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KUMEYAAY ANCIENT ROCK ART BOOKS DONATED TO SCHOOLS

East County News Service

October 15, 2019 (San Diego, CA) -- For the past two years the Mountain Empire Unified School District’s Teachers and Native students received a gift of 500 full-color books including the photography and research of historical Kumeyaay rock art. Much of the rock art located along the U.S./Mexico border is within the school district’s boundaries. 

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SYCUAN CASINO RESORT OPENS TRIO OF TASTY NEW RESTAURANTS

East County News Service

September 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – Sycuan Casino Resort has opened three new restaurants:  the Bull and Bourbon steak house, the Elicit Lounge, and Retreat, a poolside venue complete with cabanas and swim-up bar.  View/download menus and learn more at Sycuan.com. 

Below are delicious details on the new Clique Hospitality offerings provided by Sycuan:

SYCUAN POWWOW SEPT. 6-8 HONORS NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS

 

The Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation will hold its 30th annual powwow from Friday evening, September 6 through Sunday, September 8 at the Sycuan powwow ground (5577 Dehesa Rd., El Cajon). 

 

The event features bird singing and Native American dance competitions, drumming, Native arts and crafts vendors, foods and more.

SYCUAN BUYS FORMER VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION IN DEHESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo via Cal Fire:  Cal Fire doused a brush fire in Dehesa in July, operating out of a Cal Fire station. 
 
August 25, 2019 (Dehesa) – Going, going, gone.  A county auction sold off the former Dehesa fire station as surplus property on August 6th. The buyer is the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation, which purchase the site for $650,000.  

BARONA POWWOW AUG. 30-SEPT. 1 CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS

East County News Service

 

August 8, 2019 (Lakeside) - The 49thtth annual Barona Powwow takes place Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st at the Barona Sports complex on the Barona Indian reservation.

 

The public is welcome to come watch Native dancers and drummers from across the nation compete at the powwow, where you can also find craft vendors and food such as tacos made with Native American fry bread. 

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO HOST 'HONORING TRADITIONS' GATHERING IN PLACE OF ANNUAL POW WOW AUGUST 31

Day-long event is free and open to the public

East County News Service

August 6, 2019 (Pala) -- The Pala Band of Mission Indians will hold its first annual “Honoring Traditions” Gathering on Saturday, August 31 at the Pala Rey Youth Camp on the Pala Indian Reservation.

While this new event replaces the Tribe’s longstanding Pow Wow Celebration, the Gathering will be dedicated to offering many of the same rich traditions of Pala–including bird songs, shinny games, bow and arrow making, peon lessons and demonstrations, a peon tournament and much more.

SPANISH SOLDIERS, FRANCISCAN FRIAR AND NATIVE CALIFORNIANS REENACT PRESIDIO’S FOUNDING FOR CALIFORNIA'S 250TH BIRTHDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of California Missions Foundation

July 25, 2019 (San Diego) -- Soldados de Cuera, Native Californians and a Franciscan father depicting Saint Junípero Serra, came together on a hill high above San Diego  on July 16, at the original site of the first Mission and Presidio type garrison in Alta California – to commemorate what many call the Founding of California, exactly 250 years ago Tuesday. View video of the historic reenactment

The City of San Diego uses the date July 16, 1769 as its official birthdate, and  along with the rest of California, it celebrated its 250th birthday. Not only was Alta California’s first Mission and Presidio founded on this date, but also came the official recognition of the adjacent ocean port and the seeds of a united California under the Spanish, and later Mexican and U.S. flags.

GANG MEMBERS CONVICTED IN MURDER OF XUSHA BROWN JR. AND AN EARLIER KILLING, BOTH IN LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Xusha Brown, Jr., innocent victim of gangland shooting

 

July 25, 2019 (La Mesa) – “We will continue to fight until justice is done,” Deborah Flores, mother of slain Sycuan tribal member Xusha Brown Jr. said at a press conference in 2016, when the tribe boosted a reward to $100,000 to help find his killer. La Mesa Police also posted the reward information on freeway signs. Three weeks later, three men were arrested for the drive-by shooting of Brown, 22, which occurred on I-8 in La Mesa in 2013.

SAN DIEGO MARKS 250 YEARS—AND MILLENIA—OF KUMEYAAY HISTORY

By Chris Jennewein 

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association 

Photo:  The Kumeyaay flag is raised at the Presidio to celebrate San Diego’s 250th anniversary. Photo by Chris Jennewein

July 24, 2019 (San Diego) - San Diego officially celebrated its 250th birthday last week while also recognizing millennia of Kumeyaay Indian history before the European arrival.

KUMEYAAY LAND TRUST FILES NOTICE TO EVICT COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY FROM JULIAN FIRE STATION

New Julian fire station No. 56 sits on disputed land

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

July 13, 2019 (Julian) – Following a firestorm of controversy over San Diego County’s takeover of the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District, the County may lose access to a new fire station. Theodore J. Griswold, attorney for the Kumeyaay Native American Land Conservancy, has filed an eviction notice with the San Diego County Fire Authority (SDCFA) that would force the SDCFA to abandon Julian Fire Station No. 56 within two weeks.

