Judge won't protect 130 from disenrollment

A federal judge in California refused to stop the Pechanga Band of Luise�o Indians from removing 130 people from the tribal rolls.

The group asked the court to issue a temporary restraining orders against the tribe's enrollment committee. But U.S. District Judge Robert J. Timlin said he didn't have jurisdiction to hear the case.

The 130 claim to be descended from a Pechanga leader. The tribe says they don't qualify for enrollment.

Get the Story:
Judge: Dispute over gambling money in SoCal tribe outside federal jurisdiction (The San Diego Union-Tribune 3/3)
Members of tribe face disenrollment (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 2/3)
Fight Over Tribal Status Moved (The Los Angeles Times 2/3)

Relevant Links:
Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians -

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