CULTURE & HISTORY

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

 

This is one of Harrah's many fine resorts, but Harrah's Resort Southern California is unique because it is owned by a band of American Indians — the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians.

 

Located on the tribe's 5,000-acre reservation, all profits from the casino-resort go to fund the Rincon Tribal Government.

 

A democratically elected Tribal Council has legislative, administrative and legal governing responsibilities for the 525 tribal members and the Rincon Reservation. 

 

This includes generating economic development projects, like Harrah's Resort to fund government services such as police and fire services, a water district, courts, roads and transportation, health care and other human and property related services.

Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Museum

A Luiseño basket in Wasxayam Pomki Museum

 

While the museum is undergoing these exciting changes, Museum Specialist, Cheryl Madrigal, is cataloguing and caring for numerous Luiseño artifacts that will be displayed in the new exhibit. This is an example of a Luiseño gift basket typical of those created at Rincon.

Villiana Calac Hyde, Luiseño historian and author

Photo courtesy of the Escondido Historical Society.

 

Additional exhibits will focus on the legacy of Luiseño language preservation projects by Villiana Hyde Calac, basketry and games, and a fabulous centerpiece featuring reproductions of Rincon’s Luiseño artifacts.

Construction on the San Luis Rey River diversion

Photo courtesy of the Escondido Historical Society.

 

Exhibits will include a comprehensive historical timeline and the diversion of the San Luis Rey River. The diversion of the San Luis Rey had a major impact on the Rincon Reservation and all surrounding Reservations who depended on the water. The Tribe has been in a decades-long court battle to regain water rights.

Sherman Institute Handbook

 

Rincon Tribal members are also contributing to the museum by designing two digital exhibits to address the history of the Indian boarding schools and to honor Rincon’s military veterans.

Current Exhibits:

 

Historical Timeline

 

Legacy of Language

 

Ethnobotany

 

Baskets

 

Community Exhibits:

 

Veterans Memorial - By Theresa Viveros

 

Indian Boarding Schools - By Theresa Viveros

 

Information for submitting a community exhibit are availbale in the museum.  If you are interested in submitting information on your veteran for the exhibit, please ask for information in the museum.

 

Videos

The Story of the San Luis Rey River.

"Once we had a River".

 

Rincon Cultural Resources Center

1 West Tribal Road, Valley Center  CA  92082  |  Tel: (760) 297-2635  |  Fax: (760) 297-2639

 

Office Hours:

Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:30pm

 

Rincon Museum

1 West Tribal Road, Valley Center  CA  92082  |  Tel: (760) 297-2635 

 

Museum Hours:

Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00am - 4:00pm or by appointment

Please e-mail museum@rincon-nsn.gov  for more information regarding hours, appointments, exhibits, etc.

 HOW TO APPLY:  Submit a resume to the Human Resources Department, One Government Center Lane., Valley Center, California 92082, or e-mail to jobs@rincon-nsn.gov.  Tribal preference will be given to eligible Rincon Tribal Members who meet the minimum qualifications. Background investigation, drug and alcohol screening is required as a condition of employment. Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians is an equal opportunity employer.

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