Jamul Indian Village May Newsletter
Meet Genell Pinto
Secretary and Treasurer
Serving as the Tribe’s Secretary and Treasurer, Genell Pinto attends all Tribal Council meetings. Genell has taken an active role with her peers. She feels lucky to have the opportunity to help others and make a difference in her community. Genell is understanding how tribal governance works and the role between Tribe and federal government. Her duties are to be well-informed on all issues surrounding Jamul, record meeting minutes and assist Carlene and Erica with the day-to-day operations. A mother of two, Genell values family, culture, and wants to see her tribe succeed in all their endeavors.
The Jamul Indian Village: A Story of the Jamul Indian Tribe
The tribal members of the Jamul Indian Village trace their roots 12,000 years back to a time of independence and self-sufficiency. A part of the Kumeyaay people, their ancestors hunted, fished and raised their families in present day San Diego County and northern Mexico. They knew the land well, watching the seasons pass, Kupiihaw (fall), Hiichur (winter), Chiipam (spring) and Iipaal (summer) and teaching tribal traditions and values.
Tribal elders recall stories of turbulent times after first contact with Europeans. These stories passed down from generation to generation, in both oral form and through pictographs that survive to this day. Portuguese explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo landed in present day San Diego Bay in 1542, making first contact. The Kumeyaay people referred to Europeans as Guacamal, and although trading occurred with early European explorers, the Kumeyaay people were eventually pushed east to present day El Cajon, Santee, Jamacha and Jamul.
Drawing from the region, the name Jamul Indian Village was born. Tribal Chairman Raymond Hunter, Executive Council Member Carlene Chamberlain, Jesse Pinto and Kenneth Meza remember stories of the reservation’s establishment in 1912. As a young boy, Mr. Hunter’s uncle Hank Aldama was told to collect a small rock, no larger than his fist, and run as far north, east, south and west as his legs could carry him. This would become the boundaries of the reservation. Decades later, Mr. Aldama would recall with a laugh, “I thought I ran farther than that.”
The Jamul Indian Village made the most of their small reservation in east San Diego County, although modern amenities were slow to arrive. Mrs. Chamberlain remembers taking trips to the well for water, carrying five gallon buckets. Their dwellings were meager, made mostly of scrap plywood and metal with dirt floors. The nearby creek provided tribal members a place to bath and wash their clothes. Mr. Pinto and Mr. Meza recall electricity making its way to the reservation in 1980.
Electricity provided light for small gatherings on the reservation, mostly honoring their ancestors and those who had recently passed away. The Jamul Indian Village holds its ancestors in reverence, gathering each year to light candles and decorate the graves of those who have passed away. “Had they not been here and struggled for so long, we wouldn’t be here today. They gave so much,” said Mrs. Chamberlain of her ancestors.
The 1980’s were also a pivotal time politically for the Jamul Indian Village. After decades of work by elders to engage with the federal government in a meaningful way, Jamul Indian Village was formally recognized by the United States as an Indian tribe in 1981. By this recognition, the federal government acknowledged the tribal sovereignty of Jamul Indian Village.
Tribal independence and the principle of self-determination continue to guide the people of Jamul Indian Village. Through struggle they have emerged stronger than ever with resolve to create a better future for generations to come. The construction of a world-class gaming facility is the next chapter in the evolution of the Jamul Indian Village.
The Heartbeat of Mother Earth
Acorns to Oaks group learn about the ancient art of drumming
It is believed that the original purpose of the drum was used as a tool to communicate over long distances as a warning or signal. Dating back to as early as 4000 BC, the drum is the oldest instrument in the world and has been rooted into nearly every culture throughout civilization. Cultures all over the world, have most commonly used drums for spiritual and ceremonial practices, as a way to heal the soul, body and mind, religious rituals, social gatherings, sporting events and for feasts and events.
