Patsy "Pat" Ann Salgado went to heaven on June 22, 2014. She was born March 30, 1946 in Kingsport, Tennessee where she lived until the age of nine. She and her family moved to Chicago, Illinois and later to Gary, Indiana. In 1962, again with her family, she move to Long Beach, California were she attended Poly High School. She was a beloved homemaker, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother... Mrs. Salgado is survived by her husband of fifty one years, Ernie C. Salgado Jr., of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians... READ OBITUARY.
ERNEST SALGADO SR 1920-2012
Ernest Salgado Sr. passed into eternal life on Monday, January 23, 2012 at his home on the Soboba Indian Reservation. His wife of 60 years, Fidelia succeeded him into eternal life. Mr. Salgado was born on October 16, 1920 on the Soboba Indian Reservation. He is survived by, two brothers and three sisters... READ OBITUARY | PHOTO ALBUM.
LUCAS MIRANDA 1939-2013
On Friday, August 9, 2013, I attended the funeral of a lifelong friend, Leroy "Lucas" Miranda. "Lucas", we seem to have always called him "Lucas" since he was tagged with the nickname. How he came about the nick name and who he was as a friend is what I want to share with you... READ MORE.
Open Letter to the Tribal community on behalf of Native American military veterans — Wall of Faces & Faces Never Forgotten projects, Washington DC:
Dear Tribal Community,
A few years past the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall was created to honor the 58,282 brave American warriors that were killed in action or missing during the Vietnam War.
Three local American Indian boys — Joe Pink (Pala), James Mesa (Jamul), and Willie Lyons (Morongo) — are already included in this memorial.
BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION, JANUARY 23, 2013 — Janna Hoehn (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund VVMF), representing Jan Scruggs, presented the "Faces Never Forgotten" project to American Indian veterans to develop Tribal involvement in the national project... READ MORE.
YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION
I would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at Ahmium in identifying any other of our brothers or sisters that were killed or missing in Vietnam or any of our Wars or “Conflicts”.
Please read my COMPLETE LETTER for more information, including special contact information....
Government to allow Wind Energy Industry to Kill Eagles
American Bald and Golden Eagles have been an American national icon pride for over 200 years, and they are sacred birds for the Native American people. The feathers of the Eagle are central to many American Indian religious and spiritual customs, especially among American Indians in the United States and First Nations in Canada....
Now the Obama administration will allow some wind energy companies to kill or injure Bald and Golden Eagles for up to 30 years without penalty in an effort to spur the development and investment in green energy while balancing its environmental consequences.... READ EDITORIAL
REMEMBERING WOUNDED KNEE 123 Years later...:
December 29, 2013 marks the 123rd anniversary of the Wounded Knee Massacre and time should not diminish its memory as it was only one of numerous acts of genocide committed against our people. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas and the New Year let us take a moment to remember the Wounded Knee Massacre that occurred on December 29, 1890... READ MORE.
Yester-Years... Rez Ball - Thanksgiving Day 1955:
NOVEMBER 28, 2013 -- Rez Ball 2pm, Thanksgiving Day 1955 on the Soboba Indian Reservation at what is today referred to the number one ball field. It seems like it was yesterday but in reality it was a lifetime ago. The baseball field was not like it is today with beautiful manicured grass, state-of-the-art lights, shade trees, covered bleachers, paved parking lots and nice drinking fountains. No, it was a mix of hard sand, dirt and small rocks and dusty. We drank from a community water hose if there was water and if not from a shared water cooler.... READ MORE.
Col. Van T. Barfoot (ret.) WW II Medal of Honor
Mr. Barfoot (Choctaw) is one of only five American Indians to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in the 20th century. He served heroically in the WW2, Korean and Vietnam wars...then his neighborhood association told the 90-year-old warrior to take down his flag pole...
ROUND TABLE ON CALIFORNIA EDUCATION:
Why is California not hosting a Roundtable on Education?
California has the highest population with Over 450,000 American Indians which is approx 15% of the Nations American Indian population — California also has the highest number of reservations and rancherias with 101 of the nations 505, approx 20% — it seem that the U.S. Department of Education lacks or needs some education as to the demographic of the American Indian population in California.
Remarks by President Obama at Bill Signing For The Claims Resolution Act — the Cobell v. Salazar Settlement:
"After 123 years of living with what Congress once called the ‘Broken Trust,’ people throughout Indian Country will see Wednesday as a monumental day," said Ms. Cobell, a member of Montana's Blackfeet Nation...MORE.
