Tribal Beat

Exploring the lives of East County's Tribal Community

FEDERAL AGENTS RAID MENOMINEE TRIBE

 

By Leon Thompson

November 13, 2015 (Indian Country) -- Federal agents swarmed the Menominee Indian reservation Friday and destroyed 30,000 industrial hemp plants.  In spite of the fact that President Barak Obama assured the American Indian Nations that Federal Enforcement would ‘stand down’ where Indian Tribes chose to experiment with growing industrial hemp.

PALA CHAIRMAN ROBERT SMITH RE-ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF CALIFORNIA INDIAN MANPOWER CONSORTIUM



 

November  9, 2015 (Pala) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians announce that Chairman Robert Smith was re-elected as the Chairman of the California Indian Manpower Consortium (CIMC) during the 37th CIMC Annual Membership Meeting in Sparks, NV. The CIMC was formally created in 1978 under state law as a nonprofit corporation for the purpose of working for the social welfare, educational and economic advancement of its member tribes, groups and organizations.

BERNIE SANDERS INTRODUCES BILL TO SAVE OAK FLAT ON TRIBAL SACRED LAND

Gaan Canyon

By Leon Thompson

November 11, 2015 (Washington D. C.) -- Senator Bernie Sanders and Sen. Tammy Baldwin introduced legislation this week to stop the transfer of federal land to a foreign-owned corporation which plans to develop the largest copper mine in North America and reap $61 billion dollars from U.S. taxpayer assets from land sacred to Native Americans.

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT OPENS THEIR HOLIDAY ICE SKATING RINK

 

November 10, 2015 (Alpine)--Viejas Casino & Resort has officially opened its holiday ice rink for the winter season. Hundreds of guests arrived at Viejas Outlets for the opening night, October 30, to enjoy some holiday fun by spinning and gliding on Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.

GRAND OPENING: WARNER SPRINGS RANCH GOLF CLUB TEES OFF

 

 

Warner Springs Ranch Resort, LLC Reopens Upgraded Clubhouse, Restaurant

November 10, 2015 (Warner Springs) – The Warner Springs Ranch Golf Club is ready for play after a two-year renovation undertaken after the property was bought in 2013 by Pacific Hospitality Group Inc.

BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS PRESENTS LINDO PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WITH $5,000 EDUCATION GRANT

November 9, 2015 (Lakeside)-- Lindo Park Elementary School, a K-5 school that has served the Lakeside community for over 60 years, received a $5,000 education grant earlier today from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. The Lakeside school teaches students to excel in a global society by integrating a research-based curriculum in a 21st century environment.

The grant, which was sponsored by Assemblyman Brian Jones, will be used to purchase Life, Earth and Physical Science materials for the school’s fourth and fifth grade science laboratories.

"BRING BEAR HOME" DINNER FUNDRAISER DRAWS OVER 200

 

Next benefit planned December 4th

By Janis Russell

November 3, 2015 (Lakeside)- Nearly $5,000 was raised at an October 23rd benefit event to help fund search efforts to find Elijah ‘Bear’ Diaz, who has been missing since August 29th.  The event, which drew 218 guests, was held at the Loretta Quitae LaChappa Clubhouse near Barona Resort and Casino in Lakeside. The funds will help the family hire a private investigator.

OIL PIPELINES ACROSS TRIBAL LAND

 

By Leon Thompson

October 31, 2015 (White Earth Minnesota) – Tar Sands the filthiest, most carbon intensive oil on the planet from Canada and North Dakota are slated to cross Northern Minnesota, targeting sites significant to Native American communities and public lands treasured by people across America and around the world.

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT OPENS SECOND LUXURY HOTEL TOWER OCT. 30: FLYING WALLENDAS TO PERFORM

 

October 27, 2015 (Alpine)--Viejas Casino & Resort will be officially opening its second luxury hotel tower on Friday, October 30th. Thousands will be in attendance for the grand opening ceremony for the new five-story tower. Separated by the hotel pool area and the Park at Viejas––a designated space for concerts and special events––the new hotel tower stands near its partner, Viejas’ first hotel tower, which opened in spring of 2013.

NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS MEETS IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18-23

 

By Leon Thompson

October 12, 2015 (Mission Valley) – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will hold its national conference in San Diego October 18-23.  The NCAI  is composed of Tribes and individual Native Americans to protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights.  The Organization was started in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies of the United States government toward American Indians.

