Tuesday, June 12, 2018

SLATE.com on TRIBAL DISENROLLMENT: The Fight Over Who’s a “Real Indian” Pechanga Casino Tribe a Focus

Jaime Dunaway has an extensive piece on disenrollment in SLATE.com . From an interview we did in APRIL:

.. California’s Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, owners of the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, CA ,  whose tribal council sought to consolidate power by targeting political opponents through disenrollment. “It was simply a political issue,” said Rick Cuevas, who was dismissed from the tribe, along with nearly 100 extended family members, after the council posthumously disenrolled his ancestor in 2006. “There were votes they couldn’t control. It’s not just about the money. It’s about power and control.”

Unlike Crandell, Cuevas’ relatives were allowed to remain on the reservation—in the house that his father {HELPED} built in 1957—albeit without access to tribal resources, such as health care, housing grants, and other benefits provided by the federal government, which were annulled in the disenrollment proceedings. “They’re basically living under an apartheid system,” he said.

“They can’t go to the park without a tribal member. They can’t drink out of the water fountains. They can’t go to the pool. That’s segregation.”




Mark Maccaro~ The wave is coming..you better hide.

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ICRA protections are paramount. The blood quorum argument is a diversion and would not hold up in a court: we are 21st century tribal entities, when tribes establishes their rolls to be federally recognized through rigorous documentation, every member was and is a full blooded member of their tribe - our children and our children's will also be full blooded members, we are a forever people. This is a well established principle- if ones mother is Jewish then the child is Jewish, they are a forever people.