Interior Executes Water Rights Settlement Agreement with Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Mark Macarro, Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians today signed the Pechanga Water Rights Settlement Agreement (Agreement), formally executing a Congressionally authorized pact that protects the Pechanga Band’s access to groundwater in the region and provides the tribe with more than $30 million in federal funding to pay for water storage projects.
The Agreement quantifies the water rights claims for the Pechanga Band in Southern California’s Temecula Valley, which had been pending in an adjudication dating back to the 1950s; resolves potential liability for both the United States and other parties; and establishes a cooperative and efficient water management regime involving Pechanga and local agencies.
“The Federal Government has a critical responsibility to uphold our trust responsibilities, especially Tribal water rights,” Secretary Zinke said. “This is why we are continuing to work on Indian Water Settlements with Tribes, States, and all water users to ensure there is certainty for all and an opportunity for economic development in local communities. As a former State Senator and Congressman who helped usher the Blackfeet compact through to fruition, I understand all too well the hard work and enormous struggle that goes into making these important water rights settlements possible. I congratulate all of you for your perseverance, dedication, and commitment to making this settlements happen.”
“The Pechanga Band has tirelessly pursued the quantification of its water rights and, through negotiations, engaged its neighbors in a multiyear process of building mutual trust and understanding,” said Pechanga Chairman Macarro. “Generations of tribal leaders have fought from the courts to Capitol Hill to protect this vital resource for future generations. This settlement agreement benefits all of the parties by securing adequate water supplies for the Pechanga Band and its members and encouraging cooperative water resources management among all of the parties.”
Zinke commended the congressional sponsors of the Settlement Act legislation, saying they “fought to bring these settlements across the finish line.” The agreement – introduced by Rep. Ken Calvert, (R-Corona) – settles competing claims involving the Rancho California Water District and the Eastern Municipal Water District, which both draw from the large aquifer in the region that stretches 750 square miles from Southwest Riverside County to north San Diego County .
“For the tribe, local community, and the many federal employees who have contributed to these settlements, seeing these agreements signed is the culmination of years of dedication and hard work. I think we all recognize that this is just the start of the journey towards settlement finality,” Zinke said.
“The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, as well as all of the parties to this settlement, deserve to have some certainty on the future of their water supply,” Rep. Calvert said. “I’m grateful we have been able to enact the settlement and ensure all of the stakeholders in the Santa Margarita River Watershed can better shape their future.”
Interior is in the initial stages of implementing the Settlement Act, which was enacted as part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (P.L. 114-322) in 2016. The Departments of Justice and Interior have an established protocol for processing settlement agreements for execution.
The Act and Agreement establishes the Pechanga Settlement Fund and authorizes the appropriation of about $3 million to be deposited into the fund to construct a storage pond. The legislation also authorizes the appropriation of about $26 million, with about $4 million in construction overrun costs, to build interim and permanent capacity for water storage, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Water resources and management of scare water supplies are central concerns in the Western states. Additionally, in many parts of the West, water resources are now either fully appropriated or over-appropriated. These situations underscore the need for cooperative management of water supplies, and highlight the important role that Indian water rights settlements can play in the West.
article Carl Love: Menifee school not the first with name reflecting local history
(California) -- It’s easy to name a new school in the subdivision in which it’s located. Examples abound in southwest Riverside County in the 30 some years...
article 4-D slot machines take gambling to next level at Pechanga Resort & Casino
(California) -- Bells and flashing lights are so old school when it comes to slot machines. Now, with a sweep of your fingers and drawing a circle in front of the video...
article Pechanga Buys Temecula Golf Course From La Jolla Company
(California) -- Pechanga announced on Friday that it purchase the 305-acre Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort. The property was purchased from La Jolla-based JC Resorts for...
article Menifee school to be named after Native American site
(California) -- Menifee Union School District’s newest school will be named Táawila Elementary School in recognition of the region’s original inhabitants.
