Saturday, January 9, 2010

Update on Pechanga Water Rights Bill; Still no Meeting With Dept. of Interior's Pamela Williams

Pechanga Water Rights Bill is still an issue for Temecula Indians who have sent requests to meet with Pamela Williams, lead negotiator for the Department of the Interior to share their concerns that almost 200 allottees and descendents have not been heard.  Ms. Williams, what is keeping you from contacting us?    And the fact that Pechanga Chairman Macarro was subject of a recall attempt should be of particular interest to you.    The group from the CPP that led the recall attempt wants that water rights money for themselves, when that is for ALL Temecula Indian allottees, NOT JUST PECHANGA members.   Please Pamela, call.

With the election taking attention away, we hope that the Department of the Interior will now find time to meet with Temecula Indians who are in danger of being on the outside looking in while negotiations over their water could be under control of a tribe that ousted them from membership. Namely, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, led by Mark Macarro.

Here is a link to TESTIMONY.

I. The Department of the Interior and Pechanga Band Failed to Notify Allottees of the Negotiations to Settle Water Rights

2. After several requests, the Department has not allowed us to participate in Negotiations

3. Pechanga Tribal Officials do not Represent the Interests of all Temecula Indians or Temecula Indian Allottees

4. Temecula Indian and Temecula Indian Allottees should be Parties to the Settlement Negotiations and consulted regarding pending Acts of Congress

5. Prior to any action, HR 5413, and other Acts, should be Amended to Reflect the Ownership Interests and Water Rights Due Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees not represented by Pechanga Tribal Officials

6. The term ‘Tribal Water Right’ should be Amended to Reflect Benefit for Temecula Band and Temecula Indian Allottees

7. Entitlement to Water Shall be Satisfied by the Department of the Interior, the Temecula Band, or the Pechanga Band; and Temecula Indians and/or Temecula Indian Allottees shall not be Subject to the Pechanga Water Code or other Pechanga Band laws

Additionally, it would be pre-mature and irresponsible to approve HR 5413 in its current form as a large group of affected water rights owners, namely Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees, have been denied the right to participate in the settlement negotiations.
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