UPDATE: Patrick hammond, former chair of the enrollment committee at picayune and recently elected to his second term on the PRCI council, has been formally removed from the council following a hearing before same...
Sources from the Picayune Rancheria, which operates the Chukchansi Gold Casino, already well known for their brazen act of Indian Termination, (elimination of 50% of their tribal members) is laying the groundwork for MORE destruction of Native Americans. Also will eliminate child care..... read below for the Picayune Rancheria's "Indian Way" of doing business.
The Picayune Tribal Council has submitted a petition to amend the Enrollment Ordinance to require DNA testing for tribal membership. This same proposal also removes language that secures the tribal membership of the current enrollment, paving the way for hundreds of further disenrollments of those Chukchansi still recognized at Picayune. This proposed amended Enrollment Ordinance was brought forward at the monthly tribal meeting April 25th, 2011, which was attended by only 35 tribal members. Written input will only be accepted until May 25 by the executive secretary to the council, at which time the recently installed tribal council will vote on--and undoubtedly approve--this proposal resulting in almost immediate implementation of new dismemberment hearings, as well as rulings on/disenrollments of those brought to hearing in 2007 with no decision rendered.
Furthermore, a resolution was passed at the April 21, 2011 business meeting held by the tribal council "Resolution 2011-32- ADOPTION OF POLICY FOR DEFINITION OF AN ELIGIBLE CHILD" which immediately has denied eligibility of the children of a certain group of members within the tribe "petitioners" from receiving any tribal benefits or funding-- including childcare and inclusion in the tribal pre-school program.
Both the proposed amendment to the Enrollment Ordinance and this resolution were developed, and in the case of the resolution passed, without notice to tribal members of any plan for change. Furthermore, funding for the children of the "petitioners" has been stopped immediately without written advance notice to those affected.
The blatant violation of the tribal, civil, and human rights of those at Picayune continues with the focus on those most unable to defend themselves--our children, our future generations.
The Indian way? Non-existent in tribes such as Picayune, whose corrupt tribal governments exist today only to decimate their own People, destroy their own culture, and defile their own ancestors in their insatiable lust for power and their unending greed. This is a tribal casino to avoid, immediately.