Of course the facts don't matter to the Pala Tribe, so the reaffirmed the termination. And Pala is looking at another 120 for disenrollment too. I'm sure it's because of blood levels and NOT the $13,000 each they'd be able to divvy up. Let's see, $13,000 x 128 is $1,664,000 that the remaining people would split..almost $20 MILLION more a year. Yes, it's the blood.....
The eight people, who are family members of former Pala Chairman King Freeman, filed an appeal with the Bureau of Indian Affairs on June 29, which bureau officials said was within the deadline.
However, for some unknown reason, the tribal council said the appeal was not filed on time.
"This (removal from the tribe) was voted upon by the Enrollment Committee at a duly called meeting of the Executive Committee, on Aug. 3, with a quorum present," Pala Chairman Robert Smith wrote in a letter dated Nov. 3. "The grounds for said action are failure to file your appeal with the Bureau of Indian Affairs within the time period prescribed by law."
Smith's letter contradicts a letter sent by the Bureau of Indian Affairs last month to the eight people saying the appeal was received on time.
"The eight appeals were received at the Pacific Regional Office on June 29, 2011 and were timely filed," according to the letter signed by Amy Dutschke, the bureau's regional director in Sacramento.
Dale Risling, the bureau's deputy regional director, confirmed last week that the letter was accurate and added that the agency was reviewing the case to issue its recommendation
HERE's a QUOTE FROM RISLING: Bureau of Indian Affairs Deputy Regional Director Dale Risling, based in Sacramento, said “quite a few” tribes are going through disenrollments currently.
He said his agency hears about most of them through the media, and not directly, since they don't usually have a role in settling the disputes because of tribal constitutions. “The ones that we really get are the ones that require our involvement.”
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