The Pechanga Resort and Casino is an Indian casino located on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula, California. It is the largest casino in the state of California. With 3,400 slot machines and approximately 188,000 square feet of gaming space.
Stella and I joined a busload of people from the Highland Senior Center the other day for the Pechanga Casino. An hour to get there and an hour and a half to get home, traffic was bad.
On June 24, 2017, the $262 million PRandC will celebrate its 15th anniversary. The entire facility was designed to showcase the culture of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
Incredibly, this included an 85,000 square foot casino, a 1,200 seat, 515,000 square foot exhibition hall with a 14 story, 522 room hotel, a 38,800 square foot convention center, a 200 seats and the Eagle’s Nest lounge and seven restaurants. .
Surprisingly, in November 2004, a 100,000 square foot extension added more gaming space, a food court, a 54-table poker room, and Kelsoy’s sports restaurant.
Golfers, read on. A golf course, Journey at Pechanga, opened in August 2008 and the clubhouse in November 2008. Together it was 62,000 square feet. To better understand the Pechangans, it is necessary to have a broader vision of them. For example, the name itself. The term Pechanga describes a party or fiesta. It originated from the Mexican culture in Texas.
Pechangans are generally known as Luisenos after Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. However, the Pechanga Indians believe that life on earth began in the Temecula Valley. They also believe that their ancestors lived in the Temecula area for over 10,000 years.
The first recorded Spanish contact was in October 1797. The voyage also included Lake Elsinore. Mexico’s dominant presence began many years of conflict, war and massacre. Every winner and loser. Hundreds of Pechangans were slaughtered by the rival Cahuila tribe. Hundreds were buried in a mound visible from Route 79.
Perhaps the most misunderstood period of Native American history revolves around the various missions established by Father Junipero Serra. Making history has glamorized their treatment. Which researchers called the so-called documentation lies.
Missions from San Diego to San Francisco enslaved most Indians. Their cultures were compromised; they were forced to become Christians, to work long hours in the mines and fields, to eat foods that were foreign to them, and many other degrading activities. Basically, poverty was their lot in life.
The problem with this behavior is that too often Native Americans were classified as lazy, thieves, alcoholics, and even criminals.
The creation of resorts and casinos has changed the common perception. Men like Overseer James Ramos and others raised negative views about Native Americans.
This statement is a disclaimer regarding the following comments. Despite the Pechanga Casino’s annual revenues – between $1 billion and $2 billion a year – there is great discord in the ranks. Again, despite the fact that each member of the tribe receives 300-400 thousand dollars a year.
The conflict is about unsubscribing. The problem concerns lines. Who is and who is not a real Pechangan.
But those who have been expelled insist that the problem is really about money. They are deprived of health care, educational opportunities for children and monthly allowances. Two cousins, Rick Cueras and Michael Medariaga, are the main combatants of the camp disbarred in 2006.
Madariaga says, “We have the original deed signed by President McKinley.” He is the spokesman for the excommunicated. He also says, “It’s about money and political power.
A recognized anthropologist is said to have declared that the unsubscribers are Pechangans. He also said, “I am surprised and appalled that the tribe continues to argue otherwise.”
Pechanga leaders have repeatedly refused requests for on-camera interviews. However, tribal chairman Mark Macarro said, “The issue is one of ancestry.”
From now on, those “outside” have no legal recourse, BECAUSE INDIAN RESERVATIONS ARE SOVEREIGN. Which means they are beyond US courts. “In the meantime, Cuevas and Madariaga find themselves with memories and nowhere to go.” Cuevas said, “Now we cannot be buried here next to our loved ones.”
Much of the content in this article comes from a CBS News investigation.
Personally, I hope the two sides will soon resolve their quarrels and live together peacefully again.
Amen. Selah. So be it.