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January 29, 2007


Temecula Man

One of the biggest offenders of disenrollment is the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians in Temecula, California.

In the past three years they have kicked out 25 percent of the tribe and in both cases with only purely circumstantial, hearsay so called evidense.

Both large family lines were not allowed to have legal representation at their disenrollment hearings and they also were not allowed copies of the transcripts of these hearings.

The whole tribe got a raise in their per capita payments when these people were kicked out, including the enrollment committee members who voted to disenroll them as well as the tribal council members who voted to turn down the appeal of the decision.

Yet the Pechanga tribe and others like them hide behind the cloak of tribal sovereignty in the belief that the Federal or state governments can't do anything about it.

Pechanga is on the verge of getting a new compact with the state that would allow them to triple the number of slot machines they have and do insure that this happens they have been giving huge donations to politicians, politicans who turn a dear ear to the plight of those unfairly kicked out of their tribes.

Also, tribes such as Agua Caliente near Palm Springs, California are pushing to make it legal that tribes don't have to follow the campaign contribution laws of the state.

Again hiding behind tribal sovereignty. But if the rich gaming tribes vote in the elections of the state, shouldn't they also have to obey the laws regarding those elections?


After months of preparation, KNBC 4 the local affiliate in Los Angeles will be doing a story on those Native Americans who have been disenfranchised by their tribes.

As you know, Temecula Band of Luiseno Indians, AKA Pechanga has disenrolled 25% of their tribe in the last two years, in order to increase their gambling per capita checks. This includes my family, which Pechanga's own hired expert proved we were Pechanga, but they chose to put their belief in an imprisoned child molester. Both families have been waging court battles and having various levels of success.

On Tuesday, February 20th, the 11 p.m. edition will have a segment, tentatively titled, "A tribe without a tribe". I believe that the report will include other tribes in California.

Can you please help those who were disenrolled from California gaming tribes by spreading the word via your website and email list?

Thank you for your support.

Paulina Hunter of Pechanga

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