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Southern California Tribes support the San Diego Film Festival

A personal message from CEO, Larry Banegas:

As a member of Native American advisory board to the San Diego Film Festival, I’d like to extend my appreciation for: the Barona Band of Mission Indians and Council, Harrah's Casino, Rincon Council and the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians for their major support, and the Sycuan Band of Mission Indians and Council for this year’s San Diego Film Festival. The tribes have donated millions to San Diego and have built hospital wings, supported scholarships for education, as well as contributed to cultural events throughout the region.

At a time when Native Americans have not been properly recognized in history - as evidenced with protests in recent news media reports - I am personally thrilled that the San Diego film festival uniquely honors the first people of Southern California. The San Diego Film Festival introduced the Kumeyaay award category at this year’s event; congratulations to 2015 recipients Rick Mora, cast and crew of For Blood.  This simple yet decisive action has opened the door for Native American screen writers, producers, videographers, actors, and film crews around the country to show how infinitely talented they are. For this, I would like to personally commend Tonya Mantooth, Executive VP & Director of Programming of the San Diego Film Festival and her husband, Dale Strack, Chariman. Tonya is half Native American and feels the importance of working with the trial communities to carry on our heritage – through films.

Also, the San Diego Film Festival’s awards are designed by renowned Apache Artist, Ruben Chato. There is a tremendous Native American influence in the San Diego Film Festival and, with Chato’s awards, the influence will carry on to award-winners’ countries including Iceland and India. For that, I’d like the entire organization to be recognized for their efforts in recognizing indigenous people around the world.

As a member of the Native American advisory board to the San Diego Film Festival, along with my colleagues including Marissa Quinn, Chato and Tishmall Turner, I would like to invite those of you who are currently working on productions in the film industry to contact me through Let’s talk about the criteria to enter your work into next year’s film festival. I would personally like to see more Native American films correctly depict history as well as provide an outlet to creatively express the deep-rooted effects of colonization on our people. We have an opportunity to use our voices to be heard.

All of this goes to show that Native Americans, including the first people of Southern California, are thriving and making contributions to our rich culture and communities through filmmaking. We remain in active support of our tribal communities, the San Diego community and sincerely appreciate the San Diego Film Festival.

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Circle of Elders of Barona visited the Grand Canyons


Men and Women wellness conference Oct 24th


Out of the Darkness Walk

DateSaturday, October 24th, 2015

Time: Walker Check-in/Registration: 8:30-10:00AM

Resource Fair and Survivor Activities: 8:30AM

Opening Ceremony: 10:00AM

Event Ends: 12:30PM

Location: NTC Park at Liberty Station – San Diego

Join SIHC’s team to walk 3-5 miles together with family members, friends, and SIHC staff to prevent suicide, raise awareness, and end the stigma that surrounds depression and other challenges.
For more information and to register call/email Julie Woochuk at (619) 445-1188
17th Annual Native American Men and Women’s Conference

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Barona Golf Event Center




ONGOING PROGRAMS:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


Beading Circle- *Note that both beadingcirclesessions are now at the Campo Clinic

Wednesday, October 14 and 28, 2015


Location: Campo Clinic

Kumeyaay Family Services Board Room

This event is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month


Talking CircleJoin us for a safe place to share experiences, strength, and hope with one another.

Date: Wednesday, October 28

Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm

Location: La Posta Substance Abuse Center

La Posta Reservation

Connecting Kids to Coverage Family Readiness Workshop- Informational Medi-Cal presentation (see flyer for details)

DateOctober 12 & October 23       
Time: 10am-12 Noon

Location: SIHC Alpine Medical Lobby 

Date: October 13 & 21

Time: 10am-12 Noon

Location: SIHC Campo Clinic Lobby


Healthy Families – A program focusing on families/communities coming together for a healthy meal and craft at the following Reservations:


MAC Building, Manzanita Reservation

Date: Tuesday, October 6th

Time: 5:30-7:00PM

This event is held the 1st Tuesday of every month

La Posta Tribal Office, La Posta Reservation

Date: Thursday, October 8th

Time: 5:30-7:00

This event is held the 2nd Thursday of every month

Barona Community Building, Barona Reservation

Date: Tuesday, October 13th

Time: 5:30-7:00

This event is held the 2nd Tuesday of every month

Viejas Indian School, Viejas Reservation

Date: Wednesday, October 21st

Time: 5:30-7:00

This event is held the 3rd Wednesday of every month

Campo Education Building, Campo Reservation

Date: Tuesday, October 27th

Time: 5:30-7:00

This event is held the 4th Tuesday of every month

Jennifer Boyd

Community Engagement Specialist

Southern Indian Health Council, Inc.

Phone: (619) 445.1188 x 336

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