Thursday, January 14, 2021

Matilda Smith, Pechanga Tribal Elder and Great Granddaughter of Original Allottee Paulina Hunter has Walked on

Matilda Smith, the eldest surviving great granddaughter of original Pechanga allottee, Paulina Hunter, has walked on at 91. She was my late father Felipe Cuevas' last surviving sibling.  Matilda attended school throughout the Great Depression & graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1947. She enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1950 where she trained for and became a cryptographer for Central Intelligence. While stationed in Murfreesboro, TN, she met and married the love if her life, Frank Smith on March 3, 1952 .

She is survived by 5 of her 6 children and over 20 grandchildren and great grandchildren..  Rest in Peace Auntie. 

I wrote this tribute in September 2020

HAPPY Birthday to my aunt

Wednesday, January 13, 2021


 Hearing that there are SHOTS FIRED at the Redding Rancheria. 

It sounds like it is JUST passed the Win River casino.  The word is the CASINO IS SHUT Down for safety
Stay Tuned.

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Petition to Remove Mark Macarro of Pechanga from California Native American Heritage Commission


Cousin Michael Madariaga has a petition up on CHANGE.ORG
requesting the removal of Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro, civil and human rights abuser from his advisory position with the California Native American Heritage Commission  WILL you SIGN it for all who have been abused by disenrollment?

We are asking that Mark Macarro Be removed from the California Office of Tribal Advisor

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Pechanga Casino News Report: Thousands of Native Americans are being OUSTED from tribes by Disenrollment WITHOUT A TRIBE

Colleen Williams of KNBC Los Angeles fronted this FEBRUARY 2007 story of Pechanga Casino Tribe's Disenrollment, which is the STRIPPING of Tribal Citizenship, in this case, the Hunter Family, who had more documentation, than ANY other tribal family.  The Pechanga Resort & Casino has helped many in the tribe, and hurt many others. #stopdisenrollment

In the opening, Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro, sets up a strawman argument, which we beat down with facts here

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Original Pechanga Blog: #1 Post of 2020 on MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN

This post linked below on #MMIW and #MMIWG is the #1 post on Original Pechanga Blog for 2020.  It has over 827,000 page views, thanks to  many of you.  Your sharing means that the  disgrace of what's happened to our Sisters, Mothers, daughters, is being seen throughout  social media.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Pechanga Resort Casino Covid Super Spreader Event for Pechanga Club Members ONLY


No, really,
there's a pandemic, so Pechanga Resort Casino near Temecula will close to the public starting at noon on New Year’s Eve. We reported earlier that the Pechanga Resort Casino cancelled its New Year's Eve entertainment

The resort announced the decision to close via its Facebook page, saying that it will give access only to Pechanga Club members and invited guests in an effort to reduce capacity amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.   After 8PM, Gold and above will receive priority access - Silver’s access will be granted based on occupancy levels at that time.

High Rollers will be able to take their chance with COVID 19 before all others.  Is that a WINNING COMBINATION?  Disregard for customer safety sends a message that tribal leaders don't care about the health of their community or the lives of their wealthiest patrons.  Unless keeping the riff raff penny slot players is the goal?

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Christmas 16 WITHOUT A TRIBE for Pechanga Descendants of the Manuela Miranda Clan, 14 for Hunter Clan Descendants

Christmas 2020 marks the 16th Christmas without a tribe for many Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians descendants, including young children, now, not so young, and the newly born will only be able to hear about their heritage in oral history, since the Pechanga tribe erased their history, via disenrollment, which is the stripping of tribal citizenship.

Pechanga Flag Flown at Standing Rock,
 Upside Down Showing Tribe Under Distress

Mark Macarro, Andrew Masiel, Frances Miranda, Bobbi LeMere and the tribal council CAUSED our children and our elders to suffer for their greed and to hide their subterfuge.  

It's NEVER too late to open your hearts and for the  council to DO THE RIGHT thing for the Holidays.  

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Tribal Disenrollment: CRUEL and UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT For Disagreement and Political Opposition

The author Julia Stinson, here is talking about tribal disenrollment due to criminal activity.  But in our case at Pechanga, we had criminals working to disenroll us.   If it's cruel and unusual to disenroll for a crime, isn't it even MORE cruel to disenroll over disagreements, or political opposition?

Open Letter To Rep. Deb Haaland Candidate for Secretary of the Interior

Rep. Deb Haaland New Mexico

Dear Rep. Haaland

I stand with most of Indian Country, as we rejoice in your nomination to be the first Native American Secretary of the Interior for President-Elect Joe Biden.  I congratulate you on your consideration for such an important position.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Sponsors POWERFUL Message on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

 Please, watch, and share this commercial shown on local Los Angeles news today.  THANK YOU SAN MANUEL.

Read more on the #MMIW issue here

Please read the articles at the links below:
Kozee Decorah's MURDER by Boyfriend
Savanna's Act addresses the issue
White Women in Jep  Gets all the media. No room for stories about Native women?
Nooksack Stalking of Native Woman  is how it starts

And take a look at this website:  Justice For Native Women

Creek Freedmen: Rhonda Grayson and the fight for their BLACK INDIGENOUS Rights

 After working with Cherokee Freedmen to publicize their case for over a decade, the Creek Freedmen (who stood vigil against disenrollment at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA over a decade ago) are gaining traction in their fight against the RACISM that's holding them back from gaining their rights.

We published the NBC post, and now the political online news site THE HILL has published an article on the Creek Freedmen's fight for their treaty rights.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Department of Interior HAS EMAILS on NOOKSACK Election Putting Their THUMB on the Scales to Thwart Justice


When the agency in charge of Indian Affairs, tips the scales AWAY from Justice, can their really BE JUSTICE in Indian Country?

Law 360 has the story up (payvwall) but essentially, former candidates for Nooksack council told the 9th Circuit that the Dept. of Interior illegally recognized a disputed group of Nooksack leaders, we wrote about that HERE in Aug 2018

The tribe, based in Washington state, has spent more than five years trying to kick hundreds of people off its rolls. The efforts were slowed by litigation and by the refusal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to recognize the Nooksack government as legitimate.

But the tribe has turned the situation around, according to its recently-elected leader. Chairman Ross Cline said the dismissal of the lawsuit last week puts an end to a controversy that has attracted widespread attention in Indian Country and in the national media.

“On behalf of the tribal council and the Nooksack people, I am glad to report the successful conclusion of this dispute over tribal enrollment," Cline said after the decision was handed down on July 31. "Our people will now move forward on our journey of self-government.”

Attorney for the Nooksack 306 Gabriel Galanda has more details on his twitter account @ndnlawyer :

]changed department policy regarding Nooksack elections 'to accommodate inappropriate influence by a lobbyist,' [according] to emails between a DOI lawyer and the lobbyist in early 2018. The corruption at Interior seems stronger than that at Nooksack  Stay Tuned