Thursday, December 18, 2014

UPDATE: Pechanga Descendent Manuel Rios Walks On Without JUSTICE; Trapped in Pechanga's Moratorium While Enrolled Family Watches

UPDATE: 12/18  5:30 p.m      Sadly, as the Rios Family has never received what was rightfully theirs, per capita and health benefits.   Pechanga has left on of their own to die needing help for his burial.  The Family has set up a PAYPAL ACCOUNT FOR MANUEL RIOS SR. to help with his funeral costs.   PLEASE share, Please help using the link above.

Sad news yesterday that Manuel Rios Sr., a descendant of Petra Tosobol and who rightfully belonged at Pechanga has died.

We received this notification via Facebook:

Great Warrior Manuel Rios Sr was sent to the Great Spirit. His life was of Civil Rights for his Pechanga family of eight generations Tosabol descendents.  He was outspoken to Mark Macarro for taking family land,  identity, heritage yet 15 years of his life has gone on deaf ears. 

TO MACCARO ,Washington ,Indian affairs, BIA, Congress I Nancy Rios out of respect to his memory am more determined to fight Pechanga for his inheritance his Mother passed down to him.  Let this be your only thought tribal family, I will help create a civil rights movement modern day natives have not seen in light of Day.  Tribes from all over America will know Manuel Rios Sr and his story will go in the history books as one of the Original Pechanga descendents given land that you stole he is a tribal member of Pechanga and Always has been.

Mr. Rios could trace his Pechanga lineage back to 1784 with little difficulty.  As his son told us in 2009:

We start back to 1784 with my 5th great grandmother her name was Andrea Parable Tosbol. Then came Petra Tosbol Thujillo. then came Ysabel Munoa Thujillo then came Camill munoa Aguirre then came Ysabel Aguirre Rios. There are three familys that came from Camilla Munoa Aguirre they are as follows Rios family, Aguirre family , Ursua family . 

The MUNOA family are their relations, they are in the tribe and have done little or NOTHING to help their family members secure their rightful place in the tribe.

We have posted the story of the RIOS/Tosobol Moratorium People family many times:

The Rios/Tosobal Family has ties to the Pechanga tribe, from his mother back to his great-great-great-grandmother, born in 1811. (That’s when Abe Lincoln was 2 years old!)

So, when his mother died in 1978 and left him a piece of reservation land, Manuel Rios Jr. began trying to make arrangements to bring water and electricity to the plot so he could set up a home there. 30 years later, he has yet to get tribal approval to do anything with the land.Tribal officials had told him he and his family are not on the rolls, he said, and they won’t get considered for membership until a moratorium on new enrollments is lifted now extended past 2010. His family members, who number more than 100, have stacks of documents that they say they submitted to the enrollment committee 15 years ago.

We continue our fight for justice for those disenrolled and those in the moratorium, over 100 Tosobol descendants and including family of Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro.  Please join us by sharing this and other stories with your twitter feed and Facebook pages.

from Cuba to Pechanga It's A Great Week to Be Communist and an Oppressor.

This week, the North Koreans won the first battle of the CYBERWARS, and Fidel and Raul Castro, can now use President Obama's line to Boehner:  "I WON"  

It must warm the hearts of Native American Tinpot Dictators like Mark Macarro of Pechanga, which still practices Apartheid on their Reservation.

Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro 
The fight isn't over, but the smoke from politicians asses is getting thicker.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pechanga's Decade of Abuse, Not Torture, But OKAY with Boxer and Feinstein As Long as the MONEY Flows..

There is a gathering storm, of oppressed Native Americans, who have been harmed by their own tribes, sometimes by those who were fraudulently enrolled, or adopted with NO blood of the band.

In 2004 and 2006, as part of the Concerned Pechanga People’s Indian Removal Policy, members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians were forced to give up their membership in the tribe whose reservation is in Temecula, CA. Life-long members, who have had land on the reservation for centuries were forcibly expelled from the tribe. This act of paper genocide has had devastating effects on 25% of the Pechanga people.

