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Page 1 of 1 Two Sides of The Story Part Three Posted by Guero Nunez 5/31/2007 2:12:37 PM
We have proof that the tribe did break tribal, state, and federal civil rights laws in the way our disenrollment occurred. We would not have been disenrolled if the tribe would have not broken their own constitution and by laws, yet because of sovereignty there is no avenue that is unbiased and fair that we were able to use in determining the fairness of our claim. I always believed that as a US citizen I had rights, yet this is not the case.
The issue of sovereignty is important for all tribes, but what about the tribes like Pechanga who abuse and misuse the trust that is given to that government. All of the tribes are being hurt by just a few corrupt tribes that care not for the people or the old ways. We were once proud to be associated with the Pechanga tribe and it is a same to see how far from the path they have strayed. Is it money , power, or an outside influence that has somehow taken the spirit of Pechanga and it's once peaceful. It is a shame to know that now none Indian whites Who's ancestor was adopted in to the tribe back in 1928 are on the tribal council and they are the one’s who have done this to the people. The rest of the tribe is afraid to speak up for fear of the same thing happening to them. Instead of blaming us go after and investigate further what is being said. Its easy to say what you do because you have not had to live through this kind of injustice and you only see one side of the story, but CA would not have to worry about protecting sovereignty if they the tribes had not broken the law and trust of the people both Indian and White. Guero Nunez aka White Buffalo
Two Sides To the Story Part Two Posted by Guero Nunez 5/31/2007 2:10:45 PM It was not until the tribe built the hotel and casino that the disenrollments of my family took place. There are several factors that were... It was not until the tribe built the hotel and casino that the disenrollments of my family took place. There are several factors that were involved in the enrollment committees decision to disenfranchise us, yet this is not what the official disenrollment report read, the real reasons are our voting block was one of the largest and knowing this the then current council was afraid of losing power in the upcoming elections, and then there was the per cap disbursement, It is obvious in the timing of these occurrences. First the tribe waited until the last of our ancestors, who had first hand knowledge of our rightful claim, died and then we were disenrolled just before elections. During the processes of disenrolling us we were not allowed legal representation nor were we allowed transcript's of the proceedings. As interested and affected members of this tribe we were told that the rules do not apply as they would for other US citizens because of the sovereign status the tribe held and that constitutional law was not applicable. There are many other thing that were involved during the proceedings that were illegal, yet this forum is not the place for that. I still believe that I should be able to face my accuser in court and perhaps one day I will.Guero Nunez aka White Buffalo