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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Pechanga Tribe, Which Sent Many of It's Elders Into The Cold, Request Prayers For Mountain. Pechanga Once Contemplated their OWN Granite Mine


It's sadly comical that the tribe, which violated the civil and human rights of 25% of it's people is asking prayers for a sacred mountain.   Never mind that Pechanga was looking to open it's own mining operation nearby, bringing samples to the tribe for examination.    There are emails below to contact them.

Members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians request your prayers on National Sacred Places Prayer Days, observed June 16-24
Over the past year, the tribe has ardently worked to defend its original lands from Granite Construction’s proposed Liberty Quarry—an open-pit mine that would stretch 414 acres between San Diego County and the southern border of Temecula, California that is rooted in the Pechangacreation story. The tribe has called Temecula home for more than 10,000 years.
“The phrase that comes to mind first is preposterous,” said Paul Macarro, the tribe’s cultural coordinator, in reference to Granite’s claims that the proposed quarry site is located “outside the boundaries” of the most significant places in the tribe’s story, reported the Nctimes.com.
In reality, the proposed quarry would gouge into a sacred mountain within the Luiseño People’s place of origin. The area is home to the Kammalam (ancestors in the form of rocks).
After numerous public hearings before the Riverside County Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the quarry was denied on August 31, 2011. According to Signonsandiego.com, the commission rejected the quarry due to potential health risks, such as poor air quality, and environmental hazards, like visual and noise impacts, fire and emergency response. The Tribe was not consulted by the County of Riverside on these impacts during environmental review.
But the tribe’s seeming victory could be short-lived if Granite successfully submits a revised application to the mine in the near future. The Board has voted 3:2 to approve the inadequate environmental document under the California Environmental Quality Act. The decision keeps the Luiseño Ancestral Origin Landscape at risk.
Parts of this Origin Landscape have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1973 as the Murrieta Creek Archaeological Area (exva Temeeku) and are also listed in the state’s Sacred Lands File Inventory.
Granite Construction wants to blast into the sacred mountain to produce aggregate rock. The quarry could operate for 75 years and, even after reclamation, would remain a “permanent scar” within the sacred landscape, according to the Pechanga people. The quarry would also intrude on the headwaters of the Santa Margarita River, the last remaining free flowing river to reach the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. The giant pit would be located adjacent to the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve, which also includes part of the Origin Landscape.
Kelcey Stricker, one of the San Diego State University (SDSU) researchers working at a research field station west of the proposed quarry site, said some animals, especially mountain lions, would leave the area rather than adapt to the changes brought about by the quarry including noise and light.

Furthermore, the quarry would kill the mountain and forever disturb the sanctity of this incredibly beautiful and scenic area.
Pechanga respectfully requests prayer that:
1) Efforts to permanently prevent mining in any form at this location are successful and that
2) Tribal efforts to have this Origin Landscape formally recognized and protected will be successful.
For more information on the efforts to protect the Luiseño Ancestral Origin Landscape from the Liberty Quarry, contact Paul Macarro, Pechanga Cultural Coordinator at: pmacarro@pechanga-nsn.gov or (951) 770.8102 or Jacob Mejia at: jmejia@pechanga.com or (951) 770.2595

13 comments:

White Buffalo said...

19 June 2012

Reply to Sacred Mountain Claim
How can you honestly say that you care about a mountain more than you do about our family and integrity of the tribe who wrongfully disenrolled 135+ members?

We know it was because of politics and money, as well as our refusal to vote the way Jenny Miranda wanted as to that made us unwanted. We are decedents of Pablo Apis. We have proven that we have an unbroken lineal decent and claim to the land. It may go unnoticed but the casino sits on a portion of Pablo’s land.

Although my words are true I am sure that they fall on deaf ears. As for the quarry it is wrong for Pechanga to invoke sacredness to this property, for there is no real evidence that there are burial sites or places of worship on that hill. If you recall Marc used the same language when speaking to congress about the Great Oak property, and they what did the tribe do? Well you know the answer to that, they built 25% of the golf course on it, so much for sacredness..

