The Nemesis of Fallon
They Call Him 'Bob'
By Tim Findley
|Pelcyger, in his later addresses at the University of Colorado and elsewhere, would relate that Senator Laxalt was faced down and eventually defeated by young Joe Ely, who had only recently become Pyramid Tribal Chairman in a convoluted, and some say managed, process that followed the untimely natural death of the elected chairman.|
| Pelcyger ever since has touted Ely
as a troubled high school dropout who found
"spiritual meaning" in his life and became a
brilliant leader and extraordinary negotiator. Ely, the
attorney said, became part of the "team" at
almost the same time that Pelcyger succeeded Thorp as
general counsel for the tribe.
Other tribal members, however, remembered Joe Ely as Homer Board, a young man who lived erratically on the reservation and took the adopted name of Ely before someone unclear added the alliterative touch of calling him "Joe." Ely still does not live at Pyramid Lake, but has indeed made a success of his life through his "teamwork" with Pelcyger.
The ad hoc committee still feels it was their testimony and their petition, not Joe Ely, that finally brought Laxalt to perhaps the most bitter defeat of his political career. It was only later that the committee members would learn that while they were staying in a "flop house," Pelcyger and Ely could afford better accommodations from the $30,000 they say Pelcyger drew from BIA funds for his appearance before Congress.
dreamed-of Compact, however, was probably not the Native
American opposition to it. It was, by Pelcyger's own
account, his attempt to cut a separate deal in private
with the Senator.
Bob told us Reid would
take care of us. He said we'd get millions. He said Reid
was going to build us a new school just to start
with." The school has never been built.
a year to be paid to
was plenty. Both from
the tribe, whose own new marina was a financial failure
and whose schools were continuing to deteriorate, and
from the BIA.
consent is not
necessary for agreement on a new Truckee River Operating
Agreement (TROA) but the TROA is essential to the
implementation of Public Law 101-618 by the end of this
has not really gained
more control over Truckee River water. Not nearly so much
as has Sierra Pacific and the upstream developers.
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