Good news for our Nation! December 3, 2013:
Secretary Sally Jewell's Referral to Assistant Secretary Kevin Washburn.
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The Man With A Juaneño Heart
In 1995, Mickey Romero introduced the Tribal Council to an Anthropology professor from Saddleback College, his name: Micael Merrifield. Mike, as he called was by everyone that knew him, had been friends with Mickey for over a decade before the introduction. Early on, Mike had asked him, “Are the Juaneños going to seek federal recognition and if so, you need to consult with Dr. Florence Shipek, who is the leading authority on Southern California Indians.” He said, “Shipek was the expert witness for Southern California Indians who had never lost a case in court for the Indians and was feared by the Feds because she put together bullet proof cases.” When Mike learned that Mickey knew Dr. Shipek personally, Mike asked if there was any chance Mickey could get Shipek to speak at his Southern California Indian class because he had tried for years to no avail. To his surprise, Dr. Shipek agreed. Mike invited the whole department and announced that they were about to listen to the world’s leading authority on Southern California Indians and the theater was packed as Florence talked about the Juaneños and what they needed to do get recognized. Mike’s insatiable appetite to support the Juaneños had been launched like a rocket. From that point on, he worked tirelessly on our petition. Mike was the quintessential educator. He stated his position was apolitical and his involvement would always be for the benefit of the Tribe as a whole, not for any single individual or Tribal Council. Mike had asked Mickey to adopt Florence into our Tribe for all that she had done for Southern Californian people and for the help she was willing to offer Tribe, through a small group of individuals which included Mike. Dr. Shipek responded that Mike should be adopted first, as he lived in our territory and so was the native way. Mike was honored and said he felt like he was a Juaneño. A short time later, Mike was adopted into our Tribe through ceremony and his heart began beating as a Juaneño because now, he was a Juaneño.
Mike worked with every Tribal Council and eagerly offered his assistance with only two conditions: his efforts were to remain apolitical and he was not willing to be paid. At a time when so many offered their help to our Nation at a cost we couldn’t afford, Mike Merrifield never accepted a dime. His integrity as an educator and as someone who truly believed in the inherent rights of the Acjachemen would never be called into question because of money. Mike drew close to many members like Vice Chairwoman Fran Yorba and Elder June Ramos, both who no doubt welcomed him home. Mike’s contribution resulted in thousands of pieces of paper, all of which the Tribal Council was asked to return to him as they were his property. When the Tribal Council met with Mike this past spring, he quickly responded, “No! All of that belongs to the Tribe.” He stated he had not been too involved with the Tribe in the past few years but he was back and ready to help us in any way he could. We took full advantage of his offer and asked if he would consult on the program we had started with Concordia University? Not only did he say yes immediately; he also offered and began developing a certification program with Heidi Harper-Perez and Steve Villa through Saddleback College. It was just like old times. His Juaneño heart was beating full force again and he was hopeful about the Tribe’s future and what he could contribute.
On September 24th, 2013, our Creator called Mike home. We ask that our Creator comfort Mike’s family, friends, and students. His Juaneño family mourns his passing and will sing his spirit home on October 8th. He was liked by most, loved by many and respected by all, the man with a Juaneño heart.
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The Acjachemen People are good Indian People who care about the health of the Tribe and are involved in making it happen each month. A little bit from everyone would make the burden light.
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The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation are the original inhabitants of the lands that ultimately became the County of Orange, as well as parts of San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside Counties. The Tribe provided the original manpower for the construction of some of the earliest key landmarks in Orange County, including the Mission San Juan Capistrano. While the American Colonies were being founded on the East Coast, the Acjachemen Indians were conscripted to build the mission here on the West Coast. We identified ourselves as Acjachemen, but to the Spaniards who first came to our homeland, our souls were apportioned by the jurisdiction of the missions, hence our Spanish name "Juaneños" coming from the Mission at San Juan Capistrano.
The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation is a State-recognized Native American Indian Tribe possessed of inherent sovereign attributes and powers, exercising jurisdiction over its ancestral homelands and territory.
The Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation is governed by the Tribal Council and is led by Tribal Chairwoman, Teresa M. Romero. The tribal citizenship of our great nation is numbered at 1,941 blood descendants, verified through certified genealogist, who trace individual lineage to Acjachemen village ancestors. The Acjachemen citizenship is diversified by representation through our many tribal committees, community activities, and tribal gatherings. As the ancient inhabitants of our defined territory, we are extremely proud and protective of our heritage, our people, and the many relationships we call our friends.
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Tribal Council has REINSTATED our California NON-PROFIT status to ACTIVE