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Adopted man protests exclusion Pechanga Tribe
Thursday, January 15, 2004

A man who was adopted as an infant is protesting his temporary exclusion from membership in the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians of California.

The tribe has adopted a moratorium on new members in order to ensure the rolls are accurate. That has Joe Liska, 43, angry so he has filed a lawsuit that doesn't challenge the tribe's enrollment policies but a per capita payment plan.

Liska says he has proof of his eligibility. A half-sister who is a tribal member took a DNA test to confirm Liska's claim.

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