Submitted for your Amusement:
We have been writing CA Senator Barbara Boxer for help with the attempted theft of Temecula Indian Reservation allottee water rights. Here the Letter, followed by her thoughtful response on the matter:
Honorable Senator Barbra Boxer
I’m writing to you because of the Pechanga Water bill S 1219 you wrote. You have taken the stands that disenrollment is not your concern no matter how unjust or illegal it is by civil rights or the tribes own constitution.
But now you attack the disenrolled by taking the one thing the tribe can’t take our allottee status our allotment has been handed down in the family since President McKinley signed the deed. Nowhere is there a provision where allottees have to be tribal members but you are now willing to take what little rights I have left to benefit a corrupt tribal government. Pechanga was based on Temecula Valley Indians that became original allottees for member ship of Pechanga.
Now your bill states Sec 3 DEFINITIONS (4) ALLOTTEE the term ‘allottee means a member of a federally recognized tribe who holds a beneficial real property interest in an Indian allotment that is (A) Located within the reservation ;and (B) held in trust by the United States. My family meets criteria of A and B except for the tribal membership.
How can you be an original allottee meeting these criteria and not be a tribal member? Now we would be federally recognized tribal members if Pechanga followed their own constitutional criteria for membership but they broke their own tribal constitution and without an appeal process other then back to the same people that disenrolled us is unconstitutional.
When does the senate and congress act on behalf of criminals and thieves? Pechanga has illegally disenrolled true members for the purpose of theft for financial gain. As the author of this bill you have an obligation to see that my rights are not written off for the purpose of benefiting criminals.
Before this bill is passed you should amend it to read that the B.I.A. will investigate the disenrollment’s of allottees by (A) going though all documentation of the disenrollment procedure.
1. The tribe’s documentation.
2. The disenrolled documentation.
(B) Compare the documentation to the tribe’s constitution and bylaws for member ship and or disenrollment.
(C) The B.I.A. will summit their findings to congress and the senate
1. If the disenrollment was done in compliance with the tribe’s constitution and bylaws for disenrollment and the allottees did not meet the criteria for member ship then the disenrollment will stand.
2. If the disenrollment was done illegally and does not follow in compliance with the tribes constitution and bylaws and they meet the tribal member ship criteria then the B.I.A. will put the disenrolled back as full membership with reimbursement of any land and monitory benefits that were taken away while they were disenrolled.
I would like an answer to this and not a statement on how and what you have done and any concerns to please write you like you have done in the past. As a senator attacking my rights on bill S 1219 and an elected official I expect an answer concerning this bill.
Here's her response
Thank you for taking the time to write and share your views with me. Your comments will help me continue to represent you and other Californians to the best of my ability. Be assured that I will keep your views in mind as the Senate considers legislation on this or similar issues.
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Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me.
I appreciate hearing from you.
United States Senator
W. T. F.!?