who have stripped or denied numerous allottees of rights set forth in tribal and federallaw shall be responsible for satisfying the very same allottees’ entitlement to water.Considering the Band’s actions to strip Paulina Hunter descendants of their citizenship, inviolation of tribal and federal laws, I do not want Pechanga tribal officials negotiating mywater rights or representing my interests in front of Congress in an attempt to ratify thewater rights settlement.
III. Temecula Indian and Temecula Indian Allottees should be Parties to theSettlement Negotiations and consulted regarding pending Acts of Congress
HR 5413 and the other Acts reference priority dates establishing water rights associatedwith the setting aside of a reservation for the use and benefit of the Temecula band or village of Indians, those water rights must be protected and preserved regardless of anyclaims made by Pechanga tribal officials.There are hundreds of Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees who will beaffected by the Settlement and HR 5413. The Settlement and the Act should benegotiated and drafted with the full consent and participation of the Temecula Indiansand Temecula Indian Allottees- to date that has not occurred.The participation of the Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees should be arequirement for approval, confirmation and ratification of the Settlement. Their inclusionand participation should also be required for approval of HR 5413.I respectfully request that the Subcommittee recommend that the sponsors of HR 5413meet with Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees in order to discussamendments to the Act that would address their interests and protect their water rights
IV. HR 5413, and other Acts, should be Amended to Reflect the Ownership Interestsand Water Rights Due Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees
The Executive Orders setting aside a reservation for Temecula Indians, as well as theallotments made to Temecula Indians in accordance with the Act of January 12, 1891 (26Stats 712) are utilized as key factors in determining the water rights at issue. However,instead of Temecula Indians and Temecula Indian Allottees benefitting, Pechanga tribalofficials have falsely laid claim to representing the interests of the Temecula Indians,Temecula Indian allottees, and their heirs.Temecula Indians, Temecula Indian Allottees, and their heirs should be allowed todetermine those who will represent their interests in the settlement negotiations and thefuture development of the Act. I respectfully request that the Subcommittee require thattheir representatives participate in future settlement negotiations and amendments to theAct as a pre-requisite for moving forward.
V. The Settlement Agreement should be known as the Temecula and PechangaSettlement Agreement; Acts to Confirm and ratify the Settlement should alsoInclude Temecula in the name