Sunday, November 23, 2014

last 4th Sunday concert of 2014

Our 2014 benefit concert series ends today, Sunday, November 23, with the creative harp music of Rebecca El-Saleh. She will play a program of classical and contemporary harp music, with vocals, including some of her own compositions. She will be joined by fiddler Daniel Laxer.
If there ever was a perfect venue for harp music, it is certainly our Gathering Hall! With our acoustics, you will hear even the softest notes. Don't miss your chance to hear this. We are all looking forward to this wonderful final 4th Sunday concert of the year. The concert starts at 3 p.m. at 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave., Banning. Your $10 helps us save and share Southern California's Native American Cultures.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dragonfly Gala: Native Foods

What's for dinner? At the August 9 Dragonfly Gala, you can expect the amazingly delicious (and healthy) food of Chia Café. They combine Native foods in traditional and modern dishes. And if you've never had Daniel McCarthy's barbecued turkey and beef ... well, you'd better find out what you've been missing. RSVP 951.849.7736 to buy your tickets or reserve your spot at the dinner tables.
Here is the menu:
Rabbit Stew
Pinto Beans
Salad greens
yucca blossoms and nopales
Mesquite Cookies
Sourdough Peach Cobbler
Drink: Prickly Pear Chia Punch 


Monday, June 9, 2014

Lecture on Leadership

James Ramos, who blazed a path of leadership and became the first Native American serving the public in varied state, regional, and county governmental posts, will lecture on leadership at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014, at Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, 127 N. San Gorgonio Ave. in Banning. Your $5 helps us save and share Native American cultures.

Ramos, of San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, is the first Native American:
• Elected as a San Bernardino County Supervisor (serving the Third District since 2102);
• Elected to the San Bernardino Community College Board of Trustees, where he served as president (2005-2012);
• Serving on the California State Board of Education (since he was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2011).
Ramos also is chairman of the California Native Heritage Commission, and has served on that commission protecting California Indian cultural resources since appointed by then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008. He also is the immediate past Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
His civic leadership includes service on numerous boards and organizations promoting business, economic, and social opportunities in Inland Southern California. His numerous awards for service and leadership include an honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Northern Arizona University (2009), recognition from the California League of High Schools for his support of the education community of Region 10 (2010), and the Congressional Community Leadership Award (2003).

Ramos was born and raised on San Manuel Indian Reservation, where he and his siblings lived in one of three mobile homes along Victoria Avenue. He began working at an early age, and today he’s a successful entrepreneur, operating two restaurants in the San Bernardino area. He and his wife of 24 years, Terri, are the proud parents of four children. Ramos earned his associate’s degree at Victor Valley Community College, his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Redlands.

Ramos has a deep commitment to the preservation of California Indian culture. He is co-founder of the San Manuel Band’s Cultural Awareness Program, and serves as director of the California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference held annually at California State University, San Bernardino. He is one of the founding board members of the nonprofit Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, which saves and shares Southern California’s Native American cultures, languages, history, and traditional arts.