Guest blogger 'Aamokat has a post on whether it's possible that someone with non-Pechanga blood becomes Chairman.
IS ANDY MASIEL A TRUE PECHANGA PERSON?
Pechanga councilman Andy Masiel is running for tribal chairman in this year’s election which takes place this coming Saturday, July 19, 2008 but is he really a true Pechanga person?
Masiel’s family have a connection to Soboba and while they have had a presence at Pechanga for years, are they really from Pechanga?
For example family members from previous generations such as Petronilla Flores Salazar, Roberta Flores Salazar, and his mother Ruth Agnes Flores (Salazar) are all listed as being born at Soboba in a summary of 1928 applications for enrollment as Indians with the State of California .
So are they really Pechanga or are they Soboba?
But what really throws a monkey wrench into the machinery is the fact that Ruth, Andy’s mother, is listed in the 1929 Pechanga census as being adopted by Petronilla. Ruth is also listed as being illegitimate in some of the earlier Pechanga census records of the 1920’s which show her name as her as Janet Leivas.
This is her connection to the Basquez family (spelled with a V in the census records) as
Irene Basquez, reportedly Ruth's sister, now known as Irene Scearce, is listed as the daughter of Arturo Basquez and Francisca Leivas.
Arturo is listed as a Mexican so they can’t claim membership from him but ironically even the Leivas connection is suspect as because even though they claim their membership from Josepha (Garcia) Leivas, who is reportedly supposed to be Francisca’s mother, Josepha is listed as being married to one Felipe Cascara at the time of Francisca’s birth in 1898.
Sound confusing? My head is spinning just writing this stuff!
But the tour de force of all of this seemingly conflicting data may be the infamous 1940 Pechanga census in which 14 names, some of which were hand written, were added on to the end of the record from the BIA census record. The astonishing part of it is all but one of those names were people born after 1940 and some of those people were born decades later including Raymond Basquez Junior, Andy Masiel’s nephew, who was born in the 1960’s! (OP: How can a 1960's birth be on a 1940's census and be "accepted"?)
Most of the names added on were all from the Basquez/Masiel family, who reportedly wanted to use that census as a base roll for membership at Pechanga!
I remember when Jenny (Masiel) Miranda, Andy Masiel’s sister, used to get up at the general membership meetings and support what she called adoption in the “Indian way.”
No wonder as her family doesn't appear to be able to show a blood connection to the people. But if her mother Ruth isn’t of Pechanga blood was she ever adopted in the Indian way or was she just adopted through a county court?
I didn’t have a problem with them being in the tribe because they have been around Pechanga a long time during the 1900’s but do they have a connection to the Original people from the 1800’s? I HAVE GRAVE DOUBTS THAT THEY DO!
ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS LEAVE THOSE OF US ALONE WHO CAN SHOW A DIRECT CONNECTION TO THE RESERVATION WHEN IT WAS CREATED AND TO THE TEMECULA VILLAGE BEFORE THE RESERVATION AND WE COULD HAVE ALL LIVED TOGETHER AS ONE PEOPLE BUT THEY COULDN’T DO THAT!