Elders no longer qualify for the health care that they lobbied the tribe to provide for all its members. The young are not allowed to attend the reservation’s school, being forcibly blocked and told to leave, much in the manner of the white racists who blocked black children from integrating schools in Little Rock in the 1950’s.

Those who were removed, face an unsecured financial future. Many worked for the tribe, were part of all events, meetings, have their dead buried in the Pechanga Cemetery. Now, that has ended. In order to increase the per capita ($15,000 per month at the time of the first removal) some of the descendents of Pablo Apis, the family of Manuela Miranda were terminated from the tribe. Per capita grew to $20,000 per month (plus bonuses) for those remaining, members of the Concerned Pechanga People initiated a misinformation campaign, one that has successfully terminated over 300 Native Americans of Pechanga descent at the time of the second removal (the descendents of Paulina Hunter.) The per capita is now reportedly $40,000 per month.

Blood relatives are banished from the reservations, families who are no longer in the tribe, but live on the reservation property that they’ve owned since the late 1800’s live in fear that the tribe will take away their water, which has been threatened by some of the remaining tribal members. Will Pechanga really turn off their lifeblood, as easily as they took away their civil rights? It’s not difficult to think so, after the atrocities that the CPP have already committed.

Dianne Feinstein's Concern Over Terrorists and Disdain for Abused Native Americans In California

This week brought one of the most shameful acts by a sitting Senator. Dianne Feinstein released a $40 million dollar report on the CIA's abuse of terrorists who masterminded the death of 3,000 of our citizens. Whichever political stripe you are, you have to agree that NOT interviewing the subject of your "report", the CIA, who were involved, means that you don't want the TRUTH, you simply want to score political points before your power wanes.  Coincidentally, she did not speak to Pechanga allottees BEFORE sponsoring a bill that would strip us of our water rights for our reservation land.

We see it this way: She exposes abuse of our mortal enemies but does nothing about abuse of Native Americans by fraudulently enrolled tribal members. California is HER STATE, we are HER people yet she is IDLE SOME MORE when it comes to protecting the civil and human rights of thousands of Native Americans who have been stripped of their citizenship.

There is NO way that Senator Feinstein or Senator Boxer can claim they don't know what's going on. Laura Wass with AIM has been working with Boxer for a decade, and I have met with Boxer's legislative analysts to let them know what's happening...believe me...THEY KNEW. And I've had phone conversations with Senator Feinstein legislative analyst and THEY KNOW. They just DON'T CARE. If it's NOT financially going to hurt the BANKS, they don't care if it hurts THOUSANDS of Native American in CALIFORNIA or other states.

Protecting Native Americans from abusive tribal councils, enforcing the Indian Civil Rights act, and STOPPING the civil and human rights abuses here in the United States of America seems a better legacy, than being know for giving aid and comfort to our enemies for political gain.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Pechanga Casino MURDER: Maria Vihanek to Stand Trial for Killing at Resort

MURRIETA - A Wildomar woman accused of gunning down her boyfriend in an allegedly premeditated attack at the Pechanga Resort &  Casino in Temecula must stand trial on murder and other charges, a judge ruled today. 
It is not only the Pechanga tribal council that are the bad guys.  Now add murder to the list of crimes at the Pechanga Resort and Casino

Maria Santos Vihnanek, 32, could face life in prison without the possibility of parole, or the death penalty, if convicted of killing 49-year- old Keith Rodman of Los Angeles. The Riverside County District Attorney's Office has yet to decide what penalty it intends to seek should she be found guilty. 
Following a nearly daylong preliminary hearing at the Southwest Justice Center in Murrieta, Superior Court Judge Michael Rushton found there was sufficient evidence for Vihnanek to proceed to trial on charges of first-degree murder and child endangerment charges, with a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait. 

Rushton scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Dec. 29. The defendant is being held without bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside. 
Vihnanek and Rodman had been together for several years. Their son was 6 months old at the time of the shooting, according to prosecutors. 

Sheriff's investigators testified today that the defendant kept a diary full of  vitriol against Rodman, whom she suggested had subjected her to domestic violence. It's alleged the journal contained an entry in which Vihnanek expressed a desire to kill him. 

