September 29, 2010 (Sacramento) – Four San Diego County tribal leaders were presented honors by the California Justice Department’s Office of Native Affairs in Sacramento last week during the 43rd Annual Native American Day.
Local honorees were the Honorable Anthony Brandenburg, Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California; Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians; Daniel Tucker, Chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation; and Bill Denke, Chief of Police, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.
The awards were presented on the steps of the State Capitol. The theme of this year’s award was Tribal Justice: Protecting and Preserving Tribal Families and Communities. San Diego’s four leaders were recognized for leadership in promoting tribal justice. The event, which is a celebration of Native American culture, youth, leaders and community features Native dancing, drums, and singers, speakers, and booths, included participation by state agencies and offered an opportunity for state workers to interface with the California Indian communities.