Cupa News #5
(People Who Sleep in the Water)
This letter newsletter will be about history of the Pala Reservation. Hope the young people become more interested in how Pala became the new home of their grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents.
On April 12, 1895 the Secretary of the Interior approved an allotment roll for the Luiseño Band for a small reservation on the south side of the San Luis Rey River which was about 350 acres. One allottee was Maria Sal, she had four children: Ramona Scott, Adelina Giddens, Albert Golsh and Sebastian Salazar. All their descendants would be members of this reservation. None of these descendants would be from Warner’s Ranch area. How and when did they become enrolled in PBMI?
When the people moved to Pala from the Warner Ranch Area (Kupa, San Felipe and Puerta La Cruz), the Pala Reservation was established for them and covered about 1,100 acres.
These two Bands were separate Bands. The Luiseño band never voted at the Cupa meetings or even attended those meetings. This band was never part of the Kupa, San Felipe, and Puerta La Cruz. Now Robert claims you can’t belong to two reservation/tribes. It seems, in light of Robert’s claims that the Luiseño Band attending and voting at our meetings belong to two different reservations/tribes.
According to our Articles of Association you must be a descendant of those moved from Warner’s to be a member and vote! How many attending our meetings and voting can show that they are a descendant from Warner’s?
Is Robert slowly disenrolling descendants? Slowly kicking them off of the rolls for what reason?
In 1955, in testimony before the California Senate Interim Committee on California Indian Affairs, Robert Ardillo gave the following testimony on behalf of Old Pala: