Local law enforcement say the Soboba Reservation in southern California is too dangerous but that's not stopping a member of President Bush's Cabinet from speaking there on Friday.
Well technically, Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne will appear at the golf club owned by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians. But the property is adjacent to the reservation and WELL WITHIN BULLET RANGE (especially from the assault type weapons fired at Sheriff's Deputies recently) from the tribe's casino, which local law enforcement claim is unsafe.
Kempthorne will speak about H.R.4841, the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2007, which was signed into law earlier this month. The bill provides $29 million and up to 2 billion gallons of water a year for the tribe and settles a 75-year-old dispute.
Good for Kempthorne. Dirk, will you address the civil rights violations by California tribes, like Pechanga and Picayune? The Freedmen issue?