Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pechanga Tribe's SPLINTER GROUP Part 3: Breaking Away from the Band

3rd in a series..
OP:  An interesting question was brought up in the comments of Part ONE consider this when you read it:

If Butch Murphy and the others, including Jennie Miranda and HER FAMILY, started their own tribe and were recognized by the BIA,  isn't that against Pechanga's by laws? If you are enrolled in an other tribe you can not enroll in Pechanga.

The Pechanga Band had a stable government for many years. Over a period of 10 years or so, the Band developed and adopted a Constitution and an Enrollment procedure in response to the growing population on the reservation and the need of the Band for a more formal governing structure.

After the Constitution was adopted and the enrollment criteria decided upon, the Band proceeded to enroll approximately 450 members in full compliance with its enrollment procedures.  OP: Hunter family had some of the lower enrollment numbers, in the first 50.  Former chairperson Jennie Miranda and current Chairman Mark Macarro can't make that claim. 
Not Born Pechanga
Butch Murphy

A small group of dissidents, led by BM, refused to acknowledge the Band’s Constitution and the tribal enrollment process. In fact, they refused to apply for enrollment. This small group announced to the Pechanga Band at a tribal meeting that they were breaking away from the Band and forming their own tribal government.  OP:  BREAKING AWAY from the TRIBE YOU WERE BORN INTO? (Of course, Butch Murphy couldn't make that claim)

Prior to breaking away from the Band, the Splinter Group took steps to disrupt the workings of the government. Below are some quotes regarding the Splinter Group’s actions: “…we never did get past the first item which was a petition circulated by JM to abolish the bylaws and new roll.

They wanted to go by recognition only…If they don’t like you, you never get recognized though you would be a legitimate member by lineal descent.” “…I felt we needed police protection. They were that violent.” “…the violence of the opposition would not allow the continuance of agenda. Now they are starting their own band. 
This stems from agitators who probably do not have a Pechanga or Temecula back ground.” “We may have to take legal action before something drastic happens here.”

These actions, along with their need to abolish the adopted Constitution and enrollment criteria and their failure to apply for enrollment, are signs that the Splinter Group “probably do not have a Pechanga or Temecula back ground.”  YA THINK

If they did have lineal descent and could meet the enrollment criteria developed and approved by the tribe, why was it necessary to cause such disruption of tribal government and eventually break away to form its own government with separate enrollment criteria?    

Was their breaking away from the Band to form their own government a concession that they in fact could not meet the enrollment criteria and they were not tribal members as defined in the Band’s governing documents?  They used to clamor outside the tribal meeting demanding to be let in....'member?


Anonymous said...

These people will stock and find you and threaten your family if you speak out. Just short of murder.

Anonymous said...

I heard the APis are going to get kicked out? The magee's ?

Anonymous said...

California Indians BEWARE Robert Odawi Porter is claiming to represent Berry Creek Rancheria. He does NOT. Porter was told by the General council the governing body and authority of our tribe, we do not want to hire him. In violation of our laws Porter is harming our sovereignly by violating our tribal laws. Porter is not for the rights of indian people as he says. Going against tribal law makes him a threat to our people. Beware.

Anonymous said...

Excuse the incorrect spelling. It posted before I could correct.