I and others who have been wronged will challenge the motives of this Marc led council and be assured I am writing to all concerned persons about this and the motives of the Pechanga council. You may not listen, but others will. Oh when I write to these people I will back my information up with legislative record as well as tribal records that I poses. You see when John M. spoke about the rights of ownership once land was placed into trust; it was recorded and became part of the public record.

We the members of the Manuela Miranda family who was the great-granddaughter of Pablo Apis are the real decedents of those Indian Marc mentions as 10,000 years old.

Rightfully

Guero Nunez aka White Buffalo

Anonymous said...

Really.....they are just mad because they want to mine it...they think they own all of Temecula...and by the way...do you think the sacred ancestors want that ugly Casino built on their land?...it's so far removed from what a true tribal member stands for...not too mention a huge natural resource waste...we are all told to conserve water yet Pechaga keeps those fountains running and how much water do you think they waste on that huge golf course?..it's all about lining Marks pockets and his cronies pockets with money.....has anybody ever really done a background check on his family and true lineage?

Anonymous said...

They should pray to their god of money, arrogance, & hate because from their treatment of others, those are the gods they obviously serve, not the true GOD of love.

Anonymous said...

To the 3 respondents before this reply.
+10000000000

Anonymous said...

There is an interesting editorial in the Los Angeles Times today about how the tribes are trying to control the online poker by getting in the pockets of the politicians....OP..maybe you can post it...the tribes don't think they should have to go through the background checks the State is requiring.....very interesting...!!

Original Cupa said...

OP here's a story to post, shedding more light on the atrocities of Elmets and Dickstein: http://www.zimbio.com/The+Leslie+Brodie+Report/articles/UM2hnMHBCFV/Bonnie+King+Avers+Controversial+Gambling+Attorney

Anonymous said...

All I can say is "karma"! The permanent scar in the mountain will be the tangible reminder of the permanent scar the tribal council and enrollment committee under the leadership of macarro has already inflicted. Once a Pechanga, always a Pechanga. Once a criminal-macarro, Masiel, basquez, burbee, murphy, wright, Miranda, - always a criminal!

Anonymous said...

agree with all on this post now PECHANGA WORRIES OF SARCRED NESS AND BURIERIEL SITES WHEN LETTING DESENDENTNS FROM 17 TH CENTURY NOT CLAIM HRITAGE OR THRIR OWN SACRED LAND WHAT A JOKE TO LUSIENO PEOPLES OF CALIFORNIA EVEN MR ANAYA KNOWS THE HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATED BY THE CURRENT TRIBAL COUNCIL MR MARK MACCARRO AND EVEN OUR OWN RELITIVES WHO WILL PRAY FOR ALL THE UNRIGHTOUES ACTS OF PECHANGA TRIBAL COUNCIL ONLY US THE TRUE PECHANGA LET THE SPIRIT OF THE WIND RISE ABOVE POLYSQWALIS SAYS

Anonymous said...

pechanga's mountain---so long --good--we hate to see you go!!

Anonymous said...

Pechanga is already mining their own granite, even if it is a very small operation. You can see it on the golf course and at their cultural center used as decoration. They really don't care about the mountain, and you can be certain it really isn't sacred to them. Most are unbelievers or converted Christians anyway and don't believe in the old pagan stories. The wallet and wine bottle is all they worship.

Anonymous said...

Luiseno ancestral origin landscape have you ever gone and heard this crap??? well you should hear the blah blah story pechanga cultural center has come up with and their coordinator---what a joke. it is just a power/land grab and to have control over riverside county projects---we won't go for it macarros. stand up and fight these guys they have no respect for other tribes in the riverside county area---all about pechanga!!!

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Non- Indian said...

Your ancestors are rolling in their graves as you dummies whore out your "sacred" land to whitey! If it wasn't for us allowing you to have a casino you would still be eating gov't cheese and driving shitty cars. Total shame on our white race for what they did to the aboriginal people of these lands but today's greedy Indians are the shame of today