Tuesday, December 4, 2018

The Pala Band Is In A Legal Fight With Big Pharma Over Opioid Crisis

Thanks to Original Pechanga's Blog for bringing this to my attention.

So far it has been hard to find anything online.   Pala supposedly issued a press release but I have not been able to find it yet.

Law360 is listing the case:  Pala Band of Mission Indians v. Purdue Pharma L.P. et al

I did manage to find one news article:

abc10 News San Diego - Pala Band of Mission Indians files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

You can read the full article at the link above.

Here is an excerpt:
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In a press release, Pala Tribal Chairman Robert Smith said, “The opioid epidemic has had devastating impacts on our tribe. Big Pharma’s aggressive promotion of OxyContin and other prescription opiates have caused increasing incidences of addiction, disability and family dysfunction.”
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Reality has completely gone Orwellian.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Election Results

Village News - Pala Tribe announces election results

Excerpts:

PALA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced last week that all of the incumbent candidates for the Tribal Council were overwhelmingly re-elected, including Chairman Robert Smith.

And:

“I am extremely proud to continue to serve the Tribe as chairman,” said Robert Smith, re-elected Tribal Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “We had a great election turnout and the strong support for all members of the Tribal Council shows confidence in the progress we have made culturally, socially and economically. The Tribal Council and I look forward to continuing this progress and achieving even more in the years to come.”

Also, Pala sent out a Press Release:


Excerpt:

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The majority of the over 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people – Pala.

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Click the links above if you want to read the full press releases.

It needs to be noted that there are (2) reservations at Pala, not one.  The PBMI wss formerly known as the Pala Band of Luiseno Mission Indians.  Land adjacent to Old Pala was bought for the Warner Ranch Evictees.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

New Book by Gordon Johnson

Gordon Johnson has a new book out titled Bird Songs Don’t Lie: Writings from the Rez

Gordon was also just featured in an article in the Press Enterprise:

Carl Love: Writer Gordon Johnson still connects readers to old Temecula, Native American life

Here is an excerpt:

The crowd hanging out at the They Passed This Way monument in Old Town Temecula was working phones, the ultimate modern device.

One, Gordon Johnson, also was connected to the Temecula of long ago represented by the monument.

The name of John Magee, his great, great, great grandfather is etched there.

Magee was quite the figure of late 1800s Temecula. He owned a popular general store, served as the town postmaster and was a judge.

Johnson has made a name for himself in modern Temecula.

The veteran journalist started writing about the area in the early 1980s as editor of The Californian newspaper.

Now he’s making news again with his third book, “Bird Songs Don’t Lie: Writings from the Rez,” a collection of newspaper columns from The Press-Enterprise and nine short stories based on a fictional Native American tribe, the San Ignacio.
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Read the full article at the link above.  There's also a picture.