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Friday, September 24, 2010

California Native American Day Ignores Second Largest Tribe: The Disenrolled

Today is California's Native American Day, celebrated the 4th Friday of each September.   San Manuel has events this whole week.

Today, our people continue to celebrate the traditions of the past. Here at the San Manuel Reservation, we sing and dance Serrano songs, as well as the Cahuilla bird songs, that our elders have taught us. Tribes in Northern California, such as the Yurok, perform traditional dances like the Brush dance.

What isn't mentioned this week is that disenrolled and moratorium people would make up the second largest tribe in California.   The Picayune has terminated 500 Native Americans and Pechanga has done the same to 400.  Additionally, Pechanga is keeping at least 100 more Native Americans from their place in the sun.

It would be good NOT to support:  Pechanga, Picayune, Redding, Jamul; Robinson Rancheria; Enterprise Rancheria among many that you will find at http://tribalcorruption.com/ .   While celebrating California's Native American Heritage, we must remind ourselves that THIS CENTURY, the worst enemy of Indians isn't the white man, but a new breed:  The Corrupt Tribal Council.   Take a look at our HALL OF SHAME.

Mark MacarroGlenda Nelson, Tracy Avila are not people to be honored.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Disenrollees not a tribe. By their status as non-members, these individuals by defintion lack association with a federally recognized tribe. Yet, these non-members cannot let go their intense hankering for their former status due to the income this status involved from a per capita payment. The decision to remove these non-members will stand, not reverse. A reader unfamiliar with the internal tribal process for determining tribal membership may ask why the tribes who ousted these non-members will pay no attention to them and their pleas and criticisms. The answer lies in the finality of the decision. The tribes typically perform an investigation, do research, hear from the parties, and examine all details, before reaching a decision to remove the individuals who fail to meet the membership criteria. Hence, the disenrollment merely conforms the membership roll to the membership criteria. This outcome squares with commonsense.

Anonymous said...

"The tribes typically perform an investigation, do research, hear from the parties, and examine all details, before reaching a decision to remove the individuals who fail to meet the membership criteria."

Dear readers,
Disenrolling entire clans (hundreds of extended families) is uncommon to the indian way. If the abovementioned investigations, research, examining of details are done fairly it would hold more water. Keep reading this blog and you will continually see these simple steps were and continue to be overlooked.

Anonymous said...

I am not fooled by what Anonymous September 24, 2010 6:56 PM wrote. Does he think we readers are so simple minded to be taken in by what is so obviously a biased and bigoted statement? He makes no attempt to refute or disprove any of your statements or accusations.

I have gone and spoke to people who are still in the Tribe and live on the reservation. They know that what was done to you was wrong, but don't think they can do anything to correct it (or else maybe are afraid to try and correct it, not sure just an observation).

Anonymous said...

Dear readers,

The process this poster refers to was and continues to be mishandled.

please read futherinto this blog and do a little research for yourself here.

in the case at Pechanga simple research and investigation steps that are being ignored or overlooked include but not limited to:

1. comprehending certified,notorized or red ribbon certified oral depositions documented and presented upon request.

2. independantly hiring a renowned anthropolgist, and ignore his findings.

Anonymous said...

Great video!

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/Pechanga_Membership_Battle_Los_Angeles.html

Anonymous said...

To many good comments, but where is Ms.Jenny, Ed? Raymond? Where are their comments to explain how Indians "adopted" have more ties than true Natives. How "disenrollment" was NEVER a process in tribes. You submitted your papers if you met the criteria you were enrolled. Now years later they are reopening files and disenrolling on by any means. In the case of Pechanga the TRIBE presented, voted, and passed a petition stating NO MORE DISENROLLMENTS. But the tribal council over ruled and disenrolled the Hunters anyway. Does that sound like due process, fair tribal leadership when they go AGAINST the TRIBE? Anyone who says disenrollment is a process is lying. Anyone who says, you may not understand it, well you don't understand because it is made up with no criteria, no legitimacy, and NOT customary in ANY Native American Culture. Pechanga adopted some families at one time and look how they pay back the goodness of the tribe.

'aamokat said...

Our critic from the tribe said:

"Disenrollees not a tribe. By their status as non-members, these individuals by defintion lack association with a federally recognized tribe. Yet, these non-members cannot let go their intense hankering for their former status due to the income this status involved from a per capita payment. The decision to remove these non-members will stand, not reverse. A reader unfamiliar with the internal tribal process for determining tribal membership may ask why the tribes who ousted these non-members will pay no attention to them and their pleas and criticisms. The answer lies in the finality of the decision. The tribes typically perform an investigation, do research, hear from the parties, and examine all details, before reaching a decision to remove the individuals who fail to meet the membership criteria. Hence, the disenrollment merely conforms the membership roll to the membership criteria. This outcome squares with commonsense."

