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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Pala TERMINATES 154 Native Americans 15% of their Tribe: Attorney calls for Congressional Field Hearings

The Pala Band of Mission Indians on Wednesday expelled 154 people from its North County tribe, according to a Pala spokesman.

The removal of the 154 people appears to be connected to the removal of eight people from its rolls last year. Those eight people were told in June by the tribe that they did not meet the 1/16th Pala "blood quantum" requirement.

Pala spokesman Doug Elmets said the tribal council made the decision to remove the additional 154 people Wednesday, but he declined to discuss the reason for the removal.

"It is important to remember that the U.S. Supreme Court, in the Santa Clara Pueblo v. Martinez case in 1978, held that a tribe's right to define its own membership has long been recognized as central to its existence," Elmets said.
Edward Sifuentes of the North County Times has the story:

Pala officials said last year that the tribe had 918 members; thus the 154 people expelled Wednesday account for about 15 percent of the tribe.

The terminated members lose their ability to participate in Pala's tribal government and other benefits, including health care, housing and educational services.

Those who have been expelled from Pala stand to lose more than $150,000 a year in payments from the tribe's Pala Casino Resort and Spa, which is about 15 miles north of Escondido.


Attorney for some Pala disenrolled, Dennis Chappabitty is asking that Congress hold field hearings to see that the disenrollments are designed to extort tribal members to silence them from questioning whether there are millions of unaccounted tax dollars spent without accountablility..

The amount of per capita STOLEN from those terminated will total $23 MILLION per year.

42 comments:

Anonymous said...

I keep seeing the B.I.A. put up the Santa Clara Pueblo V. Martinez case as a cookie cutter for a reason not to do anything. Know if the B.I.A. read the case it has to do with if a male tribal member has descendents from a non tribal person his descendants can be enrolled. Now if a female tribal member has descendants from a non tribal person her descendants can’t be enrolled. The case was asking the government to change their constitution and bylaws under the fact of discrimination. So if you have tribes like Pala and Pechanga violating their own constitution and bylaws to disenroll true tribal members how does the Santa Clara Pueblo V. Martinez case apply?
We are asking the B.I.A. and Congress to up holed are rights under our own tribal constitution and bylaws not changes them. Now you have the Leyva line making up half of Pechanga’s government and enrollment committee. The Leyva line has forged their papers to be enrolled at tribal and B.I.A. level. Is it not the B.I.A. duty to protect Native Americans, more reason to look in to the disenrollment? Speaking of the B.IA. Not doing their duty Larry Echohawk was ordered by the court to reestablish the Alto Family to full Tribal status. He did so but not surprisingly he purposely revoke their tribal right when it came to the benefits from there casino.

Anonymous said...

The BIA seems to want fewer Indians. It's amazing how they can stand idly by watching this slaughter....

Anonymous said...

The Tribes of California should be held for inflating the number of members to get the Casinos and after they got the Casinos, they removed members to inflate their per capita....isn't this fraud?...they told California voters thet wanted to help the tribes and now they are saying the same people that started the petitions to establish casinos weren't really Tribal?..California voters need to re-examine the reasons they voted in the Casinos and open gambling to all, not just Tribal people...and prosecute for any fraud committed.!

Anonymous said...

Tribal Terrorism

Anonymous said...

We need to work on a formal boycott of tribes that have hurt their people.

Anonymous said...

This is the type of business that Jerry Brown is using to help raise taxes on US?

Jerry, you moron, think of all the income taxes that just went down the drain with this disenrollment.

You lie down with dogs like Robert Smith....

Anonymous said...

It's easy to get Jerry Brown to turn a blind eye when you cover them with dollar bills....

Anonymous said...

But he wouldnt have gotten any tax...aren't tribes state tax exempt?

Anonymous said...

i'm probably one of those getting cut...such a sad day for all natives :( praying for unity for all tribes everywhere.

Anonymous said...

The Tribes of California should be held for inflating the number of members to get the Casinos and after they got the Casinos, they removed members to inflate their per capita....isn't this fraud?...they told California voters thet wanted to help the tribes and now they are saying the same people that started the petitions to establish casinos weren't really Tribal?..California voters need to re-examine the reasons they voted in the Casinos and open gambling to all, not just Tribal people...and prosecute for any fraud committed!!

FEDS NEED TO INVESTIGATE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

What is the BIA doing? Why don't they stand up for native Americans.

Anonymous said...

Just found out that I was in %15 despite fully cooperating with all request to send proof of blood line. Where do I go from here? What can a lawyer do for me when the government allows tribes to run themselfs?

Anonymous said...

Pueblo V Martinez is discriminatory and sexist. How could we have not had this case looked at. As an American Indian I expect an equal opertunity no matter what my sex is.

Anonymous said...

And for my children to

Anonymous said...

This is Willie Pink. Today I was sitting and talking with two TV producers who are working on a piece about Pala Veterans. Mel Lavato happened to be in the area as well so I invited my cousin Mel over so I could introduce him to them. I shook hands with Mel then he began to scold me in front of these two men. He kept accusinng me of things I did not do. So Mel if you want it to your face here it is. I don't know how it is that you can call your father and your great aunts and uncles liars. They have all stated that my great grandmother Margarita Brittain was 4/4ths Indian. You tend to believe every lie your grandmother ever told you. However, when she tells the truth about her Yaqui blood you turn a deaf ear. Who are you to judge us. Were you there when this supposed white man lay with my great great grandmother and made my great grandmother? If Margarita's father is unknown are you so racist that you assume White. Most whites were known in the area and if her father was white we would know his name but you and yours are so filled with hate you reach out and hurt anyone in your path. There was a time when I stood over you to keep your nephew from killing you. There was a time when I tried to stop the harassment you received from the ones you defend now. These are the same ones that had you cowering in your cellar wondering when they might try to burn your house down. You suffered so much under these goons yet you defend them because your hatred for our family is so deep that you will sell yourself to them because the pain they are causing us pleases you. Do you remember how bad it was the way that your father treated you. I can tell you how bad it was. It was so bad my mother would talk to your dad about it and ask him to stop. She often told him that he did not realize how bad he was hurting his son. Our family has done more for you then you will ever know. That is the problem, you don't want to know. You know the truth about Margarita Brittain but your hatred for yourself and life guides you to hurt others. Enjoy your happiness from all the pain you have caused. You said I will have to pay. It is obvious that you are suffering and already payiing. You are still my cousin and that is who we are. We don't spend our time looking to hurt people. I am not walking away from this like you did today. You were not even man enough to talk to me after everything I ever did for you.

