The celebration of Easter is a reminder of the forgiveness of sins and the hope of eternal life that is available to believers through Jesus Christ. This message of forgiveness and redemption is one that can be relevant to disenrolling tribes like Pala, Pechanga, Redding Rancheria, Chukchansi, Noooksack, as well. Disenrollment is the process of removing individuals or families from tribal membership, often due to disputes over lineage or other political or personal issues. This process is painful and divisive, leading to broken relationships and a sense of loss of identity and community.
In seeking forgiveness, disenrolling tribes may find healing and restoration for these broken relationships. Forgiveness is a powerful force that can bring reconciliation and unity where there was once division and conflict. It requires humility and a willingness to let go of grudges and grievances, but the rewards can be significant.
From me in 2007
It's interesting to think about what the remaining Pechanga and other disenrolling tribal members pray and think about when they go to church.
Do they pray that:
1. God won't remember what they have done to their family and ours?
2. Well, I really didn't believe in the 5th, 8th, 9th or 10th commandment anyway?
3. I can come here and people will see me and think it wasn't me that voted against stopping
4. I'll just give more to the collection plate and that will get me off the hook.
5. Please, God, let there be more slot machines.
6. Don't they know that $380, 000 per year is not enough for us to share?
7. Why are they always picking on us? Are civil rights, elder abuse, voting rights that important?
8. Why did those Hunters have so much evidence and STILL got disenrolled?
9. I sure hope the tribal council didn't lie about stopping more disenrollments!
10. Please, God, I'm not really happy about it, but I didn't do anything about it
11. Are the terminated REALLY your people, Lord?
Should Christian customers patronize a business that treats its family so terribly? Should Christians spend money for dinner at a place that abused their elders and children? Should churches hold luncheons at a place like this? Please ask your local ministers and committees to not spend church funds at Pechanga.
Just as interesting a question: What has the parish priest talked to his flock out the situation? How much of the catechism has the CPP broken?
Are they still taking communion?
What penance did they get for ruining the lives of so many?
Lie,Cheat,Steal during the week.Put money in the hat on Sunday.We are forgiven! Sounds like pretty good deal! While your Priest is in the back doing? Is this how it all works?
How are things going Rick? I see nothing has changed, Happy Easter to all who have been done wrong by the tribe.
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