Friday, February 22, 2008

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Friday, February 22, 2008                                                                (916) 206-8662


PALA, CALIFORNIA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians joined today with the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to commemorate the Pala’s purchase of ten new mobile homes for the La Jolla Band, whose reservation was devastated by last year’s Southern California Wildfires.  


Approximately 92% (8,600 acres) and 60 homes on the La Jolla Band’s reservation perished in the destructive Poomacha fire. Pala’s $1,000,000 purchase includes nine 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom double-wide trailers as well as one 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom trailer for La Jolla tribal members.


“We’re very fortunate to be in a position to give and help our neighbors and fellow Tribe reestablish their reservation; their home,” said Robert Smith, chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “We want to help actively ensure that life on the reservation is restored.” 


The La Jolla Band’s land is still victim to the resonating effects of the fire including lost homes, closed roads, power outages, lack of potable water and downed telephone lines. 


“We’re grateful to the Pala Band for reaching out and committing to help our Tribal members put their lives back together,” said La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indian Chairman Tracey Nelson. “It is a true testament to the character and heart of the Pala people.” 


The Pala Band of Mission Indians consists of 1,117 members with 650 living on the reservation along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego on Interstate 15.  The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, located near Palomar Mountain, has 702 tribal members.




Pala Band of Mission Indians

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