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Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day: Public Invited to Help Commemorate

Special events are planned for Saturday, Nov. 23 to mark the inaugural commemoration of the local holiday.

With Pu'éska Mountain as a backdrop, Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is pictured Nov. 15, 2012 during a press conference to announce the tribe's purchase of land otherwise slated to be used for Liberty Quarry. (Patch file photo/Toni McAllister)
With Pu'éska Mountain as a backdrop, Pechanga Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro is pictured Nov. 15, 2012 during a press conference to announce the tribe's purchase of land otherwise slated to be used for Liberty Quarry. (Patch file photo/Toni McAllister)
The following is a joint news release issued by the City of Temecula and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians:

TEMECULA, CA - The City of Temecula in partnership with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians invite the public to share in a commemoration that marks the inaugural local holiday observance of Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day. The event falls in November, which is National American Indian Heritage Month.

Special Event: Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day Holiday Commemoration

Location: City of Temecula City Hall Town Square & Conference Center 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590

Date: Saturday, November 23, 2013

Time: 10:30am Presentation
(Open House of Cultural Exhibits: 10am-2pm)

Activities: Learn about Temecula’s Native American Heritage as the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians share their culture with the community including cultural exhibits, hands-on family friendly activities, a mobile museum, Native American food tasting and more!

What is Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day?

“The City of Temecula proclaimed Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day as an official local holiday to show gratitude and respectfully recognize Temecula’s deeply rooted Native American culture of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians,” stated Mayor Mike Naggar. “It is our intention that this holiday be celebrated every year as part of the Pechanga and City culture for as long as City Hall stands. Our children, and our children's children, will be telling this story!” Naggar added.

Mayor Pro-Tem Maryann Edwards noted that Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day commemorates a story that forever changed our community during the most contentious land development issue ever faced in Riverside County. “In the end, Pechanga reached out and protected all of Temecula, and history has come full circle in the form of this beautiful and sacred Pu’éska Mountain.” One of the Nation’s largest aggregate surface mines slated to destroy the Sacred Creation Area of all Luiseño Indians, and impose harmful quality of life impacts to its surrounding communities, was ultimately stopped by a historical agreement negotiated by the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.

Council Member Jeff Comerchero noted, “What is meaningful and cherished is that this experience unified communities of people both tribal and nontribal to work in unison, and that spirit continues to move us forward.” City Council Member Ron Roberts concurred, “We are all intertwined within our community, and finding common ground is the key to our collective success. As the City Council’s Tribal Liaison for over 20 years, I’m very pleased that this local holiday will give the community time to pause and get to know the culture the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.”

The holiday is formally observed on November 15th in recognition of November 15, 2012 -the day Pu’éska Mountain was reunited with its original Pechanga landowners. The holiday commemoration is planned for Saturday, November 23rd, a weekend, to accommodate a family-friendly atmosphere and broad community participation. The Pechanga Cultural Resources Department will be on hand to provide various cultural exhibits within the City’s Town Square, Quad and Conference Center including hands-on cultural activities and food samples. At 10:30am, at the front steps of City Hall, the program will renew and reaffirm the City’s Proclamation of Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day as a local holiday.

“Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day is a permanent reminder for future generations of a very special moment in the joint history of Temecula and Pechanga,” stated Council Member Chuck Washington. “It is an honor that the Tribe will be sharing and educating the community with their Native culture in the City’s Town Square.”

