Monday, January 5, 2009

Open Enrollment for Pechanga Band. Send in Your Requests for Applications

The Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians states that there is OPEN ENROLLMENT each January. IF you have claims of heritage of Pechanga, you MUST send in your applications to the Enrollment Committee.

Send Applications to:

Pechanga Indian Reservation
P.O. Box 1477
Temecula, CA 92593
Attn: Enrollment Committee

HURRY! Enrollment closes as the End of January


Cousin Amokat has some points below.

"ARTICLE 11 MEMBERSHIP

Membership is an enrolled member documented in the Band's Official Enrollment Book of 1979. Qualifications for membership of the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Are:
A. Applicant must show proof of Lineal Descent from original Pechanga Temecula people.
B. Adopted people, family or Band, and non-indians cannot be enrolled. Exceptions: People who were accepted in the Indian Way prior to 1928 will be accepted.
C. If you have ever been enrolled or recognized in any other reservation you cannot enroll in Pechanga The membership enrollment will be opened the first month of each year by the Band's Enrollment Committee."

Above are the requirments for tribal membership taken from the Band's constitution. I wonder if they have changed the part about the 1979 enrollment book? Because a lot of my relatives are listed in that book but we are now disenrolled. Because they would have to submit the change to the BIA. If they haven't, does that mean we should still be considered enrolled?
Also, why hasn't the tribal council declared the moratorium unconstitutional? Because the constitution clearly states open enrollment is every January.

One more thing, The enrollment committee, in kicking out hundreds of long time tribal members in good standing, said that being of the Temecula Band was not good enough. That Pechanga was a subset of the Temecula Band. Clearly the Band's constitution doesn't say that as it says under membership that qualifications are for the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.

It was a made up concoction of the rogue CPP faction just as the moratorium was part of the plans of the CPP. What were the CPP plans?
To get rid of and keep out of the tribe as many people as possible.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are the disenrolled members eligible since we all meet the requirements?

'aamokat said...

Also, Pechanga's own PR television commercial, which ran for over a year and which was shown a lot before the 2008 California primary, which showed an elder, a young boy, and a horse walking around a grassy field actually backs up what we have been saying.

That there was one tribe of Indians at Pechanga from the start.

In that commercial the narrator says; "Pechanga, one land one tribe."

That is what we have been saying all along. Thanks Pechanga for that commercial.

Pechanga was trying to win "browny points" with the public with that commercial but don't you think they would have an even better public image if they took back people who rightfully belong and brought the other true bloods that are out in?

Anonymous said...

I would suggest all submit applications and submit them for your children too.

cideways said...

I hear the new members of the enrollment committee are not weak like the last ones, Bobbi Lemer.

Anonymous said...

Bobbi Lemere was not weak. She simply threw two families under the train, so that some of her family could get enrolled while there was a moratorium in place

Anonymous said...

Glad you brought that up. If there is a moratotium legal or not how do some members get in while others have to wait? I have a hard time understanding why the general membership would put up with it.

Anonymous said...

Where do you get the enrollment forms?

Anonymous said...

I was told by an E.C. member, that their is an open enrollment in january, but for minors only of enrolled members! I was also told that the moratorium was extened to 2015! member ship vote! So forget about any lifting of the mortorium for a long, long time!

Anonymous said...

Where are the application forms?