Me Yah Whae Fall-Winter 2019-2020

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Me Yah Whae Fall-Winter 2019-2020 is a magazine devoted to the Agua Caliente story; past, present, and future. Me Yah Whae features contributions by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians relating to art, the environment, business, leadership, entertainment, hospitality, and other issues affecting the Coachella Valley. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians represents one of the most significant cultural histories in California and is a dynamic force in the Coachella Valley with its economic development efforts, philanthropy and civic leadership.


Focusing on the Future
Throughout his career, Executive Director of Construction Rob Donnels has built many beautiful things — from riverboats to Las Vegas Strip landmarks — but his latest project, a cultural plaza dedicated to sharing the story of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, speaks to the beauty and irreplaceability of indigenous people.

Written in Stone
With its majestic mountains and valleys, the Coachella Valley landscape is a canvas for indigenous peoples' first form of written communication: rock art.

Meet the Tribal Council
Since 1955, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has had a five-Tribal-Member-elected council to oversee governmental affairs and economic ventures. The current Tribal Council represents a dynamic and distinctive mix of qualities: Some are fathers, some are adventurers, some are athletes, and some are even DIYers. All are unequivocally tenacious leaders and proud proponents of their Tribe and its future.

The Self-Determined Sixties
By the second half of the 20th century, Agua Caliente leaders had cleared the way for future Tribal development, ultimately shaping the Palm Springs tourism industry we know today.



Constructing a Kish
An illustrated look inside the traditional Cahuilla home.


Debbie Purnel
A Tribal member reflects on the importance of cherishing family traditions.

Thank You for Your Service
A salute to the military service of past and present members of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Stewards of Nature

Celebrating the Spring
The Tribe reflects on the significance and progress of the new Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza.

Giving Back

Aspiring for Success
Meet the 2019 recipients of the Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship.

Where the Wild Things Thrive
The Jr. Ranger Expo provides an opportunity for all ages to explore the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' ancestral home.

Valley Partners

Riding to Recovery
A team of equine therapy horses in Palm Desert helps patients achieve physical and emotional breakthroughs.

Retail Renaissance
A new gaming property infuses another element of entertainment into Cathedral City's revitalized downtown scene.

By the Numbers

Lay of the Land
The who, what, when, and where of the Agua Caliente Indian Reservation.



Cup of Joy
Java Caliente conjures up all the morning feels with specialty coffees, teas, and smoothies.


Reelin' in the Hits
Steely Dan continues to bring their intricate studio-created classics to life onstage.


The Evolution of the Golf Ball
These tiny engineering marvels have come a long way since their early days of wood and feathers.


Coming Up Roses
Sunstone Spa channels the power of organic rose extract.


Secluded Splendor of the Seven Sisters
A morning walk through Murray Canyon captures an oasis in full bloom.


What's Hot

Soirée All Day
Luxe renovations and new dining scenes inspire a stylish weekend getaway at Agua Caliente Casino Rancho Mirage.

Lessons From the Table

Buster Blackjack
Go for "21" and more with exciting side bets.

At Your Service

Team Spirit
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians honors five team members from each of its casino properties.


Pívat's Premier Plume
Relax amid leather-bound chairs, topshelf cocktails, and worldly cigars.


Chairman's Message

Ancient Origins

First Look

Calendar of Events

Deep Impressions


On the Cover
Vice Chairman Larry N. Olinger (1938-2019)