Jamul Indian Village – August Newsletter
“I am honored to be a Council Member for the Jamul Indian Village. Being part of the Council gives me the opportunity to give back and contribute to our tribe, which gave so much to me. As a next generation tribal member, I feel it’s my responsibility to take a leadership role, and feel privileged in doing so.”
Michael Hunter has long been interested in Tribal government as the son of Jamul Indian Village’s former Chairman Raymond Hunter.
He brings with him leadership skills, energy, compassion and educational values to his first term on the Tribal Council. Mr. Hunter looks forward to fostering these values for future generations.
Mr. Hunter has six years of experience in managing and growing wine grapes in Valley Center. Grapes from his vineyard were used in one of the Top 100 Wines named by the San Francisco Chronicle. His passion for video production has led him to develop material aimed at preserving cultural knowledge, storytelling, and language of the San Diego’s tribes.
Mr. Hunter attended Palomar College in 2007 where he received his Associate of Arts and Certificate of Digital Video. In 2015, he graduated from Platt College where he received his Bachelors of Science in Video Production. Mr. Hunter is currently working on a video project about the life of the Jamul Indian Village tribe along with Chairwoman Erica Pinto. They hope to enter the video in the San Diego American Indian Film Festival in the future.
Married in 2011, he lives with his wife, Heather. In his spare time he enjoys CrossFit, is an avid movie-goer, and appreciates the art of live music.
Chairwoman Pinto and GM Richard St. Jean Featured in East County Magazine
Newly elected Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto and Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego General Manager Richard St. Jean were recently featured in East County Magazine. They discussed Tribal sovereignty, the history of the Jamul Indian Village, and the economic impact of the casino project.
Tribal beat reporter Leon Thompson wrote:
The tribe under Pinto’s leadership aspires to provide charitable assistance encompassing three areas: hungry, homeless and recovery. The tribe, in partnership with Penn National Gaming, seeks to reach out to the community through non-profits such as Madeleine Sophie’s, Crisis House and Noah’s Homes—especially the latter, a non-profit group home in Jamul where JIV can help provide employment and other opportunities for disadvantaged residents.
“The community will benefit as well,” Chairwoman Pinto said of revenues that the new casino aims to generate. “There will be safer roads, a state-of-the-art fire station and more than a thousand new jobs.”
Native Women in Leadership
The Jamul Indian Village is proud of its history of women in leadership positions. While Chairwoman Pinto is the first elected female Chair of JIV, women have long been a part of the leadership structure of the Tribe. Executive Council Member Charlene Chamberlain is another respected member of the Tribe and has served on the Tribal Council for over 20 years. The legacy of Kumeyaay elder Jane Dumas lives on, as well. Her spirit guides the actions of JIV’s current female leadership.
This month, JIV’s women leaders participated in a forum called Native Women of Leadership: Taking Back our Community. The forum engaged community members to understand the need to address matters such as: domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The symposium helped leaders understand the impact of domestic violence on families and empowered women to make a difference to improve the health and well-being of their tribe.
Women leaders renewed their commitment to develop solutions to these community matters. A number of resources are available in San Diego County and across the nation, including the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Fishing Trip with Acorns to Oaks
Native American young adults and children returned to their Kumeyaay roots with a fishing trip to Lake Murray. Acorns to Oaks, the organization started by Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto and her brother, Executive Council Member Chris Pinto, hosted the excursion to instill cultural pride in the Tribe’s younger generations.
In addition to foraging for plant-based foods and hunting by bow and arrow, the Kumeyaay were adept at fishing local streams and the Pacific coast. According to author Michael Baksh, mountain trout were caught by poisoning pools with the juice of a plant, and smaller fresh water fish was caught with a dip net. People living along the coast consumed large amounts of seafood. Clams, abalone, scallops, starfish, octopus and other marine life were collected from lagoons and tide pools, and grunion were gathered during runs.
Chairwoman Pinto and Executive Councilmember Pinto understand the importance of connecting young Tribal Members with their roots.
“We remember our elders sharing stories of those who came before us,” said Chairwoman Pinto. “Just as these traditions were passed along to us, we now pass them on to the next generation.”
“There’s something very gratifying about connecting with nature in this way,” said Executive Councilmember Pinto. “I hope my children and others feel this connection with the earth, and continue to foster the traditions our people hold sacred.”
Acorns to Oaks provided each child with their own fishing rod to carry out fishing trips with family and friends.
About Acorns to Oaks
Acorns to Oaks is a community group developed by the Jamul Indian Village focused on the prevention of teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use, and to educate their young members on their heritage and culture. This group also serves as a volunteer group and they plan to continue to work with many local organizations.
Hundreds of Jobs Coming to East County
The emails keep pouring in about the jobs coming to East County! We look forward to meeting all of you and providing information on how to apply when the employment process begins later this year. In the interim, we’d like to share more about the variety of positions that will be offered at Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.
This month’s e-newsletter highlights Accounting, Finance, Information Technology, and customer-facing Food and Beverage positions. View information about all types of jobs at: jamulindianvillage.com/careers