What we had there, was a case of TASIN taking the side of the Pechanga Band against another, smaller (read: non gaming) tribe. TASIN allowed Pechanga to dictate who the other tribe could have to represent/assist them at the meeting.
Instead of standing up to the smaller tribe's right to hire their own people and bring them, they asked that the individual be removed.
TASIN, who's mission statement says:
TO PROTECT AND PROMOTE TRIBAL SOVEREIGN GOVERMENT RIGHTS,
CULTURAL IDENTITY AND INTERESTS OF FEDERALLY RECOGNIZED TRIBES
LOCATED THROUGHOUT THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
couldn't or rather WOULDN'T even respect the sovereign rights of one of its OWN MEMBERS. When you allow one tribe to infringe on the sovereignty of another member tribe of your own organization, it makes a MOCKERY of what your whole organization is all about. In other words, Do As We Say, Not As We Do.
Shame on TASIN for allowing and supporting the actions of Pechanga in this case.