During the 2006 disenrollment (stripping of tribal citizenship) proceedings against my family, the PAULINA HUNTER Descendants, we were given 30 days to find all possible paperwork to "prove" we belonged to the tribe. Here's an example of what we had to look for.
The tribe ignored their own documents, including depositions and affidavits from people who knew Paulina Hunter as a Pechanga tribal member (depositions were taken in the Luiseno language via interpreter.) We have a document from Mary Hunter Miller, Paulina's daughter in 1956, an application for a surplus house which recognizes her as a tribal member. The "surplus demountable house" is still standing on the reservation, on our families allotment.
Notice the language on page 3, item 8: Describing the allotment. Our family is one of the FEW remaining on their original Pechanga reservation land. NO TRIBAL SIGNATURE was needed by the governing body, whose names are on the document, INCLUDING Pechanga's vaunted elder Antonio Ashman. Mary Hunter Miller RELIED on Antonio Ashman, Armand Valencia and Frank Cantura to SUPPORT her request, but their approval was not necessary because the LAND was ALLOTTED, not assigned or purchased.
This document puts to lie the claim from Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro that we came after the casino. This application for my great grandmother was for a home where she could escape the smog of the San Gabriel Valley by coming back to the reservation, not for casino money to come 40 years later. Our family was on their allotment before child molester Vince Ibanez wrote his letter from prison against our family and well before any Basquez or Masiel