February 2015 Newsletter
Meet Robert Mesa – Executive Council Member
Elected to the Tribal Council in June of 2005, Robert Mesa is currently serving his fifth term as Council Member for the Jamul Indian Village. His duties with the Tribe include running the Environmental Department, acting as the Tribes delegate on the board of Kumeyaay Community College (KCC) and serving as treasurer for the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition (NAEPC).
Robert graduated from San Diego State University in 2005 with a degree in finance and is also A+ Certified. Robert is expecting his first child in March.
Leadership in the Community
In January, Mr. Mesa gave a presentation at the Leadership II Series, sponsored by the East County Chamber of Commerce. His presentation focused on the tribal communities across the county. He shared brief updates on the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. He expressed the positive impact that the casino will have on job creation– the casino is expected to create 1,000 jobs, as well as attracting new visitors to East County, supporting local businesses, and the improvement plans for safer roadways, water reclamation, and fire protection services for the area. The 45-minute presentation was well received by the students, and the East County Chamber mentioned that they will invite Robert back for future presentation opportunities.
Hollywood Casino Jamul – San Diego Offers
Local Business Partnership Program
Jamul Indian Village (JIV) is committed to partnering with local businesses to show our future customers at Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego all of the great attractions the region has to offer. The new casino is expected to open in mid-2016, and JIV is looking forward to connecting with local businesses – breweries, wineries, hotels, restaurants, boutique stores, and more – to develop cross–marketing partnerships to provide incentives for customers to visit the casino and many great businesses in the area.
The experience of the operator of our casino, Penn National Gaming, in gaming and entertainment across the country has proven that customers want to enjoy the larger community around the facility, eat at local restaurants, shop at local stores, and much more.
Jamul Indian Village wants to get a head start in creating partnerships with local businesses so we can work together to promote your business, your products, and the region to our future customers. Benefits for participating companies can include:
• Customized cross marketing plans
• Redemption of casino “loyalty points” at your business
• Promotion and patron discount programs
• Advertising partnerships
JIV is working diligently to reach out to local businesses and organizations to begin creating these partnerships so they can work together to start promoting services, products, and the region as a whole to future visitors.
Jamul Indian Village encourages businesses to contact them directly for more information on this program at: info@JamulIndianVillage.com
One the main sources of food for the Kumeyaay was acorns. Young boys would climb the oak trees to shake the branches, while the Kumeyaay men used long poles to knock the acorns off the branches. Using large cone-shaped burden baskets, the Kumeyaay women would gather the nuts, which were then taken to a central location and placed in the sun to dry.
After they were dried, the women would carry the acorns to their village for storage. Using strong herbs to keep insects away, the acorns were placed in lined baskets and stored in granaries. To keep animals away the granaries were placed on stilts and located beside tribal houses.
Preparing the acorns for each meal was a carefully planned process. Using a stone hammer, the acorn shells were peeled and the nut was then laid on a large stone mortar. A stone pestle was used to turn the nut into a flour-like consistency.
The flour was then placed into a basket for sifting. A process known as leaching was used to remove the bitter tasting tannin from the acorn flour. Once the leaching was completed, the acorn flour was ready to be cooked into a bread or mush.
The Kumeyaay women left their mark in the hollowed-out rocks where they ground the acorns to make flour. These rocks can be found throughout San Diego County and parts of Mexico.
East County Chamber Annual Awards Dinner
Jamul Indian Village Councilmembers sponsored and attended the East County Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner and fundraiser this February. The dinner gave the Tribe a wonderful opportunity to meet members of the community and support the Chamber.
The dinner was held on the evening of Friday, February 6 at the Barona Resort & Casino Golf Center. The event is a celebration honoring businesses and individuals for their accomplishments, recognizing the incredible impact they’ve made on the community. The dinner also serves as a fundraiser for community programs and services supported by the Chamber throughout the year.
Jamul Indian Tribal Resource Program Holds a Weekend Adventure to Educate, Enrich and Enlighten
During that special weekend in February, when most celebrate love with their significant others, the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Resource Program Directors and their team celebrated the love they have for togetherness, their tribe, heritage, values, and family on a weekend camping adventure.
They explored the area and found lots of pottery shards, gourds and agave plants that used to be cooked and eaten by the Kumeyaay people. They celebrated togetherness all weekend, going on hikes together, sharing ghost stories and the Weeyapooos around the campfire, and tried to find and identify constellations. Overall, the weekend was a success, and they all enjoyed a weekend of learning and exploring together.
Directors Erica Pinto and Chris Pinto plan weekly activities and monthly adventures for the younger generation of their tribe to get them more involved in tribal activities, teach them about their heritage, and to help in preventing teen pregnancy and drug and alcohol abuse. Erica and Chris are both passionate about sharing and showing the younger generation the importance of family togetherness and culture. The goal of this program is to get teens involved in activities on a regular basis—weekend trips, weekly movie nights, singing together, basketry classes, gourd making classes, gourd songs classes, family days at the beach, drug awareness, and health awareness nights.