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Tribal parking?!
March 19, 2011 07:37PM
On my way out of Yosemite yesterday I came across a sign that said tribal parking. It was just past the YOSAR camp and they were building some kind of structure out of what looked like lots of pine logs. I searched the internet and I didn't find out what it is. Anyone have any insight?
Re: Tribal parking?!
March 19, 2011 09:22PM
It's Wahoga, the new (eventual) Indian Cultural Center. It was in the 2000 Yosemite Valley Plan, among other documents. It's on the same site as the most recent Indian Village in Yosemite Valley, which was torn/burned down in the 1950s(?).

http://www.nps.gov/yose/parkmgmt/upload/icc106-2.pdf
Re: Tribal parking?!
March 19, 2011 09:51PM
It says this is "just west" of Camp 4. Any idea how far west? I'm wondering if it's far enough west to cause any kind of access problems with the bottom of the Old Big Oak Flat Road.
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March 19, 2011 10:25PM
Why did Yosemite give land to a NON-PROFIT? So would Yosemite National Park give land for other non-profit groups?

The Southern Sierra Miwuks are not a tribe, but a non-profit. So why do they get free land INSIDE a National Park?

Then the taxpayers had to pay for the building for the non-profit to use as their OWN PRIVATE building. Who gets their own private building in a National Park?

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2011 11:16PM by Yosemite_Indian.
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March 19, 2011 11:16PM
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_Indian
Why did Yosemite give land to a NON-PROFIT? So would Yosemite National Park give land for other non-profit groups?


1. It would be delusional to think that title to the land was transferred.

2. Casinos are not consistant with the charter of the park.

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March 19, 2011 11:20PM
The non-profit has their own parking inside the Park "Tribal parking", and the non-profit will run the Indian Center exclusively. There are areas in the Indian Center only the non-profit can use, and is not open to the general public...and no one mentioned a casino.

That sounds pretty 'private' to me.

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"Chief Tenaya was the founder of the Paiute colony of Ahwahnee"



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/19/2011 11:21PM by Yosemite_Indian.
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March 20, 2011 05:52AM
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Yosemite_Indian
The non-profit has their own parking inside the Park "Tribal parking", and the non-profit will run the Indian Center exclusively. There are areas in the Indian Center only the non-profit can use, and is not open to the general public...and no one mentioned a casino.

That sounds pretty 'private' to me.



The non-profit Yosemite Institute up at Crane Flat has the same arrangement.

Anyone who has driven US395 through Bishop will understand the casino reference.
Re: Tribal parking?!
March 20, 2011 09:59PM
The thing they are building is right next to the YOSAR area next to camp 4. From the look of the poles, this will not be a modern structure. The tribal parking sign was on a saw horse and not permanent. I am sure some of you are familiar with the access road for the YOSAR, that was where it was at.
Re: Tribal parking?!
March 26, 2011 10:43PM
A valet parking vendor pleaded guilty Monday to bribing the former tribal chairman in exchange for parking contracts at the Soboba Casino.

Abbas Shilleh, 47, entered the plea to one count of paying a bribe to an Indian reservation when he wrote checks totaling $50,000 to former tribal chairman Robert Salgado.

Salgado pleaded guilty last year two felony counts of accepting $875,000 in bribes from Shilleh and four other vendors in exchange for contracts and capital improvements at the Soboba Casino and on the reservation outside San Jacinto.

In a plea deal with prosecutors, Shilleh is set to be sentenced June 6 to three years probation and eight months of electronically monitored house arrest. He must also pay a $100,000 fine and perform 500 hours of community service. He could have faced up to 10 years in federal prison.

Under the plea agreement, Shilleh admitted that made the payments for a contract in March 2007 at the casino through his business, California Parking Services.

During a two week period in December 2006 and early 2007, Shilleh wrote three checks written to the longtime chairman and to "cash." No others members of the tribe were charged.

Silleh's attorney, Mark Werksman, said his client was not aware at the time that the payments for the contract were illegal, since the tribe receives federal funding.

"You can pay advance fees to obtain a contract, but that's not a bribe," Weksman said. "But when you do that to an Indian tribe, that's where it runs afoul of a federal statute."

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Re: Tribal parking?!
March 27, 2011 12:07AM
WTF?! Oh, an ad, I was thinking it was relevant at first...
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