If we can never do anything about what happened to us, then whatever we say here means nothing so why do you bother to come here and comment?

Gentle Readers, our opponents are very concerned that they are being exposed. The darkness cannot stand it when the light is shined on it.

'aamokat said...

Article V of the Band's constitution and bylaws says

"IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS OF THE BAND TO UPHOLD AND ENFORCE THE CONSTITUTION, BYLAWS, AND ORDINANCES OF THE TEMECULA BAND OF LUISENO MISSION INDIANS; AND ALSO, TO UPHOLD THE INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS OF EACH MEMBER WITHOUT MALICE OR PREJUDICE."


So to our critic from the tribe, how was allowing biased people with a conflict of interest to rule on our disenrollments not malice or prejudice against us?

Prior to the first written enrollment of 1979 we the Hunters got none other than Antonio Ashman, called a vaunted (much praised) elder on Pechanga's own official Web site, to gives us a notarized statement affirming he knew our ancestor Paulina Hunter as a member of the Band.

One of the ways that was listed in the supplement to that written enrollment application as acceptable proof of tribal membership was to have a recognized tribal member vouch for an applicant.

So what better person to vouch for us than Mr. Ashman, who lived in the historical period of the late 1800's when the reservation was created and who knew better than anyone else, especially someone alive today, who was a legitimate tribal member and who wasn't?

So again, how did we not prove we are legitimate tribal members?

Tribal hack, our readers are seeing past your lies!

Luiseno said...

In my letter I received from the council when they interviewed us to determine if malice or prejudice was shown against us during our hearing in front of the enrollment committee. it states that there wasn't enough malice or prejudice displayed against us.

Just how much is enough malice or prejudice against us? And isn't this an admission that there was malice or prejudice against us, but it just wasn't enough (according to there standards)?

Anonymous said...

The Lies are apparent in the disenolled ISSUE Mark seems to put his foot in mouth over and over The tribal hack above comment is a PR dude trying to defend tribe corruption and why is he? the light is SHINING VERY BRIGHT ON MARK AND THE CORRUPTION OF THE SUBSET TRIBE PECHANGA,I have a request does any one know Mary Perez she is a MEMBER OF OUR FAMILY SHE WAS ENROLLED AT THE TIME THE TRIBE SHUT OUT THE REST OF FAMILY with hundreds others I also would like to know how many moritorium TEMECULA INDIANS THE NUMBERS ARE HIGHER THAN STATED ABOVE 14 YEARS TO REVEIW APPLICATIONS TO BE A MEMBER .GET TOGETHER AND DEMAND REVEIW IN JANUARY UNITE TO FIGHT FOR MORITORIUM TEMECULA INDIANS AND DISENROLLMENT INJUSTICES POLYSQWALIS

White Buffalo said...

Anonymous posted:

“Hence, the disenrollment merely conforms the membership roll to the membership criteria. This outcome squares with commonsense.”

“September 24, 2010 6:56 PM”

To the uninvolved and uninformed this is farthest form the truth. My mom’s first cousin Jenny Miranda is still in the tribe and she had made it clear back in the early 90s that if we did not vote the way she wanted us to vote she would make sure that we were kicked out. This is not hearsay this is a witnessed statement.

We all know the truth that the current corrupt council and back stabbing leader M. Maccaro knew that our voting bloc was the largest of the families and that we would not be controlled nor would we allow the corruption that now infests our tribe. Also we were seen as outsiders at tribal meetings because some of us did not grow up living on or next to the rez, I think that it is because most if not all of us are educated to some degree.

For those who are educated you may agree that Pechanga has a very low educational level in fact I would guess that there are more Alcoholics and Drug addict living on the rez than there are college graduates with asociates or bachelor’s much less mastors or doctorial degree. This is not a statement meant to ridicule or insult,and for those who do have degrees I applaud you.

Which group are you in?

As for the honest working members of the tribe who actually care about our plight find a way to communicate with one another and us for our history as a proud and honest people is in jeopardy of being lost.

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind the Disenrollment Procedure, authored by Jenny M. as tribal chair, that Pechanga once had was first voted into existence in 1988 the same year the IGRA (Indian Gaming Regulatory Act) was singed into law by President Ragen.

Wonder how many voted were necessary to bring this sham procedure into existence…

It was explained to me that it did not pass the first time it was presented.

It took over 500 votes to have it removed from tribal law in 2005.

stand your ground said...

think about this...
if all the Pechanga disenrolled, the moratorium and the banished people would form a tribe, and they could , they have certificate of degree blood, they would be as big or bigger than what'S NOW LEFT IN THE PECHANGA TRIBE.

Anonymous said...