The two had gone to Pechanga on Feb. 21 for a weekend of gambling and entertainment. Vihnanek rented a room at the resort that afternoon, and shortly before 11 p.m., the defendant allegedly confronted Rodman with a .357 revolver and shot him multiple times in the upper body 
The infant was in the room but was not injured, prosecutors said. 

Rodman staggered out of the room and made it into an elevator and on the resort lobby, where he collapsed. He was taken to a Temecula-area hospital, where he died about 90 minutes later. 
Vihnanek remained in the room, crawling into an empty bathtub with her nightgown on, according to investigators. 
The District Attorney's Office said the defendant made statements to deputies regarding what transpired, but the nature of those statements was not disclosed. 
She had a gash on her neck that investigators later determined was self- inflicted, according to testimony. 

Dishonorable Chukchansi Tribe Says will Honor Vouchers For Money KEPT by Casino After Takeover

The Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino (CGRC) today issued a statement clarifying the time line for reimbursing customers who left with casino slot tickets or table gaming chips in the aftermath of the Resort’s recent closure by Federal and State authorities.
“We understand that Chukchansi’s patrons who left the Casino with chips or vouchers have many questions left unanswered as a result of the federal and state-ordered closure of the Resort, not the least of which is ‘how can I get my money back?’” said Giffen Tan, General Manager of the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino. “We are implementing a plan to redeem vouchers and chips by the end of the year. In the past, we have noted that we did not have a time line for reopening, and that the Casino will honor all of its commitments when it re-opens. While we still do not have time line for reopening, we are accelerating that process to ensure all patrons are reimbursed and all vouchers and gaming chips honored before the end of the year.”
*  For Casino guests that used a Chukchansi Players Card while playing, the Casino has been able to identify the patron and how much they are owed and are processing checks that began going out in the mail late last week. Since we have over 5,000 tickets outstanding, it has taken a while to research each item. Checks of $100 and greater will be sent via certified mail.
*  For Casino guests that did not use a Chukchansi Players Card but have table gaming chips or casino slot tickets, Casino guests can come to the property and exchange gaming chips or slot tickets for bank checks at the property on Dec. 16 through Dec. 18 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
“As we have stated in the past, Casino management is working with federal and state authorities as well as Tribal leadership to find a solution to the issues which led to the Casino’s closure,” Tan added

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Indian Gaming Pits Enterprise Rancheria vs United Auburn Tribes (Thunder Valley Casino)

Remember Enterprise Rancheria, that disenrolled a number of their people a decade ago? Now they want an off reservation casino.   They're poor, because they have a stain on them from how they treated their own people.  SAY NO to a casino for them, until they do the right thing.

OROVILLE, Calif. — A pitted gravel road snakes through the forest to the Enterprise Rancheria of the Maidu Indians’ sole piece of tribal land about 15 miles east of here in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Broken trailers and a hot tub rejiggered to irrigate a garden sit in a clearing, the few acres of flat land where a handful of people live in houses in disrepair.
With little accessible space on its 40-acre territory, the 800-member tribe used government grants last year to buy a nearby trailer park that is now home to a dozen families. About half live in old trailers that were used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to house those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.
To pull itself out of poverty, the tribe applied in 2002 to build an off-reservation casino at a spot with more economic potential, near towns and highways about 35 miles south of here. After the federal government gave its approval last year, the final decision now rests with Gov. Jerry Brown, who is expected to decide on the fate of the Enterprise casino and another tribe’s off-reservation proposal by an Aug. 31 deadline.
But plans for the two casinos are drawing fierce opposition and last-minute lobbying in the state capital from an unexpected source: nearby tribes with casinos that they say will be hurt by the newcomers. Leading the fight against Enterprise is the United Auburn Indian Community, whose casino, Thunder Valley, has become one of America’s most profitable and has brought the formerly destitute tribe unimaginable riches.
“It’s really sad right now in Indian country with the divide between the haves and have-nots,” said Cindy Smith, the secretary of Enterprise’s tribal council. “It’s just a struggle to get on equal footing. And even when you’re on equal footing, you’re really not, because we’re almost two decades behind.”

