The Constitution and Bylaws of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians states that there is OPEN ENROLLMENT each January. IF you have claims of heritage of Pechanga, you MUST send in your applications to the Enrollment Committee.
Send Applications to:
Pechanga Indian Reservation
P.O. Box 1477
Temecula, CA 92593
Attn: Enrollment Committee
HURRY! Enrollment closes as the End of January
Cousin Amokat has some points below.
"ARTICLE 11 MEMBERSHIP
Membership is an enrolled member documented in the Band's Official Enrollment Book of 1979. Qualifications for membership of the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians Are:
A. Applicant must show proof of Lineal Descent from original Pechanga Temecula people.
B. Adopted people, family or Band, and non-indians cannot be enrolled. Exceptions: People who were accepted in the Indian Way prior to 1928 will be accepted.
C. If you have ever been enrolled or recognized in any other reservation you cannot enroll in Pechanga The membership enrollment will be opened the first month of each year by the Band's Enrollment Committee."
Above are the requirments for tribal membership taken from the Band's constitution. I wonder if they have changed the part about the 1979 enrollment book? Because a lot of my relatives are listed in that book but we are now disenrolled. Because they would have to submit the change to the BIA. If they haven't, does that mean we should still be considered enrolled?
Also, why hasn't the tribal council declared the moratorium unconstitutional? Because the constitution clearly states open enrollment is every January.
One more thing, The enrollment committee, in kicking out hundreds of long time tribal members in good standing, said that being of the Temecula Band was not good enough. That Pechanga was a subset of the Temecula Band. Clearly the Band's constitution doesn't say that as it says under membership that qualifications are for the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.
It was a made up concoction of the rogue CPP faction just as the moratorium was part of the plans of the CPP. What were the CPP plans?
To get rid of and keep out of the tribe as many people as possible.