Yesterday morning, members and Temecula community friends of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians paid homage to a watershed event in its storied past through its annual Remembrance Walk. As the Pechanga Band’s history recounts, “Over 140 years ago, our ancestors were forced off their original village site and relocated against their will. Through this trying time, they prevailed and were successful with establishing the Pechanga Reservation as we know it today.”
During the morning’s observance, Pechanga’s tribal leaders fostered educational discussion among the Remembrance Walk participants of the major events that led up to this event, and what its implications are for the Pechanga Band and the larger Temecula community today.
As in years past, Traffic Division deputies and Community Action Patrol volunteers from the Temecula Sheriff’s Station were honored to help see to the safety of Remembrance Walk participants as well as other pedestrians and motorists traveling along its course this morning.
Both the long history and modern-day presence of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians is a central feature of the rich fabric comprising our Temecula community today. The Temecula Sheriff’s Station is proud of the strong, vibrant, and vital relationship it has cooperatively forged with the Pechanga Band and is grateful for the tremendous support it has and continues to enjoy from the Band’s leadership and membership.