March 2015 Newsletter

Meet Carlene Chamberlain, Executive Council Member

charlene-500As a devoted member of the Tribe and widely respected leader, Carlene Chamberlain has served on the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council for over 20 years. She has served as Vice-Chairperson and most recently, Council Member.

Ms. Chamberlain also enjoyed a career as a firefighter at the Sycuan Indian Reservation and, notably, was the first female graduate of the Heartland Fire Academy. She served as a firefighter for four years and also worked for the City of El Cajon as a 911 dispatch operator.

After completing her service as a firefighter, Chamberlain continued to work for the City of San Diego. She advanced to the position of Fire Dispatch Administrator and retired in 2006, after 27 years of service. She now devotes her time and energy working for the Tribe.

Carlene is currently a Tribal representative on the Southern Indian Health Council (SIHC) and their Advisory Board and for the San Diego Archeology Center. Until recently, she served as a Tribal representative on the Public Safety Committee of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). She eventually resigned so she could spend more time raising her granddaughter.

Carlene is a mother of four and grandmother of ten. She and her husband Bob are raising their granddaughter on their farm in Ramona, where the family also raises cattle, pigs, and lambs. During her free time, Carlene enjoys spending time with her granddaughter, dogs and horses, cooking special Sunday dinners with her husband, camping with the family, and watching TV.

Local Vendor Opportunities

Jamul Indian Village and its gaming operator, Penn National Gaming, are looking for area businesses to supply goods and services for the $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego scheduled to open in mid-2016. We are committed to developing ongoing business relationships in the community of Jamul and the surrounding areas. Vendor opportunities will include, among others:

  • Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies
  • Computer, Audio Visual, & Security Equipment
  • Disposables & Paper Supplies
  • Food & Beverage Products
  • Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment
  • Kitchen & Restaurant Supplies & Equipment
  • Office Supplies
  • Retail Gifts/Specialty Items

If you are interested in in becoming a vendor for Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, please register online with us.

Learning Responsibility: A Kwi-Kwi Legend

In a valley near a large mountain lived a band of Kumeyaay Indians. Enemies from afar began to attack the Kumeyaay to take control of their land. During the attacks, the Kumeyaay would hide the children and elders in a secluded valley, free from any danger.One day, a young woman warrior was chosen to protect the children and elders. It was a great honor to be chosen by the Kwaipi, leader of the tribe.

Unfortunately, the woman warrior did not take her responsibility seriously and fell asleep, during her sleep, the enemy found where the children and elders were hidden.The Kuseyaay, or medicine man, and the Kwaipi grew angry when they returned and saw what happened. The Kuseyaay cursed the young woman and turned her into a Kwi-Kwi. As she began to transform into an orange, hairy monster, she ran off into the brush. Even though you will never see the Kwi-Kwi, you will know where she had been by the orange hair she leaves behind on the brush.

Young people are told the legend of the Kwi-Kwi to remind them about the importance of taking charge of their responsibilities.

Council Visits Local Nonprofit Organizations to Support Efforts

Jamul Indian Village Council Members visited Noah Homes and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center this March to start the conversation on how they will be able to support their neighbors now and into the future.The Council members met with leaders of the organizations to learn more about their mission and vision for the future, and how JIV can support the organizations through community service, partnerships, and financially once the casino is open in mid-2016.

Jamul Indian Village has established a community resource group for 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 work with both St. Madeleine’s and Noah Homes in the near future.


About Noah Homes
Since 1983, our mission as a nonprofit has been to provide exceptional residential services and opportunities to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. This now includes advocacy and community partnership. Our goal is to maximize each individual’s independence in a community environment that fosters dignity and respect, as well as personal and spiritual growth. For more information visit:

About St. Madeline Sophie’s Center
St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center educates and empowers individuals with developmental disabilities to realize their full potential. They serve individuals with developmental disabilities through nationally recognized innovative programs. We combine our culture of care and creativity within quality programs to provide liberal arts education, practical skills development, employment, and dignity for a lifetime. For more information visit:

The Tribe looks forward to the community partnerships and will continue outreach to other organizations in the community.

Jamul Indian Village Donates Over $4,000 to Local School Programs

The Jamul Indian Village is proud to support organizations and causes in our community. Charitable giving is close to our hearts, and we believe philanthropy contributes to our mission of building a bright future for generations to come. This is the cornerstone of our people’s work to bring a casino project to life.Towards this end, we have made recent financial contributions to Steel Canyon High School. Between the school’s football program, golf team, track team, girl’s basketball team and metal class, we have donated $3,500. We have also made financial contributions to Valhalla High School’s lacrosse team. Our tribal members also enjoy contributing time to various causes. We will continue our charitable giving for many years to come.

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