Anonymous said...

Why is Willie pink anonymous? Go to Mel's house and tell him then!

Anonymous said...

I feel for the people who were disenrolled simply because most of them grew up in Pala, and many are inter related. My heart breaks for them, but I myself have questions about the blood quanum that was tampered with. Nobody can seem to answer why the tampered document said 4/4 obviously changed from something else. As a Tribal member that is the deciding factor, the tampering with the blood quanum. If it was changed to something less than 4/4, obviously it was lowered. But to be changed to 4/4, someone at sometime raised it purposely so that their children, on and on and on could be enrolled. You are or you are not, and if you are not then accept it.

Anonymous said...

willie pink, you're not telling Mel face to face, you're telling him on cyberspace!

Anonymous said...

Unbelievable

Anonymous said...

DONT FEEL SORRY FOR THE ONES WHO WERE DISENROLLED FROM THE PALA RESERVATION, THEIR THE MAIN ONES LOUD AND CAUSING TROUBLE ON THE RESERVATION. THEY USED THE MONEY TO HELP THEIR HABITS. THEIR MONEY CRAZED PEOPLE WHO ARE RUNNING AROUND LIKE CHICKENS WITH THIER HEADS CUT OFF TRYING TO FIND AN EXCUSE TO HELP THEM OUT.ITS PATHETIC TO SEE A COMMUNITY FIGHT AMONGST EACH OTHER WHEN THEY SHOULD BE HELPING EACH OTHER OUT. BUT WHAT DO THESE ASSHOLES KNOW ALL THEY KNOW HOW TO DO IS RUN THEIR MOUTHS ON A BLOG.

Anonymous said...

Who's running their mouth?

Anonymous said...

EXCUSE ME ANONYMOUS 11:14 I MEANT RUNNING THEIR FINGERS. YOUR PROBABLY ONE OF THEM OR IS LINKED TO ONE!

Anonymous said...

Aren't we all, remember Cupa and who we all came from many years ago.

Anonymous said...

WILLIE PINK YOUR A DUMB ASS, YOU WANNA BE CALLING DOWN A FAMILY MEMBER WHEN BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER IDIOT,THE BLOOD THAT RUNS THRU HIS VEINS ALSO RUNS THRU YOURS. PEOPLE IN PALA ARE STUPID ALWAYS FIGHTING WITH EACH OTHER SORRY ASS TRIBE

Anonymous said...

Yes Peligrino (Ortega) blood

Anonymous said...

In response to "anonymous" dated June 1st, 10:34. Keep in mind, it is not just the currently disenrolled persons from Pala on drugs. Let's be real, many current members are "happily" on prescription, heroin, meth, etc. on and on and on. Unfortunately they don't realize they are a drug dealers dream and main source of income. I do feel for them, for many of the young ones, this is not their fault, it is the fault of the ones who changed MB blood quanum, little did they think into the future of their families and the heartbreak it would cause by changing her blood quanum. I understand the legalities need to be abided by, and agree that something is fishy about the blood quanum being changed. I thought it was strange how people I knew who weren't Tribal members because they didn't have enough all of a sudden they were enrolled...makes any normal sane person curious. Unfortunately the money is the root of most of the problems here in Pala, however irregardless of the money, the point is, are they enough to be enrolled? NO

Anonymous said...

Are you serious what are you on? They do have enough blood to be enrolled. You must be talking about the Nolasquez's claiming Yaqui blood and the Lugo's claiming Morongo blood. As for drug use check out the Smih. Lugo. Vega. Mcclain children pages. They worship the stuff.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to burst your bubble, but I do remember back in the '80s and they were NOT enrolled. Just the fact alone that the blood quanum was "messed" with where they were suddenly eligible brings up alot of red flags. As for the drugs, they (drugs) and drug dealers do not discriminate as to
what "families" are always doped up. You can't tell me one family in Pala that doesn't have a drug addict or 2 which is sad.

Anonymous said...

Their was lifegoing on before you were born. It was messed with before the 80s. In the 80s it was corrected to where it should be. It was unfair and sad that these tribal members were left off roles because of someone messing with the roles way before the 80s. Read all the info out on this blog and Pala Watch and you will see the truth.

Anonymous said...

Margarita Brittain's blood degree was lowered from 4/4 to 1/2. It always showed her as full blood until the 60's or 70's sometime someone changed it to half blood. In the 80's they changed it back to 4/4 full blood. I was born in the 80's and have been enrolled since then.

Anonymous said...

Read the letter from Dep of Interior to the tribe in the 80's it says after extensive research we have concluded Margarita B to be full blood Cupa.

Anonymous said...

Margarita Britten's blood degree wasn't changed in the 80s, it was changed before that. It was corrected back to the right 4/4 degree in the 80's. If people don't accept this and reenroll the 1/16ths, sorrowful things are goung to happen. People are reaching the end of their patience. And this is saying it mildly.

Anonymous said...

Greedy lil Indians

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Anonymous said...

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