Brian is working on a PBS project on Tribal Cleansing in California. Ethnic cleansing the Pechanga way in the story below and at this LINK
As California Tribes Continue To Purge Members, Dissidents Struggle To Get An Audience
by Brian Frank
TEMECULA, Calif. — John Gomez Jr. occasionally reads to his sons in Luiseño, a language native to Southern California but now virtually extinct. One of his relatives, who was a member of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians here about 90 miles southeast of Los Angeles, helped to compile a book of stories intended to preserve the vocabulary, if not the grammar and syntax.
Gomez's sons proudly wear their long brown hair free, letting it spill over their shoulders in the manner of their ancestors. Gomez wants them to grow up hearing these creation stories, tied forever to natural landmarks around Temecula even if much of the land has been covered with strip malls and gas stations. Gomez tells them about Toad, who inadvertently brought death into the world, and about other prominent figures from the creation stories. And he tells them who they were named after: the name of one of his sons translates to King of the Coyotes.
But for all his knowledge about their cultural heritage, Gomez has difficulty explaining to his boys why they cannot attend the tribal school set up specifically to teach it to them. In 2004, the Pechanga Band kicked out Gomez and much of his extended family—some 130 adults total, along with their children—stripping them of their citizenship in the tribe.
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