The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians today praised a bill that would ratify the resolution of a dispute among the tribe and local water agencies that has gone on since the 1950s.
The band and the Rancho California and Eastern Municipal water districts have been fighting for years over the water allotted to the reservation.
Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, introduced HR 4285 Friday to ratify an agreement among the agencies.
“Generations of Pechanga leaders have struggled to secure access to this most important resource,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “This settlement provides a large measure of certainty to Pechanga’s future in terms of water supply.”
The bill would ratify an agreement reached last December among the agencies. The agreement will provide Pechanga with rights to water that were originally set out in a federal law, the Fallbrook Decree, according to tribal information officer Jacob Mejia.
Pechanga is a tribe now well known for terminating tribal members in a quest to increase per capita payments to remaining members. Pechanga has kept rightful descendents from the tribe in an unconstitutional moratorium. But we are fighters. The struggle to regain what was stolen will continue.
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