RINCON BAND'S Bo Mazzetti speaks up to the local national press
BO MAZZETTI blames the governor not the DOI
Without protection against bad faith practices by states, tribal negotiations have often been hijacked by governors through political blackmail, stalling, and infinite legal challenges...
SOBOBA TEEN GIRL Traces D-Day Steps of Great Grandfather:
Corryn (Salgado) Flores, a Soboba teenager, wrote an essay when she was a 13 year old exploring the irony of her great-grandfather's service during World War II even though he was not born an American citizen and her subsequent trip to Normandy, France this summer and the site of the D-Day battleground where her great-grandfather, Ernest Salgado, Sr. landed on Omaha Beach, Normandy with the invasion forces on June 6, 1944....
"FIG TREE JOHN" Fact or Myth?:
Yes, for us Indians “Fig Tree John” was a real person. His real name was John Razon and he was a tribal member of the Torres Martinez Band of Cahuilla Indians. He was also the Tribal Spokesman for the Torres Martinez Tribal Council during the 1920’s. He was also a member of the Mission Indian Federation...
NATIVE AMERICAN Veteran's Vote:
Maybe the Native American Vote will be the difference in the upcoming senate elections. If this is possible then below is information that will benefit Native Americans. The SSCRA of 1940 prohibited states from taxing the military wages of Native Americans but this law was ignored by states until 2001...
NATIVE AMERICAN KILLERS:
Alcohol is the Single Most Dangerous Drug on the Plant and is legally sold in almost every town, city and state in the country and even on some reservations in the country. Alcohol abuse in the Native American community is epidemic and the leading cause of death of the tribal youth than any other drug. Methamphetamine is the second leading drug of choice among the drug users, which is combined with the legal drug of alcohol in the nation today...READ ARTICLE.
SOBOBA WATER Struggle:
Just when the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians thought their water battle was over with the signing of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act by President George W. Bush on July 31, 2008 the Obama administration has decided that it doesn’t have the money to pay the tribe the $11 million dollars the federal government owes the tribe as its part of the settlement with the tribe... READ ARTICLE.
REMEMBERING Capt. Ed Freeman:
Captain Ed Freeman, Medal of Honor Recepient, served second-in-command of A Company, 229th Aviation Battalion in 1965-66. On November 14, 1965, he flew a Huey helicopter in support of LTC Hal Moore and the 1/7th Cavalry fighting against three battalions of NVA at LZ X-Ray in the Ia Drang Valley. Captain Freeman flew 14 missions into the face of enemy fire over the course of the first day to deliver much needed ammo and water, and to evacuate wounded soldiers.
On the social networking site Facebook, friends can jokingly share “commods gifts” that demonstrate the high fat, sugar and salt content of government issued processed foods that have long been staples in many Native households: Canned beef, peaches, milk and beef stew; powdered milk; bags of farina, macaroni and cheese, roast beef and instant potatoes...
Bill Cosby on white people:
We Can't Blame White People any Longer, by Bill Cosby.
They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: "Why you ain't, Where you is, Who you be...".
The movie "Milk" has prompted me to write up the story on how Joe Carrillo, Dan Bomberry and I were able to get two state Indian laws passed, the first laws in the nation to use state general tax funds for the benefits of American Indians....
Tribal Elders against drugs:
WARRIORS AGAINST DRUGS
As tribal elders we must provide leadership to our young people as "Warriors Against Drugs." We are a resilient and tenacious people and we have been able to meet every challenge to wipe us from the face of the earth including genocide....
The Great Recession:
TRIBES FACE ECONOMIC GLOOM
Gaming Tribes react to 2008 world financial crisis, "The new game in town is 'Competition' and it will be brutal...".
PUBLIC LAW 280:
PUBLIC LAW 280 FORUM
Soboba Indian Reservation -- Almost 55 years to the day of August 15, 1953, when Public Law 280 was implimented on all California Indian Reservations, the Soboba Tribal Council settles a bitter dispute over jurisdiction on the Soboba Indian Reservation with the Riverside County Sheriff Department....
SOBOBA & California Water Rights:
SOBOBA TRIBE SETTLES 62-YEAR WATER ISSUES
On July 31, 2008 President Bush's signature the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act into law ending a 62-year-old Soboba Tribal water rights dispute involving the Eastern Municipal Water District and Metropolitan Water District. Tribal Chairman Adam Castillo filed the original lawsuit in 1946. “It’s been a long process” Soboba Tribal Chairman, Robert J. Salgado said...on Friday, August 15, 2008....