|April 2008 Edition with|
Story on DISENROLLMENT
As a side bar, page 56 highlights the disenrollments at Pechanga:
"The Pechanga band of the Luiseno tribe operate California's most profitable casino: its resort in Temecula grosses as much as $1 billion a year.
But don't tell this to John Gomez, Jr. or the 135 members of his extended family who were kicked out of the Pechangas after tribal leaders ruled one of his deceased elders wasn't a true tribal member. The elder in [Manuela Miranda]question left the traditional village after her marriage; therefore, according to the tribal leadership, her descendants aren't really Pechanga.
The fact that Gomez is descended from Chief Pablo Apis doesn't seem to matter. When the Gomez expulsion was finalized in 2004, each of the 1,000 adult Pechanga members got about $15,000 a month from casino profits; after a more recent round of disenrollment booted another 10 percent from the tribe, the figure rose to $40,000 a month.
That's a big payout, but it's no wonder. As the Economist reports, gamblers will lose more money this year in Indian casinos than in Atlantic City, Las Vegas, Reno, and Macau combined.
It wasn't until December 2011 that James Dao's article California Indian Tribes Eject Thousands on disenrollment came out.. and that was very incomplete....
R.I.P. Hugh Hefner..and THANK YOU