Occasionally, the OP blog will have guest bloggers. Today my cousin Wiaasal has a contribution. Thank you cousin.
If anyone thinks disenrollments are over, you better get your copy of the memorandum from the tribal council dated July 18, 2005.
Article 1 of this memo. says it all. "Because Pechanga Membership requirements are codified in the Constitution, the Petition process or any process other than the process outlined in the Constitution for amending the Constitution may not be used to amend Membership requirements.
Therefore, the passage of the Petition by the Pechanga General Membership did not change the Pechanga Membership requirments, and it did not create a base membership roll as of June 19, 2005 (e.g. did not "grandfather" in everyone who was a member as of June 19, 2005).
I promise you, Andy M., his sister and the rest of the CPP are planning another attack. The wording in this memo is very clear. This memo basically strips the General Membership of it's Governing body of the band.
Retroactively it may be used against other families, including some adopted families. Article 2 says "the only governing body that could take this action would be the Enrollment Committee, concerning enrollment or disenrollment." Better get ready.
The ride is not over yet.
Wiaasal makes some strong points. With the tribe be able to stand up to the splinter group? Is Andrew Masiel trustworthy as a tribal spokesman?
Just as important, if the band cannot make changes to membership requirements in the constitution, HOW could it impose a MORATORIUM, when the constitution says OPEN ENROLLMENT in January? The moratorium therefore has to be invalid