Our friends from Palawatch.com have some interesting questions for the Pala Band of Mission Indians Executive Council. On the VETERAN'S Day meeting agenda...a contract for Sara Dutschke, niece of BIA Director Amy Dutschke. Remember when Sara sent a letter purporting to act for the Pala Band? Well, NOW, they are looking at hiring her.
From Pala Watch:
Here are some questions and issues that should be raised:
First off the meeting is being held on Veteran's Day. Robert has always disrepected Veterans as well as elders. This meeting should be canceled.
Where is Howard Dickstein's Contract? Why is he not on the list? Kilma said Howard was getting 5% of the casino revenue each month. Who approved that?
How many contacts did Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo really have? First she was hired as an individual, then through Karshmer and Associates, and now through Dentons US LLP.
We all know Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo was hired to help disenroll the Brittains. Why should the tribe pay for an attorney who hurts its own membership.
Who gets to approve Sara's contract? Her Aunt who happens to be BIA Pacific Regional Director Amy Dutschke?
Where is Karshmer's Contract? She was working for the tribe for how long? Since Karshmer is the one that reviewed the Constitution she should know attorney's contracts need General Council Approval and Secretary of the Interior Approval.
Anyone remember when Karshmer got term limits reversed?
Newsflash Kimberly Kluff no longer works for Foreman and Associates. She currently works for Morongo.
Robert is trying to even get retroactive approval for contracts that are no longer in operation.
What are these attorneys doing for the tribe? Obviously these attorneys are not representing the tribe, they are representing Robert. Why does Robert need so many attorneys?
How much are these attorneys getting paid?
Since these contracts pre-dated the Brittains being disenrolled shouldn't they be allowed to vote on them as well since they are affected parties?
Robert Smith's illegal Constitution cannot be amended at a General Council meeting. It's too late to go on the ballot for the General Election. It would have to be a General Election called specifically to amend the illegal Constitution.
Don't give the Executive Committee power to remove members and non-members without General Council approval. To do that would require a Constitutional amendment anyway to transfer that power. The Executive Committee should make their case for removal of each individual they are targeting to the General Council. Too often the Executive Committee has used their power to punish and hurt others they view as political opponents.
PBMI members should ask for a bonus for $30K especially since this will be the last year the Brittains are not on the rolls. If Robert asks where is the money going come from, tell him from the Tribal Gaming Authority which is authorized to expend from the gross revenues for per capita.
If he says there is no money tell him to get it from Pala Interactive, the avocado grove, lease monies, property investments, and other ventures unknown to the GeneralCouncil. Robert can also sell 50 of the tribes vehicles and sell the Jets. Who needs golf anyway. There's always Sage Capital. Dividends are high this year, sell some stock. Maybe the bonus should be $40K.
By the way, where did the minor trust funds go? Perhaps $50K is more appropriate.