article Pechanga Indian tribe buys La Jolla-owned Temecula golf resort
(California) -- Pechanga’s massive growth spurt has spread beyond the casino. On Friday, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians announced it had purchased the...
press release Pechanga and JC Resorts Announce Purchase of Temecula Creek Inn by Tribe
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and JC Resorts LLC today announced the sale of the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Resort (TCI) to the Tribe for an...
article Why a newly signed water agreement is good news for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and the federal government have finalized an agreement that protects the tribe’s access to regional...
press release Interior Executes Water Rights Settlement Agreement with Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Mark Macarro, Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians today signed the Pechanga...
article Temecula community set to commemorate Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and city of Temecula are banding together for a holiday marking the end of the fight against Liberty Quarry. A...
article Coast visits Pechanga’s rare Great Oak
(California) -- On a warm fall morning, Coast’s managing editor Jenn Tanaka was invited by the Pechanga band of Luiseño Indians to visit the tribe’s Great...
article Photos of the Lakers’ pre-season practice at Pechanga for excited youths
(California) -- The Lakers warmed up for their game — and warmed the hearts of youths — with a practice stop Saturday, Sept. 30, near Temecula. The Los...
press release So Cal Military To Learn Ball Skills From Former Lakers Pros
(California) -- U.S. Military living and stationed in Southern California will be invited to participate in basketball skills clinics with the help of Los Angeles Lakers...
article Riverside Co. Search And Rescue Team At Work In Puerto Rico
(California) -- Firefighters from agencies throughout Riverside County were working Monday to assist hurricane victims in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico. Members of Task...
article Riverside County rescuers staying in Puerto Rico for next storm: Hurricane Maria
(California) -- A multi-agency Riverside County urban search-and-rescue K-9 task force that went to Puerto Rico in anticipation of destruction from Hurricane Irma will...
article A little wine and a lot of history in the Temecula Valley
(California) -- Temecula Valley prides itself on its wine country and its history. Put the two together and you’ve got a fascinating exhibit planned for the former...
article Pechanga and Temecula Dollars for Scholars awards 87 local scholarships
(California) -- On a Monday night in April, hundreds of teens and families from the city of Murrieta’s three high schools gathered at the Murrieta Mesa High School...
article Fly with the dragonflies at annual Dragonfly Gala
(California) -- The annual Dragonfly Gala will celebrate Southern California’s Native American cultures on Aug. 12 with delicious foods, traditional music,...
press release Temecula Valley Museum seeks vendors for annual Summer Bazaar
(California) -- The Temecula Valley Museum will host its annual Summer Bazaar Saturday, June 17, at Sam Hicks Monument Park starting at 8:30 a.m. Vendor space is still...
article ’Atáaxum Chám’míix Exhibit at the Temecula Valley Museum
(California) -- The Temecula Valley Museum is proud to host a Pechanga Cultural Resources exhibit entitled, ‘Atáaxum Chám’míix, which will be on display in...
article Small water systems now must get state approval
(California) -- Another round may begin in the effort to bring small water systems to developments in the Anza Valley with new state water regulations requiring the...
press release Congress approves Pechanga water settlement
(California) -- The United States Congress this past weekend approved the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act.
article Decades of water rights litigation put to rest
(California) -- A North County water rights dispute that had been stuck in federal court for decades was officially put to rest last week, along with part of an even...
press release Congress Approves Pechanga Water Settlement
(California) -- The United States Congress this past weekend approved the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act. Authored by Senator Barbara...
article Congress OKs Pechanga water rights settlement
(California) -- At long last, there is water rights peace in the Temecula Valley. Congress has approved a settlement agreement with the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians...
article Lifelong chef takes over at Pechanga Resort & Casino’s Blazing Noodles
(California) -- A natural at preparing Asian cuisine, Chef Kok Che (Chef Tim) has taken over as the head chef of Pechanga Resort & Casino’s authentic Chinese...
article Play and pay: Casinos must somehow meet local tax obligations
(Pennsylvania) -- State legislators have 120 days to save a number of municipalities and cities across the state from a big financial hit. What are the odds they’...
