Past News Articles 2002
Pechanga tribe opens new casino
Temecula December 31, 2002
The Pechanga tribe of Luiseno Indians in June opened the doors of its new Vegas-style resort and casino, the largest Indian-owned casino and resort in California, to an estimated opening night crowd of about 10,000.
Simon visits reservation
Temecula October 3, 2002
In another indication of the growing political importance of the tribe, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Simon made a historic visit Thursday to the Pechanga Indian Reservation.
Legends reprise takes stage at Pechanga
Temecula August 13, 2002
Between them they had 138 Top 40 hits ---- 21 of them No. 1. They were a major influence on numerous rock 'n' roll stars. And they are gone but will never be forgotten.
Firefighters staying at Pechanga have no time for games
Temecula August 8, 2002
It's not easy to ignore the lights, action and glitter of one of the region's newest hot spots ---- the $262 million Pechanga Hotel and Casino that opened in June ---- unless you've just spent the last 24 hours battling The Pines fire in eastern San Diego County.
Fire safety state-of-the-art at Pechanga casino
Temecula June 29, 2002
With its 14 floors and nearly 1 million square feet of space, the newly opened $262 million Pechanga Resort & Casino is easily the largest building in Southwest County.
Pechanga readies for theater debut
Temecula June 19, 2002
While much has been made of the slot machines and conference center, the Pechanga Resort & Casino complex will also offer the area something it's never had before ---- a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art theater.
Oak tree may get reprieve
Temecula April 18, 2002
The battle over the fate of what may be the oldest living oak tree in the United States continues to rage as Congressman Darrell Issa moved this week to protect the tree from possible condemnation by San Diego Gas & Electric Co.
Pechanga donation to help pay for search dog
Temecula April 10, 2002
The Pechanga Indians made a $10,000 donation Wednesday that will further a local firefighter's efforts to acquire a disaster search dog.
Pechanga expands for theater productions
Temecula March 13, 2002
Performances at the Pechanga Entertainment Center are about to include a new direction. In addition to concerts, comedy and boxing, theater productions will begin later this year.
Pechanga competitor cools museum bid
Temecula February 2, 2002John Gray, director of the Gene Autry Museum of Western Heritage, said his organization is "no longer actively pursuing" an alliance with the Southwest Museum, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The end result could be that an obstacle to the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians for a collaboration with the oldest museum in Los Angeles has been removed.
The Pechanga Cultural Center is committed to protecting historical sites and teaching our youth about our traditions.
Luiseño and its revival are integral to the strengthening of our culture in future generations.
The Nursery at the Cultural Center is the heart of our efforts to repatriate plant resources once used by our people.
Self-governance and self-determination are part of Pechanga's rich history.
More than just utensils, our baskets are a part of our culture, our people, tradition, environment and rich history.