Thursday, January 22, 2009

Pechanga Tribal Council Used Disenrollments to Cover Up Corruption

Our cousin, 'Aamokat spoke out in the comment section about how Pechanga Tribal Council hides behind sovereignty to hide their corruption. 'Aamokat is a guest blogger for today.


What I have been saying is that the Pechanga tribe used disenrollment to sweep corruption under the rug and hide it from the public.

Any doubts reasonable people may have had about our credentials as tribal members should have been laid to rest by the documents we turned in.

Below are allegations made against members of the Enrollment Committee that were made by family members of the Hunter and Manuela Miranda families:

On February 21, 2003 new members on the Enrollment Committee who had been elected in 2002, including Hunter and M. Miranda family members, sent a letter to the Tribal Council informing them of corruption on the Enrollment Committee. The letter detailed how members of the Enrollment Committee had acted to deny enrollment to lineal descendants of enrolled members. (The TOSOBOL FAMILY. OP)

These (committee) members would require DNA tests, delay meetings, and misinform parties before the Enrollment Committee.

A letter from February 25, 2003 provided the Tribal Council with more information about the corruption irregularities, which included:

1. A copy of the 1940 Census roll with 13 additional members handwritten onto the list. Of the 13 listed, 12 were born after 1940. All of the names belong to an Enrollment Committee member's family (from the CPP).note: This person was a former employee at the BIA

2. Adults enrolled 8 months prior to the 2000 election despite the moratorium.

3. Enrollment files for enrolled members that were missing. Some member's files were completely gone. Enrollment files and documents that were determined missing, through exhaustive search, reappeared a few days later.

4. Enrollment files for enrolled members that were unsealed. This violates the practice that files should be sealed once a member is enrolled and only opened if there is a reason to investigate.

5. Minutes from past Enrollment Committee meetings were stored in the back of an Enrollment Committee member's vehicle.

I was not a member of the committee and I did not make the above allegations and while I can't document that the offenses allegedly committed by the committee are true, It is documented that the tribal council was alerted to the allegations. So regardless if the allegations are true, which I believe they are,
those Enrollment Committee members who had been accused should not have been allowed to rule on my family's (Hunters) and the M. Miranda's disenrollment cases.

So, as I have said about a "thousand times" and I guess I will keep saying it until something is done about it, the tribal council and the Enrollment Committee violated Article V of the Band's constitution against malice or prejudice against individual tribal members when they disenrolled us.

BUT AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY SAID AND I WILL CONTINUE TO KEEP SAYING, IF A TRIBE VIOLATES ITS OWN RULES, WHO CAN MAKE THEM FOLLOW THOSE RULES BECAUSE OF SOVEREIGNTY?

OP: The answer is: YOU can, by making sure the public knows the underhanded ways that tribes like Pechanga, Redding, Robinson Rancheria, Enterprise, Picayune, San Pascual use to get rid of longstanding members who disagree with them. DO NOT patronize their businesses and tell your friends. IF THEY WILL CHEAT THEIR OWN MEMBERS, don't you think they will CHEAT YOU?

9 comments:

'aamokat said...

Add on to my article: Did the tribal council ever follow on those serious allegaions?

As I said, I can't personally document that the allegations made against enrollment committe members were true but it is suspicous that my family and the M. Miranda family were disenrolled after the allegations against the CPP members on the Enrollment Committee were made.

Another violation of Article V of the Band's constitution was the fact that family members of the Enrollment Committee members in question for their actions on the committee were some of the people who submitted challenges to the disenrollees tribal membership.

Another example of biased against the disenrollees.

In effect we were accused of not being Pechanga and tried by the same people.

I believe that if those biased people with a personal stake in the outcome of our disenrollent cases hadn't been allowed to rule on our cases that we wouldn't be disenrolled today.

As reportedly those CPP people on the Enrollment Committee were the deciding votes in kicking us out of the tribe.

cideways said...

Well there you have it, obviously thats why they got rid of those two families, threatened with exposure.

Creeper said...

