the casino and hotel. The men were charged with kidnapping, assault with deadly weapons and a variety of other crimes.
McDonald tribal police chief John Oliveira said the office raid only took a few minutes and his forces never stepped foot on the casino floor. His group’s video shows much of the hotel operations continuing normally as his men detained the other security team. It was not until 90 minutes later when the fire alarm was pulled in the hotel basement by those associated with the Lewis-Ayala security team that the casino and hotel was evacuated.
Mark Coleman, who represents nine of the men involved in the raid, said the men hired by Oliveira were all in law enforcement or retired from law enforcement or had military backgrounds. Some even train military and law enforcement officers.
“What’s happened to these guys is terrible,” he said. “They are all honorable men who thought they were doing legitimate work.”

Read more here: