Tribal Beat

Exploring the lives of East County's Tribal Community

READER’S EDITORIAL: VETERANS HELP #NODAPL RESISTANCE ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT VICTORY

 

By Brian Trautman

December 8, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) -- Over the past eight months, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota have been joined by more than 200 allied tribes and tens of thousands of non-Native activists for a nonviolent resistance campaign against Energy Transfer Partners’ (ETP) $3.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). The pipeline, which has been projected to transport at least 470,000 barrels of oil per day over 1,100 miles from the Bakken oil field to an existing hub in Illinois for delivery to refineries on the Gulf Coast, was rerouted in 2014 from north of Bismarck to the south, taking it through unceded treaty lands of the Sioux. Pipeline construction over this altered route desecrated sacred ancestral sites, and, until last Sunday, was slated to cross the Missouri River at the Lake Oahe reservoir, which would have threatened the safety of the drinking water of the Standing Rock Sioux and millions of people downstream.

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS JOINED VIGIL TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK SIOUX

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 7, 2016 (San Diego) – On December 3rd, the Bernie Sanders Brigade hosted simultaneous solidarity vigils in  San Diego,  Los Angeles and San Francisco in support of the Standing Rock Sioux.  Locally, several dozen people participated in the vigil, including a contingent from  East County. The plight of tribal members seeking to block the Dakota Access oil pipeline has drawn worldwide attention.

VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Newsflasher photo courtesy Bobby Wallace

December 4, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) — In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of people who have converged in Cannonball, North Dakota to opposed the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the federal government has announced that it will not grant an easement to allow completion of the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River.

VETERANS LED BY WESLEY CLARK JR. TO DEPLOY DEC. 4-7 TO SUPPORT STANDING ROCK WATER PROTECTORS AGAINST MILITARIZED POLICE

 

By Miriam Raftery

“Bring body armor, gas masks, earplugs (we may be facing a sound cannon) but no drugs, alcohol or weapons…if we don’t stop it, who will?”—Wesley Clark Jr., a veteran and son of retired four-star U.S. Army General Wesley Clark Sr., former Supreme Allied Commander in Europe

November 23, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) – Nearly 1,000 U.S. military veterans have signed to join  Veterans for Standing Rock December 4-7 to support Native American tribes standing up to protect clean water and halt the Dakota Access oil pipeline that they fear will burst and contaminate the Missouri River.  The pipeline also desecrates sacred Standing Rock Sioux sites.

The water protector activists have faced brutality at the hands of a militarized police force in recent days, including spraying a water cannon in below-freezing temperatures.  Three hundred people have been injured and 26 hospitalized, including a 21-year-old girl hit by a concussion grenade whose bone was shattered and now faces possible amputation of her arm.

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS ANNOUNCES TRIBAL ELECTION RESULTS

 

Source: Pala Band of Mission Indians

November 16, 2016  (Pala) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that all of the incumbent candidates for the Tribal Council were overwhelmingly re-elected, including Chairman Robert Smith, Tribal Treasurer Theresa Nieto and Council Member Sheila Lopez.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL IN SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES YEAR-ROUND MILITARY APPRECIATION DAYS

 

East County News Service

November 9, 2016 (Jamul) --  This Friday, November 11th on Veteran’s Day Hollywood Casino Jamul is kicking off a military appreciation program that will honor veterans 52 weeks out of the year.  Each week on Thank You Thursdays all who served our great country will receive a 20% discount on their meal in any of the eight restaurants at the Hollywood Casino Jamul property as well as 15% off at the gift shop. 

UNION BANK AND KPBS HONOR LOCAL HEROES DURING AMERICAN INDIAN HERITAGE MONTH

 

East County News Service

November 4, 2016 (San Diego) -- In celebration of American Indian Heritage Month and as part of its ongoing commitment to inclusion, diversity and responsible banking, Union Bank has partnered with KPBS to honor two inspiring local heroes. The 2016 American Indian Heritage Month honorees are: Joely Proudfit, associate professor/director at California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center, Cal State University San Marcos; and Randy Edmonds, founder and director, Indian Human Resource Center. The honorees will be recognized at a private dinner with their families and executives from KPBS and Union Bank.

SYCUAN TRIBE PROPOSES 11-STORY, 300-ROOM HOTEL AS FIRST PHASE OF LARGER EXPANSION

 

By Mike Allen

November 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation has plans to build a high-rise hotel and expand its casino.

The plans call for an 11-story, 300-room, hotel plus an additional 21,000 square feet of gaming space with 500 new devices, bringing the total to 2,500. The project would also include a 2,030-car parking garage, an upscale restaurant, a spa, fitness center, and larger outdoor area with two swimming pools.

VIEJAS CASINO AND RESORT NAMES THOMAS McCARTNEY AS PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER

 

Source: Viejas Press Release

November 1, 2016 (Alpine) - Chairman Robert Welch of Viejas Band of The Kumeyaay Indians today announced the hiring of Thomas McCartney in the role of President and General Manager of Viejas Casino and Resort. The veteran casino and gaming executive will begin his new position November 1, 2016.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION COMPLETES REFINANCING FOR HOLLYWOOD CASINO

 

Source: Jamul Indian Village

October 24, 2016 (Jamul) - The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC) announced today that it has finalized an approximately $460 million refinancing transaction in connection with its brand new facility, Hollywood Casino Jamul- San Diego. Proceeds from the refinancing will be used to refinance the debt associated with the development of the casino, retire tribal debt and for working capital. N.A., Goldman Sachs Banks USA and Fifth Third Bank acted as joint lead arrangers and joint bookrunners. The loans will be held by commercial banks, an affiliate of Och-Ziff Real Estate, and an affiliate of Penn National Gaming Inc.

INTERIOR SECRETARY JEWELL ISSUES ORDER TO ENCOURAGE TRIBAL ROLE IN MANAGING INTERIOR LANDS WITH NATIVE AMERICAN CONNECTIONS

 

Cooperative initiative builds on progress to advance tribal self-determination and self-government

East County News Service

October 22, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced Friday a Secretarial Order encouraging cooperative management opportunities between the Department’s land and water managers and federally-recognized tribes. The Secretarial Order sets out a framework to ensure that Native communities have the opportunity to assume meaningful and substantive roles in managing public lands that have special geographical, historical and cultural connections to the tribes.

HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL–SAN DIEGO TO CELEBRATE PREMIER OPENING MONDAY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photos by Byron Croft: top, Richard St. Jean and Penn National team; right, Final Cut steakhouse view.

October 9,2016 (Jamul) – “I’m like a proud parent,” Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego vice president and general manager Richard St. Jean said,  during a preview tour of the 200,000 square foot facility on Saturday.  This has been a long time coming.”

The casino will opening to the public on Monday at 2 p.m., after an 11 a.m.ribbon-cutting for Penn National Gaming executive team members and tribal members of the Jamul Indian Village of the Kumeyaay Nation.

SEIU SUPPORTS STANDING ROCK SIOUX IN OPPOSITION TO DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE

 

East County News Service

October 3, 2016 (San Diego) -- Today, the Service Employees International Union issued the following statement in support of the Standing Rock Sioux’s efforts to prevent the Dakota Access Pipeline from disturbing their sacred lands and burial grounds and to avoid the threat of contaminating the Missouri River which provides the Tribes’ drinking water. The pipeline has drawn opposition from Native American tribes across the nation include those here in San Diego County.

LOCAL TRIBES SEND CARAVANS TO AID STANDING ROCK SIOUX OPPOSED TO DAKOTA PIPELINE

Videos on social media show heavily armed police  arresting “water protectors” today; San Diego rally planned Oct. 30

Update Oct. 7, 2016: Hear our interview on KNSJ Radio with Bobby Wallace by clicking the orange audio link

By Miriam Raftery

September 28,2016 (San Diego)—“We must, we will, bring more supplies. Our number one goal is to help the people,”  Barona tribal member Bobby Wallace told East County Magazine.

Winter will soon bring bitter cold to the Standing Rock Sioux encampment in Cannnonball,North Dakota, where “hundreds of tribes” have sent thousands of people camp out and take a stand against the Dakota access oil pipeline.  Wallace has been organizing relief supplies gathered by local tribes to support  the effort.

Speaking last week at an Activist San Diego meeting in San Diego,  Wallace told of the reactions when he arrived with the first caravan of supplies for the three camps.”Men, people, had tears in their eyes.  People hugged us…just knowing people far away cared.”

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TRIBAL BEAT: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HALTS DAKOTA PIPELINE TEMPORARILY IN VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX

 

By Miriam Raftery

“Stand with Standing Rock” event set for Sept. 19 in San Diego; journalist Amy Goodman arrested for trespass after videotaping dog attacks on Native Americans

September 11, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – For members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of Native Americans who have joined in standing against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Friday brought bad news—and then good news.

DISCOVER NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS AT SYCUAN POW-WOW SEPT. 9-11

 

East County News Service

September 8, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its annual pow-wow on September 9-11 at the Sycuan reservation (5459 Sycuan Road) in El Cajon. 

The three-day tribal gathering will feature traditional Native American dances, hand drum contests, bird singing and dancing competitions for cash prizes, peon games, authentic Indian cuisine and a flag ceremony.

TRIBAL BEAT: THOUSANDS OF NATIVE AMERICANS STANDING UP TO OPPOSE PIPELINE ARE ATTACKED BY DOGS AND PEPPER SPRAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Update Sept. 6, 2016 3 p.m.:  Federal Judge James Boasberg in Washington D.C. today issued a temporary restraining order in response to the tribe's emergency request to halt machines destroying recently identified sacred sites: "The Court ORDERS that no construction activity on the DAPL may take place between Highway 1806 and 20 miles to the east of Lake Oahe. Construction activity to the west of Highway 1806 may proceed."

September 6, 2016 (San Diego) – Thousands of Native Americans with support from hundreds of tribes have converged  in  North Dakota, seeking to protect their water,  lands and ancestors’ remains from the Dakota Access Pipeline, also known as the Bakken pipeline. (#NoDAPL) The pipeline would transport oil from fracking from North Dakota to Illinois, passing over major waterways including the Missouri and Mississippi  rivers that are the lifeblood for tribes in several states.

