Hunter cousin A’amokat watched the KCBS Investigative Report last night and he has a response for Mark Macarro. I am hearing that there will be a few more responses for Mr. Macarro
Pechanga tribal chairman Mark Macarro said in response to the KCBS investigative report, “Casino Tribe Outcasts” that aired 5/15/12, the following, “Though deeply painful for our tribe and the people affected, this correction was necessary to protect the integrity of the tribal government, our culture and our history,”
Deeply painful for you sir? After all, when two large extended families were disenrolled, which is losing their citizenship in their nation and is not being kicked out of some club, you and the rest of the tribe got a raise in your per capita profit share from the casino of about 25 percent because we were about 25 percent of the tribe.
Answer me this sir, will you have drain your resources in your old age to take care of a handicapped child because you lost your health insurance like a Hunter family elder has to now do?
Protect the integrity of the tribal government sir?
So how does allowing the very people to vote on our disenrollment case while serving on the enrollment committee who had accused our families of not being legitimate tribal members in the first place and who also were very close relatives of people who submitted statements against our membership protect the integrity of the tribal government and how is it not malice or prejudice against us? After all, the band’s constitution and bylaws is supposed to protect individual members from malice or prejudice against them.
Especially when those same enrollment committee members, the final votes on the committee against us, said, “it doesn’t matter what you turn in you are getting disenrolled anyway.” OP: That was presented as evidence during appeal
Also, how does it protect the integrity of the tribal government when you don’t follow your own tribal constitution and bylaws which require you to enforce and uphold duly passed laws such as when the people, the final authority in all matters of tribal government, voted in 2005 to outlaw disenrollments?
The new law stated that all people who were in the tribe at that time in 2005 would remain tribal members but you and your council ignored the wishes of the people by allowing us, the Hunters, to be disenrolled in 2006 in violation of the new law.
Article V of the Temecula Band of Luiseno Mission Indians constitution and bylaws, sometimes referred to as the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians, says the following:
"IT SHALL BE THE DUTY OF ALL ELECTED OFFICERS 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.”
The problem in tribes such as Pechanga is if they don’t follow their own constitutions and bylaws and duly passed laws, who can make them do so?
Finally sir, protect the culture and history of our tribe?
It isn’t our culture to turn our backs on our own people by rewriting history to, retroactively, exclude people who have always been historically part of the tribe!