From my email from the President of AIRRO, John Gomez
While Goldberg supports tribal officials who violate the basic rights of individual Indians, she sees the enforcement of PL 280 as an infringement on civil liberties. She may as well have said that we must protect the tribe when it is the victim, and, at the same time, we must turn a blind eye to their rights abuses.
OP: Goldberg gets a lot of money from tribes.
And we wonder why Indian Country is in the state it is.
Sheriff a No Show at Tribal Law Enforcement Forum Aug 11, 2008
Some 200 people gathered for Monday's public forum organized by the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians to discuss a federal act giving sheriff's deputies the power to enforce laws on reservations in Riverside County -- but the sheriff stayed away. The focus of the meeting, held at the Soboba Springs golf club, was Public Law 280, which was passed in 1953. OP: Sheriff Sniff was NOT a no show. He made it KNOWN he was not attending.
Representatives of the Pauma, Pala, La Jolla, Barona and other tribes attended, as well as officials from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Justice Department and other government entities. Retired Riverside police Lt. Alex Tortes, the sheriff's Tribal Liaison, was in attendance, though he did not sit on the panel and did not speak during the morning session.
Reporters were not allowed to attend the afternoon, question-and-answer session. Riverside County Sheriff Stan Sniff said earlier he would not attend. Tribal officials and the sheriff's department have been at odds over the extent of the access deputies should have to the reservation. Tribal Chairman Robert Salgado contends sheriff's deputies have no right to patrol the reservation and must check in with Indian security before coming on to reservation lands.
He believes that Public Law 280 allows deputies to enter the reservation without prior notification only during an emergency.
Salgado said at the forum: "Every time we stand up for our rights, we're being condemned for it." OP: WELL NOW, BOBBY.... now you know how WE disenrolled, terminated, banished and MORATORIUM people of Pechanga feel. People condemn us for standing up for the rights we deserve and the Mark Macarro-led Pechanga Tribal Council denied, not to mention, acting unconstitutionally.
Carole Goldberg, a UCLA law professor who wrote a book on Public Law 280, told the audience: "It's an issue of civil liberties and civil rights." She described the reservation as "the territory of a sovereign nation."