 

The future of Station No. 56,  located at 3407 State Route 79 just south of downtown Julian, has been a dicey subject from the onset of the county’s efforts to shut down of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire protection District (JCFPD), the county’s last volunteer fire department. Though the transfer of authority was approved by a majority of voters and the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), many area residents have fought strenuously to reverse the action, with litigation pending. 

HERMAN’S HERMITS AT SYCUAN AUGUST 3

East County News Service

July 10, 2019 (El Cajon) - The legendary ‘60s British rock band Herman’s Hermits with its original lead singer Peter Noone will be live in concert at Sycuan on August 3rd with shows at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

They stormed the American pop charts 22 times with smash hits such as “Can’t You Hear My Heart Beat,” “There’s a Kind of Hush” and “I’m Henry VIII, I Am.” The boys from Manchester ultimately sold over 80 million records including seven gold albums, inspiring fans around the world.

LOCAL BROADCASTERS, PADRE LEGEND STEVE GARVEY AND THE FOOD NETWORK'S ALEX GUARNASCHELLI JOIN ALL-STAR BLOCK PARTY AT JAMUL CASINO

East County News Service

June 21, 2019 (Jamul) – On Saturday, June 22, Jamul Casino will ring in summer by hosting an All-Star Block Party featuring casino promotions, live entertainment, and celebrity guests.  The all-day event will feature:

GOVERNOR NEWSOM ISSUES APOLOGY TO NATIVE AMERICANS FOR STATE’S HISTORICAL WRONGDOINGS, ESTABLISHES TRUTH AND HEALING COUNCIL

East County News Service

June 20, 2019 (Sacramento) --  Governor Gavin Newsom has issued an apology through executive order on behalf of California to Native American people for the many instances of violence, mistreatment and neglect inflicted upon California Native Americans throughout the state’s history.

MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS PEOPLE: CONFERENCE AT SYCUAN SPOTLIGHTS CRISIS AND CALLS FOR CHANGE

By Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2019 (Sycuan) – Members of sovereign tribes from across North America convened at the Sycuan resort in San Diego’s East County June 9-11 for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous People and Trafficking Awareness Conference.

PALA CASINO PRESENTS HAVANA DAYS POOL PARTY JUNE 23

East County News Service

June 17, 2019 (Pala) -- Pala Casino Spa & Resort will present Havana Days Pool Party, with the Summer Days – Fun in the Sun Pool Party series.  On select Sundays all summer long, Pala will be hosting themed events in the recently remodeled pool area for guests 18 years old and over.  From DJs and live performers, to customized menus for all tastes, guests will experience a day packed with entertainment.

NATIVE RUNNERS SAVE 2 WOMEN TRAPPED IN VEHICLE AFTER CRASH NEAR IN-KO-PAH, BUT A THIRD VICTIM DIES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Julian Rodriguez 

 

June 14, 2019 (In-Ko-Pah) – Native Americans running from the Fort Yuma Indian reservation in Arizona to the Sycuan reservation in San Diego’s East County, a 150 mile journey, sought  to draw attention to the plight of missing and murdered sovereign Native American women. On Friday morning, they wound up saving the lives of two women whose vehicle plunged off of I-8 east  into a rugged canyon.

FREE SUMMER MOVIES AT VIEJAS OUTLETS IN ALPINE

 

 

East County News Service

 

May 28, 2019 (Alpine) - Grab your popcorn – it’s time for (free!) summertime movies at the outdoor roller skating rink at Viejas Outlets shopping mall (5005 Willows Rd.) in Alpine.  Showtimes start at 7:30 p.m. The season opened May 24 with Top Gun. The lineup of popular movies coming up include:

 

  • May 31  – Hotel Transylvania 3 (PG)
  • June 7 – Moana (PG)
  • June 14 – Bumblebee (PG13)
  • June 21 – Antman and the Wasp (PG13)
  • June 28 – Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse (PG)
  • July 4 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens (PG13)
  • July 5 – How to Train Your Dragon 3 (PG)

FALLBROOK HIGH/REZ RADIO HIPPIE BUS HITS THE ROAD

 

 

By John Fox,  General Manager, Rez Radio 93.1 KPRI

May 23, 2019 (Fallbrook) - Just in time for the 50th anniversary of Woodstock, an old school bus donated to North County FM station Rez Radio 91.3 by the Bonsall Unified School District is nearing completion of its custom paint job commissioned with students from the Art Department at Fallbrook High School.  As the school year draws to a close, an army of students led by graduating senior, Caiden Metts are hard at work putting the finishing touches on the 60’s hippie-themed work of art.  It’s quite a spectacle. 

The idea came about when Rez Radio changed its call letters early last year to the San Diego heritage call sign, KPRI – now standing for Kupa Pala Rez Indians.  That brought forward a number of people from the air staff of the original KPRI in San Diego when the station first tried free-form FM programming in 1967-68.  Much of that music is still a core element of Rez Radio’s programming. 