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On DNA Testing and Tribal Membership: Facts Don't Matter

I get a lot of comments about DNA testing to prove rights to membership in Tribal Nations.   While it may prove your relations, would it prove you belong?

The American Indian and Alaska Native Genetic Resource Center has this to say:

The use of DNA testing for tribal enrollment raises many issues. Tribal enrollment criteria each represent a different value or set of values that the community holds.  Over time, as the community changes so too might the membership criteria or the value that they represent.  

For example, lineal descendancy demonstrates a value of proven biological relation to a particular historical census record of tribal members.  DNA testing may provide another tool to uphold such a value, but it has limits and is not the only tool that may be useful.  When considering tribal membership requirements and whether DNA testing should become one, tribal leaders and community members might consider the values of the current criteria, the added (or not) value of DNA testing, the potential challenges associated with using a particular kind of DNA test, and particularly how it compares to other DNA testing. 

While genetic tests cannot determine whether an individual is AI/AN or not, they can determine whether people are likely related to one another.  This limitation means that genetic testing will not be helpful in many enrollment cases, but it can be helpful for some areas with less documentation of family relationships or the need to confirm direct biological relationships.

See the page here:AI-AN Genetics Resource Center  

We are reminded that the Redding Rancheria forced the Foreman family to exhume their ancester for a DNA test which was 99.6% positive and they were still denied re-instatement.   Like you hear from many politicians now....they don't CARE about evidence...

Chukchansi Police Chief Speaks Out on Casino Closure Dispute

The police chief and an officer who were hired by one faction of the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians are speaking out about a dispute that led to the closure of the California tribe's casino.

Chief John Oliveira and officer Tim Tofaute say they only went to the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino to obtain documents that needed to be submitted to the National Indian Gaming Commission. They now face numerous charges in state court after they got into an armed confrontation with tribal members from another faction.

"I can't imagine one of the claims or the charges that are placed on us that our video won't show the contrary action to," Olivera told KRNV, referring to video of the October 9 incident.
"I'm still dumb-founded," added Tofaute. "Our legal counsel, every council that we have spoken to, they are perplexed by this."

Olivera turned himself in after being charged but is out on $1.25 million bail. The tribal leaders that hired him -- Tex McDonald and Vernon King -- remain in jail on higher bond amounts.

Tofaute is also out after posting an $800,000 bond. He and Olivera are now conducting their own investigation into the incident and they believe the charges against them won't hold up in court.

The casino has been closed under a permanent injunction issued by a federal judge at the request of the state. The National Indian Gaming Commission also issued a notice of violation and a temporary closure order to the tribe for failing to submit audits and for failing to protect the public health and safety at the facility.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Sen. Barbara Boxer to RETIRE? Can She Leave a Legacy of Protecting Native Americans Harmed by Their Own Tribes?

Word from POLITICO today that rumors are that Sen. Barbara Boxer will retire:

Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a fifth term. Boxer has stopped raising money and is not taking steps to assemble a campaign. With Republicans taking over the Senate, she is about to relinquish her chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

If she were to step aside, it would be the first big crack in the state’s upper political ranks in years. The last time the governorship was open was in 2010, when Jerry Brown, now 76, romped in a return to the job he first held more than three decades earlier. Boxer and California’s other senator, Democrat Dianne Feinstein, 81, were elected in 1992.

This would leave a void for tribes in California, who have spent a lot of money on Senator Boxer.  We were able to meet with her "people" last year on Capitol Hill and using the simple truth, we were able to get wording in a water bill that Pechanga was trying to get passed that changed the definition of allottees.     We were able to make sure it was going NOWHERE in the House Natural Resources Committee.

I know that AIM and Laura Wass were working to get a bill on tribal legacy sponsored by the Senator. This would be a perfect opportunity for her to go out protecting THOUSANDS of Native Americans from the harm corrupt tribal councils are perpetrating on their own people.

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