Friday, April 23, 2010

Indian Rights Forum to Be Held in Temecula, Chairman Mark Macarro Again LIES!

Mark Macarro is again pushing his lies about courts siding with Pechanga. Not ONE has "sided" with them. Many have refused to hear the cases, citing jurisdiction.

A disenrolled member of the Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Indians of Temecula is helping host a forum in Temecula on Saturday focusing on civil rights abuses by American Indian tribes.

Testimony at the forum sponsored by the American Indian Rights and Resources Organization will be sent to federal officials and the United Nations, which is examining the United States as part of a periodic review of member nations' human rights records.

The forum is open to the public and will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the organization's headquarters, 41801 Corte Valentine.

Organization president John Gomez Jr. said the forum will provide an opportunity to speak for those whose rights were violated by tribes.

A similar forum last Saturday in Sacramento drew 25 people, he said, adding that this marks the first time his organization has held such a forum. OP: Including those from out of state.

"We expect that these sessions will provide insight to the growing number of human and civil rights violations committed by tribal officials, as well as the United States' failure to uphold and enforce treaties and laws enacted to protect individual Indians from such gross and egregious acts," Gomez said in a statement.

In an interview, Gomez said that while attention has been focused on Indians whose rights were violated by governments, the actions of tribal officials also need scrutiny.

He said tribal members have been stripped of their citizenship and denied access to their homes, while the federal government failed to protect their rights.

Gomez was among 130 Pechanga members kicked out of the tribe in 2004 after tribal officials said they were not descendants of Pechanga Indians. Another 100 or so members were disenrolled in 2006. OP: Since then, more than 2 dozen new descendents have not had access to their tribal rights. Additionally, HUNDREDS more are caught in an unconstitutional moratorium.

MACARRO again lies:

Asked to comment on the forum, the tribe provided a written statement from Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro saying the disenrollments "were just, based on facts, proven through generational knowledge (OP: THIS GENERATION), and encouraged by federal laws that empower tribal governments to reverse the destruction that prior U.S. policies inflicted on American Indian tribes. Seven courts have agreed with our tribe."

Each member of the tribe gets a six-figure annual payment of profits from Pechanga Resort & Casino. Those who were disenrolled lost those payments as well as access to other benefits.

Read more of the article HERE


Here's a history of how the Pechanga Casino has brought corruption to a head:

1. In December 2001, Yolanda McCarter (niece of Irene Scearce and Ruth Masiel) submitted a letter to Enrollment Committee demanding the Committee research several families including ours. The request stated that "this (be) straightened up before the next election in July."

2. In June 2002, Enrollment Committee Chairperson Mary Magee, sister of Gloria Wright, is removed from the Committee for divulging confidential information. A petition is justified to amend the Disenrollment Procedures. A vote to approve or deny the petition is set for July 2002.
(Petition is not brought forth until February 2003.)

The newly built Pechanga Resort and Casino is opened. This is a permanent structure which replaced the original Casino structures which were in modular and sprung structure.

In October 2002, 2 new members are elected to Enrollment Committee to bring membership up to required 10 members. (A member retired from Committee in September 2002). Olivia Walls is elected Committee Chair, and we request an audit of Enrollment Committee activities for the previous years and advice from our legal counsel at California Indian Legal Services on how to address wrong-doings by Committee and Committee members. Our legal counsel is told by John Macarro (shorter, younger brother of Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro) not to take any action to assist the Committee or answer our questions regarding the wrong-doings.

3. November 12, 2002, members of the Enrollment Committee, acting without a quorum and outside the Committee's procedures, serve several other Committee members with disenrollment summonses. The Committee members who took the action were- Irene Scearce, Ruth Masiel, Frances Miranda, Margaret Duncan, and Bobbi Lamere. Those served include John Gomez, Theresa Spears, Olivia Walls, and Sandra Garbani.

4. On December 10, 2002, Concerned Pechanga People submit documents to the Enrollment Committee questioning the lineal descent of several families including the Manuela Miranda descendents, Paulina Hunter descendents, and Garbani descendents. This action was taken a month after the above action. The Concerned Pechanga people are immediate family and friends of Committee members who initiated the November 12, 2002 action. (See list of Pechanga Enrollment Committee members, Splinter Group and Concerned Pechanga people).

5. Between December 10, 2002 and February 23, 2003, Concerned Pechanga people make visits to Enrollment Committee and send out flyers to Tribal members urging disenrollment actions be taken against the 3 families they have targeted. The Enrollment Committee does not move forward due to a split as to how to proceed and what constitutes "factual" information related to enrollment.

6. The Concerned Pechanga people move to have Pechanga Development Corporation Elections post-poned until disenrollment occurs. After the PDC elections have been put off for over a month, elections are finally held and Jennie Miranda is voted out of office. She is replaced by a member of the Hunter family. She and members of her family make statements about getting revenge on the Hunters and Manuela people.

7. February 18, 2003, members of the Enrollment Committee, acting without a quorum and outside the Committee's procedures serve several other Committee members with disenrollment summonses. The Committee members who took the action were- Irene Scearce, Ruth Masiel, Frances Miranda, Margaret Duncan, and Bobbi Lamere. Those served include John Gomez, Theresa Spears, Olivia Walls, and Sandra Garbani.

8. From February 24, 2003 to March 18, 2003 Committee is locked out while the Tribal Council reviews actions and concerns of Enrollment Committee Chair.

9. March 7, 2003 letter from Tribal Council nullifying the February 18, 2003 action taken by Committee members to initiate the disenrollment process against several other Enrollment Committee members. Enrollment Committee members removed from committee and Enrollment Committee reconstituted.

10. March 18, 2003, Enrollment Committee now consisting of Bobbi Lamere, Margaret Duncan, and Lori Vasquez reconvene. Committee drafts letters of rescission and send to Committee members who were targeted by February 18, 2003 action.

11. Between March 18, 2003 and June 1, 2003, Concerned Pechanga people meet with the Enrollment Committee to provide additional information against the 3 families targeted and to push the Leyva/Basquez review before the review of any other family. The information questioning the Leyva/Basquez family (which includes Jennie Miranda, Irene Scearce, and Ruth Masiel) was received well after the information questioning the Manuela descendents and the other families. Procedurally, the Manuela descendents and other families should have been reviewed prior to the Leyva/Basquez family and/or the Candelaria Flores review. However, the Enrollment Committee consisted of members- Bobbi Lamere and Margaret Duncan- who acted with and for the Concerned Pechanga people. Even though the Manuela descendents provided information to the Enrollment Committee as early as December 17, 2003 refuting the allegations made by the Concerned Pechanga people, those working with, for, or were/are a part of the Concerned Pechanga people were pushed ahead of us in the review process. This was done to stack the Committee and guarantee our disenrollment.
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