Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Pechanga: CPP has Origins In a Splinter Group, who stole from the Band

The Splinter Group

What is the Splinter Group? Who are its members? What is its relationship to the so called Concerned Pechanga People? Why did they spearhead the Pechanga disenrollments?
Here is some information about the Splinter Group and the Concerned Pechanga People and their role in the most recent disenrollments of legitimate Pechanga tribal members.

The information provided is available to the public and can be obtained from federal agencies through the Freedom of Information Act process. All quotes are taken directly from tribal and government documents obtained through the FOIA process.

Origins of the Splinter Group
In 1978 the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians adopted a Constitution and By Laws and an Enrollment procedure, all of which were to become effective on January 1, 1979. During 1979, the Band began operating under its Constitution and By Laws and began its first full year of accepting enrollment applications.
Everything went smoothly with these various processes until about mid-1980 when a small group of dissident individuals led by BM began attending meetings and opposing everything that the Band had been working for the past ten years. This group voiced its opposition in the name of “custom and tradition.”
They so disrupted the regular Band meetings that nominations for the tribal council elections could not be held and had to be postponed until March of 1981 with the election to follow in April.
In the meantime, in October, 1980, BM and his followers announced that they were breaking away from the Band and forming their own tribe. So, in January, 1981, they held their own elections and elected a spokesman and four council members, none of whom were enrolled members of the Pechanga Band. This self appointed “tribe”, whom the Pechanga Band referred to as the “splinter group”, then went to the Bureau of Indian Affairs and requested formal recognition as the official Pechanga Band.
This recognition was granted the splinter group in spite of the fact that (1) the Council members were not enrolled tribal members; and (2) the BIA had been previously advised that this was just a splinter group; and (3) the real Band’s election was to be held in April, not in January.
After the Pechanga Band’s April election, the real Pechanga Band was once again recognized by the BIA.
However, BM, leader of the splinter group, appealed the decision of the BIA to recognize the Pechanga Band’s duly-elected council pursuant to the April 25, 1981 election.
The Pechanga Band expended significant effort in responding to BM’s Appeal. This was necessitated by the fact that BM’s Appeal “shows an alarming and blatant disregard for the true facts. That appeal document …is replete with half truths, lies, misstatements and misinformation, and as such is wholly irresponsible”.
Please stay tuned for MORE information.


stand your ground said...

What a bunch of criminals, and the Riverside BIA is so corrupt.

Anonymous said...

The Supt. of the BIA in Riverside is related to a known CPP member, and is quite possibly a CPP member himself.

Luiseno said...

I dont see HOW the people who were in the Splinter group could even be in the tribe. Dosnt it say that no one who in another tribe or has even applied for membership in a diffrent tribe can be a member of the Pechanga tribe?

Luiseno said...

I would like to add....

And as those who were enrolled in the Splinter Group's tribe could NOT legally be enrolled in the Pechanga Band's tribe. That ALL there votes to disenroll legit members are null and void.

Anonymous said...

Luiseno, that makes sense plus the fact that members of the families that were under investigation for disenrollment who were supposedly cleared and reinstated to the enrollment commitee to vote against those disenrolled were cleared by only three members of the ten member committee, well less than a legal quorum that is supposed to be six or at least 51 percent of the full committee.

That they were cleared by only three members of the committee means that they were not legally cleared of their disenrollments and their votes to kick out the two families who were kicked out should also be null and void for that reason.

How do I know that only three members of the committee cleared those other families?

At the height of the disenrollment hysteria seven members of the committee were suspended pending the outcome of their disenrollment cases: two members of the M Miranda family, one member of the Hunters, one Garboni, two members of the Basquez/Masiels, as well as Francis Miranda.

Which left only three members to vote on the first pending cases.

The tribe should have voted to have a fair and impartial full committee to decide all of the pending cases.

One would think something as important as people's citizenship in the tribe would merit a full committee don't you think?

Luiseno said...

It would not surprise me to find out that all 3 of the remaining members had been part of the Splinter Group membership. Meaning that NO ONE that was left on the enrollment committee had ANY right to vote on anyones membership!

Anonymous said...

wow, you are right!!!
what a suprise, huh?
The Hunters never fought like JM did.(yea, i know we were not cpp& it probably would not have made a difference)

Hunters were screwed by their own family members in power.

They started the crap & walked away saying I can't do anything,after petition passed.
Not returning to position of POWER.

Sorry OP, truth hurts & you know this is true! I know you won't print this, but that's reality & it was the beginning of the end for the Hunters. Cpp saw how weak the family was. Then they attacked.

Sorry, to be soo negitave but it is hard to read some of the stuff on your blog & just stand by & be quiet. When our family got royaly screwed & basically watched it happen, saying "they can't do that to us".

Sorry got no $$ to buy diamonds or sports memorabilia to support your family.

Happy Fathers Day R!!
Much luv-

OPechanga said...

Why wouldn't I print this? I print CPP's views.

Besides I agree with you for the most part, we DIDN'T fight hard enough.
The CPP attacked us because we didn't fight back. We got bad advice from one who lives on the reservation and kept things secret.

If you got no money, no problem, but send a link to those who DO, and get a job, that's where the money is. People are trying to build their businesses and I'm supporting that. You don't have a problem with supporting family, I take it?
Meanwhile the site is open to many, not just Hunters who didn't prepare for the worst.