Sunday, November 15, 2015

Pechanga's Buffet of Corruption Served up RAW and Indigestible and Shameful

We aren't talking about the salad bar at Pechanga Resort & Casino. We aren't talking about HOW TO WIN at PECHANGA CASINO  We're talking about the abuses heaped on lineal descendants of Original Pechanga people by Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Mark Macarro.

Here's what's on the Pechanga Buffet Menu of Corruption

Injustice

The Pechanga General Council, the final arbiter of the LAW at Pechanga voted to END all disenrollment.  Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro IGNORED the will of the people and disenrolled the Hunter descendants.  Threats to the remaining tribal members kept them in line.

Apartheid
As discussed in this article, YES, Pechanga practices apartheid and NO we aren't comparing the level to South Africa, but if you don't call them on it, who is to say it won't get worse?.

Segregation



NO, lifelong reservation residents, land owners and rightful Pechanga people are NOT allowed to use the reservation facilities, such as playgrounds, bathrooms, and water fountains.   And our children can't attend the tribal school.  IN FACT, Macarro's council had Rangers escort our children from school, and, like George Wallace standing in the doorway decades ago, won't let our kids attend. And he had the Rangers TRESPASS on private property to warn us about TRESPASSING!

Elder abuse

Just months after awarding our elder,  Lawrence Madariaga a Silver Feather award, the tribal council, deprived him of his rights and stripped his citizenship.  They wouldn't even allow him to honor his wife at the tribal hall.    Some thugs had threatened to have our ancestors dug up from the tribal cemetery.

Loss of tribal social services

Some 100 elders of the Hunter and Manuela Miranda clans are no longer able to attend functions for elders, health facilities.

Children had their Heritage STOLEN

200 children have lost the right to be connected to their heritage through their birthright, while children of Pechanga "members" who were adopted into the tribe, have all the benefits that should be for native Americans

Loss of Healthcare

Pechanga provided members and their families a "Cadillac"  health plan, with excellent insurance and low deductibles.  After disenrollment, hundreds became part of the State provided care, rather that what they deserved as rightful members.

Theft of Hundreds of Millions of Per Capita Dollars

Yes, over $500 million during more than a decade of disenrollment.  The tribe will tell you it's NOT about the money, but then, they'd also tell you that Hunters do not belong, even though their hired expert used Pechanga's OWN DOCUMENTS to prove we did. And there are still APIS descendants, of whom Manuel Miranda was also descended that are STILL in the tribe.

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