Nov 17, 2020
Lisa Rodman CEO of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF) interviews Al Cerda Jr., a past Board Member of the AHLF, Luiseño Indian, and past Volunteer of the Year for the Foundation.
Al has been involved with the Lagoon Foundation for more than 15 years in various aspects and is the ultimate volunteer assisting in day to day activities, trail maintenance, events, and bringing Native Luiseño education and demonstrations to the Discovery Center (DC). This episode will feature the history of the Luiseño Indian people on the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Al’s involvement and knowledge.
The Luiseño are indigenous people of Southern California compromised of 6 different federally acknowledged bands: La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians, Pala Band of Luiseño Indians, Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. Additionally, the San Luis Rey Band of Luiseños is organized and active in northern San Diego County but is not currently recognized by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs.