Photo: HHSA social worker Belina Chapman holds her planners that help her schedule visits to the many Native America tribes across the County.
July 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - She’s put a lot of miles on her car and crosses several national “borders” in a work day, but Belina Chapman manages to do it all within the confines of San Diego County.
Updated with corrections based on CHP data just received: accidents spiked in 2015, before the casino opened. But DUI-related crashes are up.
By Miriam Raftery; Jonathan Goetz also contributed to this report
Photo by Jonathan Goetz
July 2, 2017 (Jamul) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob joined Jamul residents Friday in a press conference to share concerns over accidents along an 11-mile stretch of State Route 94. The group also called for completion of promised roadway improvements that have not yet begun.
The Jamul Indian Village has issued a response contending that the casino is being unfairly blamed for an uptick in accidents that may be related to other factors, and points a finger at CalTrans and Supervisor Jacob for delays in roadway improvements that the tribe says is due to Caltrans lacking land use authority.
June 15, 2017 (Lakeside) - The Barona Cultural Center & Museum invites kids in grades K-2 and their parents to listen to the book Way Out in the Desert and take an exciting musical tour of the Sonoran Desert as part of the latest Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!) Native American themed story time and craft event on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Keyip! Kechuw! is a free monthly program designed to inspire young children to read, have fun learning, and get creative. The events are held at the Lakeside Library located at 9839 Vine Street.
June 14, 2017 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino and Resort has lined up chart-toppers from every genre, past and present for its summer-long open air concerts in the park. The season opens with country music superstar sensation Martina McBride on July 3rd.
Court rules that Trump administration shortcut environmental review, seeks additional briefing on whether to shut down pipeline
Flags fly at the Oceti Sakowin Camp in 2016, near Cannonball, North Dakota; photo by Lucas Zhao / CC BY-NC 2.0
“This decision marks an important turning point. The federal courts have stepped in where our political systems have failed to protect the rights of Native communities.” –Jan Hasselman, Attorney, Earthjustice
June 14, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) — The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe won a significant, though not total, victory today in its fight to protect the Tribe’s drinking water and ancestral lands from the Dakota Access pipeline.
Interested sellers have 45 days to respond to offers
June 6, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) - The Department of the Interior today announced that nearly 600 landowners with fractional interests at the Pala and Sycuan Indian Reservations in California have been sent purchase offers from the Land Buy-Back Program for Tribal Nations (Buy-Back Program). Landowners have 45 days to consider and return accepted offers in the pre-paid postage envelopes provided.
May 18, 2017 (San Diego) - Sycuan Casino is pleased to announce this year’s Summer of Sycuan concert series. Kicking off the summer series is world-famous drummer Sheila E. performing at Sycuan on Friday, June 9. Multi-platinum music group Bell Biv DeVoe will follow with three shows on consecutive nights, June 26, 27 and 28.
April 27, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) -- Hundreds of Indigenous people from around the country converged on the Trump Hotel tonight to project messages of resistance, and hold a traditional round dance that shut down Pennsylvania Ave and 12th St NW for about half an hour starting at 9 p.m. Messages projected on the side of the Trump Hotel included “#IndigenousRising,” “Resist Trump,” “Resist Pipelines,” and “Renew Treaties.”
Broken bones and rocks yield evidence that pushes back the record of early humans in North America by more than 100,000 years
Source: Natural History Museum
Photo: Richard Cerutti, retired PaleoServices Field Paleontologist (left) and Dr. Tom Demere, Curator of Paleontology, San Diego Natural History Museum (right), with mastodon tusk
April 27, 2017 (San Diego) -- Discovery of a 130,000-year-old mastodon skeleton in San Diego with bones altered by early humans dramatically revises the timeline for when humans first reached North America, according to a paper to be published in the April 27 issue of the prestigious science journal Nature. The Cerutti Mastodon site is the oldest well-documented site with evidence of human presence in the Americas—and analysis reveals some startling findings.
Contributions from Tribal Land Buy-Back Program help fund educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students
East County News Service
April 12, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke today announced the Department has made its final transfer to the Cobell Education Scholarship Fund, bringing the total amount to $60 million to be made available to help unlock the doors to advanced technical training and higher education for Native youth.
March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) –“This is truly our day. We’re here to celebrate,” Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez told a packed house during a groundbreaking on the Sycuan reservation for the tribe’s casino expansion.
