Jamul Indian Village – October Newsletter
Meet Executive Council Member Chris Pinto
Christopher J. Pinto is serving his first non-consecutive term as Executive Council Member for the Jamul Indian Village. For more than five years, Mr. Pinto has worked as a Water Technician for the JIV Environmental Department. In his time as a water technician he became certified in hazardous waste and as a first responder.
Growing up in Jamul allowed Mr. Pinto to be immersed in the traditions of the Tribe. As a young leader, together with the Tribal Council, Chris has a strong interest in serving the Tribe’s future generations and preserving their heritage.
Mr. Pinto is one of the Directors of Acorns to Oaks along with his sister, Chairwoman Pinto. One of the organization’s main goals is to educate young Tribal members on their heritage and culture. He is most fulfilled by the children who learn a skill through Acorns to Oaks, such as gourd making, that carry on with their creative activities at home. He also enjoys spearheading opportunities to partner with the community, including donations of time and money to East County schools and non-profit organizations. Most recently, Mr. Pinto directed the Tribe to donate Halloween candy to an elementary school in Jamul.
Chris has a special interest in the Kumeyaay cultural learnings, including Native American Bird Singing and attending gatherings on different reservations. As a Native American Bird Singer, Mr. Pinto keeps alive a centuries-old tradition. Chris and his wife take their children to many culture events and gatherings. He looks forward to hosting cultural events on the Jamul Indian Village Reservation in the near future.
Chairwoman Pinto Honored for Leadership
The East County Chamber of Commerce named Jamul Indian Village Tribal Councilwoman Erica Pinto among the winners of the 2015 Women in Leadership Awards.
The Chamber hosted the Women in Leadership Luncheon event this month at the Town & Country Resort Hotel in Mission Valley. The awards honor women who have made an impact in San Diego.
Honorees included: Mara Fortin, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Carey Guthrie, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors; Molly Nocon, Noah Homes; Erica Pinto, Jamul Indian Village; Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine; Elizabeth Smith Chavez, Smith Chavez Law; Wendy Urushima-Conn, Asian Business Association; and Shelly Zimmerman, San Diego Chief of Police.
Chairwoman Pinto demonstrated her dedication and passion for improving her community at an early age. She was elected as a Tribal Councilmember at the age of 22 and served in this role for more than 17 years. As a Councilmember and later Vice Chairwoman, she spearheaded the work of the Enrollment Committee, guiding the Council to amend the Tribal Constitution for the benefit of its members. She is also deeply involved with the day-to-day operations of the Tribe. She has a sophisticated grasp on the most complex aspects of Tribal governance, enrollment and operations. But her real passion comes from applying that knowledge to build a better future for the Tribe and ensuring care for its elders.
Read more from The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Acorns to Oaks Prepares for All Souls Day
All Souls Day occurs every November 2 and is one of the most important days of the year for Jamul Indian Village. In reverence of their ancestors, Tribal members clear the Reservation’s cemetery of shrubs and decorate the headstones with colorful flowers. When night comes, Tribal members light candles and place them near the headstones. As Vice Chairman Kenny Mesa explains, “It’s like turning on a light for our ancestors.”
Acorns to Oaks, the organization founded by Tribal Chairwoman Erica Pinto and her brother, Executive Council Member Chris Pinto, worked with the Tribe’s younger members in October to create the paper flowers for All Souls Day. The kids learned about the traditions of the Tribe and their heritage and culture. This was one of many days spent creating flowers, as it takes them multiple days throughout the year to complete the flowers needed to decorate the graves to honor their ancestors.
“I’m proud of the hard work these kids have done in honor of their ancestors,” said Chairwoman Pinto. “We know our ancestors are guiding us to carry on these traditions for generations.”
In 2014, the Jamul Indian All Souls Day video was created to capture the spirit and historical perspective of the day.
Jamul Indian Village Feels the Drought
The Jamul Indian Village Environmental Department recognizes the important issues surrounding the record drought in California. On the Reservation and in the community of Jamul, the drought has taken its toll on the land. The Department has observed plants drying up due to lack of water, along with nearby Willow Creek.
The Department is concerned about the fire danger this year. San Diego County Fire officials are warning residents in rural areas to maintain a “defensible space” around their homes. Defensible space is an area where dry shrubs, and other materials capable of allowing a fire to spread, have been cleared to slow an advancing wildfire.
For more information from San Diego County Fire click here.
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 “Back of House” Food and Beverage jobs and the Facilities Department that includes plumbers, electricians, and more. View information about all types of jobs at: jamulindianvillage.com/careers