Jamul Indian Village
December Newsletter

A Holiday Message from the Tribal Council

Dear Community Members:

The Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council extends our warmest wishes and happiest of tidings to our friends, supporters, and the entire community for this holiday season.

We have many blessings to celebrate this year: most notably, the continued development of our gaming facility and path to economic independence, the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

In May, Richard St. Jean was named General Manager, and has since moved his family to the area and begun filling key leadership positions. Together, they are gearing up to hire hundreds of local residents in the New Year.

In June, we celebrated the “Topping Out” of Hollywood Casino, which is one of the construction industry’s oldest customs. A black oak tree was placed on the last beam fitted into the exterior of the building, signifying the completion of the structural components and marking the halfway point in the construction of the new facility.

In July, we unveiled the first dining and entertainment concepts, including, among others: the contemporary American steakhouse Final Cut Steak & Seafood, a noodle bar featuring authentic Asian flavors, an upscale sports bar and posh lounge, and a roof-top beer garden that will highlight local and international breweries. We also announced Hollywood Casino’s Local Business Partnership Program, and began reaching out to area businesses to identify products and services to sell and promote at the casino.

We are extremely thankful for what has been a tremendously exciting year, and the best is yet to come. With the grand opening of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego expected next year, we will finally begin fulfilling our dream of providing a greater quality of life for our people and ensuring a bright future for generations to come.

Until next year, may your holiday season be filled with joyful times with family and friends!

Sincerely,
Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council

Tribal Council Hosts A Thousand Voices Documentary Screening

IMG_3211On December 14, the Jamul Indian Village hosted a complimentary screening of A Thousand Voices, a documentary on Native American women. More than 50 people attended the free event, which was held at the Joan B. Kroc Theater in San Diego.

As the first elected female Tribal Chair of the JIV, Erica Pinto organized the screening to empower other Native American women and inspire her community to support Native American women in leadership.

From the proverb, “It takes a thousand voices to tell a single story,” the documentary builds from thousands of voices to present one universal story of New Mexico’s Native American women.

Native American women have been purveyors of culture since creation. In spite of Western invasions, Native American women remain strong and grounded in traditional values by enduring courage and wisdom. The voices and advisers featured in the film are from the Navajo Nation, Mescalero Apache Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Tribe, Kiowa Tribe, Pueblo de Cochiti, Ohkay Owingeh, and Pueblos of Acoma, Laguna, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Pojoaque, Santa Clara, Taos, Nambe and San Ildefonso.

“I was inspired by the documentary,” said Pinto. “The filmmakers bring Tribal women and men together to tell one story, that of strong Native American women who have incredible leadership skills. I walked away with a renewed commitment to my positon as Tribal Chair. I hope others were as inspired.”

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Watch the trailer here and visit the documentary’s website.

Acorns to Oaks Nearing Completion of Traditional Drum

Acorns to Oaks, the organization founded by Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto and her brother, Executive Council Member Chris Pinto, have nearly completed a Native American drum making project. The project serves the organization’s mission to educate young Tribal members on their heritage and culture.    

Though not a cultural practice of the Kumeyaay in San Diego, drums have an important role in Native American history. They believe the beating of the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth. Playing drums connects you to the Earth and the Great Spirit.

“The kids are excited to see the progress of the drum,” said Executive Council Member Chris Pinto. “They are so close they can almost hear its beat. The kids are taking great pride in crafting an instrument that’s culturally accurate and looks impressive. They have set a goal and they are accomplishing it.”

Acorns to Oaks hopes to finish the drum in the coming months.

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Casino Gearing Up to Begin Hiring Process

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With Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego expected to open in the summer of 2016, General Manager Richard St. Jean has started filling key leadership positions to prepare for a busy winter and spring of hiring hundreds of San Diego County residents.

“I am thrilled to start building the team of employees who will open and operate Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego,” said St. Jean.  “The next few months will be a rollercoaster of attending and hosting job fairs, reviewing resumes, and training hundreds of local residents to work in a variety of positions at our facility.”   

Dan Kennedy, Assistant General Manager, and Chris McGivern, Vice President of Human Resources, are among the handful of executives recently hired by St. Jean. Both have considerable experience in the gaming industry.

McGivern, who most recently opened the Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway, is particularly excited to promote the variety of careers available at Hollywood Casino.

“Most people don’t realize that casinos offer a broad variety of employment opportunities,” said McGivern.  “Along with the jobs most people associate with casinos – dealers, slot technicians, food and beverage employees, and surveillance staff – positions will also be available in accounting, marketing, finance, IT, human resources, and more.  I look forward to sharing these opportunities with the community very soon.”

Stay tuned for the launch of the official Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego website and more information about job opportunities.