This disgraceful action is not going unanswered by the Gabrieleno people. See that story: Pechanga Has NO Cultural Affiliation to San Nicolas Island
Chairman Andrew Salas, of the Kizh Nation Gabrieleno Band has forwarded me some documents that they will be providing the U.S. Navy, which should help them recover the remains of their people.
At this link, are the historical boundaries of the Chumash and Gabrieleno people. There is NO EVIDENCE of Luiseno or Pechanga in this historical record. The report is detailed archaeology and deserves more weight than any oral history of the current Pechanga "elders" some who have NO blood of Pechanga.
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My response to this bullshit above is that the current leaders of Pechanga make up their history. They have been PROVEN to IGNORE both written and oral history in the Paulina Hunter matter. Therefore, they are ill equipped to provide historical analysis on territory so far outside their own.
We will continue to report on this issue and expect to hear more from the Kizh, and the Navy, as the theft of ancestry of the Nicolenos cannot stand.
UPDATE: Have already heard back from Victor Rocha, Chairman Mark Macarro's first cousin, who runs a Native news site, after including him with news organizations: