Thursday, April 21, 2016

Corrupt Tribal Birds of a Feather Stick Together: Chukchansi and Pala Together Again

Two tribes, that are egregiously harming Native Americans are once again on the same team.  Pala , whose porcine chairman Robert Smith runs roughshod over the tribe, ignoring it's own constitution, has welcomed the brutal regime of the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians, who have eliminated over 50% of their tribe, harmed elders, have millions unaccounted for.  They should rename themselves, the OUTSIDERS

The California Tribal Business Alliance is up to two members.

The organization at times has exerted significant political power in the state. But its membership waned in recent years and the group was down to just one tribe: the Pala Band of LuiseƱo Indians.

The Pala Band is no longer alone anymore. The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians rejoined the organization after a seven-year absence.

"We are very pleased to have Chukchansi once again represented on our board," CTBA Chairman Robert Smith, who also serves as chairman of the Pala Band, said in a press release. "While we have never stopped working with Chukchansi on issues of importance to Indian Country, their formal participation on our board will further strengthen CTBA's voice in Sacramento and across the country."

"We have a longstanding relationship with CTBA," said Chukchansi Chairwoman Claudia Gonzales, who will serve as Secretary/Treasurer of the organization. "Given the many policy issues that we are addressing within Indian Country, including off reservation gaming, sacred sites issues, land and natural resource issues, we are eager to once again join the CTBA board."

The CTBA formed in 2004 and started off with a handful of tribes that were mostly represented by the same attorney. The group's policy and legal stances are usually at odds with most other tribes in the state.


Kumeyaay Queen said...

"When there works of Corruption Vex there spirits" their empire shall
crumble' and there Intestine Cement will hold their feet until death is a wish of relief....

Anonymous said...

Whatever happened to the Pala disenrolled? Have they quit fighting? That was quick and easy for Smith...

Reinstatement_Restitution said...

The Pala disenrollees split into two groups. One group filed a suit against the BIA claiming that the disenrollments were based on a blood degree change to a long dead ancestor that was enacted in violation of a BIA final decision. This case is currently awaiting a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

The second group withdrew from the Pala Band and has reasserted it's sovereign independence. This group, the Agua Caliente Tribe of Cupeno Indians, has also filed suit against the BIA for failure to publish the Tribe on the list of federally recognized tribes.

Both groups appear to have a fair chance for success. Expect to hear a decision from the Ninth Circuit court in the near future. The Agua Caliente case in not as far along, but it is moving along fairly quickly compared to Aguayo to v. Jewell.

Anonymous said...

Another Murder just happened in Pala tonight.
Bruce Molina from Pala was shot and killed while sitting in his car.
See what Robert Smith has turned the Reservation into.
There hasn't been a Murder in Pala for many, many years and now all of a sudden there is 2 in the last 2 months.
But I guess that's OK with everyone as long as you get your checks every month.

Anonymous said...

Praying for Bruce and his family, this is horrible news.