Pechanga had families on the disenrollment committee that were part of a group that tried to split up the tribe rule on families they publicy admitted they wanted out of the tribe. Fair, or not fair? Why give a tribe that mistreats their people the reward of Billions of dollars?
Tribal justice not always fair, critics contend
Reservation's courts include members as lawyers, judges
By Onell R. Soto
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 17, 2007
Millions of people enter Indian reservations each year for work or play, unaware they might be leaving behind things they take for granted elsewhere, such as the right to sue if injured.
NELVIN CEPEDA / Union-Tribune
Nellie Lawrence of San Carlos displayed photos taken when she was hospitalized after she was knocked down by a man running in Barona's casino. The deals that California Indian tribes signed with the state for Las Vegas-style casinos require them to pay “all legitimate claims” from people who have been injured.
Critics say not all tribes are living up to the spirit of such agreements, and some lawyers say the system is rigged against them and their clients.
The agreements with the state require tribes to waive sovereign immunity – the right of governments to be shielded from lawsuits – but the way that happens varies.
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