Thursday, June 16, 2011

Protesters accuse Morongo Tribe and others of LAND GRABBING

We wrote earlier about the planned press conference, and here is some of the details presented by Debra Gruszecki

Lloyd Fields, 73, has made his fortune bundling land.

He’s all business when it comes to dealing with land entitlements to spin a chunk of property into gold -- with one exception.Fields wants to develop 41 acres west of the $250 million Morongo Casino Resort & Spa, but says he can't because the only road leading to it is blocked by the Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ guard shack.
Fields takes this barrier personal. His family has owned the land for 55 years, he said. The road that divides the Morongo Reservation on one side and the Fields land in Banning on the other was built by, and named after, his father.
Fields has filed a lawsuit against the city of Banning and a billboard along Interstate 10 has gone up.
On Thursday, he forked over cash to mount a protest.

“It’s time to expose this land-grab and give due consideration to non-Indian property owners,’’ Fields said in the protest he staged with Stand Up for California outside the Riverside County Superior Courthouse in Riverside.

Forty other property owners who live near the Soboba Indian Reservation and near a reservation along the Colorado River near Blythe flanked him.

Michael Fisher, a spokesman for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, said Thursday this is a legal issue that will be resolved between the city of Banning and Fields.

See the link above for the rest of the story.

We know that the Pechanga tribe has excluded landowners from the Tosobol clan from access to their own property. One of many acts of Apartheid that tribe practices
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