Tribal gaming has helped many tribes in CA, come out of poverty. My tribe, the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians(led by Mark Macarro )included . Many of the Pechanga people are uneducated and I remember they were so excited when per capita was such that they qualified for a Target credit card. Unfortunately, the modest growth was not enough, greed soon follows.
Instead of helping all their people, as promised when they campaigned for casino gaming, including those they placed in a membership moratorium hold, who rightfully belonged to the tribe, they looked at who they could get rid of to increase their per capita checks. $5,000 a month wasn't enough, $10,000 per month not enough, $17,000 per month not enough, $22,000 per month STILL not enough. Greed is the proper description.
Tribal disenrollment can raise a number of ethical concerns and violations, including:
Violation of Due Process: Tribal disenrollment can violate due process rights, which guarantee individuals the right to a fair and impartial hearing before being deprived of their tribal citizenship.
Lack of Transparency: Disenrollment processes can lack transparency and accountability, which can make it difficult for individuals to understand the reasons for their disenrollment and to challenge the decision.
Discrimination: Disenrollment can be used to target individuals and families based on their political views, their ethnicity, or other factors. This can be a violation of civil rights and can create a climate of fear and hostility within tribal communities.
Denial of Cultural Heritage: Disenrollment can result in the loss of cultural heritage and identity for individuals and their families. This can be especially harmful for individuals who have invested significant time and resources in learning about their cultural heritage and maintaining their connections to their tribal community.
Elder Abuse: Disenrollment can disproportionately affect elderly individuals, who may be less able to defend themselves against allegations of wrongdoing or to navigate complex legal processes.
But the facts are clear, while most tribes have not treated their people as abominably as the Pechanga, Redding Rancheria, Picayune Rancheria, Pala and others have treated their people. In fact it's more like Tribal Terrorism, using fear and threat to keep their voting membership in line. Remember, too, the fewer voters, the easier it is to control the general population.
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