Monday, June 6, 2011

Pechanga Protest: Details of Attempt to Meet with Larry Echohaw, from the BIA Security Team and the Protest

Protest organizers Mike & Nancy Rios gives  first person accounts of their attempt to meet with ASIA Larry Echohawk, whose relative Walter Echohawk had scheduled a book review at Pechanga during this event.  Hmmm.

We arrived at Pechanga casino 8 am we decided to try to register to speak MICHEAL RIOS AND MANUEL RIOS JR went to registration and were taken upstairs to forum area , three women informed us we had to belong to an organization and to speak we had to pay a fee of 525.00 per person.  We requested a registration packet to read and they declined to give one. 

We were then escorted by security to first floor , there we met with Nancy Rios Kent Appel and Wayne Mong.  After some discussion we decided to request to meet with Mr ECHOHAWK at which time security called upstairs and two huge men from BIA came. IAM talking 6-8’!  Nancy said ARE you REAL bIG or is it me just too short?  To BIA security, Nancy explained to them she had submitted a request for hunter clan and Tosobol clan to meet with ECHOHAWK ON MAY 18,2011 which was WELL WITHIN THE TIME PERIOD REQUIREMENT. THE BIA AGENTS THEN SAID they were going to ask for us to meet ECHOHAWK we gave id and one showed his id they went upstairs.

They returned saying we could only meet with BIA RIVERSIDE REGIONAL DIRECTOR AMY DEUTSHKE AND SUPERINTENTANT EBAN so we were escorted to lounge area and we all talked Kent for hunters on DISENROLLMENT MIKE AND MANUEL AND NANCY ON moritorium, BANISHMENT LANDLOCK, AND AS TRIBES USE SOVEREIGNTY TO COMMIT CRIMES AGAINST THEIR PEOPLE.

PAM THE REGIONAL DIRECTOR SAID WE COULD SANCTION PECHANGA BUT WE WERE ALSO TOLD BY DIRECTOR THEY HAVE SO MUCH MONEY IT REALLY WONT HELP IF THEY STOPPED FEDERAL MONEY WE SPOKE OF ICRA BEING INEFFECTIVE NOT ENFORCEALBLE THE BIA SECURITY INTERUPPTED AND ESCORTED THE BIG WIGS UPSTAIRS WE WERE ESCORTED BACK DOWNSTAIRS


MIKE: When protest began we were introduced to Lieutenannt Moqnuin.  He and I disussed how many police would be protecting us and he was very pleased with us a group we had two motorcycle policemen and two in patrol cars and we needed them!  We had obscenties hurled hand gestures and one tribal member at least was pulled over for this.

We got a lot of support from city of temecula we gave out many fliers and got good response s of keep fighting you deserve your heritage at the end of the day we stood in fron t of waterfall signs down than Yolie McCarter nancys enemy stopped and was shooting video so I held up my sign no-Banishment no- moritorium no- disenrollment

Istill feel that a counrty wide unification must be enacted in order to bring the corrupt Tribal govenments down to a place with supervised enrollment by washington ,at the risk their may be damage to sovreignty reason being that the destuction of their own people is imminent WE had in numbers about one hundred at the protest.

OP: Protestors simply want the tribes to be held accountable for their apartheid, banishment, unequal protection.  We have heard of exhumations at other tribes, DNA tests required,then ignored,  homes destroyed at Oneida,  Black Cherokee descendents, as well as Creek denied their treaty rights,  water rights being stolen, tribal leaders telling lies to get free land.....   please add your voice to the protesters, share on facebook, increase the volume.
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