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Pechanga Band says money not behind enrollment


Money wasn't a factor in the disenrollment of more than 130 people, the chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians said.

Chairman Marc Macarro said the tribe has a fundamental right to decide its membership. That right was upheld by a state appeals court decision that threw out a lawsuit filed by former members of the tribe.

The ousted Pechangas say they were kicked out because the tribe is greedy. The tribe distributes per capita payments to tribal members. With fewer people on the rolls, the payments to the remaining members will be higher.

A second lawsuit filed by the Pechanga plaintiffs claims they are owed at least $38 million in per capita payments.

Get the Story:
Disenrolled Pechanga members thwarted by appellate court (The North County Times 8/10)
Court rules against ousted Indians (AP 8/10)

Get the Decision:
Lamere v. Super. Ct. of Riverside (August 8, 2005)

Relevant Links:
Public Law 280 Resources - http://www.tribal-institute.org/lists/pl280.htm
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians - http://www.pechanga.com
Pechanga Tribal Disenrollment - http://www.pechanga.info
Bureau-of-Indian-Affairs.com, Disenrollment site - http://www.bureau-of-indian-affairs.com

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