At the meeting this week, Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians Chairman Mark Macarro commented
There is NO pathway for redress at this commission. People will make comments but should their comments be...document, refer to other group external to our group.
The Pechanga leader has a point. But this commission on Truth and Healing is exactly what thousands of aggrieved Indians need. to be heard, whether non federally recognized, or those disenrolled, some without due process.
My hero, from Chukchansi, Cathy Cory, disenrolled reminds us that when speaking to the council:
Please remember...there is a very fine line between telling one's story and using language to antagonize those that may be willing and able to help find a solution to the disenrollment (and nonrecognition) issue....
Many of the members of this truth and healing council have been the subject of lateral violence and generational trauma as well, so accusations and vilifications may be detrimental to moving forward in a good way for the whole...be truthful, but stay positive
Healing truly is needed by many in our community, not just the disenrolled and unrecognized, but those engaging in the current on-going abuse as well....we are all indian people...and, we all need to be part of the solution--not more of the problem.
Wise words that I will heed, until the time comes for stronger language