Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro doesn't want a quarry to interfere with a Pechanga-run opportunity so he pulls out the "sacred site" card. Macarro is UNTRUSTWORTHY.
Raise your hand if you don't believe that Mr. Macarro, of Pechanga, thinks of any site as sacred, other than his per capita generating casino. Ted Hillock wrote about Pechanga caring more about BONES, than PEOPLE.
The tribe contends the open-pit quarry would desecrate a site that, to Pechanga, is analogous to the Garden of Eden, Jerusalem's Wailing Wall or the Sistine Chapel.
In a statement, Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro said: "It is not an option to tell our future generations that their place of creation, the basis of their history and their very identity, used to be here. OP: What about the generations of Pechanga people you WIPED OUT, Mr. Macarro? You, sir, are despicable. You send rightful members of the tribe out, try to steal their water and now engage members of Congress into your handiwork?
"As any other people would, we will bring to bear all of the resources at our disposal to protect this sacred area from the permanent destruction this massive mine would cause."
An 8,500-page environmental study of the quarry concluded its effect on cultural resources would be "less than significant," a finding Macarro called "disgraceful." OP: Macarro doesn't even LIVE on the reservation.
"Because county planners have failed to honor the spirit of the law designed to protect such areas, we are forced to seek additional legislation to protect our place of creation from destruction," he said in the tribe's statement. OP: Mr. Macarro is concerned about the "spirit of the law" yet, for his own tribe, he's not concerned about ACTUAL LAW? Priceless.
In an interview with The Press-Enterprise editorial board Thursday, Granite executive Gary Johnson said the tribe never told Granite the site was sacred when tribal officials met with company representatives in May 2005, when the quarry was in the early stages of planning.
DO NOT TRUST ANYTHING MR. MACARRO SAYS