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SOBOBA TRIBAL NEWSPAPER

The primary purpose for the “Soboba Indian Reporter” is to provide the Southern California tribal community with current news about the Soboba Indian Reservation in Hemet, Calif., and provide important breaking news and information that may affect the everyday survival of American Indians across the United States.

Originally "The Indian Reporter" was established in 1962 by “Wild Bill” Jennings as a local grass roots tribal newsletter. Ernie Salgado (Luiseño) continued the newsletter electronically on the Internet in 2009. As Editor in Chief Ernie Salgado Jr. is continuing Wild Bill's journalism work in 2017 self publishing under the Soboba Indian Reporter masthead.

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MAILING & CONTACT INFORMATION:
ERNIE SALGADO, EDITOR
P.O. BOX 366, SAN JACINTO, CA 92581
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READ ALL ABOUT IT and more in the Soboba Indian Reporter tribal newspaper free electronic digital archives:

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SOBOBA POWWOW 2017
21st Annual Soboba Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

(Facebook page)
Sept 15-17, 10:00 am
At the Soboba Event Center,
SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION (website)
23906 SOBOBA RD
SAN JACINTO, CA 92583

SOBOBA ATHLETICS
N.I.A.A.
National Indian Athletics Association All Men's & Women's
FASTPITCH SOFTBALL TOURNAMENT
ON THE SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION
September 15-17, 2017
DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION SOBOBA POSTER

Recent featured Soboba tribal news articles:

YES, WE ARE STILL HERE
by Annette Guachino, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

BACK TO SCHOOL
The "good old days" on the Soboba Indian Reservation

CASTILLO
EDWARD CASTILLO
is a well-known tribal educator and Native American activist who participated in the historic 19-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz (1969-1971). He's also a famous Native American Indian book author and retired professor/director of Native American Studies at the Sonoma State University in California...

AVELLAKA
SILENT RAIN ESPINOZA (Viejas)
, Christian High School Girls Softball team posted an outstanding .560 batting average with 62 hits and scored 64 runs, named All American First Team...

AVELLAKA
AVELLAKA ARIVSO (Soboba)
, Hemet High School Girls Softball team, wins Bulldogs 2017 Most Valuable Player (MVP) award...

KEYERA
KEYERA "FLORES" CAMERON
placed 2nd in the NFL 8-9 Year Old Pass, Punt and Kick Division Championships...

JOE BURTON
JOE BURTON (Soboba)
, a 2009 West Valley High School and Oregon State University Beavers basketball player, Joseph was voted 2016 MVP in his professional rookie year with the French ALM Évreux Basketball league team, continues successful pro sports career...

BACK TO SCHOOL
The "good old days" on the Soboba Indian Reservation

ERNIE
An historical perspective by Ernie C. Salgado, Jr., Soboba Tribal Elder

It seems like the older we get the faster time flies or is it just my imagination getting the best of me, again?

Historical Soboba Indian Reservation photos courtesy of Ernie Salgado tribal family multimedia restoration and archiving project.

For real it seems like my grandkids or great-grandkids I should say just got out for the summer and they are already heading back to the classroom. But it’s great to have them over for late afternoon BBQs and dipping in the pool.

God, how things have changed....

In my day if we wanted to play in the water we either headed up to the canyon to play in the river or went to the community swimming pool in Hemet.

Most times Hemet wasn’t an option because we played too rough for the other kids and were not welcomed back for a week or two.

Sometimes we had our bikes to get around but most of the time we weren't able to keep air in the tires for the bull thorn. We either walked or caught a ride with someone heading whichever way we were going. Although getting a ride in those days wasn't that easy either since there weren't that many cars on the Rez....

If it were today we would be the fashion icons with our shabby threadbare Levi's, white T-shirts and bare feet. And when and if we had shoes it was show time....

I will always remember during the summer when Mr. and Mrs. Badilla had the first TV on the Rez.

In 1950 TV was a major electronic breakthrough. Every Friday evening everyone on the Rez gathered at their house and they would put the TV on their front porch for us to watch.... READ ERNIE'S SOBOBA FEATURE STORY

FEATURED SOCAL AMERICAN INDIAN NEWS:

Public Law 280: Tribal Rights and Jurisdiction, Soboba Lawsuit

EDITOR IN CHIEF
by Ernie C. Salgado, Jr.
(Soboba tribe)

On June 9, 2017 Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians tribal attorney George Forman filed a lawsuit against the Riverside County Sheriff’s in the United States District Count, Central District of California. The main issues of the lawsuit are tribal rights, authority and jurisdiction.