article National Museum of the American Indian unveils secret treaty
(Washington D.C.) -- For the first time in history, one of the 18 treaties negotiated and signed during the Gold Rush between the United States and the American Indian...
press release Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian's Historic Unveiling of Gold Rush Era Treaty
(California) -- The unveiling to the general public, for the first time in history, one of 18 treaties negotiated between the United States and the American Indian...
article House panel sets markup on Pechanga Band and Alaska Native bills
(Washington D.C.) -- The House Natural Resources Committee is meeting this week to consider a handful of bills. Three bills of interest are on the agenda for the markup...
article Congressman proposes water agreement benefiting Pechanga Tribe
(California) -- Rep. Ken Calvert, R-Corona, today introduced a bill intended to formally establish a water rights compact between the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians...
article History of the water rights of people in the Santa Margarita Watershed
(California) -- Before recorded history Native American tribes like the Cahuilla, Santa Rosa, Ramona and Pechanga hunted and fished along the 27-mile free-flowing river...
press release Pechanga announces first tribal wholesale electric utility in California
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today announced the formation of the first tribally owned and operated wholesale electric utility located in the...
article Thomas Mountain Ranch community water system remains in limbo
(California) -- The specter of one of the longest lasting court cases in the United States District Court, Southern District of California, has once again reared its...
article House panel considers draft of Pechanga Band water rights bill
(Washington D.C.) -- A bill to settle the water rights of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is up for discussion on Capitol Hill this week. The House Subcommittee on...
article TRAHANT: California here we come; Pechanga candidate for Legislature
(California) -- California is the land of superlatives. “The biggest” as in state economy. “The most” when it comes to population. And the...
article MWD approves Pechanga annexation and service agreement
(California) -- The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved the annexation of 454.41 acres within the Pechanga Indian Reservation. The April 12 MWD...
article Four Pechanga Women Design S Miranda Handbags
(California) -- Designed by a multi-generational family of four Pechanga women, S Miranda Handbags made of genuine leather and Pendleton merge high-fashion with Native...
article City celebrates Native American Heritage Month and Pu’éska Mountain Day
(California) -- This November, during Native American Heritage Month, the public is invited to a special event in honor of the 2015 holiday commemoration of Pechanga Pu...
article Supervisors approve paramedic field service agreement with Pechanga
(California) -- The Riverside County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the Pechanga Band of Mission Indians to provide supervised assistance for Pechanga...
article Jr. Lakers tip off 2015-16 Jr. NBA Week
(California) -- As part of the NBA’s launch of the Jr. NBA the Los Angeles Lakers hosted a Jr. Lakers basketball clinic for 75 kids from Temecula, California at...
article Lakers bridge generations at Pechanga practice
(California) -- Kiowa Thompson is only 4, but he can spell his last name. And he can identify his favorite Laker. “Kobe Bryant!” Thompson said. Standing a...
article Very old skeletal remains found at Vail Lake
(California) -- A child found skeletal remains -- that may be uncommonly old -- by the water's edge at a Temecula-area lake, say Riverside County sheriff's...
article EMPLOYMENT: Associate General Counsel - Pechanga Tribe
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is accepting applications for the position of Associate General Counsel.
article Pechanga adding sacred mountain to reservation
(California) -- Fufilling a promise made back in 2012, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is working to add Pu’éska Mountain and surrounding acreage into its...
article Tribes to get artifacts from 1950's dig
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians appears to have won an effort to get thousands of ancient artifacts that were removed from a Luiseño village...
article Lawmakers call for investigation of Pa. casino operator that withdrew from $225M project
(Pennsylvania) -- A group of lawmakers has called for an investigation of Penn National Gaming, which pulled out of a $225 million horse racing track and casino project...
article PECHANGA: Rotary club sets BBQ competition, more
(California) -- The Pechanga Development Corporation will host a charity golf tournament to help the California Indian Culture & Sovereignty Center on Friday, April...
