Friday, March 27, 2015

Gabrieleno-Kizh Chief Ernie Salas Named Senior Citizen of the Year in San Gabriel


The City of San Gabriel named Ernie Salas as the Senior Citizen of the Year for the city.

Salas, who is also the Chief of the Gabrieleno Band of Mission Indians Kizh Nation, has been a resident of San Gabriel his entire life of 86 years. The city will recognize him at the April 21st City Council meeting where he will be given the award of Senior Citizen of the Year.

Chief Salas has long led the efforts of his Gabrieleno tribe in promoting their culture and heritage to the residents of San Gabriel and other San Gabriel Valley communities. He has maintained his own collection of native artifacts and other natural items to further educate the youth and local communities in and around San Gabriel.

Gabrieleno Kizh Chief Ernie Salas (R) pictured with Gabrieleno Elder Alex Motano
grandson of Felecitas, who decended from San Nicolas Island

He has also led the tribe’s efforts toward becoming federally recognized and as performed spiritual blessings at number of local public and private sites to further continue the time honored ways of his people. Chief Ernie and his lovely wife Virginia are the proud parents of six adult children with an abundant number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...


A grateful Thank You to Lucy for submitting Chief Salas as a candidate for this honor. Supporters of the KIZH Nation have always been impressed with the Chief's wisdom and his big heart for the People, nature, and all the the Creator has provided. This is an honor long overdue. Congratulations to the Chief. AHO



















White Buffalo said...

Our ways and customs are going the way of our elders. We are not living the way of our ancestors would wish us to. The wisdom to know what is right and what is wrong is passed from the elder to the younger by word and action. The community is the classroom. The way of the people comes from living. Once these elders are gone who will sing the songs and tell the stories or bless the people? I do not believe it will be the casino Indians.

Anonymous said...

It's good to keep the traditions alive. And to fight for what is right and just.

How many Gabrieleno are still fighting? And what are they doing?

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