The legal action taken by the Soboba Tribal Council stems from the alleged illegal actions taken by the Riverside sheriffs during their investigation of a missing person (Jerome Salgado Jr.) from May 26-31, 2016.

The Soboba lawsuit Introduction states:

During the period of May 26-31, 2016, agents of the Riverside County Sheriff's Office invaded the Soboba Indian Reservation ("Soboba Reservation" or "Reservation") of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians ("Soboba Band" or "Band") to execute a search warrant that was issued based on false statements of an RSO deputy.

Having trespassed on the Soboba Reservation to execute its unlawful warrant, the RSO then seized the Tribal Administration building, commandeered the Band's employees to download hundreds of hours of video surveillance from over 100 cameras, seized additional video surveillance footage outside the scope of the unlawful warrant...”... READ MORE

American Indians Second Class Citizens by Choice

EDITOR IN CHIEF
by Ernie C. Salgado, Jr.
(Soboba tribe)

told myself not to write this article but sometimes I just can’t help myself. I guess I’m like the bug in the movie “Bugs Life” when he was told don’t look at the lights and as he looked at the light he said “I can’t help it.” So since I can’t help myself I am going to expose this can of worms.

What is pathetic is that non-American citizens seem to get more protections from the Constitution of the United State of America than the American Indian tribal people. In fact just the other day the Federal Court judge in Hawaii ruled that the Trump travel ban was not legal because it violated the Civil Rights of the non-citizens. And if that’s not bad enough the Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. forces in combat fighting the Islamic extremist must read them their Miranda Rights.

Sure the United States Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act in 1968 (H.R. 2516) stating “The Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 (ICRA) applies to the Indian tribes of the United States and makes many, but not all, of the guarantees of the Bill of Rights applicable within the tribes. The legislation also addressed the crises of domestic violence that pledge the American Indian community.

The Act appears today in Title 25, sections 1301 to 1303 of the United States Code. The “and makes many, but not all,” are troublesome and were not defied The US Supreme Court had made clear that tribal internal affairs concerning tribal members' individual rights were not covered by the Fifth Amendment to the US constitution. However, the tribes were ultimately subjected to the power of Congress and the Constitution... READ MORE.

SOBOBA ELDERS/YOUTH
WAR ON DRUGS WALK

By Marian Chacon, Soboba Elder
May 2017

It was that time again and the weather was perfect. We had our annual Elder/Youth walk on March 25, 2017. This year we combined our walk with the 2nd annual War on Drugs walk and it was dedicated to Robert "Bobby" Salgado. He was very interested in the youth and involved in their activities. He also participated in these walks.

We had a great turnout with over 100 people taking part. We started at Soboba tribal hall with Michael Madrigal giving a blessing on the elders, youth and all those present.

The walk was to the Oaks and took about an hour and 15 minutes for a distance of about 2.8 miles one way. Luckily there was a shuttle available to give rides to those who like me were unable to walk the whole way.

At the Oaks, talks were given by Jane Cazabat, Stacia Cozart and Mary Resvaloso on the problems some of their family members had and of their own struggles with alcohol and drugs and of their recovery with the help of the Creator, their families, their culture and the many people who helped them.

A lunch of hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni and potato salad, fruit and other goodies was served. Special thanks to Carrie Garcia and her crew who did all the food preparation and provided the shuttles. Carrie did a great job in making all the arrangements. She has been a big part of the success of these walks each year and we are grateful for her help. Her crew consisted of the following: Anthony Vega, Martin "Dingas" Valdez, Kenneth "Pogo" Hurtado, Gabriel Lewis, Julian Briones, Emily Lopez and Jessica Valdez.

After the lunch Virginia Duenaz gave a very moving prayer blessing for all those who are in prison. Names were written on cards and hung on a tree branch. She said it is up to all of us to work together to save our children from becoming involved in the use of drugs and alcohol.