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has filed a request for an injunction to halt construction, after discovering sacred artifacts at the site, and a court decision is expected this week. But the pipeline owner, Energy Transfer Partners, defiantly bulldozed a two-mile-long by 150-feet-wide swath over Labor Day weekend, despite having no easement approved yet by the Army Corps of Engineers.

On Saturday,  desperate to halt the devastation until a Judge could weigh in, tribal members marched at the site, with at least one chaining himself to earth-moving equipment.  A private contractor hired by the pipeline owner then attacked the Native Americans with pepper spray and with dogs including pit bulls,  leaving tribal members bloodied and outraged.

BARONA POW-WOW SEPT. 2-4 HONORS TRADITIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Kristin Kjaero and Miriam Rraftery

September 4,2016 The 46th annual Barona Powwow continues today at the Barona sports park, located on the Barona reservation in Lakeside.

View our video (top left) of Saturday night’s grand entry procession featuring NativeAmerican dancers in full regalia from tribes across the nation, and a second video (below) of a victory song honoring all warriors including our military and veterans.

VIEJAS TRIBE DONATES $50,000 TO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

 

Widows & Orphans Fund to receive $50,000 from Viejas Tribe

September 3, 2016 (Alpine) -- The Viejas Tribe, represented by Tribal Chairman Robert Welch Jr., presente a $50,000 donation to the San Diego Police Officers Association on August 29. Brian Marvel, President of the Police Officers Association, received the donation at San Diego Police Department’s headquarters, accompanied by San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman.

KUMEYAAY PROTEST “DESECRATION” AT NAVY SEAL BASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Ozzie Monge

September 1,2016 (San Diego’s East County) –  Native Americans held a protest Wednesday outside theNavy’s new SEAL training center on Coronado over desecration of  an area  where  ancient Indian remains were found. 

The 12 tribes of the Kumeyaay Nation have asked the Navy to move the construction boundary to preserve the site where tribal members believe more remains are likely located, but so far the Navy has refused. 

“To us, the sight of those machines brutally ripping our ancestors from the ground is no different than it would be for those very same Navy personnel to watch bulldozers rip through Arlington National Cemetery, scattering the bodies of fallen soldiers carelessly under the metal treads,” Cynthia Parada, Councilwoman of the La Posta Band of Mission Indians, wrote on a Facebook page for the Save Our Ancestors from Desecration event.

BARONA POW-WOW SEPT. 2-4 CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS

The 46th annual Barona Powwow will take place September 2nd -4th at the Barona sports park, located on the Barona reservation in Lakeside just north of the Barona Casino and Resort. Powwows aim to preserve Native American cultural traditions for future generations. 

Barona’s powwow attracts tribal dancers and drummers from across the nation, as they compete for prizes. (Admission for spectators is free). You can also shop for Native American arts and craft items at vendor booths, and purchase food such as Indian fry bread.

SUPERVISOR JACOB SPEAKS OUT AT PROTEST OVER HOLLYWOOD CASINO IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2016 (Jamul) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob today joined with residents at a press conference to voice concerns over state actions regarding the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE SIGNS TRIBAL-STATE GAMING COMPACT WITH STATE OF CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

August 4, 2016 – Today, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed a tribal-state Gaming Compact between the State of California and the Jamul Indian Village of California. This compact affirms JIV’s partnership and government-to-government relationship with the State.

THE RED MAN'S VIEW, FEATURING ALL-STAR NATIVE AMERICAN CAST

 

Saginaw Grant among stars in remake of 1909 film

East County News Service

July 24, 2016 (Los Angeles) -- Producer/writer Thomas R. Bond II is in pre-production of an epic film titled The Red Man’s View, a remake of a Native American film originally done 100 years ago. Unlike, many mainstream Hollywood films that are not historically accurate or where Native Americans are used as only supporting and background actors.  Bond and The Red Man's View team have created a project unlike any Native American film that has ever been released.

LA MESA SIGNS COMMEMORATE 2013 FREEWAY SHOOTING VICTIM XUSHA BROWN: $100,000 REWARD OFFERED

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 21, 2016 (La Mesa) – Freeway memorial signs commemorating murder victim and Sycuan tribal member Xusha Brown Jr. were unveiled today at the La Mesa Police Department.  Brown was shot and killed while in a vehicle on Interstate 8 in La Mesa in the early morning on May 5, 2013.  The driver of the Nissan Maxima, Malcolm Hune, was also injured.

SYCUAN PAYS OUT $1.22 MILLION JACKPOT

 

East County News Service

Photo: Falina R. of Chula Vista hit a $1.22 million jackpot on Sycuan Casino’s lucky Buffalo Grand slot machine on Wednesday.

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- On Wednesday,  May 27, Chula Vista resident Falina R. turned pennies into $1.22 million while playing on Sycuan Casino’s Buffalo Grand slot machine. Unlike the popular theory that you have to play big to win big, Falina’s fortune was a result of a small bet on the lucky machine, which then hit the game’s huge progressive jackpot payout.

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