SEE SMOKE TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY? SAN DIEGO COUNTY WILDLAND PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE APRIL 17-19

 

 

Source:  SDG&E, San Diego County Fire Chief's Association, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

April 16, 2019 (Alpine) - The San Diego County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, will conduct their annual Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise April 17-19, 2019. Numerous emergency service agencies from throughout San Diego County will come together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

RINCON BAND OF LUISENO INDIANS PRESENTS CHECK TO ESCONDIDO'S 'CRUSIN' GRAND' FOR ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 

Source:  Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

April 5, 2019 (Valley Center) - The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians announced today that they presented a $10,000 gift to Escondido’s 2019 Cruisin’ Grand today in downtown Escondido. This $10,000 donation will support the music venue which will highlight local musicians and talent.

PALA CASINO ADDS KENNY LOGGINS TO THE 2019 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

 

 

Source:  Pala Casino

April 3, 2019 (Pala) - Pala Casino Spa & Resort announces the addition of Kenny Loggins to the 2019 summer concert lineup in the Starlight Theater on Friday September 27, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale, with no service charge, at 10 a.m., Friday, April 5, at the Pala Box Office, www.palacasino.com and 1-877-WIN PALA (1-877-946-7252). Tickets also are available atwww.startickets.com and 1-800-585-3737.

PASSAGES: TOM HYDE, VIEJAS TRIBAL ELDER AND LAST ORIGINAL RESERVATION MEMBER, 1927-2019

 

March 20, 2019 (Viejas Reservation) -- Tom Hyde, revered tribal elder, passed from this earth and his beloved Viejas community, March 14, 2019, at 92 years of age.  He is survived by a large family of 200, both blood and chosen.  Born Thomas James Hyde to Prudencia and Valentine Hyde, of El Capitan Village, he’s the last of the original Viejas Reservation members, and last to have personally witnessed destruction of El Capitan Village, at age five. Thus, he began life as a bridge between the past and future of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians.

BARONA CULTURAL CENTER & MUSEUM SELECTED AS FINALIST FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARD

 

 

Source: Barona Cultural Center & Museum

March 17, 2019 (Lakeside) -- Two San Diego cultural institutions have been honored nationally by one of the country’s premiere federal arts organizations.  The Barona Cultural Center & Museum in Lakeside and the New Children’s Museum have been selected as two of 30 finalists for the prestigious National Medal for Museum and Library Service Award presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences (IMLS) in Washington, DC.

SNOW VISITORS DEFACE LA POSTA SACRED SITE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (La Posta) — A couple who claimed responsibility on social media for spray-painting graffiti on rocks at a sacred site on the La Posta Indian reservation in East County claims they didn’t know they were on tribal lands, but have offered to clean up the damage.

CHAIRWOMAN PINTO KICKS OFF GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION AT JAMUL CASINO POKER ROOM WITH STAR STUDDED POKER TOURNAMENT

 

 

East County News Service

Watch video of the grand opening of Jamul Casino’s Poker Room:  https://youtu.be/mNBTA7mep8w

February 19, 2019 (Jamul) -- On Friday, Jamul Casino® united hundreds of local poker players with celebrities and professional players vying for a $50,000 prize pool in the inaugural Golden Cap poker tournament.  Included in the celebrity line-up were Professional Poker Player Tiffany Michelle and legendary ESPN poker commentators Lon McEachern and Norman Chad, as well as numerous others.  The poker tournament was part of the Grand Opening celebration for the casino’s new Poker Room. 

BARONA CASINO AND RESORT WELCOMES “YEAR OF THE PIG” WITH LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION FEB. 5-19

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 24, 2019 (Lakeside) -- Barona Resort & Casino invites you to welcome the Lunar New Year beginning Tuesday, February 5 through Tuesday, February 19 with traditional performances, lion and dragon dancers, lucky Hong Bao, all-you-can-eat lobster, and lobster specials, Party People games, Dragon Alley bonuses as well as over $518,888 in cash giveaways. Visit www.barona.com for entertainment times, restaurant specials and other details.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE OF CALIFORNIA JOINS LARGEST NONPROFIT FUNDER OF BREAST CANCER RESEARCH IN THE COUNTRY TO FIND A CURE

 

 

Source: Jamul Indian Village

January 23, 2019 (Jamul) -- The Jamul Indian Village of California joined the ranks of other outstanding local organizations that contribute to the overall mission of Susan G. Komen® San Diego. 

In an effort to raise awareness and educate the community, the Jamul Casino established a fundraising effort and matched contributions from guests who supported Susan G. Komen San Diego.    Today’s presentation of a check for $10,000 was a culmination of these efforts showing strong community support for the mission.

GROSSMONT ADULT SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH VIEJAS CASINO & RESORT TO EQUIP EMPLOYEES WITH VITAL SKILLS FOR CAREER SUCCESS

 
 
Source: Grossmont Union High School District

January 23, 2019 (El Cajon) - Grossmont Adult School is completing its second round of multi-level English as a Second Language (ESL) classes with Viejas Casino & Resort. In these classes, employees – and local community members – spend three hours, twice a week in class improve their on-the-job English skills.

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