In disappointing news, we read that S. 1219, the Pechanga Water Rights Settlement Act has moved from committee. The bill is co-sponsored by Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein, Senator's from California. We believe that no entity that participates in, supports, or otherwise partakes in human and/or civil rights violations should benefit from the public trust. And this bill, as written certainly gives Pechanga benefits that we seem to be excluded from.
The two Democrats, are supporting a tribe that practices Apartheid on their reservation. Additionally, there have been civil rights abuse at Pechanga It seems as though they talk one game, but practice another. Both Senator's staffers for Native American affairs have been schooled on the issues. There has been a change/substitution that remove the faulty definition of allottee from the bill. That bit of camouflage is like putting lipstick on a pig.
We will continue to push the House to not take up the bill, as NO allottee of the Hunter family has been contacted by the BIA, nor responded to requests. There should be NO water bill, with allottees of Temecula Indians, for whom the reservation was set aside, are included in the discussion.
STAY TUNED but be reminded that Regional Director Amy Dustschke wrote this during the FIRST attempt by Pechanga to steal our water:
The Department of the Interior recognizes that allottees have water rights on allotted lands and that the United States has a trust responsibility, independent of any responsibility to the Pechanga Band, to protect those interests.
The Department is currently reviewing the proposed settlement legislation and its effect on allottees within the Reservation.
We are STILL waiting, Madam Director.