Many thanks to Linda Resvaloso and Arlene Salgado for all their help in planning this event. Linda arranged for the T-shirts which were donated by Arlene White and Claudia Magana and the Morongo Diabetes Dept. and for the speakers. Arlene made arrangements for all the tables. Thanks to Albert Duenaz for the loan of the chairs, driving the shuttle and for his very delicious beans. And to Harold Arres for the use of his trailer. Thanks to the Soboba Elders who paid for and donated the food and to the Soboba Fire Dept. and the Public Safety Dept. who were available in case anyone needed assistance. Public Works did a great job in fixing the road past the Oaks. Unfortunately we were unable to have the hay rides to the canyon due to the investigation that was going on. Also thanks to Craig Young for the colorful flyers.

Special thanks to everyone who helps out each year. Without your help we would not be able to have these events. We hope to see you all here next year.

Soboba Tribal Water Right

By Ernie C. Salgado Jr.
February 2017

SOBOBA INDIAN RESERVATION -- Long before Standing Rock the American Indian tribes including Soboba have been fighting the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), powerful Government agencies, Cities, and States to protect the tribal water rights.

Many tribe even had to file law suits against the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) for their failure to protect our water rights which was their responsibility. Many of the BIA agencies went so far as to side with the people that were infringing on the tribal water rights.

Soboba for example, in 1990 was awarded damages by the federal courts against the BIA as part one for failure to protect the Soboba tribes water rights. “Negligence.” is what the court labeled It. But it should have been criminal as the BIA administration forced an entire generation to live without an adequate domestic water supply while trying to force the tribe give up their water rights the local water district.

The people of Soboba were forced to haul water from the nearby City of San Jacinto when the water usage on the reservation exceeded underground water level which was set at a depth of 100 feet. Request by the tribal leader to lower the domestic water wells pump to allow for the production of more water was continually denied by the BIA.

And although the tribe had funds allocated and available to increase the ground water supply for the reservations residence it refused to allow it -- for over 30-years.

In 1975 U.S. President, Richard M. Nixon signed Public Law 93-638, the American Indian Self-Determination and Education Act into law. The legislation provided for input into the development of the regulations for the implementation of the Act by the tribes ... READ MORE.

Soboba’s Joseph Burton Takes France By Storm

Soboba Tribal member Joe Burton was voted 2016 MVP in his rookie year with the French ALM Évreux Basketball league team.

Joseph began his professional basketball career in 2013 with Aalborg Vi-kings In the Danish Basketligaen, where he averaged 22 points, 12.5 rebounds and 4 assists.

For the 2014–15 season, signed with Landstede Basketball. At the end of the regular season, he won the DBL Statistical Player of the Year Award and was named to the All-DBL Team and DBL All-Defense Team. During the 2015–16 season, Joseph played with the ALM Évreux Basket earning the MVP award.Joseph is the son of Dondi Silvas and the grandson of Charlie “B-Bop” and Yvonne Silvas. He was born on November 2, 1990 and live his entire life on the Soboba Indian Reservation.... READ MORE.

MILITARY FAMILY NOTES

Frank Red Bow Basquez-Gallerito, the 19-year-old son of Mia and Frank Bow Basquez-Gallerito, is scheduled to complete his Naval basic military training (boot camp) around the middle of May 2017.

The young recruit is undergoing his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois.

Frank enlisted in the United State Navy on September 14, 2016. He took the oath of military service at the Military Entrance Processing Station in San Diego. He enlisted for eight-years of active duty and three-years of reserve service time. When asked why he enlisted for eight-years of active duty as apposed to the normal four-years.

He reported for active duty at the U.S. Naval Base in San Diego on March 16, 2017. Although he enlisted in September 2016 his date for re-porting for active duty was delayed by the Navy since he was enrolled with the Southern California EMS Training institute in Murrieta.

He will complete his basic training around the middle of May 2017 at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois adjacent to Waukegan, IL on the north side of Chicago.

Upon completion of his eight-weeks of basic training he will begin his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) training as a certified electrician.

Frank graduated from San Jacinto High School on June 9, 2016. During his four-years of high school he participated in the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) pro-gram.

Frank is the middle child of five siblings. He spend the first 15-years of his life on the Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation in New Mexico where he is an enrolled tribal member. The Mescalero Apache reservation is also the home of many of the blood relatives of the famous Apache warrior, Geronimo.

However, he has deep family roots with the Soboba Indian Reservation in Southern California.

