Tuesday, August 4, 2015

CUPA Newsletter: Why Pala Band Of Mission Indians SHOULD NOT BE Federally Recognized

The Juaneno and Gabrieleno tribes, both NOT FEDERALLY recongnized should be raising a RUCKUS over how this group was able to obtain federal recognition.     Take a look at the newsletter King Freeman of Pala, who has been denied his participation rights in meetings, as well as having his voting rights stripped, has sent out: 

Cupangawichum 
(People Who Sleep in the Water)

In the first Cupa Newsletter it was said that it is the Old Pala Indians who are the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation.  This is the tribe that is listed in the Federal Register.

All of the lands of Old Pala were allotted to the Luiseno Indians and therefore the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians are a landless tribe.

The Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians are not organized and do not have any governing documents. Below are entries of Federally recognized tribes in the Federal Register over the past 3 years.

Federal Register /Vol. 78, No. 87 /Monday, May 6, 2013 /Notices
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada
Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California
Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 19 / Wednesday, January 29, 2014 / Notices
Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California

Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 9 / Wednesday, January 14, 2015 / Notices
Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of the Fallon Reservation and Colony, Nevada

Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California

Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona

If PBMI was Federally recognized it would appear between Pala Band of Luiseno and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is not listed in the Federal Register therefore it is not a federally recognized Tribe even though the PBMI Constitution fraudulently states it is a federally recognized tribe.  No wonder Robert is so anxious to become the chairman of the Pala Luiseno.

So why is the BIA calling Robert Smith the chairman of the Luiseno Tribe. Realize that Robert Smith and the BIA just gave the Luiseno people 345 acres of land that was purchased with your money.

This is from the first page in a letter to Robert Smith dated March 3, 2014 from the BIA Director, Pacific Regional Office, Amy Dutschke stating that she has approved taking the land in trust for the Pala Luiseno.

Honorable Robert Smith
Chairman, Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians
35008 Pala Temecula Road
PMB- 50
Pala, CA 92059

Dear Chairman Smith:

This is our Notice of Decision for the application of the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians to have the below described property accepted by the United States of America in trust for the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation. ·

The land referred to herein is situated in the State of California, County of San Diego, and is described as follows: ***

Old Pala was established by Executive Order in 1875 at the same time the Agua Caliente Reservation was established in Warner Springs. They were both established in 1875 at two different locations. This means that the Pala Luiseno and the Agua Caliente CupeƱo were recognized as separate federally recognized tribes.

The lands purchased for the Warner Ranch Evictees at Pala were purchased for the Agua Caliente Tribe, San Felipe Village, Puerta La Cruz Village and landless Indians not having rights to other lands.

It is these groups that form the Association known as the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The Pala Band of Mission Indians is not a Tribe but an organized group that agreed to govern their lands in an equitable manner.  When Robert Smith pushed his Constitution the BIA approved it stating that the Pala Band of Mission Indians is a Tribe. This was done illegally.

Then, the BIA transferred all the powers of PBMI to Robert Smith. Membership in PBMI was never a tribal membership but a Band membership established to protect your individual rights of the assets of the Pala Reservation.

It is time to fix it and take our rights to these lands back. 

CUPA NEWSLETTER NO. 2
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