Many tribes have, or are working on disenrolling the ancestors of the current tribal members, to break the line of lineal descent. That's what happened in the Pechanga matter.
The Tribe, well known for dissing their OWN Veteran customers, have done the same with their OWN vets. Here's the story of one, my uncle Johnny Miller as told by his grandson, Mark Lucero..
Native Americans had and still have a big part in fighting and sacrificing for our freedom and safety of ALL AMERICANS.
Some of those proud and outstanding men and women military veterans were descendants from the Temecula/Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
One of them was my grandfather John N. Miller who was a grandson of Paulina Hunter, an ORIGINAL TEMECULA/PECHANGA INDIAN.
Johnny Miller served proudly in the 335th Infantry-84th Division, WW2
He fought in the Battle of the Bulge/Europe where he was wounded, lost his leg and suffered other injuries.
He received a purple heart, 2 bronze stars and a good conduct medal for his bravery.
He died June 1969. Before the casino, but he's a victim of tribal corruption in death.
John's great-grandson is now serving in the U.S.Airforce.
All our Veterans deserve our deepest appreciation, we thank you and salute you.
It is disgusting and wrong that the current Pechanga Members who do not honor these brave warriors and they disgrace themselves by erasing their memory.