Tim O'Leary has an article explaining the Candlelight Vigil from many tribes at Pechanga
A visit to Temecula last week by US Senator Daniel Inouye, a World War II hero and champion of Native American rights, sparked protests by one group of Indian activists and calls for political mobilization by another. OP: Inouye champions only those who pay for it, not those in need.
The Pechanga Resort & Casino – the site of Inouye’s keynote speech and a reception held in his honor afterward – was ground zero for both gestures.
As a result, a bitter feud over Pechanga’s tribal membership surfaced publicly as Indian leaders from across the country pondered their role in reshaped federal policies and spending.
“This is a new day for us,” Lynn “Nay” Valbuena, the vice chairperson of the Highland-based San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, told conference guests. “Right now, the opportunities are there for us. The doors are open for us.”
Valbuena, who is also the chairwoman of the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, was one of the moderators at a two-day conference sponsored by the American Indian Resources Institute. OP: TASIN is the group that allowed one tribe, Pechanga's sovereignty to run roughshod over the Ramona Band's recently
The conference was titled “Tribal Sovereignty and Self-Governance in a New Era: Forging Fair and Equitable Governance in a Time of Change.” OP: Fair and equitable governance? To WHOM? Certainly not those who have been denied their civil rights.
The conference drew representatives from all four corners of the nation’s self-described “Indian country.” OP: And protesters from all parts of California, Redding; Chukchansi, San Pasqual, Pechanga, CREEK FREEDMEN
Event sponsors included tribes from as far away as Mississippi, Florida, the Great Lakes, the Columbia River basin and Jamestown, VA.
As the conference unfolded, Pechanga leaders found themselves cast in the roles of congenial host and the target of criticism over decisions to eject certain families. OP: Mark Macarro, the corrupt one, Andrew Masiel, of the crime family; Butch Murphy, adopted one who backstabs real blood Pechanga, Mark Calac, doofus.
A group of ejected Pechanga members had set the stage weeks earlier by unsuccessfully trying to arrange a meeting with Inouye during his visit. OP: Tim, NOT just Pechanga, but many other tribal members and those who SHOULD belong. Not even the courtesy of a response to those representing THOUSANDS.
As a host, the Pechanga tribe sponsored the luncheon where Inouye spoke and also made the clubhouse of its recently opened golf course available for that evening’s reception.
Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro gave the conference’s opening remarks both days.
His wife, Holly Cook Macarro, was a moderator in a panel discussion on how tribal governments can play a role in President Obama’s administration. OP: Want to bet they didn't talk about fairness toward disenrolled, moratorium people and elders they abused.
Read more of TIM's article HERE