People ask me, WHY don't you quit? Move on with your life. Well, why should I? Because it's hard? Part of my life IS fighting for my rights to belong, per the Pechanga Tribal Constitution, the same constitution the then tribal council acted outside of, detailed in the link above.
Tribes have a sovereign right to determine membership. Just as South Africa had a sovereign right to be an apartheid nation, which, my Pechanga tribe certainly is. Sovereign right doesn't make it right
My name is Rick Cuevas, my great great grandmother, pictured below was an ORIGINAL PECHANGA Temecula Person, PAULINA HUNTER. How do we know? Pechanga hired renowned expert, Dr. John Johnson to research her ancestry. His 2006 statement on how wrong the Pechanga Enrollment Committee was to posthumously strip her tribal heritage is HERE. The full letter here . Pechanga Chairman Macarro stated that "tribes know their own history" If that were true, why did the TRIBE hire Dr. Johnson? I've been coming to the Temecula Indian Reservation since Chairman Macarro was in diapers, now I must come through a guard gate to visit family.
Disappointing that we can get many to say disenrollment is wrong, or we were abused, but we can't get enough to actually do more to fight for themselves. I've been asked, WHY WON'T SOMEONE DO SOMETHING? Well, we have and we DID, where were they?
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SILENCE ISN'T GOLDEN, but akin to GIVING UP NEVER GIVE UP