Since 2002, Mark Macarro has guided the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians as its tribal chairman. Mark Macarro is currently involved with several human rights and tribal advocacy groups, and is a board member of the Native American Rights Fund.
The Native American Rights Fund (NARF) provides financial backing and legal assistance to individuals, organizations, and tribes within the Native American community. Since 1971, the fund has successfully defended tribal and individual rights in hundreds of critical cases.
The leaders behind NARF maintain a strong focus on the human rights issues specific to their people. The organization has a vested interest in protecting the cultural and religious traditions that are important to members of the Native American community, such as eagle feathers, peyote, and access to sacred places. NARF utilizes legal avenues to protect these cultural traditions as much as possible, while concurrently working toward repatriation and restoration of cultural items and lands.