Thursday, July 31, 2008

Soboba's Response: This isn't the 1800's!

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It's probably best to avoid Soboba while tempers are flaring. Three tribal members were shooting indiscriminately endangering San Jacinto and travelers.


The head of the Soboba Band of LuiseƱo Indians on Wednesday decried claims that his security officers have been obstructing Riverside County's sheriff deputies.
“This isn't the 1800s when the Calvary came,” tribal Chairman Robert Salgado said.
Salgado spoke out the day after Sheriff Stanley Sniff Jr. told the county Board of Supervisors that he had written to the National Indian Gaming Commission, asking that it suspend the tribe's gaming license.
My recommendation was for them to suspend the license unless — and until — the sheriff's department has free and unrestricted access” to the reservation, Sniff said.
He said the tribe had a “history of violence and a propensity to violence.”
When sheriff's deputies come on the reservation, tribal security guards merely want to know where they are going and why, Salgado said. He added that deputies have no right to patrol sovereign tribal land at will.
Salgado said he and the sheriff interpret the federal law that applies to local law enforcement differently.
He said he understood that deputies should be allowed unrestricted access to the reservation in the case of an emergency. But, in the case of routine business, sheriff's deputies should at least tell to tribal authorities where they are going and why.
The reservation covers about 6,000 acres.
A forum is scheduled for Aug. 11, during which a discussion is to take place about the issues surrounding Public Law 280, which turned over law enforcement duties to local governments in 1953.
Sniff said last week that he understood the law to give sheriff's deputies unrestricted access to the reservation. Permission from the tribe is not necessary to enter at any time, he said.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just curious...who did Saboba call when their own employee stole the money from the cash cage??...I bet it was the Sheriff!!...next time there is a problem at their money-maker(casino)..the sheriff should go on a long lunch and let the tribe take care of their own problems...after all they are a sovereign nation...or is that only when it comes in handy for them??

Anonymous said...

I do believe that Soboba has the right to keep the police off. We have the right to NOT GO THERE because we don't feel safe.

If they try to keep the police from serving warrants and such, it's tantamount to approving the actions of criminals.

Maybe they should put more emphasis on teaching their children right from wrong.

Creeper said...

SOUVEREIGNTY is the word they always use when its convenient for them to hide the truth, just like Pechanga, Picayune,etc......

Ruelas said...

This is the 21st century and the rules apply to everyone.

Don't coddle the criminals and you'll be fine. Look what Pechanga has done and now, evil is in their midst with a good level of control.

Anonymous said...

All the security gaurds are doing is asking for ID and offering assistance in finding the addresses they looking for.

O Pechanga said...

Thanks for commenting from Soboba. Welcome and keep posting. Tell your friends.

Anonymous said...

I will try to keep posting, if you try to keep making snide comments about us.

Anonymous said...

Sorry I meant "try to not keep making"

O Pechanga said...

I knew what you meant.

I try not to, sometimes I can't help it, and not just about Soboba. Imagine the frustration you'd feel if you were in our shoes.

Anyway, keep coming back and jump in on any post...

Anonymous said...

I can understand your frustration. But don't think that badmouthing other tribes is helping your cause. What did Soboba ever do to you?

wiaasal said...

This is a news story, and has helped this site get alot of hits. We are trying to shed some light on what is happening at Pechanga. Unfortunetly Soboba had some news and OP used it as a topic to increase traffic to this site. Soboba has never did anything to us, and we are praying for the right thing to happen for you.

Luiseno said...

Even though I am not a member of Soboba (I'm a dissenrolled Pechanga), I find myself siding most of the time with Soboba's position.