San Pasqual Tribal Feud

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VALLEY CENTER – About 50 members of the San Pasqual Indian Band were denied voting privileges because of a longstanding feud over their blood ties.

Angela Martinez-McNeal said she and her family were prevented from voting in a tribal election Sunday because tribal Chairman Allen Lawson and his supporters instructed San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies and the tribe’s own security officers to keep them out.

About 300 people belong to the Valley Center-area tribe, which runs Valley View Casino. In 2007, membership rights of every descendent of Marcus R. Alto Sr. were abruptly suspended because Alto was adopted and not biologically tied to the tribe


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