Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pechanga Suit Struck Down; People of CA WIN

The people of California have maintained the right to referendum. The Pechanga Tribe, led by Mark Macarro had sued to take that right away from the people. The Tribe, already known for decimating their own population via disenrollment, had tried to keep their back room deal with disgraced politician Don Perata on track. Unfortunately, Pechanga's convoluted sense of Sovereignty does not apply here.

The article says that more tribal money will be spent on this suit.

Judges rule against tribes

05:22 PM PST on Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Jim Miller/The Press-Enterprise

Two Sacramento County judges this afternoon rejected identical lawsuits by the leaders of two Inland tribes seeking to block voter referendum measures on the tribes' recently ratified casino-expansion agreements.

In their Oct. 10 suits, Robert Martin, chairman of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning, and Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula, argued that critics of the deals took too much time collecting voter signatures and failed to make a 90-day deadline to qualify referendum measures for the Feb. 5 ballot.

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