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.