So what is the CPP view on the people in the moratorium? If someone in the moratorium is blood related to a current member what's the argument? You didn't fill out an application in time so now you're not Indian. I'm pretty sure being Indian has more to do with your ancestors than when you wrote your name on a piece of paper.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that Mexican Indipendance day was celebrated at Pechanga Casino on September 16th?

However, Native American Day oberved on the second Monday in October was not.

Were is the Pride?

Anonymous said...

Native American Indian Traditional Code of Ethics

1.Each morning upon rising, and each evening before sleeping, give thanks for the life within you and for all life, for the good things the Creator has given you and for the opportunity to grow a little more each day. Consider your thoughts and actions of the past day and seek for the courage and strengthto be a better person. Seek for the things that will benefit others (everyone).


2.Respect. Respect means "To feel or show honor or esteem for someone or something; to consider the well being of, or to treat someone or somethin with deference or courtesy". Showing respect is a basic law of life.

a. Treat every person from the tiniest child to the oldest elder with respect at all times.

b. Special respect should be given to Elders, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders.

c. No person should be made to feel "put down" by you; avoid hurting other hearts as you would avoid a deadly poison.

d. Touch nothing that belongs to someone else (especially Sacred Objects) without permission, or an understanding between you.

e. Respect the privacy of every person, never intrude on a person's quiet moment or personal space.

f. Never walk between people that are conversing.

g. Never interrupt people who are conversing.

h. Speak in a soft voice, especially when you are in the presence of Elders, strangers or others to whom special respect is due.

i. Do not speak unless invited to do so at gatherings where Elders are present (except to ask what is expected of you, should you be in doubt).

j. Never speak about others in a negative way, whether they are present or not.

k. Treat the earth and all of her aspects as your mother. Show deep respect for the mineral world, the plant world, and the animal world. Do nothing to pollute our Mother, rise up with wisdom to defend her.

l. Show deep respect for the beliefs and religion of others.

m. Listen with courtesy to what others say, even if you feel that what they are saying is worthless. Listen with your heart.

n. Respect the wisdom of the people in council. Once you give an idea to a council meeting it no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the people. Respect demands that you listen intently to the ideas of others in council and that you do not insist that your idea prevail. Indeed you should freely support the ideas of others if they are true and good, even if those ideas ideas are quite different from the ones you have contributed. The clash of ideas brings forth the Spark of Truth.


3.Once a council has decided something in unity, respect demands that no one speak secretly against what has been decided. If the council has made an error, that error will become apparent to everyone in its own time.


4.Be truthful at all times, and under all conditions.


5.Always treat your guests with honor and consideration. Give of your best food, your best blankets, the best part of your house, and your best service to your guests.


6.The hurt of one is the hurt of all, the honor of one is the honor of all.


7.Receive strangers and outsiders with a loving heart and as members of the human family.


8.All the races and tribes in the world are like the different colored flowers of one meadow. All are beautiful. As children of the Creator they must all be respected.


9.To serve others, to be of some use to family, community, nation, and the world is one of the main purposes for which human beings have been created. Do not fill yourself with your own affairs and forget your most important talks. True happiness comes only to those who dedicate their lives to the service of others.


10.Observe moderation and balance in all things.


11.Know those things that lead to your well-being, and those things that lead to your destruction.


12.Listen to and follow the guidance given to your heart. Expect guidance to come in many forms; in prayer, in dreams, in times of quiet solitude, and in the words and deeds of wise Elders and friends.

Anonymous said...

"Disenrollees not a tribe. By their status as non-members, these individuals by defintion lack association with a federally recognized tribe. Yet, these non-members cannot let go their intense hankering for their former status due to the income this status involved from a per capita payment. The decision to remove these non-members will stand, not reverse. A reader unfamiliar with the internal tribal process for determining tribal membership may ask why the tribes who ousted these non-members will pay no attention to them and their pleas and criticisms. The answer lies in the finality of the decision. The tribes typically perform an investigation, do research, hear from the parties, and examine all details, before reaching a decision to remove the individuals who fail to meet the membership criteria. Hence, the disenrollment merely conforms the membership roll to the membership criteria. This outcome squares with commonsense"

Sounds like a maccaro statement... Right up there with cornfields and a casino comment resulting in the same outcome. Really? KEEP HOPE ALIVE! Maccaro, keep dreaming.

Anonymous said...

" Why is it that Mexican Indipendance day was celebrated at Pechanga Casino on September 16th?

However, Native American Day oberved on the second Monday in October was not.


Perhaps for the same reason that when they get drunk, they speak to each other in Spanish, not Luiseno. This used to embarrass me, and I would wish that they could please stop speaking Spanish (which I don't really understand, and speak at least a little of there native tong (which I do understand a bit)