Jamul Indian Village – March Newsletter
Final Push for Support of the Jamul Indian Village
As we get closer to opening Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego this summer, we need your support. Our Tribe recently signed a Fire and Life Safety Agreement with the County of San Diego that will improve services for residents throughout the area. In addition, we negotiated a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with County Staff that will be considered by the County Board of Supervisors for approval on April 13. We are grateful for the County staff’s work on these negotiations, which resulted in one of the strongest MOU agreements the County has negotiated with any Tribe.
Please click here to show your support for the Jamul Indian Village as we generate jobs, forge community alliances, and provide key services for East County.
As always, we are extremely thankful for those who have supported and encouraged us through this long yet vital journey. Our Tribe, our families, and future generations are so close to realizing our dream of self-sufficiency. We want you to be a part of this legacy.
Restaurant Feature: Tres Taqueria
Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego will proudly feature the flavors and cuisine of the San Diego region. When many people think of San Diego flavors, they think of mouthwatering tacos and Mexican-inspired cuisine. The owner of Tres Taqueria in El Cajon will bring their popular “al pastor” tacos to our guests when we open this summer.
Owner Ray Hallak envisions a space in the casino’s food court that builds upon the restaurant’s popular concept of three vertical broilers, inspiring the use of “tres” in the restaurant’s name. Hallak explains that his Lebanese Mexican roots led to the use of the same vertical broilers you might see in Middle Eastern restaurants. By pairing this technique with Mexican flavors, Hallak has created a crave-worthy menu of street tacos, burritos and Mexican dishes.
The Tres Taqueria location at Hollywood Casino will include the three vertical broilers that led to the restaurant’s instant success in El Cajon, along with new menu items still in development.
“Customers can expect the same exact flavors and consistency they have grown to love in a beautiful new environment,” said Hallak. “At the end of the day, the true excitement of this opportunity is about people. It’s about building relationships first.”
The Tribe looks forward to fostering these relationships and helping others grow their businesses, as they have grown as a Tribe.
“By partnering with businesses in the community, we ensure a unique experience for our guests,” said Chairwoman Erica Pinto. “We look forward to Tres Taqueria fully realizing their new restaurant concept.”
In the meantime, please visit Tres Taqueria in El Cajon at: 101 W Washington Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020.
Acorns to Oaks Hosts Cultural Events
In February, Acorns to Oaks hosted a beach clean-up day in Mission Bay. The location holds significance because the Jamul Indian Village’s Kumeyaay ancestors once used the beaches to fish and support their families. Today, Acorns to Oaks organizers Chairwoman Erica Pinto and Councilmember Chris Pinto are teaching young Tribal Members of the importance of community service.
“Acorns to Oaks is dedicated to improving our community and environment. Our Tribe holds regular community events at many of the San Diego beaches on a regular basis, and we want to make sure we are doing our part to keep them clean,” said Chairwoman Erica Pinto.
In March, Acorns to Oaks hosted a cultural event at the reservation to share the tradition of Bird Songs, which are part of many special ceremonies and social gatherings. Ral Christman of the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians also brought his youth to participate. As the children and young adults were taught, men are primarily responsible for singing with the use of rattles, while the women accompany the men through dance.
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.
Acorns to Oaks spent the evening listening, dancing and learning Bird Songs from Christman and others.
“Cultural events are an important way for us to get our youth together to learn the traditions of their ancestors,” said Councilmember Chris Pinto. “We hope that we will pass down these traditions now, and the next generation will be able to do the same.”