The Basquez-Gallerito family moved to the Soboba reservation in 2012. However, his mother, Mia, said she made sure they came home every summer.

From the CEO, Editor:
"Dear Tribal Community,"
(especially U.S. Military Veterans and their families)

VVMF

BARONA INDIAN RESERVATION, JANUARY 23, 2013 — Janna Hoehn (Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund VVMF), representing Jan Scruggs, presented the "Faces Never Forgotten" project to American Indian veterans to develop Tribal involvement in the national project... READ MORE.

SO CAL TRIBAL TIES

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS:

JOE PINKJOSEPH PATRICK PINK is honored on Panel 28E, Row 56 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: JOSEPH PATRICK PINK
Wall Name: JOSEPH P PINK
Date of Birth: 10/17/1947
Date of Casualty: 10/23/1967
Home of Record: SAN JACINTO
County of Record: RIVERSIDE
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: SP4
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG TIN

MORONGO BAND OF MISSION INDIANS:

WILLIE LYONSWILLIAM JOHN LYONS is honored on Panel 3E, Row 19 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: WILLIAM JOHN LYONS
Wall Name: WILLIAM J LYONS
Date of Birth: 7/27/1940
Date of Casualty: 11/4/1965
Home of Record: BANNING
County of Record: RIVERSIDE COUNTY
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: 1LT
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: PR & MR UNKNOWN

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE A KUMEYAAY NATION:

WILLIE LYONSJAMES GREGORY MESA is honored on Panel 42W, Row 48 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Full Name: JAMES GREGORY MESA
Wall Name: JAMES G MESA
Date of Birth: 9/24/1948
Date of Casualty: 9/30/1968
Home of Record: JAMUL
County of Record: SAN DIEGO COUNTY
State: CA
Branch of Service: ARMY
Rank: PFC
Casualty Country: SOUTH VIETNAM
Casualty Province: QUANG DUC

U.S. and Tribal Leaders to Celebrate Soboba of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act Today!

SAN JACINTO, Calif. — On Wednesday, Jan. 11, Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs Larry Echo Hawk, Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Anne Castle, Counselor to the Deputy Secretary Letty Belin and other U.S. officials will join tribal leaders including Scott Cozart, Chairman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, for a ceremony in San Jacinto, Calif., to celebrate conclusion of an historic U.S.-tribal water rights settlement.

Federal funding recently released under the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Settlement Act of 2008 marked the final step in the historic water rights settlement and fulfilled promises made to the Soboba Band and southern California communities when the Act was approved by Congress in 2008...SOURCE | PDF.

LOS COYOTES Band in the News:

Los Coyotes Band going for $160 million off-reservation casino deal:

From lucritive U.S. government military and law enforcement contracts to $160 million off-reservation casino plan with the City of Barstow that will create thousands of new jobs in the community, to massive arson-set fire on the reservation — the Los Coyotes band is making news headlines in Indian Country....

RINCON Band in the News:

Rincon-county agreement could mean millions for services:

by Christopher Cadelago, October 12, 2011, The San Diego Union-Tribune

A new tribal gaming agreement between the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and San Diego County could generate millions to supplement local firefighting, policing, transportation and problem-gambling treatment, officials said....

Big Supreme Court Win for Rincon Band:

by Michael Gardner, June 27, 2011 (The San Diego Union-Tribune)

SACRAMENTO — The U.S. Supreme Court Monday sided with a North San Diego County Indian tribe that had challenged the state’s bid to exact money from casinos in return for permission to add slot machines.

The court, without comment, declined to hear an appeal of an earlier 9th Circuit Court of Appeal ruling in 2008 that declared the assessment illegal.

The decision is a big win for gaming tribes that had claimed former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s demands for money in return for gambling expansions amounted to an illegal tax.

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Mission Indians led the court challenge....

CHOCTAW WARRIOR
Col. Van T. Barfoot (ret.) WW II Medal of Honor

Army Colonel Barfoot (retired) is one of only five American Indians to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in the 20th century. He served in the WW2, Korean and Vietnam wars...then his neighborhood association told the 90-year-old warrior to take down his flag pole...


BO MAZZETTI blames the governor not the DOI

The situation we find ourselves in with the California compacts is not the doing of the Rincon Band or DOI. The person to blame is the governor of the State of California....

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