article PECHANGA: Jana Kramer teams with K-FROG to help children
(California) -- For Jana Kramer, it’s all about giving back. The country star will be performing at the 13th Annual K-FROG Cares Concert at Pechanga Resort &...
article 'Island of the Blue Dolphins' Woman Connected to Pechanga Band, Says Navy
(California) -- Many young readers (or readers who were once young) are familiar with San Nicolas Island, located off the coast of California, as the home of Karana,...
article With island dig halted, Lone Woman still a stinging mystery
(California) -- For months they worked together to reveal details of the cave where the Lone Woman of San Nicolas Island may have lived, painstakingly removing bucket...
article Pechanga Band to reclaim ancestors and artifacts from military
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians is reclaiming ancestral remains and artifacts that were uncovered on San Nicolas Island in California. The tribe has...
article Artifacts highlight Lone Woman story
(California) -- For graduate archaeology student Tom Holm, an iconic children’s story linked a cryptic chapter in California’s past with a modern-day Indian...
article Navy recognizes tribe's connection to California island
(California) -- The Navy is turning over hundreds of human remains to a California Indian tribe after determining that the band has a historical connection to one of the...
article Navy recognizes tribe's connection to California island; will turn over remains, sacred items
(California) -- Navy officials have recognized that the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians has a connection to the history of one of California's Channel Islands and...
article Pechanga Provides 400 Turkeys to Individuals, Groups
(California) -- More than 400 turkeys were distributed Tuesday at a Murrieta senior center, where Inland Empire church groups and residents gathered to haul away the...
article Pu'éska Mountain Day Holiday commemoration set
(California) -- The City of Temecula and the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians have set the commemoration of Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day for 11 a.m. Saturday at...
article Lakers wow Pechanga fans in Temecula
(California) -- Alex Garcia and his friend David Hernandez leafed through the pictures on their phone, looking for just the right shots to share on social media.
article Pechanga seeking historic status for tribal birthplace
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians is working to put its ancestral homeland on the National Register of Historic Places. The designation would provide...
article HOWDY, NEIGHBOR: 'Ghostbusters' star Bill Murray calls Pechanga area home
(California) -- Bill Murray is a hard man to find. The "Ghostbusters" star is known for being extremely difficult to get a hold of. Producers and directors who...
press release Pechanga Announces Tribal Council Election Results
(California) -- The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians today announced the results of elections for the seven-member Tribal Council held this past Saturday. Chairman...
article 19th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow treats visitors to food, fireworks and dancing
(California) -- The smell of fry bread wafted through the air as traditional Native American chants and music pulsated outward from a central arena at the grounds...
article Multi-tribe celebration begins friday in Temecula
(California) -- Temecula is going all Native American this weekend. The 19th annual Pechanga Powwow will draw Indian dancers, drummers and singers from throughout the...
article PECHANGA: Food reigns supreme at Pow Wow
(California) -- Colorful and traditional dress, food, music and celebration will be afoot at the 19th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow taking place Friday, July 11 through Sunday...
article Family-friendly powwow set at Pechanga
(California) -- The 19th annual Pechanga Pow Wow is set for July 11 through 13 in Temecula. A free event for all ages, the powwow presents dancing, signing, art, crafts...
article FOOW walkers take another trek into history
(California) -- The Friends Out of Water (FOOW) walking group has had some interesting excursions lately. Last week, members walked on the Lake Elsinore levee; the week...
article No limits mean big campaign donations
(California) -- In Riverside County, what you give to a candidate for county office is limited only by your bank account. With that in mind, about 30 donors contributed...
article Benoit’s opponent gets boost from Pechanga
(California) -- It’s safe to say the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians wants someone else to represent the 4th District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors.
article Pechanga Tribe Donates More Than 1,500 Turkeys
(California) -- Turkeys by the hundred are being distributed to shelters and church groups this week, in the Pechanga Resort & Casino's annual Thanksgiving...
