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BLOG: Tribal Disenrollments at Pechanga and Pala Are Nothing Short of Paper Genocide

The Pechanga Band doesn't want the truth to get out. What's happening on the reservation is shameful and it needs to have a spotlight on it.

It has been discussed that tribal disenrollments in Indian Country are nothing short of genocide of families.

It's nothing compared to the horrors in Rwanda or Armenia of last century, however, tribes are eliminating large percentages of their people.   

The Picayune Rancheria, near Fresno, eliminated almost 70 percent of its tribe; Pechanga terminated about 25 percent. The Redding Rancheria even terminated the family of its FIRST Tribal Chairman, Robert Foreman.  

Tribes are small, so when you phrase it as 400 people, it doesn't sound so bad, if you equate that to say, 8 MILLION Californians or 78 MILLION Americans, you'd get a truer picture.  

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma has done the same with its Freedmen population, and I'm sure many readers would be surprised to know the Cherokee took their SLAVES on the Trail of Tears, dragging them as property.   

We've taken an article from Genocide Watch that details below the stages of genocide and used them to illustrate what went on at the Pechanga Reservation in Temecula, the tribe is led by Mark Macarro. There is an urgent need for the enforcement of the Indian Civil Rights Act, and we have continued to request hearings via Darrell Issa and Mary Bono Mack.
 
rom the GenocideWatch.org article, while we not the ovens of Nazi Germany, the implications were clear: the tribes were exterminated:

Genocide is a process that develops in eight stages that are predictable but not inexorable (unalterable). At each stage, preventive measures can stop it. The process is not linear. Logically, later stages must be preceded by earlier stages. But all stages continue to operate throughout the process.

1.Classification:   The Pechanga Enrollment committee claimed that Hunter Family was from a different set of Temecula Indians, not Pechanga. Pechanga claimed the Manuela Miranda (Manuelas) descendents had broken ties to the reservation, even though they served on tribal government committees. They are not us, they are "them" or "those people".  The similary marked people in the moratorium.


2. Symbolization:   Rather than calling Hunters and Manuela’s Pechanga, they claimed Hunter’s were “San Luis Rey” because one relation put that on a census form, disregarding the fact that so many other families did the same thing. San Luis Rey and Luiseno meant the same thing.  The separatists claimed that Manuela Miranda wasn’t Pechanga anymore, as she cut her ties to the tribe as a FIVE YEAR OLD CHILD.   Her mother died and she had to move in with an older relative who just happened to be Candarlaria Nesecat Flores, whose descendants are still in the tribe. Flores was NEVER listed on ANY Census in the 1800’s, as Paulina Hunter was. This disenrollment was targeted because of the numbers of voters, and because their family stood up for what was right, namely the enrollment of rightful members.


3. Dehumanization:   The separatist group Concerned Pechanga People (CPP) issued flyers saying Manuelas and Hunters were trying to “take over the tribe”. Which means they didn’t like the way we voted or rather, couldn’t control the votes. Hunters and Manuelas were no longer “We”, but “THEM”. “THEY” don’t belong. Hunters had been living on the reservation DECADES before chairman Macarro was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA.


4. Organization:   The CPP, (Concerned Pechanga People) includes adopted member Butch Murphy and gadfly Ed Burbee, pushed for disenrollments. Murphy had previously tried to splinter the tribe. Burbee was concerned about increasing his income from the stolen per capita. Mark Macarro, stacked the enrollment committee with those pro-disenrollment families, even allowing families to be brought up out of turn, so that more enrollment committee members could vote for disenrollment. Families who were cleared from disenrollment out of the order the cases were taken were cleared by only three members of the enrollment committee, less than a legal quorum of the committee so they were never lawfully cleared. Mark Macarro also overruled the will of the people, claiming a lawful petition was invalid. 


