Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack from a Tribal Constituent on Pechanga's Civil Rights Violations

Here's a letter to Rep. Mary Bono Mack on a prior resolution, opposing transfer of lands to Pechanga. It's a good format and shows the need to communicate with our elected representatives.



I am submitting this letter in opposition to House Resolution 28. I oppose the transfer of the lands to the Pechanga Band based on the Pechanga Band's actions to deprive and deny individuals of their human and civil rights. No entity that participates in, supports, or otherwise partakes in human and/or civil rights violations should benefit from the public trust.

The actions taken by the Pechanga Band mirror those described in Congress during hearings on the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 in which it was stated that "..a tribe may deprive its members of property and liberty without due process of law and not come under the limitations applicable to federal and state governments as stated in the Bill of Rights" (Chairman Ervin, Senate Subcommittee on Constitutional Rights).

A main purpose of the ICRA was to "… protect individual Indians from arbitrary and unjust actions of tribal governments." The ICRA was also intended to address the very types of human and civil rights violations that are currently occurring in Indian Country- violations like those committed by the Pechanga Band- and to secure for the individual American Indian the broad constitutional rights afforded all other American citizens.

However, Pechanga Tribal officials have hid behind the Tribe's sovereignty to escape prosecution and prevent the victims of their actions from seeking recourse for the injury and harm resulting from the human and civil rights violations. Although the tribal officials may be immune from suit, this does not equate to innocence of action.

In light of the human and civil rights violations committed by the Pechanga Band, I must oppose House Resolution 28, and I ask that Congress initiate a thorough investigation of the Pechanga Band's human and civil rights violations.

Respectfully submitted,

Henry Madariaga

Rep. Mike Thompson asked for an oversight hearing last year into this issue. We must continue to press for that with Rep. Darrell Issa, who was hoodwinked in the last land transfer..

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Right On, brother!

"May their god forgive them, the treatment of our people is a national tragedy & disgrace...their america, has not been their proclaim equality & justice for all...again, may their god forgive them" words from XIT
"PLIGHT OF THE REDMAN"

We are always the land & earth protectors and we are many!!!

Anonymous said...

One letter is a good start, five letters is a trend...

Twenty letters, an avalance. We all have congressman to write to. They are our representatives, get them to work for us too. Ask them to do what is right and just.

White Buffalo said...

Remember that lettres can also be submited as letters to the ediitor, except for the PE Pechanga has buttered their crack

White Buffalo said...

I meant butters their bread

Anonymous said...

If you want to see the Letter on how the Rep. Mary Bono Mack displayed it on their site, go to Congress.org and then type in Henry Madariaga and it will take you there, because she has millions of letters that has been sent to her on different matters. Our letter do have great impact.

Anonymous said...

Letters like the one posted have helped to stop tribal abuses such as the water rights bill that Pechanga thought they had in their pockets.

Makings sure their lies to congress are exposed has had the desired effect. NO WATER MONEY to Pechanga.

They must negotiate WITH allottees, not FOR us.

Anonymous said...

COLD DAY IN HELL WHEN PECHANGA GETS ANYTHING IF THEY DO THEY WILL CHEAT AND LIE AND STEAL AND MAKE YOUR LIFE MORE HORRIBLE

'aamokat said...

It was interesting to see our old "buddy" Corny face to face for the first time in five years. I acknoweledged you and you acknowledged me and no, if we had a corn field instead of a casino the same things would not have come to pass.

As he saw, I held my head high and let him know, quietly, that we aren't going anywhere!

smokeybear said...

CUZ, WAS THAT CORNY FACE, OR CORNY FACE TO FACE? I LIKE "CORNY FACE."

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