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Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians - California (U.S.)

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[Pechanga Band of Luiseņo Mission Indians flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 6 January 2009



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The Band

Temecula Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, Pechanga Reservation - Riverside County - CA

Established in 1882
Located in Southern Riverside County near the City of Temecula
Total area: 5,500 acres
Population: @ 467 plus @ 305 living outside the reservation (they are in the process of disenrolling some members)
Tribal Chairman: Mark Macarro (2005-)

Enriched fabulously by the income from the casino operation and an impressive resort, they try to diversify their economy and to appear as a good citizens by financing many community projects in the neighboring areas and supporting other, non-gaming, Indian nations in the State.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 27 January 2008


The Flag

Enjoying a stay at the Pechanga Resort for the last three days I've got a chance to observe the new flag of this Indian Nation displayed proudly at the entrance to the hotel at 45000 Pechanga Parkway, Temecula, CA, alongside the U.S. and California flags.

Multiple inquiries didn't give me an exact date of the adoption of the new flag, besides the estimate that it happened sometime last year. The new flag has a field of blue framed in gold border (not fringe) with the tribal seal placed in its center. The seal portrays a branch of the oak tree with two leaves and two acorns and in the background is a silhouette of the San Jacinto mountain range. Below the acorns is a legend saying "WIIWSH" in gold letters. It is a name of the traditional Luiseņo dish - an acorn mash. The ring around the seal contains a full name of the Nation as stated in the official tribal documents : "Temecula Band of Luiseņo Mission Indians - Pechanga Reservation Riverside County CA".

In reality, the common name used is just "Pechanga Band".

Chrystian Kretowicz, 6 January 2009


Former Flag

[Pechanga Band of Luiseņo Mission Indians former flag] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 27 January 2008

A white flag bearing the tribe logo in the center. They use two flags, but the other one (although handsome) is of purely commercial nature.

Chrystian Kretowicz, 27 January 2008