By Miriam Raftery and Leon Thompson
Photo: Charlie Brown, right, honored as a Healthcare Hero in 2009 for his work with the Burn Institute
November 14, 2014 (Alpine) – It takes courage to jump out of an airplane into a raging forest fire—and a big heart to work on behalf of burn victims and other charitable causes. Kumeyaay elder Charlie Brown has done all of these things and more. He’s been honored as a Healthcare Hero, nominated by the Burn Institute. He's also lived through tumultous changes that swept across Native American reservations in East County as a result of tribal gaming.
This month, he sat down with East County Magazine Tribal Beat reporter Leon Thompson for an exclusive interview, reflecting on his career as a U.S. Forest Service hot shot, his philanthropic efforts, and the dramatic changes that the Kumeyaay nation in San Diego County has seen as a result of Indian gaming.
Listen online now to our exclusive interview with Charlie Brown, originally aired earlier this month on the East County Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ with our Tribal Beat host, Leon Thompson: