Sunday, March 21, 2010
Temecula Indians Meet at Pablo Apis Park
It's been over five years since the Pablo Apis Park in Temecula was dedicated. Pablo Apis is the man who was the headman to the Temecula Indians and this park is on some of the last open land of his land grant.
Today, Sunday March 21, over 120 members of the Temecula Indians met. With elders 90 years old to newborn children, they gathered to discuss the future and share food and laughter.
A prayer circle was formed with young and old, bringing energy and unity to the family's gathered together to share sustenance and stories.
The Temecula Indians are federally recognized Indians from the Temecula area. Many were disenrolled from the tribe known as the Pechanga Band, but, Pechanga is a location, not a tribe. Currently, a splinter group has stolen the tribe and it's heritage and is passing as the tribe. We will continue the story on this blog.
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.