article LAKERS AT PECHANGA: “It's pretty amazing, almost overwhelming"
(California) -- When the Los Angeles Lakers come to town it's a big deal whether that town is Boston, Miami or Temecula. On Friday, Oct. 25, the Lakers held a...
article Pechanga makes the Lakers feel at home
(California) -- This was hardly your routine NBA shootaround. Most day-of-game practices are held in empty gyms. No media, certainly no fans, and little noise beyond the...
press release Pechanga Supports Appointment of Commissioner Michael Connor to Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior
(California) -- Tribal Chairman Mark Macarro issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s appointment of Commissioner Michael Connor to Deputy...
article Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Brother-In-Law In Temecula
(California) -- A 63-year-old Temecula man is accused of fatally shooting his brother-in-law near the Pechanga Reservation, according to authorities.
article Bellator MMA plans return to Temecula
(California) -- Bellator MMA will return to Pechanga Resort & Casino on Sept. 13 featuring the start of the featherweight tournament and a preliminary fight card of...
article Pechanga POW Wow: A Celebration of Native American Culture & Life
(California) -- People from around the country flocked to Pechanga this weekend to help celebrate and embrace Native American Culture at Pechanga’s 18th annual Pow...
article PHOTOS: 18th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow offers a glimpse into Native American culture through song and dance
(California) -- 18th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow offers a glimpse into Native American culture through song and dance
article Bird Singers, Grass Dancers Gracing Pechanga Tribal Lands
(California) -- Temecula residents at the south end of town should hear drumming all day Saturday, as the 18th annual Pechanga Powwow draws Indian dancers, drummers and...
article Pow wow celebrates, honors Native American culture
(California) -- According to family lore, the first tentative steps that Wakeah Jhane took as a toddler were in a pow wow arena. This weekend Jhane, 17, from Santa Fe, N...
article Calvert introduces Pechanga water rights legislation
(California) -- Rep. Ken Calvert is the latest member of Congress to take up the cause of water rights for the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians.
article CEQA a tool to protect Native American heritage
(California) -- When California’s Environmental Quality Act captures public attention, it’s usually because of a struggle between developers and business...
article Pow Wow provides new food experience
(California) -- The Inland area is unique in that has a real connection to the Native American people. This connection is celebrated at the many local pow wows that are...
article ‘The tradition continues’ at 18th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow
(California) -- Roughly 60,000 guests are expected to congregate on the festival grounds at Pechanga Casino and Resort for the 18th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow on June 28-30...
article 18th Annual Pechanga Pow-Wow June 28-30
(California) -- It is one of the largest events of it kind, certainly on the west coast. It is the 18th Annual Pechanga Pow Wow -- about 75,000 people attend the three...
press release Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act Introduced
(Washington D.C.) -- Yesterday, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians Water Rights Settlement Act was introduced in the United States Senate (S. 1219) and House of...
article Luiseño Indians Welcome 60,000 Guests to Their Pow Wow
(California) -- With prize money exceeding $80,000, a carefully selected head staff, fireworks extravaganza and breathtaking views, it is easy to understand why the...
article Pechanga announces new summer concerts
(California) -- Pechanga Resort & Casino has finalized its plans for summer entertainment and announced Monday additions to the casino's entertainment calendar....
article Pechanga Firefighters Join Crews Battling Summit Fire in Banning
(California) -- Crews from the Pechanga and Murrieta fire departments were among 425 firefighters battling a Banning brush fire that had grown to 2,956 acres and was 35...
article 18th annual Pechanga Pow Wow planned for late June
(California) -- Families, spectators and tribal participants from across North America will descend June 28-30 on the festival grounds at Pechanga Resort & Casino...
article City to complete trail severed by tribal preserve
(California) -- Menifee officials are looking to complete a trail that was planned to go through the Audie Murphy Ranch development and was closed by the Pechanga tribe.
visionary sponsor advertisement
Most Popular Stories