Author Robert Hayward has a opinion piece at the NCTIMES.
It is one of those strange twists of fate that has been proven over and over in history: The conquered people eventually take on the worst characteristics of those who conquered them. It has manifested in Southern California with the advent of Indian gaming, in a terrible way.
It wasn't long ago that the local tribes were all limping along in abject poverty, trying to gain a foothold after being stripped of everything and relegated to reservations. It is a sad and brutal history, no different than all other tribes in this country.
Once the gaming compacts were signed, and big money rolled in, it was everyone's hope that it would help all tribes. While there are great stories of success, unfortunately greed has raised its ugly head.
The federal government changed that in 1934 and began requiring certain amounts of Indian ancestry to qualify for benefits from the treaties (all of which the government eventually broke). Tribes began adopting blood quantum rules for inclusion into tribes. The DEA even set blood quanta minimums for participation in certain Native American ceremonies, clearly overstepping their bounds.
If we are honest, and not afraid of upsetting those who hold too much power, the fact that the San PascualTribe kicked out 80 members, PECHANGA cut 130, OP: NO, they cut 230 Adults, and half again as many children. Rincon tried to cut 70, and PALA is now working hard to eliminate at least 120 members from their tribal roles is all about greed and politics, nothing more.
You do not see any nongaming tribes involved in this nonsense. And had these casinos never been built, none of this would be happening, period!
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To add to the greed story, a reminder that the total theft of per capita in CA in just a few tribes has reached over $500 MILLION