5. Polarization: The CPP pushed for disenrollment with numerous flyers and vocal shouts at meeting of “you don’t belong here” even though Hunters had an allotment from 1890’s when the reservation was created and vaunted elder Antonio Ashman’s sworn deposition stated he knew Paulina Hunter as a tribal member. The tribe believed Ashman about the eviction of 1875, but did NOT believe him about Paulina Hunter, whom he KNEW personally. The Macarro-led tribal council did nothing to stop the tactics, not using the “bully pulpit” to bring the tribe together. They preferred the separatist view, because it meant more money for them. 


6. Preparation:  The enrollment committee forced all Hunter paperwork to be certified, yet accepted handwritten notes, not notarized as evidence against the family. They refused to answer when questioned if there was anything missing or were there any other evidence against us. They paid the highly respected anthropologist John Johnson to trace Paulina Hunter’s ancestry and he proved Paulina Hunter was Pechanga. They did not use his report. There was a quid pro quo with enrollment committee member Bobbi LeMere, enrolling members of her family, despite a moratorium on enrollment.


7. Extermination:    Macarro’s goal was to wipe the opposition votes out, to control his chairmanship. Extermination of families was no big deal to this man, who was a member of the Democratic Party’s platform committee. While the genocide against the Manuela’s and Hunters is "paper genocide" the reality is there. His goal was to make sure the Manuela’s and Hunters no longer exist as Pechanga. We lost all voting rights, right to attend and speak at meetings, health benefits, educational assistance, per capita distribution, elder assistance. Tribal members, who get a huge per capita check per month (As high as $30,500 at one point)that went up each time families were disenrolled still get benefits from the federal government that they don’t even need, but we who need those benefits cannot get them because we were disenrolled.


8. Denial:  Macarro had stated that there would be “no more disenrollments” after the Manuela Mirandas were terminated. He also said “what goes on in the tribe is no business of the white man”. He claimed it was “not about the money” yet the total lost to terminated members is over $400 Million. Lost to terminated members, means “found” by those remaining. He claimed that all parties had due process, when if fact, we were herded into groups, denied writing implements, denied attorneys, denied copies of charges and denied the right to question our accusers. We were given 30 minutes to appeal and again were forced into groups.

Disenrollment is PAPER GENOCIDE.  Read more about Pala and Pechanga disenrollments at http://originalpechanga.com. 

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KB September 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Does dis-enrollment mean less lifted redneck trucks on the road? If so it sounds like a great idea to me.
Temecula girl October 01, 2012 at 01:22 AM
I would like to comment on what ( butt wipe) said "about them stealing paychecks". What a bunch of "cowards " these blog warriors call out these pechanga members and call them Fake " on this public blog" and these pechanga members DON'T defend these remarks . It must be true? COWARD "pechanga members" thats the way I also see it! YOU pussies (you must be crooks like they say) ? You disenrolled are babies to.
Temecula girl October 02, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I got the true story from a guy in a bar "last night" Its the people waiting to be enrolled always protesting or fighting in court , but a few disenrolled show up and cry to the press. He said the 400 disenrolled at pechanga have never showed any "heart " maybe 20 " out of 400 . What the hell ? where's the other 380 ? What kind of shady game are you dis enrolled people trying to pull on us Temecula citizens? I believe there are some fake members (but whats this all about)? I expect to hear from 400 disenrolled members on this blog (in reply to my post) or your trying to pull a fast one on Temecula citizens!!!!!!!!!
michael October 03, 2012 at 06:22 AM
I’m so glad that you got the true story from some guy in a bar as long as it was before 2:00 am. Its true there is someone in the moratorium that has a case in court. The people in the moratorium the ones that the tribe voted to stop new enrollments so the enrollment committee could catch up with the flood of enrollment and that was for only five years. Now every five years they vote on extending it. I know that I and my family have been at most of the protest not only here but in Sacramento. Now if a person protests on a corner or at the capital with 380 other people or alone on corruption and civil and criminal violation how is this shady? There are some of them that have been devastated by this and some that feel that fighting a multimillion dollar giant with congress doing nothing is pointless. So if you don’t hear from every person that has been disenrolled a fast one is being pulled. Let’s not look at any facts or hiding behind sovereignty as long as we do roll call for you.
Temecula girl December 11, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Two people post ,...lol honky's

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