Many Tribes have moratoriums on membership in place. Most have been implemented after they opened up lucrative casinos. Some are keeping rightful descendants OUT of the tribe. Some are related to the people keeping them out.
Recently GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump suggested keeping out Muslims from our country. He immediately caught fire from liberals who were aghast at the suggestion that we'd keep people out based on religious ideology.
But is that any different than tribes keeping people out because they come from the wrong family?
At Pechanga, we've written about the "Moratorium People" the Petra Tosobal descendants. They certainly belong. You can read about it here: Moratorium People
Tribal officials had told him he and his family are not on the rolls, he said, and they won’t get considered for membership until a moratorium on new enrollments is lifted now extended past 2010. His family members, who number more than 100, have stacks of documents that they say they submitted to the enrollment committee 15 years ago.
How is that different from Muslim refugees who are looking for a better life? Some may be coming here because they have family here. Same with tribal descendants. They have family in the tribe, but the tribe keeps them out. Where are the howls of protest?
Is it easy to scream hateful things because it's TRUMP? Why isn't the left of aisle politicians looking HERE, to stop the hateful practice of moratoriums to membership?