FUNDRAISER PLANNED OCT. 23 FOR SEARCH FOR MISSING EL CAJON MAN WITH DIABETES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 10, 2015 (El Cajon ) – The family of Elijah “Bear” Diaz, 20,  who vanished on August 29th, will hold a spaghetti dinner fundraiser and raffle at Barona Clubhouse on October 23, 2015 at 6 p.m. 

“Since we believe Bear is not missing on his own terms, the family has hired a private investigator which these funds will go toward,” Katey Hoffman told East County Magazine. She is working with Lelanie Thompson,  Bear’s mother.

The cost is $10 and includes spaghetti, garlic bread, salad, drinks and desert.  Raffle tickets are $5 and prizes include jewelry, art, cooking wares, and gift cards.  Donations of additional raffle prizes are welcome.

IIPAY NATION OF SANTA YSABEL PLANS TRIBAL CANNABIS ENTERPRISE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Eagle statue in front of former Santa Ysabel casino

September 25, 2016 (Santa Ysabel)—The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel has contracted with a county-licensed medical marijuana dispensary to use the Tribe’s former casino facility to cultivate marijuana for San Diego medical marijuana patients.

The tribe announced the deal in an e-mail sent to tribal members on September 20th, adding that subsequent meetings have been held between Tribal government officials (including representatives from the Santa Ysabel Tribal Development Corporation and Santa Ysabel Tribal Cannabis Regulatory Agency) and representatives from the U.S. Attorney’s office, San Diego Sheriff’s office, and a site walk-through with a representative of the District Attorney’s office.

NATIVE AMERICAN SCIENCE: MAKE YOUR OWN PASTELS AT BARONA MUSEUM OCT. 10 & 17

 

East County News Service

September 23, 2015 (Lakeside)—For thousands of years, the Kumeyaay/Digueño people have lived in harmony with nature and utilized natural resources to create homes, tools, and more.  Their knowledge of earth pigments allowed them to create natural paints for rock art, body painting and decoration.

JAMUL TRIBAL COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT ON FATALITY AT CASINO SITE; CASINO OPPONENTS ALSO OFFER CONDOLENCES

By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2015 (Jamul) – Following the September 1stdeath of a construction worker employed by C.W. Driver at the site of the Hollywood Casino Jamul, the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council has issued a statement in its newsletter voicing “great sadness” at the tragedy and a message voicing support for workers this Labor Day weekend.

BARONA COUNCILMEMBER BETH GLASCO SHARES POWWOW PREVIEW AND HISTORY

 

Here our interview:  http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/izs93umne3/TribalBeat-BaronaPowwowBethGlasco.mp3

September 2, 2015 (Lakeside) – In an interview with the East County Magazine on KNSJ, Barona tribal council member Beth Glasco shared insights into the 45th annual Barona Powwow set for this weekend.  A powwow dancer herself, she discusses the history and origin of the Barona Powwow , as well as its cultural significance for her own family and for Native American tribal members who convene from across the nation to celebrate their heritage.

The 45th Annual Barona Powwow begins on Friday, September 4 and ends Sunday, September 6. The three-day celebration held at the Barona Sports Park starts on Friday, September 4 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and the spectacular Grand Entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

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WORKER FALLS TO DEATH AT JAMUL CASINO SITE

 

East County News Service

File photo: Jamul Indian Village

September 1, 2015 (Jamul) – A 56-year-old construction worker fell to his death at the site of the Hollywood Casino Jamul this morning, Cal Fire and the Sheriff’s office confirm.

The accident occurred about 8:20 a.m. at the construction site located on Jamul Indian Village property.  The worker fell off a 38-foot-platform atop a man lift, said Sergeant Matthew Cook III from the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s station.

SYCUAN HOSTS POW-WOW SEPT. 11-13

 

September 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will host its 26th annual pow-wow September 11-13 at the tribe’s pow-wow grounds, next to the Casino at 5459 Sycuan Road on the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon.

BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO CELEBRATE TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AT 45th ANNUAL POWWOW SEPT. 4-6

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diegans to experience Native American dancing, music and traditional food at the 45th annual Barona Powwow, which will be held on Labor Day weekend at the Barona Sports Park located on the Barona Indian Reservation. The three-day celebration starts on Friday, September 4 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and the spectacular Grand Entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

“For the past 45 years, the Barona Powwow has been a wonderful opportunity for Native Americans to not only celebrate our heritage and traditions with each other but to share our culture with San Diego,” said Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco. “Over the years our Powwow has grown to become one of the most anticipated in our area and we are proud to invite the community out to experience this wonderful cultural celebration.” 

POW-WOW DANCER LOSES REGALIA ON FREEWAY, ASKS HELP TO FIND CHERISHED ITEMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2015 (San Diego) – Native American dancer Chuck Cadotte seeks public help to find his lost regalia, or ceremonial attire which he lost en route to the Tachi pow-wow north of our region. A box containing the regalia festooned with many eagle feathers fell off the roof of his vehicle somewhere along his pre-dawn route this morning, which stared at Balboa Avenue onto 805 north, then I-5 north and the 405 freeway before the Castaic Lake exit, where he discovered the treasured items were missing.

“I’m at a loss,” he posted on his Facebook page.  “If anyone out there has found my regalia items on the freeway, please, please call me to return my feathers.” It is illegal for non-Native Americans to possess eagle feathers, which are considered sacred in Native American culture.  Cadotte adds that he has a permit to prove his right to possess them. His phone is 619-929-2875.

ZIP ZOOM! LA JOLLA INDIANS OPEN ZIPLINE

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2015 (La Jolla Indian Reservation)—On September 3rd, the  La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians will celebrate the Grand Opening of California’s longest Zipline course, soaring above oak canopies with views of Pauma Valley and Mount Palomar.

Thrill-seekers can choose from four zipline courses ranging from 300 feet to over 2,500 feet in length, traveling at speeds up to 55 miles per hour.  There are even parallel lines – side by side so you can share your adventure and enjoy spectacular views of Palomar Mountain, Pauma Valley, and the La Jolla Indian Reservation.

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL "HONORING TRADITIONS" POWWOW AUG. 28-30

 

August 26, 2015 (Pala)-- The Pala Band of Mission Indians is proud to host its eighth annual “Honoring Traditions” Powwow August 28-30, 2015 at the Pala Rey Youth Camp on the Pala Indian Reservation. This event is free and open to the public.

SYCUAN PITCHES IN WITH DONATION TO HELP SWEETWATER VALLEY TEAM IN LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2015 (Bonita) – The Sweetwater Little League team is vying for a championship in the Little League World Series.  The team won its first game in a blow-out 14-2 victory, but lost Sunday’s game, so now must score four more victories to clinch the world championship.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS: NEW JAMUL TRIBAL LEADER AND CASINO MANAGER SPEAK OUT

 

 

Hear our exclusive interviews with Jamul Indian Village Tribal Chair Erica Pinto and Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego’s General Manager Richard St. Jean, originally aired on KNSJ Radio: http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/5c9slyvgmt/TribalBeat-JamulIndianChair_and_CasinoManager.mp3

By Leon Thompson

Photo, left: Chairwoman Erica Pinto

August 17, 2015 (Jamul Indian Village) – As the long-planned Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego  nears completion following a recent topping-off ceremony, the Jamul Indian Village has elected a new Chairwoman, Erica Pinto and brought in Richard St. Jean as General Manager for the casino.  

Chairwoman Pinto is the first woman elected Chair of the tribe and was the youngest person ever elected to the tribal council in 1996, at the age of 21.  Her family traces its roots back as far as Jamul’s history itself—and now she has big dreams for her people and the community.

East County Magazine spoke with Chairwoman Pinto, along with the new General Manager of the casino, Richard St. Jean on plans for the new casino, in exclusive interviews on KNSJ radio.  See highlights below, and hear the full radio interviews  by listening here.

PALA INDIANS DONATE $10,000 TO CHILDREN'S READING PROGRAM

 

 

August 13, 2015 (San Diego's East County) – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that it has donated $10,000 to the San Diego Reach Out and Read program. The funds will be used to support Reach Out and Read’s education and literacy efforts throughout the region including at the four Native American clinics that the program operates.

