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TRIBAL NEWS BEAT IN CALIFORNIA, Soboba Indian Reporter

YES, WE ARE STILL HERE

by Annette Guachino, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
special to the Soboba Indian Reporter, Sept. 2017

While I was at La Jolla Shores, an elderly foreign woman, maybe Russian approached me.

Heavy accent, she asked if we were real Indians and why we were singing and dancing there on the beach. She was genuinely interested, no sarcasm.

She said she heard us singing in the restroom and couldn't wait to go out to see for herself.

She was brought to tears listening to the bird songs and watching the young women dance.

She kept saying it was beautiful, just beautiful.

She asked if we lived on Indian reservations. I told her yes a lot (many) of us do and I told her she was on Kumeyaay land now.

She was so excited and the look in her eyes as she stood there and watched in disbelief that "real Indians" were before her was something I'd never witnessed.

I left her with tears in her eyes and a smile like a child looking at the gates of Disneyland.

She'd thought we were extinct.

This commentary was contributed by Annette Guachino and published with her permission.

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