Some California American Indian tribes contend enrollment audits and expulsions are a result of strengthening tribal governments through gambling resources and not an effort to increase per-capita casino payments to remaining members.
“It has nothing to do with money,” says Chairman Robert Smith of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “Disenrollees can say what they want, but that is not true. Right is right, wrong is wrong, and they don’t meet the requirements to be enrolled.” OP: He means, NO MATTER what the proof, no matter what the evidences says, we will NOT believe it!
Ousted Pala members disagree.
“This is all about greed,” King Freeman, a onetime Pala tribal chairman who runs a general store near the tribe’s San Diego-area casino, told the Los Angeles Times.
The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians says it has been “fighting false claims of citizenship” since the 1970s, long before the tribe opened a gambling hall in 1995. Resources from gambling have helped strengthen the tribal government, a function of which includes auditing enrollment.
But two families of about 225 members ousted from the Pechanga Band in 2004 and 2006 claim their disenrollments were the result of greed and politics. OP: Dave must've forgotten how to get ahold of us. Or the Manuela Miranda descendants?
About two dozen California tribes issuing per-capita checks from casino revenues have expelled families from membership rolls, according to University of Minnesota professor David Wilkins, increasing often lucrative payments for those that remained on the rolls.