Thank you to Cousin 'aamokat for posting this,
this is detailed and pertinent information, and this should be
e-mailed and forwarded to President Obama's link which is an open link for all.
HERE IT IS

citizensbriefingbook.change.gov

Also, as Cousin O.P. SUGGESTED B/4,
we can use this info.and e-mail to the F.B.I. and the B.I.A in Washington D.C.
Describe what happened to your families and the aftermath for the elders and children, I.E. NO INSURANCE, NO MEDICAL,NO MONEY FOR EDUCATION ETC.
NOW IS THE TIME TO LET THEM KNOW HOW CORRUPT THESE TRIBES ARE.
WE WILL NOT GET A BETTER OPPORTUNITY.
I can promise you that If enough of US follow thru on this, that we will be noticed and heard by those who make the rules NOW.
We also can change things, we are Native Americans and we seek justice and we demand the same respect for our civil and human rights as all Americans do.

THE POVER OF UNITY NEVER FAILS.

.

Creeper said...

sorry, i meant to say
THE POWER OF UNITY NEVER FAILS.
my excuse ,typing to fast.

'aamokat said...

TO THOSE CURRENT TRIBAL MEMBERS WHO THINK WE ARE A BUNCH OF TROUBLE MAKERS GOING PUBLIC AND BAD MOUTHING THE TRIBE, CONSIDER THAT WITH JUST A FEW EXCEPTIONS, NONE OF YOU HAS LIFTED A FINGER TO HELP US AND A LOT OF YOU KNOW IT WAS WRONG THAT WE WERE DISENROLLED.

SO WE ARE HELPING OUR OWN CAUSE WITH BLOGS LIKE THIS ONE.

MAYBE SOME MEMBERS DO THINK IT WAS RIGHT TO KICK US OUT OF THE TRIBE.

TO THEM, I SAY YOU ARE MISINFORMED.

I KNOW THERE ARE STILL OTHERS WHO DON'T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO COMMENT ONE WAY OR THE OTHER.

TO THEM I SAY KEEP AND OPEN MIND AND DON'T JUST BELIEVE THE OFFICAL TRIBAL LINE OR EVEN US. BUT I FEEL IF WE COULD SHOW YOU OUR FACTS, YOU WOULD SEE THAT IT WAS WRONG WHAT HAPPENED TO US.

BUT FOR OTHERS WHO KNOW IT WAS WRONG, YOU ARE EITHER TOO SCARED TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT, OR YOU REALLY JUST DON'T CARE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED TO US.

ONE MORE THING, WE WOULD HAVE NEVER GONE PUBLIC WITH ANY OF THIS IF WE HAD BEEN GIVEN A FAIR SHAKE IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Creeper said...

That's right 'aamokat
because of what this tribe did to our families... they ousted real descendants and their excuses for not letting family members join by enacting a moratorium, is exactly the reason that we are now fighting for our rights.
If more tribal members would have spoken up against this corruption and voted these bastards out and done the right thing..............
THAT IS WHY WE BECAME WARRIORS
FOR OUR OWN GOOD.
Can't say it any clearer than that.

not4ureyes2c said...

Ya I actually liked the Target brand. I found a pack of 80 or so for 10 dollars. I was proud of that find. =)

just do it said...

Dear "not4ureyes2c"
i dont like get the joke...
it's sort of like i dont get the Gang signs either,and, like could you tell us so we can all like have a laugh at it.
'SPLAIN LUCY

Luiseno said...

" Enrollment Committee violated Article V of the Band's constitution against malice or prejudice against individual tribal members when they disenrolled us."

When the tribal council reviewed our case to see if there was any malice or prejudice shown against individual tribal members by the enrollment committee, they came to the conclusion that there WAS malice and prejudice shown against us . After rereading the finding submitted to us from the tribal council, I see they they do admit that malice and prejudice was shown against us. They just say that there was "not enough" to overturn the enrollment committee's decision.

So the question is this.... just how much is enough? I guess having an enrollment committee member tell us that we were going to be disenrolled no matter what we turned in is not "enough".