Though not a cultural practice of the Kumeyaay in San Diego, drums have an important role in Native American history. Drums play an important part in tribal ceremonies, celebrations and spiritual festivals. The belief is that the beating of the drum represents the heartbeat of Mother Earth and when playing the drum, it connects you to the Earth and the Great Spirit.
Acorns to Oaks, formerly called the Tribal Resource Program, is a program led by siblings and Directors Erica and Chris Pinto. The mission of this organization is to educate youth on the history and culture of the tribe, to engage them in activities, and to prevent drug and alcohol abuse and prevent teen pregnancy.
In May Acorns to Oaks gathered together around friends, family and food to learn about the connection of the Native American culture to ancient history of drumming, from expert and close family friend, Leo Preuss.
Mr. Preuss is a Native American from the Tsalagi-Lumbi Tribe on the East Coast. He is a drug and alcohol counselor at Southern Indian Health Council’s La Posta Substance Abuse Center, and is the Vice Chair of the Natives in Recovery Committee. Leo has been drumming for more than 20 years and plays an active role in the Native American community. He provided drums for the activity
Community drum circles embody the tradition that all tribal members are dependent upon each other to do their part for the betterment of the tribe as a whole. Rhythms are played together with a sense of group, with each person playing a part to make the whole. The spirit of the drum circle encourages everyone to take part, expressing their own self without inhibition. Teaching the youth the value of their culture and doing their part for the prosperity of the Tribe, giving them a sense of belonging, and encouraging everyone to take an active role, is an important role that the Acorns to Oaks group plays to educate the younger generation.
Hollywood Casino Jamul – San Diego Welcomes Richard St. Jean as General Manager
We are thrilled to welcome Mr. Richard St. Jean as the General Manager of the Hollywood Casino Jamul – San Diego. Richard is coming here to San Diego after serving for four years as General Manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, where he led the team credited with the successful opening and operations for the $300 million facility. With his vast knowledge and expertise in the industry, we are excited to have him join our team.
He will take on responsibility for the opening and management of our casino and oversee the recruitment and training efforts of approximately 1,000 employees. Richard brings nearly 30 years of experience in development, management and leadership roles at a number of casinos and in the Native American gaming business.
Read more on the recent announcement: Press Release
Richard St. Jean served four years as General Manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, where he led the team credited with the successful May 2012 opening and ramp of operations at the Company’s $300 million facility. He joined Penn National in May 2011 following a 16-year career at Station Casinos during which he served in a number of roles, including President of Native American Gaming, Vice President and General Manager of Development, and a variety of property management roles. Mr. St. Jean’s nearly 30-year career has also included roles at The Tropicana Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.
Learn More about the Hundreds of Jobs Coming to East County
We are thrilled that dozens of residents reach out every day to learn more about the jobs coming to the area! 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 the Human Resources and Surveillance Departments. View information about all of types of jobs at http://www.jamulindianvillage.com/careers/.
The HR department is responsible for issues related to people such as, hiring, performance management, organizational development, compensation, wellness, benefits, employee engagement, communication, administration, training and development. Along with the HR Director, these functions are performed by Human Resources Business Partners, HR Coordinators and Administrative Assistants.
For more information: http://www.jamulindianvillage.com/careers/human-resources/
We are diligent about offering our guests a safe casino experience. As a surveillance agent, your will be our “eye in the sky,” observing the activities of the casino in low light environment while operating under strict confidentiality and fraternization policies.
As a Surveillance Agent, you will:
- Observe all casino operations via surveillance cameras and taping any cheating infractions
- Monitor recording equipment: check equipment operation and time/date generators
- Notify appropriate staff when infractions, cheating, etc. are observed
- Complete daily activity report, noting any pertinent facts
As a surveillance agent, you must learn policies and regulations for all departments, monitor all areas of the property and possess computer skills and be able to complete reports and logs in a timely and legible manner.
For more information: http://www.jamulindianvillage.com/careers/surveillance-agent/