Jamul Indian Village – April Newsletter


RICHARD-sqMeet Richard J. Tellow, Executive Council Member

Having served his Tribe since 2006, Richard is now in his fourth term as a Council Member. He is the Tribe’s delegate for the California Association of Tribal Governments and for the Tribal Transportation Authority. Mr. Tellow also serves as the delegate for the California Indian Manpower Consortium. In addition to his roles as a delegate, Richard has been the Chairman for the Enrollment Committee for more than four years.

Mr. Tellow has been the Director of Maintenance for the Tribe for two years. He played a significant role in the recent design and construction of the Jamul Cultural Community Center, as well as the new tribal headquarters. He was also instrumental in establishing the Tribal Police department.

Richard is proud to lead community outreach for the Tribe. He understands the importance and value of giving back to his community, and has played a vital role in establishing partnerships and relationships with local organizations, nonprofits, and school programs to improve the village of Jamul and surrounding communities.

Richard is married to his wife, Maricela, and is the proud father of four: Manuel, Serina, Jewel, and Jonathan. In his free time, Richard enjoys cultural events, snowboarding, jiu jitsu, outdoor sports, and music.


Honoring Our Veterans

Members of the Jamul Indian Village are loyal to our country – as exemplified by their proud heritage of military service. Spanning three wars — World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War — and nearly 75 years, tribal men and women have put their lives on the line to keep us all safe and sovereign.

The Jamul Indian Village salutes and remembers all of the tribal members who have served our country with military service. This video serves as a tribute to the Jamul Indian Veterans to honor their service to our country.


Crafting Gourds and Bird Songs

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Co-Directors, and siblings, Erica and Chris Pinto, plan a few gourd-making classes throughout the year to pass down the traditions of their ancestors to the future generation. The class demonstrates how to make gourd rattles, bowls, ladles, spoons and bird houses. The classes serve as a way to teach the tribe’s youth about the history and purpose of gourd making and bird songs, as well as traditions that have been handed down for generations.

Traditional songs are an important custom among the Kumeyaay. There are more than 300 songs that have been passed down through the generations over hundreds of years. The songs are important in teaching lessons about everyday life. Bird songs are one of many song styles in which gourds are primarily used. Gourd rattles are made with dried gourds, palm seeds, and willow branches, and then painted. Bird songs are part of many special ceremonies and social gatherings, with men responsible for singing with the rattles while the women accompany the men through dance.

Upcoming Events

May – Healthy families BBQ at El Monte Park. This will be an important event to discuss drug and alcohol use, and learning healthy habits.
July – Annual Beach Day, a traditional summer gathering and family-filled day of fun.


Hundreds of New Jobs Coming to East County

Looking for a career in gaming or simply a part time job for extra income? Then don’t just work, work happy!

At Hollywood Casino Jamul – San Diego, expected to open in mid-2016, every day will be different. Do you prefer a behind-the-scenes role? One at the front and center of the action? Or something in between? At Hollywood, there will be a “fit” for just about everyone. The operator of our casino, Penn National Gaming, is the largest regional gaming company in North America, with properties in 18 states and Canada. With company-wide managerial support, resources, and training, our employees can count on a positive experience no matter the job. What makes you happy? Imagine giving your all to a company and watching that same commitment come right back to you.

The employment process will begin during the second half of 2015. Be sure to register here so you can be notified about job posting and career fairs.


Job Posting: Executive Director, Tribal Gaming Commission

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