Pechanga's Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro showed quite a bit of chutzpah, when speaking before Riverside County Commissioners this week. A man who lied to Congress as we discussed HERE, and HERE when he told them the tribe would not use 296 acres of pristine environment the tribe wanted put into trust. Anyone want to guess where the new Journey Golf Course is built upon?
Here's a quote by John Macarro, shorter brother of Mark, from the Press Enterprise: In response, Pechanga's General Counsel John Macarro, wrote, "Once the land is placed in trust, a tribe has complete zoning and planning authority over it and can change land uses just as a county or city can change or update its general plan or zoning designations."
This past Thursday,Temecula's efforts to derail a proposed gravel mine near a pristine environmental reserve just outside of town were dealt a severe setback, when officials voted against letting the city annex the land.
Mark Macarro, chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, told commissioners the annexation would protect the place where tribal tradition says the Earth was created and the tribe was born.
"This is our Eden," he said. "We cannot re-create where the world was created. There is only one Eden."
The Pechanga tribe, led by Macarro re-created Eden by throwing out the elderly and children of two large families that we've discussed HERE and HERE
Here's Macarro's quote to Congress on the Great Oak Property:
And, when specifically asked if the Pechanga Tribe had “any plans for development of any kind on the Great Oak Ranch property”, Chairman Macarro responded as follows:
“No, we don’t. As stated … the intended use and purpose is to preserve and protect the resources that are there.”
Former Pechanga Legal Analyst John Gomez Jr. had this to say: “The transfer of the Great Oak Ranch and eventual development of the property is tragic,” stated John Gomez, Jr.* “If the golf course project, or any other development, had been proposed on private property as culturally rich and significant as this, you better believe that tribal officials would have taken every action, whether it be lawsuits or acts of Congress, to stop it. Unfortunately, the duty to protect and preserve does not apply to tribal projects that may add to the bottom line.”
Temecula Area People, Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro has desecrated the land but want YOU to protect land. He LIED when he said HE would protect the land, but REALLY REALLY means it when he says he wants to protect the land NOW. He has put the safety of OTHER culturally significant sites in jeopardy, because he LIED to Congress. Put no stock in what he says.
There is lots of information at the links, please take a look.