Pechanga Chairman and National Congress of American Indians Vice President Mark Macarro's public persona belies his actual demeanor. We wrote about this story years ago. It brings to question the Pechanga moratorium, which was put in place 25 year ago, to "correct the record".
THREE DECADES OF MORATORIUM IS A FARCE
How is it that in 25 years, the enrollment committee couldn't figure out Chairman Mark's FIRST COUSIN, Arlene Macarro and family, rightfully belonged. 25 years. The newborn grandbabies of the Enrollment committee could have graduated from college.
This story is not limited to Pechanga, here's one from 2000 in the LA TIMES
So, brace yourself for this one. It's well-known that the Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, Mark Macarro, has allowed the despicable act of wiping out more than 20% of his own tribe via an unlawful disenrollment. And get this, it was against the Pechanga tribal constitution! But that's not even the worst part. This scum, along with his little brother John and cousin Victor, had worked tirelessly to keep their OWN FAMILY members out of the tribe. Can you believe it? Some of us can, we've experienced it.
Their own cousin, Arlene Macarro, has been languishing in the membership moratorium for over two decades, I repeat, Mark Macarro's OWN COUSIN. and all while these bloodsuckers play their disgusting little games and keep rightful members out of the tribe. Yes, it's for money as we wrote here.
Arlene says she didn’t learn she had lost her tribal membership until she traveled in 1998, to the Temecula reservation to visit her grandfather’s grave and was denied entry by security guards.
Many tribal people THOUGHT they were members, they didn't realize they had to apply for membership. In fact in the first 1979 membership, Mark Macarro is absent. Others, not blood related wormed their way into the tribe. They were not disenrolled.
And if that wasn't bad enough, it appears they stooped so low as to engage in some shady quid pro quo to get our family out of the tribe. Former enrollment committee chairman Bobbi LeMere was able to sneak her adult family members into the tribe just after the Hunter disenrollments were confirmed, AGAINST TRIBAL LAW: The Moratorium. LeMere's family could get in, but NOT THE CHAIRMAN'S? That sounds shady, doesn't it? Tribe have the sovereign right to be shady AF, and damn if they don't exercise it.
If you want to read about the full extent of this nauseating family feud, check out the link to pechangajournal. But be warned, the details alleged are not for the faint of heart. And as if things couldn't get any worse, Arlene, a member of the Macarro family, has alleged she'd been threatened by Victor Rocha.
It just goes to show you that being a vile, loathsome jerk runs in the Macarro family. Disgusting by any measure.
Just because a tribe has sovereign right to abuse their own, it doesn't make the abuse right.