Many in our country do not understand that Indian tribal sovereignty is inherent. Below we try to dispel some of the myths surrounding Tribal Government and what it means to be a sovereign nation.
Pechanga tribal government has worked successfully and with bi-partisan support of local, state and federal leaders on a variety of issues. For example, in April 2003, supporters including U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer, U.S. Representatives Mary Bono, Darrell Issa and Dale Kildee, State Senators James L. Brulte and Dennis Hollingsworth and Assembly Member Bill Leonard all took part in the successful effort of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians to regain more than 700 acres of their homeland now known as the Great Oak Ranch. Tribal leaders serve on many national or regional organizations or committees addressing a variety of issues to benefit both Native and non-native peoples