UPDATE: The main gathering time has been changed to 4 p.m. to accomodate out of state supporters. This will also fit into local news stations. There will be a contingent there in the morning, so if that works better for your schedule, please join in. Bring a friend or two, or three. This is NOT a Native only issue.
The Tosobol Clan, who are caught up in the illegal moratorium of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is planning a protest at the Pechanga Resort and Casino, the site of this years Tribal Leader's Conference. Pechanga is well known as a civil rights abuser and a tribe that practices apartheid on their reservation. There have been numerous protests at the Pechanga Reservation.
There will be protesters at the beginning of the conference, which is scheduled for June 2 at 8:00 a.m. Representatives for the three clans, Tosobol, Apish and Hunters will be in attendance. They ask that all who believe in civil rights and basic human rights join them in a peaceful protest. Larry Echohawk, who ruled in favor of ousting members of the San Pascual Band is scheduled to be a speaker and we hope he will speak out of the violations of civil and human rights by tribal councils. Speaking real truth to power is needed here. We are asking Senator Daniel Akaka to hold hearings on the abuses in Indian Country.
We wrote is a previous post:
Tribal governments find themselves in an unstable political environment because many have chosen not to uphold either their own constitutions, nor the will of their people. Disenrollments, moratoriums and banishments have become the way. Leaders lie to Congress to gain land. They try to steal water from reservation allottees, so that casinos will benefit, while the land lies barren, in a plan so egregious, the the BIA has to stand up for allottees at the expense of tribal leaders.
Tribal governments face issues and challenges because some tribes, such as: Pechanga, Picayune, Redding, Enterprise, Snoqualmie, Mooretown, San Pascual and the CHEROKEE cause politicians to have to think twice about what they are getting into business with some tribes. If tribes like those above can cheat, defraud, and steal from their own people, can they be considered trustworthy?
Please come by to show support for tribal people across the nation that have suffered at the hands of corrupt tribal governments. The total stolen from CA tribal people is nearly a HALF BILLION DOLLARS in just a few short years.