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Calif. judge waits on Pechanga enrollment dispute
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

A judge in California said Tuesday he won't stop the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians from disenrolling 130 people.

But superior court Judge Charles D. Field left open the possibility that he may consider the dispute in the future. He said the 130 people can come back to court once the tribe's enrollment committee, which acts independently of the tribal leadership, acts.

The 130 claim the committee isn't acting within the law. The group cites Public Law 280, which grants state jurisdiction over the actions of individual Indians but not tribal governments.

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Relevant Links:
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians - http://www.pechanga.com

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