San Diego County Tribes Celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day

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Speaker 1: (00:00)

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day. And last week, President Biden became the first US President to recognize the holiday and issued a proclamation, which says in part today that we recognize the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples, as well as the measurable positive impact. that they have had on all aspects of America society. Bo Massetti, President of Indian President Louis Angel’s rim Khan group, joins me in speaking on this Indigenous Peoples Day. Welcome Massetti

Speaker 2: (00:32)

People.

Speaker 1: (00:33)

So what do you think of President Biden being the first president to recognize Indigenous Peoples Day?

Speaker 2: (00:40)

We are humbled and grateful or anyone in general to finally be recognized a little more, our people will say that Daniel’s people were an art. They have been a Dory for over 10,000 years, recognizing our existence as what has been lacking throughout history. So as things change, we’re not saying delete the story, but correct the story and include the new people in our story. So there is a big step forward towards the recognition of people across the country. Um, in San Diego County, for example, we have, uh, 18 independent, um, recognized federal tribal governments, more than any other county in the United States. There is just more recognition and we appreciate that.

Speaker 1: (01:34)

Despite this recognition by President Columbus Day is still a nationally recognized holiday. Do you think this should be reconsidered?

Speaker 2: (01:42)

I think the story should not necessarily be erased, but clarified. Many things. A lot of people have been left out of the story. This is what needs to be corrected. Let’s tell the exact story.

Speaker 1: (01:58)

Can you talk about Indigenous Peoples Day and what it means for you and your tribe?

Speaker 2: (02:03)

Well, for us an art people and San Diego County drive well all over the state, all of our bean races, a time to come together, to look at each other, to watch what we do for ourselves – themselves and surrounding communities. How are we good neighbors? So it opens up a lot of things and it opens up a lot of interactions with our other tribes across the state this recognition, you know, said, okay, let’s look at that. what are we doing? Let us also be involved in the story. Let’s say it correctly.

Speaker 1: (02:32)

Governor Gavin Newsome signed the assembly, Bill 1 0 1 into law requiring high school students in California to take ethnic studies to graduate. How important is this in educating students about the history, resilience and contributions of Indigenous peoples,

Speaker 2: (02:48)

Extremely unimportant. If you go through the manual and you people in general are left out, not mentioned. So what we’re looking at now is correcting the story. Tell the contributions, tell them, what we say indigenous. Well, we are the native people of the United States. We were here before everyone else, uh, it’s gone over in history, but you’ll have to look at all the contributions from tribes across the nation and provided, for example, a lot of the constitution, uh, that we have. today they look at the Cherokee and other tribes who were well advanced in constitution and structure. Most people don’t know

Speaker 1: (03:32)

As you mentioned, San Diego County is home to more federally recognized tribes than any other county in the United States has 18 and all, uh, what would you like San Diego to know about our local tribes and on this day of indigenous peoples,

Speaker 2: (03:47)

Hang on to the local trail. As I said earlier, it is in the region of our excellent regions where we have now been for over 10,000 years that people would also like people to understand all the contributions our local tribe makes to our communities. surrounding areas. You know, law enforcement, firefighting, uh, again at no cost to our neighbors, what the tribes actually do for the surrounding community. It needs to be, uh, disseminated more and understood.

Speaker 1: (04:17)

What are the main issues you would say our local tribes have in common?

Speaker 2: (04:21)

I think all tribes had a major problem with survival, keep it simple. You know, in Della, Calif., People allowed the game to be operated on better recognized Indian lands. Uh, all the tribes were in poverty. So by having this opportunity to play, it got us out of poverty. This has brought us to where we can pay for our children’s education. We can afford good health care. And we thank the taxpayers for giving us this opportunity and giving us this helping hand, we in turn made a donation for the surrounding communities.

Speaker 1: (05:00)

And now you grew up on the reserve. I believe your father was a tribal chief like you are today. How has your reservation changed since you were a child?

Speaker 2: (05:10)

So this is a complete change that we can afford to pay for our electricity. So we have water when I was young. Sometimes take like Kristi to run the wells for water. Um, sometimes we couldn’t afford to pay the bills. We would not have water. Sometimes we were without water for two or three weeks at a time, as the tribes evolved, we certainly would have been able to afford to reduce the electricity bills. Second, we pay more attention to our needs than before. You know, you have to understand that the tradition has been, you would take the tribes and the upstate, if you notice where their reserves are, some of the worst lands and the whole surrounding area. And that was the idea. You would take the picture, put it there as far as you can from the white colonies. This is how the renovations were carried out. The attitude in the schools has changed and that was the case when I was going to school, you know the kids are going to quit. Whatever else, spend a lot of time with them and that’s what happened. But that attitude has changed. And we can, as I said, now afford to help his kids go to college and do different kinds of trades. If they’d rather not go to college, learn a good trade.

Speaker 1: (06:19)

So how are you going to observe Indigenous Peoples Day?

Speaker 2: (06:24)

Each tribe has a different way. They’ll recognize this state ourselves, or we’ll get together later and have a little party. Talk about a part of the culture, try to involve young people. So they learn. We have to convey this. As if it had been transmitted to us. This integration is important to share.

Speaker 1: (06:44)

I spoke with Bome Ozetty, president of the Ren con group of Louis [inaudible] President of the Mazetta Indians, as always, thanks you very much for joining us.

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