Sunday, October 26, 2008
Is Pechanga's Violation of the ICRA What you thought Self Reliance and Tribal Sovereignty Was About?
When Pechanga Spokesman Mark Macarro stood before you asking for help passing Prop. 1A and Prop. 5 he told you that there would be limited gambling and that money would be used to help lift the tribe out of poverty. He has violated the spirit of the Indian Civil Rights Act and has made many tribes in Indian Country look bad. FACT: Under Macarro's leadership, the Temecula Band of Mission Indians have disenrolled 25% of their people. Did he tell us that he was going to eliminate so many Indians from the Tribe? FACT: Pechanga has violated the civil rights of its members by terminating membership before elections, eliminating large voting blocs and controlling the votes. And we thought Florida had voter fraud? FACT: Pechanga is keeping at least 400 RIGHTFUL Pechanga people from membership via an unlawful moratorium (against the Pechanga Constitution and Bylaws), when the constitution calls for open enrollment. FACT: Mark Macarro did NOT grow up on the Pechanga Reservation, but went to Colton High School. His father went to San Bernardino High. He’s a city-slicker who’s fooled so many. FACT: Pechanga hired an expert to determine the heritage of the Hunter family. That expert, the foremost authority on California Indians, Dr. John Johnson, determined that Paulina Hunter was indeed Pechanga, more so than any other family. The Macarro-led tribe still took away the family's heritage. Lawrence Madariaga, Hunter family elder, has lived on the reservation for 60 years, which is 60 MORE years than Macarro or his father. FACT: Pechanga tried to keep Californians from VOTING on the February propositions, interfering in the state's business. Using tribal gaming money to try to DENY Californians’ their lawful rights. And you thought there was voter fraud in Florida? FACT: PECHANGA lobbied successfully to keep the Quechan tribe from getting a casino, yet whine that other tribes try to keep Pechanga from getting richer at their expense. FACT: Pechanga disenrolling it's members is NOT like losing a country club membership or getting booted from the PTA. It causes real pain and anguish as related HERE. It also puts the BURDEN of their health care and education BACK on the people of California. FACT: YOU can sign a petition showing your displeasure with Pechanga's corrupt activities HERE. FACT: $50,000 to the high schools should NOT wash away the $180,000,000 the tribe has taken away from the disenrolled people. A donation to the YMCA or Boys Club should not hide the fact that Pechanga has acted unconstitutionally in denying enrollment with their moratorium (Against the Pechanga Band's Constitution and Bylaws) FACT: Pechanga used the word of a child molestor in PRISON, versus the certified documents of the Hunter family. Megans Law has a few Pechanga people on it, so they kept their molestors but terminated peaceful people. FACT: Pechanga did not allow those they disenrolled to have attorney's present. Nor to have writing implements to take notes. They had armed guards to watch over the disenrollees after their pat down search. The Enrollment committee would not answer questions as to what evidence was needed, as required by law. FACT: During one appeals hearing, those same guards were CRYING after hearing the message, hugging the appellants as they left the hearing, whose outcome was pre-determined. If Pechanga violates it’s OWN LAWS with impugnity, wouldn’t it follow that they would violate state law too? You DO know you lose many of your rights when you visit the Pechanga Casino. Ask your Congressman if this is what they thought Self Reliance and Tribal Sovereignty was all about. You can exercise your outrage at Pechanga by avoiding their business and saving your money.