So, NOT ONLY is Pechanga not satisfied with stealing per capita from members they disenrolled, they want to keep other tribes from gaining gambling. Pechanga has stolen over $400 MILLION from terminated members. Sources say Rosemary Morillo, chairwoman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, couldn’t believe what had happened. Apparently, she felt tribal lobbyists with their own interests had been able to have more of an influence with the federal government than the elected tribal leaders of sovereign nations. And it had hurt Indian country’s economic and sovereign interests. Welcome to REAL WORLD Madame Chairman. Other tribes don't see you as brothers, they see you as COMPETITION. You are feeling the flea bites from the DOGS you lay down with.
More from Morillo: Morillo thinks that if important Indian policy is going to pass Congress anytime soon, tribal leaders need to be present at such meetings.
Funny, it was HER HUSBAND, MARK MACARRO's Tribe, The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians that trampled on the sovereignty of the Ramona Band at a TASIN meeting, pulling out a Ramona Tribal employee, who was a terminated Pechanga Member and asking him to LEAVE the Pechanga Reservation as he had been banished. Except they forgot to notify him.
Read about it HERE: http://www.originalpechanga.com/2008/11/at-tasin-meeting-last-week-pechanga.html
Read the response to the banishment here: http://www.originalpechanga.com/2010/05/airros-john-gomez-jr-responds-to.html
IETAN works for three tribes that have harmed THOUSANDS of Native Americans via disenrollment. If you can't trust them not to harm their own tribal members, do you think you can trust their lobbyists?
Should all sovereign tribes be treated equally??