Thursday, April 22, 2010

Oldest Living Ancestor of Pechanga Chief Pablo Apis Turns 91

Congratulations to Michael Salinas, who turned 91 yesterday. We believe that Michael is the oldest living descendent to Pablo Apis, Chief of the Temecula Indians, on whose land the Pechanga Resort and Casino is located.

Hopefully, Michael will live to see the day that his family is restored to the Pechanga Tribe from which his ancestor gave so much.




The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians, which hijacked the Temecula Band of Luiseno Indian's federal recognition, is well known for terminating Indians from their rightful place in the tribe. Since the advent of casino gaming Pechanga's disenrollment of 230 adults from the tribe is second only to the Picayune Rancheria in the termination of Native Americans in CA.

13 comments:

esthersalinasflorin said...

THANK YOU, O.P., for acknowledging my Uncle's Birthday ~~ Aunt Juana's is coming up in June! It is a blessing indeed that they are still with us.

Anonymous said...

Wishing him a very happy birthday with more to come.

sanjuanflorist

Anonymous said...

Yes we all agree happy birthday may you see the circle complete

Allen L. Lee said...

Not to be a smarta$$, but I know you meant to say that Michael Salinas was a descendant, not an ancestor of Pablo Apis.
Just trying to help out. I've said it before when people criticize my mis-spellings, "It's not that important as long as you understand what I meant," Happy Birthday to Michael Salinas. I understand what you meant.

White Buffalo said...

Mr. Lee when your write, um rite, um write, um right your right, Happy birthday Uncle Mike.

O Pechanga said...

Thanks Mr. Lee...

Michael looks too young to be anyone's ancestor... he looks terrific for 71 let alone 91.

Anonymous said...

Is there an article in the local paper about Michael Salinas? A good time to let our community know who he is. Congratulations to Michael!

Anonymous said...

Hey does he talk about the good old days?? Write his stories, I am sure he has lots. I wish I could turn back the clock and ask my grandparents all the questions rattling around these days.

sanjuanflorist

creeper said...

Happy birthay Michal Salinas,

My grandmother, Stella Miller who was John Millers wife just turned
98 years young, I say young because
she thinks she is just past 39 again , wants to go dancing and Las Vegas is on her list right know. She is indestructable.
If Michael, Stella and her friend
Lawrence Madariaga could get together it would be some history lesson. SHE REMEMBERS EVERYTHING.
Stories of the Millers, Cuevas, Madariagas and so many others.

Anonymous said...

may be to get all information we can from respected ELDERS TO PRESERVE FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people said...

many prayers and birthday wishes to elder michael salinas!

good day and good medicince, michael, and the entire pablo apis family as well! keep figtin' the good fight!

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people

cathy cory

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the youth of the Masiel crime family KNOW who Pablo Apis is?

Anonymous said...

happy birthday--i knew your son in san jacinto when he was a school principal nice guy i know things will come out in the right for all those real indians who have been disenrolled ---these so called tribal leaders have gone against the ancestors--anyone who has studied or is a real pechanga indian ----will rule out in the end.