A recent post about the embarrassing way that employees were treated at a surplus sale at Pechanga Resort and Casino, sparked many comments. The Mark Macarro led council may have overlooked this. Apparently one tribal member is unhappy about the way that those of us who were unlawfully terminated from the tribe are fighting back. Here's the money quote:
but of course, YOU don't believe anything I say, because we're all a bunch of "lying, greedy, fake Indians," right?? GOD, when will this end!!!
The poor Tribal Members, having to endure the scorn and tactics of families who were egregiously harmed by both the action and inaction of tribal members. And the fake Indians that he/she may be referring to is the family of Russell "Butch" Murphy, a council member who is NOT Pechanga blood.
The Pechanga Tribal Enrollment Committee acted WRONGLY in terminating the Paulina Hunter descendants. The Pechanga Tribal Council acted wrongly in not upholding the will of the people AND the Pechanga Constitution by not allowing the vote to end ALL disenrollments to stand. Remember, the council stated that the will of the people was proper to initiate the moratorium that kept families OUT of the tribe that rightfully belonged.
Readers, DISENROLLMENT is NOT like getting kicked out of the PTA! This is our family's HERITAGE that others, with less documentation, are ruling on. The inconsistencies are staggering.
Here is MY response to the member's question, "When will this all end?!!!"
It MAY end, Tribal Member, when the tribe does the right thing by bringing the people HOME. The disenrollment/termination/moratorium were WRONG and fighting back is what a person should do in this situation.
The bad publicity, comments, letters to politicians, letters to the editors, joining forces with other tribes, improved relations with the media, Facebook and My Space stories, PBS stories, documentaries will CONTINUE until the tribe does what is right. WHY should we give up, when our cause is just?
Many of YOU are hoping we will go away, but WE WON'T. WE will be here in various strengths until justice is done. You realize what this means don't you?
It means: Less traffic to casino, more scrutiny from news sources, judges who get sick of what the tribal governments are doing and erosion of sovereignty. It means that people will CHOOSE to not go to Pechanga or Chukchansi or Redding and go to another more tribal friendly casino.
It means: We will continue to publish your bad acts, members whose thuggish behavior leads to the shutdown of Pechanga businesses like the Eagle's Nest. We will continue to inform our legislature, the BIA, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs of the injustice that Pechanga has done on HUNDREDS of Pechanga people.
But MORE importantly and CRITICAL to tribes like Pechanga: The more you mistreat our people, the MORE LIKELY that statewide gaming will happen SOONER, rather than later. And THAT will be more expensive to you that bringing the people home.
Tribal Members, remember, Pechanga had to spend $50 MILLION MORE to defend their proposition for more slots than the other 3 tribes COMBINED. That means that the bad press/publicity WORKED against you. Richard Milanovich only had to spend $14 million for his Prop, because the tribe gets good publicity. What would having that $50 million have meant for the tribe.
The Pechanga Tribal Council can make ALL of this GO AWAY. They can revisit the incorrect ruling on the Hunter family disenrollment, they can bring the family of Pablo Apis and Manuela Miranda BACK to the tribe and the can TURN away the moratorium.
THINK about this tribal members! THINK of the excellent publicity this would generate. Newspaper articles about how the tribe has done the right thing and brought ALL it's people HOME. Do you think KNBC might do another 9 minute segment on how Pechanga has done right by it's people? I believe they would and take some credit for it too.
This is a very simple fix. Do you not think that those of us who are restored wouldn't tout that to our politicians, media? Or, you many continue to reap the negative press, the attention and the lack of consumers. And by acting like thugs, the employees will begin to let the stories fly.
STAND UP FOR WHAT IS RIGHT, and good things will come to you. Continue this bad direction and we will continue to FIGHT AGAINST you. THAT is the INDIAN WAY!