SYCUAN CASINO ROLLS OUT NEW BRANDING INITIATIVE WITH SPOTLIGHT ON COMMUNITY TIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2015 (Sycuan) – Sycuan Casino pulled out all the stops, bringing in Hollywood talent to premier a new branding campaign this week at a VIP/media event in the Live & Up Close Theater.

“It’s  a token of pride to be partnering with a number of charitable organizations,” said Cody Martinez, Tribal Chairman for the Syucan band of the Kumeyaay nation.  The casino’s new slogan is “Play. Win. Together.”   The slogan, video and related marketing campaign highlight the many local charities and community causes that benefit from Sycuan’s charitable giving, such as Rady Children’s Hospital,  the Padres , the Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Wounded Marines Fund.

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS DONATES $140,000 TO BONSALL UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

 

August 11, 2015 (Pala)--The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that it has donated $140,000 to the Bonsall Union School District for the 2015-2016 school year.

TRIBAL BEAT: SUPPORT BUILDS FOR OAK FLAT

 

By Leon Thompson

July 23, 2015 (Oak Flat Campground, Tonto National forest,  Superior, Arizona) - Recently we reported on the controversy over Congress giving Apache sacred land to a foreign mining company; now there is a petition you can sign on CREDO asking Congress to protect Apache sacred land and halt the sale, which was slipped into a Defense bill.

TRIBAL MEMBERS SPEAK OUT TO PRESERVE KUMEYAAY LANGUAGE

By Miriam Raftery

June 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Only about 100 fluent speakers of the Kuyemaay dialect remain -- and most of thoe are in Mexico, Margaret Field, a professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University told the San Diego Union-Tribune. She added, “All indigenous languages around the world are endangered, in that they could disappear within a generation or two.”

But here in San Diego’s East County, local Native American tribal members are making efforts to keep their language alive.

FIRE CREWS BATTLE FIRE IN LAKESIDE'S WILDCAT CANYON

 

Update June 19, 2015 5 p.m. -- The fire is 170 acres and is now 68% contained, Cal Fire advises.

Update June 18, 2015 12 p.m. -- A firefighter has been injured, NBC news reports, as firefighters continue holding the blaze in rugged terrain. 

Update June 18, 2015  8 a.m. -- Cal-Fire now estimates the fire is at 178 acres and 38% contained.  Firefighters worked through the night with headlamps in steep terrain.  Wildcat Canyon Road is open in both directions and homes are no longer threatened at this time.

Update 9 p.m. -- The fire has burned 150 acres and is 10% contained.  Temperature is 75 degrees and humidity is 54%; the rate of spread is now slow.  Hundreds of firefighters are battling the blaze including Cal-Fire, the U.S. Forest Service, Heartland and Barona. Wildcat Canyon Rd. remains closed from Founder's Way to San Vicente Road, Cal-Fire advises.  The County Office of Emergency Services and the American Red Cross are also now involved.

Update 6:45 p.m. - Cal Fire spokesman Kendal Bortisser has advised  that the fire has potential for 500 acres, though Cal Fire hopes to contain it at 50 acres.  Fire is 10% contained, incident commander estimates. Residents report heavy smoke and poor air quality. The Sheriff has evacuated 7 homes but no others are currently threatened. Those evacuated are sheltering at the Barona Casino. View live-streaming video on Fox 5 at http://fox5sandiego.com/on-air/live-streaming/.

Update 6:02 p.m. The road closure has been moved to south of the Barona Casino to give people access to the casino, CHP reports.  U.S. Forest Service Crews, Cal Fire and Barona firefighters are battling the blaze

Photo  by Shannon Cervantes: fire with Barona Casino in foreground

June 17, 2015 (Lakeside) - A brush fire is burning in Lakeside early this evening on the Barona reservation near Wildcat Canyon Road. The fire, reported about 4:50 p.m. near Acuunya Way., is northeast of the casino and moving northeast toward a glider port. Cal Fire estimateed the blaze at 20 acres but a retired fire official in the area has estimated that the fire has swelled to 40 or 50 acres.

Structures are immediately threatened and the blaze is spreading rapidly, according to Cal-Fire. Wildcat Canyon Road is closed due to the fire from San Vicente Road to just south of the casino. Fixed wing aircraft and helicopters are battling the fire, ECM news partner 10 News reports.

Multiple news outlets report the Sheriff has evacuated several residences in the Acuuunya Way area.

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