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April 7, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
When last seen in the pages of Helen Hunt Jackson's celebrated historical romance "Ramona," the Indians of this valley were a desperate lot: poor, illiterate, first subjugated by the Spanish, then the Mexicans, then evicted and dumped in a dry canyon by the U.S. government. But one glance at that dry canyon these days tells you that world has been upended.
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September 9, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
When Pechanga Indian leaders hired anthropologist John Johnson in 2004, they had one request: find out if the Madariaga clan were truly members of the tribe. Generations of them had grown up on the reservation. Family patriarch Lawrence Madariaga, 90, had built his home there, erected the local clinic, served on tribal committees and lived on Hunter Lane, named after his great-grandmother, Paulina Hunter. He even received a lifetime achievement award from the tribe.
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November 19, 2002 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The Pechanga Indians of Temecula, who in May paused on the brink of a deal to borrow Native American artifacts from the cash-strapped Southwest Museum in Los Angeles in exchange for up to $1.3 million yearly, have backed away from the bargaining table. The ruptured deal appears to put the Southwest Museum's leaders near square one in their efforts to find a financial angel.
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November 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would transfer about 990 acres from the federal Bureau of Land Management to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and passed on a voice vote Tuesday, gives control of two parcels to the band, which owns the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro said the land had sacred rock carvings and paintings that the tribe intended to preserve.
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March 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A financial officer for the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling nearly $500,000, Riverside County authorities said. Paul Del Vacchio, 39, of Murrieta was financial controller for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians' casino, and allegedly funneled $489,000 into his bank account over the last two years, a sheriff's spokesman said. He is expected to be charged today. The resort has 500 hotel rooms and 2,000 slot machines.
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February 5, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County Superior Court judge on Wednesday temporarily barred Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indian administrators from ousting 130 members who receive a total of $10.5 million annually from the tribe's casino revenue. The plaintiffs, who compose roughly 10% of the Temecula band, say individuals on the tribe's enrollment committee are illegally trying to increase their wealth by reducing the total number of tribal members eligible for shares of casino profits.
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November 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The House of Representatives passed a bill this week that would transfer about 990 acres from the federal Bureau of Land Management to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and passed on a voice vote Tuesday, gives control of two parcels to the band, which owns the Pechanga Resort & Casino. Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro said the land had sacred rock carvings and paintings that the tribe intended to preserve.
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November 9, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is moving to block two Southern California Indian tribes with major casinos from installing devices that mimic slot machines. Setting up a possible legal fight, Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary, Peter Siggins, sent letters to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs stating that the tribes were trying to skirt compacts negotiated by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999.
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February 18, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County Superior Court judge Tuesday dismissed a request to prevent Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indian administrators from dropping 130 people from the tribal roster, saying he was reluctant to intervene in an internal reservation dispute. But Judge Charles D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2007 | David Kelly, Times Staff Writer
When Pechanga Indian leaders hired anthropologist John Johnson in 2004, they had one request: find out if the Madariaga clan were truly members of the tribe. Generations of them had grown up on the reservation. Family patriarch Lawrence Madariaga, 90, had built his home there, erected the local clinic, served on tribal committees and lived on Hunter Lane, named after his great-grandmother, Paulina Hunter. He even received a lifetime achievement award from the tribe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A financial officer for the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula was arrested Wednesday for allegedly embezzling nearly $500,000, Riverside County authorities said. Paul Del Vacchio, 39, of Murrieta was financial controller for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians' casino, and allegedly funneled $489,000 into his bank account over the last two years, a sheriff's spokesman said. He is expected to be charged today. The resort has 500 hotel rooms and 2,000 slot machines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2004 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
The Schwarzenegger administration is moving to block two Southern California Indian tribes with major casinos from installing devices that mimic slot machines. Setting up a possible legal fight, Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary, Peter Siggins, sent letters to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Palm Springs stating that the tribes were trying to skirt compacts negotiated by Gov. Gray Davis in 1999.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 18, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County Superior Court judge Tuesday dismissed a request to prevent Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indian administrators from dropping 130 people from the tribal roster, saying he was reluctant to intervene in an internal reservation dispute. But Judge Charles D.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A Riverside County Superior Court judge on Wednesday temporarily barred Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indian administrators from ousting 130 members who receive a total of $10.5 million annually from the tribe's casino revenue. The plaintiffs, who compose roughly 10% of the Temecula band, say individuals on the tribe's enrollment committee are illegally trying to increase their wealth by reducing the total number of tribal members eligible for shares of casino profits.
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February 3, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. District Court judge in Riverside on Monday denied a request to prevent the ejection of 130 members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians who stand to lose their tribal identity and $10,000 a month in stipends from the tribe's casino revenues. In a seven-page ruling, Judge Robert J. Timlin said the request for a temporary restraining order against the members of the Pechanga Band's enrollment committee was beyond federal court jurisdiction.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2002 | Christopher Reynolds, Times Staff Writer
The Pechanga Indians of Temecula, who in May paused on the brink of a deal to borrow Native American artifacts from the cash-strapped Southwest Museum in Los Angeles in exchange for up to $1.3 million yearly, have backed away from the bargaining table. The ruptured deal appears to put the Southwest Museum's leaders near square one in their efforts to find a financial angel.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2004 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
A U.S. District Court judge in Riverside on Monday denied a request to prevent the ejection of 130 members of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians who stand to lose their tribal identity and $10,000 a month in stipends from the tribe's casino revenues. In a seven-page ruling, Judge Robert J. Timlin said the request for a temporary restraining order against the members of the Pechanga Band's enrollment committee was beyond federal court jurisdiction.
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February 2, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several months of subtle cowboy-Indian skirmishing over access to the coveted collection of the Southwest Museum on Mount Washington, the cowboys are in retreat. The prize in this rivalry is the chance to collaborate with the respected but meagerly funded Southwest Museum, which is looking for a partner to help improve its balance sheet and boost public exposure of its 350,000 western artifacts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS
When last seen in the pages of Helen Hunt Jackson's celebrated historical romance "Ramona," the Indians of this valley were a desperate lot: poor, illiterate, first subjugated by the Spanish, then the Mexicans, then evicted and dumped in a dry canyon by the U.S. government. But one glance at that dry canyon these days tells you that world has been upended.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After several months of subtle cowboy-Indian skirmishing over access to the coveted collection of the Southwest Museum on Mount Washington, the cowboys are in retreat. The prize in this rivalry is the chance to collaborate with the respected but meagerly funded Southwest Museum, which is looking for a partner to help improve its balance sheet and boost public exposure of its 350,000 western artifacts from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
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