Tribal Beat

Exploring the lives of East County's Tribal Community

THEY’VE GOT RHYTHM: SYCUAN POWWOW 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – The  28th annual Sycuan Powwow was held last weekend at the Sycuan reservation, drawing tribal members from across the U.S.   The grand procession and ensuing Native American dance competitions provided a panoramic vista of swirling colors and patterns, as participants clad in full regalia performed timeless steps to the accompaniment of pulsating drum rhythms.

JAMUL AWAITS JUDGMENT ON LIQUOR LICENSE AFTER FINAL HEARING

 

By Kendra Sitton

Photo:  Patrick Webb presents his arguments.

September 6, 2017 (La Mesa) — After months of delays, a judgement is finally expected for the permanent liquor license of Hollywood Casino in Jamul. Closing arguments were presented by multiple attorneys before an administrative law judge for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on Sept. 6 at Skyline Church in La Mesa in front of a crowd of Jamul residents and tribal members.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE PRESENTS $2.6 MILLION TO COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY

 

By Jonathan Goetz

September 7, 2017 (Jamul) - Members of the Jamul Indian Village tribal government presented $2,677,500 to the San Diego County Fire Authority Tuesday at the fire station across the street from Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. This is on top of a recent $1.1 million contribution toward road and traffic improvements.

SYCUAN TRIBE DONATES $25,000 TO JJ WATT'S HOUSTON FLOOD RELIEF FUND

 

Source: Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

September 6, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation has donated $25,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The donation will go directly to JJ Watt’s Houston Flood Relief Fund, which has generated over $28 million in donations.

FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSES CASE OVER JAMUL CASINO BY FAMILY MEMBERS CLAIMING DESECRATION OF REMAINS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Jamul Indian Village site before the casino

September 3, 2017 (Jamul) - U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller, Eastern District of California,  dismissed on August 29th an amended complaint in Rosales v. Dutschke which sought $4 million in damages for what plaintiffs contend was the illegal and unconstitutional desecration of Native American remains to make way for the Hollywood-Jamul San Diego Casino.

SANTA YSABEL MOTHER MOURNS A LIFE LOST; “GOFUNDME” CAMPAIGN STARTED TO BRING HER SON HOME

 

 

 

 

By Paul Kruze 

 

Photo: Shawn “Lone Wolf” Christman in mid-1980s

 

August 19, 2017  (Santa Ysabel) -- Things were not supposed to end this way.

 

Santa Ysabel resident Angela June (SortoreChristman  has traveled a long road of frustration that ended in heartbreak on August 10th, when Detective George Chrysler of the San Diego Sheriff Department gave her the bad news that her long lost son, Shawn “Lone Wolf” Christman (known to his friends as “Coyote”), had drowned in Lake Michigan in 1993.  His body was laid to rest as an unidentified John Doe in a pauper’s grave outside of Chicago, Illinois in 1994. 

COMMUNITY RALLIES AROUND CANCER-STRICKEN TODDLER: FUNDRAISER AT VIEJAS AUG. 19

 

By Valerie Watts 

August 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- The family and friends of Cash Osuna-Sutton will have a fundraising booth at the upcoming Kumeyaay Gathering at the Viejas Tribal Hall, 1 Viejas Grade Rd, Alpine on August 19 starting at 12 noon. Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each or 5 for $10, with the prize drawing at 6:00 pm.  Any size monetary donation is also welcome.  Tickets are also available for purchase from the Viejas Community & Public Relations office located at the Viejas Outlet Center. 

LOS COYOTES TRIBE FORGING AGREEMENT WITH GB SCIENCES FOR COMMERCIAL CANNABIS VENTURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Image: Pixabay

August 6, 2017 (Los Coyotes Reservation) – An agreement to grow, manufacture and distribute commercial cannabis products has been reached between GB Science, Inc. and the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeña Indians. The Los Coyotes reservation is located in a mountainous area near Warner Springs in San Diego’s East County.

THE BUFFET AT VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT BEGINS KING CRAB LEG FRIDAYS

 

The sustainably sourced and succulent favorite is flown in fresh every week for guests to savor

East County News Service

August 4, 2017 (Alpine) -- Crab lovers, rejoice: The Buffet at Viejas Casino & Resort is kicking off King Crab Leg Fridays, when guests can enjoy an unlimited feast of the delectable culinary favorite. Flown in fresh every week from the icy waters off of the Alaskan coast, the sustainably sourced King Crab is the newest featured addition to The Buffet’s recent enhancements, which also include a state-of-the-art, no-wait, no-hassle reservation system created in partnership with Yelp.

BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO HOST 47TH ANNUAL POWWOW OVER LABOR DAY WEEKEND

 

Three days of traditional dance, food, and Native American crafts Sept. 1-3

East County News Service

August 3, 2017 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians proudly invites the San Diego community to celebrate Native American heritage at the 47th Annual Barona Powwow on Labor Day Weekend. The three-day cultural celebration kicks off on Friday, September 1 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and an awe-inspiring Grand Entry of dancers in colorful regalia at 7 p.m. The Barona Powwow continues on both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 1 p.m., for an unforgettable weekend-long experience. Admission and parking are free.

CALTRANS RESPONDS TO QUESTIONS RAISED ON STATE ROUTE 94 IMPROVEMENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 28, 2017 (Jamul) – Earlier this month, we covered concerns raised by Jamul community members and Supervisor Dianne Jacob over highway safety concerns on State Route 94 since the Hollywood Jamul-San Diego Casino opened and on delays in improvements planned on State Route 94.

In response to our inquiry, we received a statement issued by Caltrans, as well as additional remarks from Caltrans public information office Cathryne Bruce-Johnson.

Below is the statement:

COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER BUILDS TRUST WITH NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

 

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.

SUPERVISOR JACOB AND RESIDENTS SPEAK OUT ON TRAFFIC CONCERNS NEAR JAMUL CASINO; TRIBE ISSUES RESPONSE. BOTH SIDES FAULT CALTRANS FOR DELAYS IN ROAD IMPROVEMENTS

 

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.

BARONA CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSEUM PRESENTS WAY OUT IN THE DESERT: STORY TIME AND CRAFT EVENT AT LAKESIDE LIBRARY JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

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.

MARTINA MCBRIDE OPENS VIEJAS CONCERTS IN THE PARK SEASON JULY 2, SHOWS RUN THROUGH SEPTEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

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.

IN VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX TRIBE, COURT FINDS APPROVAL OF DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE VIOLATED THE LAW

 

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.

TRIBAL LAND BUYBACK PROGRAM OFFERS SENT TO LANDOWNERS WITH FRACTIONAL INTERESTS AT PALA AND SYCUAN INDIAN RESERVATIONS

 

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.

SYCUAN CASINO ANNOUNCES THE 2017 SUMMER OF SYCUAN CONCERT SERIES

 

East County News Service

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.

NATIVE NATIONS PROTEST OUTSIDE TRUMP HOTEL, SHUT DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVE. IN ROUND DANCE

 

View video of round dance 

Source: Indigenous Environmental Network

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.”

MASTODON DISCOVERY IN SAN DIEGO SHAKES UP OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EARLY HUMANS IN THE NEW WORLD

 

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.

INTERIOR SECRETARY ZINKE ANNOUNCES FUNDING OF $60 MILLION FOR COBELL EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP FUND FOR NATIVE AMERICANS

 

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.

SYCUAN BREAKS GROUND ON CASINO EXPANSION INCLUDING NEW HOTEL AND EVENTS CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

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.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE HANDS COUNTY KEYS TO TWO NEW FIRE TRUCKS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

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.

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

 

East County News Service

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.

HIGH “STEAKS” WIN: FINAL CUT AT HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

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!

 

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE TO DELIVER NEW FIRE TRUCKS TO COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY, IMPROVE REGIONAL FIRE SAFETY

 

East County News Service

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 AMERICANS RISE: MARCH IN WASHINGTON D.C. LED BY STANDING ROCK SIOUX

 

 

East County News Service

View video: https://www.facebook.com/ienearth/videos/1657313897618763/

“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.

VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT NAMED FOUR-STAR HOTEL BY FORBES TRAVEL GUIDE

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2017 (Alpine) -- Forbes Travel Guide has  unveiled its annual Star Rating list, naming Viejas Casino & Resort in Alpine as a new Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel. Viejas Casino & Resort will be showcased with all of the Star Rating recipients on ForbesTravelGuide.com. Read the Forbes review herehttp://www.forbestravelguide.com/san-diego-california/hotels/viejas-casino-resort.

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