“We appreciate this considerate declaration by the City of Temecula,” said Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro. “The struggle to protect our heritage and health served as yet another reminder that our histories – and our futures – are indeed interwoven. We look forward to commemorating this mutually important achievement as one community.”
SA November 08, 2013 at 04:00 PM
Nation American Indian Day, Black History Month so on and so forth … How about a Caucasoid Pride Month … wait toooooo soon?
Paul Jacobs November 08, 2013 at 08:08 PM
@SA White Europeans have been the oppressors of others throughout history. If that is a history you'd like to celebrate, why not have a National Nazi Day? Too soon?
J Kleiner November 09, 2013 at 03:26 PM
Not for a WHITE IGNORAMOUS like SA. You have KKK day SA for your Tea Party ilk.
AlwaysPO'd November 09, 2013 at 08:27 PM
"White Europeans have been the oppressors of others throughout history." - Paul ___________________________________________________ The left hates this nation for it's simple existence and feels a deep seeded self-loathing because of it. In their twisted inane logic, it was founded by old angry white guys based upon slavery and injustice and has to be brought to it's knees at all costs. They can't grasp the concept of migration and self betterment. Is it any wonder why the left, that thwarts and chastises achievement at every turn, would degrade those throughout history that have advanced civilization time and time again? Of course not. It just wouldn't be fair.
lotsahelp November 09, 2013 at 09:08 PM
Paul check your history. Plenty of oppression by plenty of other nationalities. Study south american(even mexico), African, middle eastern, asian, indigenous people of america and on and on. No one race is "better" or "worse".
AlwaysPO'd November 09, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Correction - "deep seated".
AlwaysPO'd November 09, 2013 at 09:27 PM
"You have KKK day SA for your Tea Party ilk." - Kleiner - ___________________________________________________ You do know the origins of the KKK, don't you Mr. Kleiner?
Dean Smart November 10, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Paul Jacobs is a typical underducated , or misleading Democrat/Leftist . Read your history Jacobs. Pre Columbus Indian civilizations in North and South America were extremely oppressive and brutal to each other. I would submit that they were even worse to each other than White Europeans were to them. Also do not mistake the effects of Smallpox and other diseases for oppression. The defeat of Indian civilizations had more to do with unintended consequences than cultural superiority. As another example look at Africa. Africans were as guilty as the White Europeans in enslaving and oppressing fellow Africans. They were also extremely oppressive and brutal to each other well before White Europeans arrived on the scene. Paul Jacobs like his fellow Democrats try to falsely teach that oppression by Whites upon other races is something unique to Whites and that Whites should somehow feel guilt for being the only oppressive race toward other races. This is false .
Paul Jacobs November 10, 2013 at 08:48 PM
@Dean Smart, I don't know how I got to be the punching bag in this gym, but I am an independent after formerly being Libertarian, Republican and a Democrat for a time. These days, I don't buy what political parties are selling and I'm certainly not buying your revisionist history! No African Americans did not sic dogs on their brethren nor use fire hoses to keep them in their place. Have you ever lisened to the Pechanga story? Do you understand why they are on the present reservation and why they had to buy the mountain that is the place of their creation? Do you think they willingly abandoned that site so that a quarry company could come along and blast it? No, there is much you don't understand about our good neighbors.
Dean Smart November 10, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Actually Paul you show your ignorance once again. I have read your leftist views for years. What you register as cannot cover your leftist leanings. So Paul I must be ignorant of Africans selling Africans into slavery for hundreds of years to White Europeans and thousands of years to each other? As for the Pechanga story: Should we talk about how they were defeated by America and put on reservations? By the way I don't believe in that concept. They should have been assimilated into our nation as other native people are when they are defeated. I also do not believe that they should have soveign special status. This status has been perverted and abused with their special casino gambling status and the corrupt way they have removed family lines from the tribe so some members can line their own pockets more. Is that the story we should speak about? Or is that ignorant too?
Tumblingdie November 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM
I'm not privvy to all the details, but think that in order to permanently lay to rest the quarrel over the quarry with Granite Construction, the Pechanga Indians had to pay out 17 million dollars to purchase the land outright, from Granite Construction. I may be wrong but this story smacks of environmental extortion. Thank God for the Pechanga Tribe coming to the rescue and keep an eye on Granite Construction!
Paul Jacobs November 11, 2013 at 04:06 PM
@Tumblingdie, you got it right, plus Pechanga paid another $3 million ti reimburse Granite for the bribes -- I mean planning expenses they paid to get the quarry approved. The City was fighting a losing battle ever since they gave up on their rightful annexation, because developer-politicians need quarries for progress. Pechanga save our collective butt and developers win because now they are planning thousands of dwelling units near where the quarry would have been. Gridlock is our future, but it's better than a quarry.
Paul Jacobs November 11, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Steve, bully for you. In the name of freedom and liberty I should keep any opinion that doesn't agree with your set of facts to myself. God Bless America as long as you pray to the right god and the right political party. Beautiful.
Dean Smart November 11, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Paul or as long as you don't pretend to be one thing as in a fake Independent moderate when you are really a stealth Commie bastard.
Paul Jacobs November 11, 2013 at 11:20 PM
Patch is a good place for a pi$$ing contest, but not for intelligent conversation. This "commie" flew the flag at dawn and took it down at sunset in honor of our veterans. I participate in our great system of government. It is so rewarding to be a good patriot while cowards behind a keyboard throw insults and do nothing for the community.
Dean Smart November 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Paul trust me stalth Commies like you will still wave the American flag as the country moves more to the Communist left. As for doing nothing. Action is my middle name except when it comes to scum. I don't play with cockroaches in real life. I just scatter them.
Paul Jacobs November 12, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Dean, nobody will ever accuse you of being a stealth moron.
Paul Jacobs November 12, 2013 at 04:26 AM
Steve, please get help http://rcdmh.org/opencms/english/Mental_Health_Services/ I am for controlled growth, but your developer-mayor wants to pack 'em and stack 'em. I just helped get one project off of Pechanga Prkwy reduced in the number of units. Didn't see you at the planning meeting.
SA November 13, 2013 at 02:03 PM
Kleiner and Jacobs: Funny I am Armenian which makes my heritage from the Caucasus Mountains which makes me Caucasian. My grandparents are survivors of the Armenian Genocide (as children) … made me so proud that this country took my great grandparents along with my grandparents in and saving them from the Ottoman Empire, I served this country in “thanks” … So KKK sir I laugh at that attack which has a Democratic origin. I just do not like the PC guilt that special interest “days” come with….
Dean Smart November 13, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I read back ....so KKK racist Jeff Kleiner accuses others of racism? Too flippin funny! How many times has Jeff made racist comments against Blacks and Hispanics on here? Too many to count! I bet Jacobs is a closet racist too.

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