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Battle for top Pechanga post heats up before vote

The two candidates for chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians are decrying "smear" tactics that have characterized the campaign.

Anonymous letters circulated among tribal members criticized chairman Mark Macarro and rival Norman Pico Sr. Both were accused of misusing tribal funds and abusing their authority. Macarro and Pico, a long-time tribal official, denied the allegations.

The tactics come in advance of Saturday's vote. Observers say a crucial issue is the tribe's ouster of dozens of families, a practice Pico has spoken against. Macarro has defended the tribe's membership policies.

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Pechanga campaign turning personal (The Riverside Press-Enterprise 7/16)

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