Saturday, January 11, 2020
Pala's Robert Smith Eradicates CUPENO INDIANS Who Get NO JUSTICE from their 1903 Trail of Tears
ACEE AGOYO of INDIANZ has the FULL STORY Robert Smith of Pala eradicated the Cupeno Indians...but only from the Pala band via disenrollment. They are FIGHTING BACK.
The tribe's unique history had long been reflected in how it appeared on the BIA's annually-published list: as the "Pala Band of Luiseño Mission Indians of the Pala Reservation, California." With the Cupeño descendants largely out of the picture, though, there was no need to remind everyone of the distinct communities on the reservation. Starting in 2016, as the last of the anti-disenrollment lawsuits was defeated in the federal courts, the tribe became simply known as the "Pala Band of Mission Indians."
BACKGROUND for PALA Disenrollment/Injustice
Pala Disenrollments from LA TIMES
Pala dispute leads to extermination of Indians
Pala Band of Mission Indians Terminates 154
Pala Disenrolls families
Pala disenrollments led to hardship PALA WATCH
But while though the BIA was intimately involved in the disenrollment dispute that preceded the request, officials in Washington, D.C., felt little sympathy toward the descendants of the people who were forced to walk that Trail of Tears back in 1903. They refused to add tribe to the list, arguing that the bad blood with the Luiseño wasn't enough to acknowledge the separate status of the Cupeño.
In the final full year of the Obama administration, the BIA wrote that “the people now seeking federal recognition as the Agua Caliente Tribe of the Cupeño Indians of the Pala Reservation are, or were until recently, members of the Pala Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized tribe.”
See the link above for the rest