Thursday, April 30, 2015

Corrupt Pechanga Tribe, Does The Right Thing For Once. Claims Luiseno Artifacts, versus Usurping Gabrieleno Bones

The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians appears to have won an effort to get thousands of ancient artifacts that were removed from a Luiseño village archeological site in the 1950s returned to ancestral tribes.
A U.S. Department of Interior notice published Tuesday, April 28, said the San Bernardino County Museum has determined that the Pechanga tribe has a valid claim under federal law to the artifacts. Five other tribes with Luiseño lineage also may have claims, the notice states. The museum intends to repatriate the artifacts to one or more of the these tribes.

Even ADOPTED members realize heritage is important.  The Masiels are ADOPTED into the tribe, and are not Pechanga blood.

And some tribes don't care much for their ancestor's artifacts:
At least two other tribes that may be eligible to receive some of the objects say they will not ask Pechanga to send any of the items to their reservations.
“They belong as close as possible to their ancestral home at Temeéku,” said Shasta Gaughen, tribal historic preservation officer for the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in San Diego County. “We’re confident Pechanga will take proper care of these sacred items.”
The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians in San Diego County also will defer to Pechanga, said Jim McPherson, manager of the tribe’s culture resources department.

Read the Press Enterprise story here
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