The ambitious project will include a 12-story hotel resort with 300 rooms, adult pool with swim-up bar, kids pool, gardens including a 420-foot-long “lazy river,” new restaurants , spa, 60,000 in additional gaming space, and a spacious 11,401 square foot ballroom that can double as concert hall seating 1,200 or banquet room with capacity for 700. The $226 million, 500,000 square foot project is slated to open in 2019.
Photo, left: Kenneth Meza, Vice Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council, addresses attendees.
March 24, 2017 (Jamul) -- Fighting fires in the East County just got a little easier thanks to the Jamul Indian Village Tribe, which handed over the keys to two fire trucks to the San Diego Fire Authority at a ceremony that was held March 22 on the premises of the Hollywood Casino in Jamul.
March 21, 2017 (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.
March 21, 2017 (Jamul) – Final Cut Steakhouse offers a premier menu of artfully prepared dishes served up amid the glamour of vintage Hollywood. You can also savor spectacular scenic views through a wall of windows high atop the new Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.
You don’t have to be a gambler to be a winner at Final Cut Steakhouse!
March 18, 2017 (Jamul) -- Leading up to what could be a busy fire season in San Diego County, the Jamul Indian Village will officially hand over the keys and deliver a new $1 million ladder truck and $500,000 pumper truck to the San Diego County Fire Authority on Tuesday.
“Native Nations Rise” led by Standing Rock Sioux, indigenous people from across America will march to the White House in response to Trump’s pipeline aggressively calling for a new era of respect
March 10, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Today, indigenous people from numerous tribes led by the Standing Rock Sioux marched on the White House in response to President Donald Trump authorizing the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone Pipeline that threaten waters on indigenous lands.
February 21, 2017 (Indianapolis) -- The Society of Professional Journalists and other journalism groups are urging officials in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, to allow journalists to do their jobs at Standing Rock. SPJ and the Committee to Protect Journalists, Native American Journalists Association, National Press Photographers Association and Online News Association sent a letter today as the planned enforcement of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ evacuation order to protesters at the Dakota Access Pipeline camp in is underway.
February 16, 2017 (McCain Valley) – The Department of the Interior temporarily shut down construction of the Tule Wind Energy project in McCain Valley on January20th due to six confirmed violations of the right-of-way grant conditions, including “three incidents of ground disturbing work without a cultural monitor present and three incidents of clearing beyond the disturbance limits at four different locations,” according to the notice of temporary suspension issued January 20th.
February 11, 2017 (Jamul) -The San Diego Blood Bank will accept blood donations at Hollywood Casino ‑ Jamul on Friday, February 17, 2017 from 1:30 pm ‑ 7 pm. The drive will be held at14145 Campo Road, Jamul, in Training Rooms 1 & 2
January 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Tonight, over 100 San Diegans including members of the Kumeyaay Nation and local climate activists, will rally outside the Federal Building (880 Front St.) to oppose President Donald Trump's decision to move ahead with the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipeline. This is one of several actions across the country.
Photo: bird coated in petroleum from an oil spill; there have been hundreds of pipeline leaks and spills across the U.S in recent years
January 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Environmentalists and Native American activists are voicing dismay and pledging to fight back against executive orders signed by President Donald Trump to advance construction of the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines.
January 4, 2017 (El Cajon) - The Native American Student Alliance at Cuyamaca College will host its 3rd Annual Powwow on Saturday, February 4th from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. in front of the Communication Arts complex (Building B).
Centralized collection of Kumeyaay artifacts, curated museum pieces and extensive scholarly collection housed for research, education and outreach
December 23, 2016 (Sycuan Indian Reservation) -- Initiated with traditional Kumeyaay Bird Singers and Dancers, native blessings and a traditional sage smudging purification, the Sycuan Tribe unveiled the Sycuan Cultural Resource Center and Museum to a large crowd and rave reviews earlier this month. The new facility centralizes and secures an enormous amount of ancient Kumeyaay artifacts, museum quality collections, and a vast array of scholarly research featuring the famous “Shipek Collection” of Kumeyaay archives.
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.
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.
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.
November 30, 2016 (Cannonball, South Dakota) – Bitter cold and heavy snow descended at the Standing Rock Sioux encampment in Cannonball, South Dakota, where Native American activists opposing the Dakota Access pipeline have been building winter shelters.
“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.