Its Not Personal, Just Protecting Our Sovereignty

1424 WordsJul 15, 20186 Pages
During the 1970s American Indians in California and other parts of the U.S were at a disadvantage that included unemployment, poverty, deteriorating homes, and unsanitary living conditions. As a means to deal with the situation, some tribes included gaming (bingo or poker games) to their way of life. The goal of tribal government was to make the reservation self sufficient (Weeber 85). Although, some tribes did adopt gaming, others have not because of moral or traditional reasons or because they live in an areas far away from patrons (Canby 332). As a result, their lives continue to lack electricity, clean water, paved roads, and medical facilities (Barker 155). In this paper, I will show how the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians flourished…show more content…
Then, in 1996 the requirement was change after the enrollment committee was flooded with applicants request to become members of the tribe (Beiser 74). Instead, the tribe requires applicants to have an ancestor from the group of Temecula who had relocated to the Pechanga Valley (Beiser 76). In order to understand, the tribal government decision to tighten the requirement we have to look back at their history. According to Pechanga.Gov, in 1875 the Temecula Indians had been forced off their land by local ranchers with the help of the San Diego County sheriffs. Then, in 1882 after they had resettled their reservation was established by the federal government (Pechanga Band). The influx of applicants was no surprised, since Indians in other tribes were benefiting from the casino revenue. The applicants seeking membership included tribal members that never made an effort to enrolled, but also people seeking to get a piece of the profits (Beiser 74). According to Pechanga.gov, tribal government has the right to choose its members (9). For this reason, the applicant has to convince the Enrollment Committee, with the appropriate documents of their rightful place in the band (Barker 167). In most cases, not getting recognition as a tribe member leads to disenrollment, in which the person is rejected from the tribe and their membership is revoked. Furthermore, the tribal member is removed from tribal membership rolls and often denied
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