Me Yah Whae Spring-Summer 2020

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Me Yah Whae Spring/Summer 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.


Crowning Glory
Miss Agua Caliente hopes to inspire young people to take more interest in the heritage of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Sharing the Sacred Water
Agua Caliente Cultural Plaza will connect past and present in a dynamic downtown Palm Springs experience. Here's a preview.

Determined to Succeed
The 1970s ushered in unprecedented Native American social activism across the United States and legislative reforms in the U.S. Congress. In Palm Springs, Tribal leaders addressed the lingering aftermath of past missteps in federal and local policies to keep the Tribe on a path of Indian self-determination and economic prosperity.


GENERATIONS — Frances Lucille Diaz Edwards Cummings
A Tribal elder reflects on passing along her pioneering spirit to her family.

For Tribal member Jon Toro, basketball is a fundamental way of life.

GENERATIONS — Center of the Defense
Eighth-grader Natawne Cummings holds the line as the first female football player at Desert Christian Academy.

TRADITIONS — Nature Made
Ancient bedrock mortar sites offer a glimpse into the culinary past of the Agua Caliente.

TRADITIONS — New Book Offers a Thorough Look at Cahuilla History
Scholar Lowell John Bean spent his career learning about the Tribe

GIVING BACK — The Power of Cinema
The 2020 Native FilmFest celebrates the finest cinematic perspective of North America's indigenous people, plus Jason Momoa discusses his new film about a Native American legend.

STEWARDS OF NATURE — Building on Water
How the Agua Caliente people survive and thrive with the greatest natural resource.

VALLEY PARTNERS — Experience is Everything
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Greater Palm Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau team up to attract cultural tourists to the region.

VALLEY PARTNERS — The Agua Caliente Story Takes Root in School Curriculum
Unique partnership ensures Tribes' history, culture and modern-day stories shared authentically.


ENTERTAINMENT — Oh, What a Night
Harmony is the word as Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons bring their vocal magic to The Show.

DINING — Something Creative is Brewing
Local craft beers go down smoothly at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage and Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs.

GOLF — Grand Slam
Since it opened nearly 60 years ago, Indian Canyons Golf Resort is where the country's most celebrated golfers go to perfect their swings.

SPA — Rub, Scrub, Glow
A relaxing massage, a body polish, and a facial that turns back the clock are the top-selling treatments at Sunstone Spa. Ask for them by name and experience the benefits that have made them legends.

BY THE NUMBERS — Rub the Right Way
Here's the who, what, when, and where of Sunstone Spa at Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage.

OUTDOORS — A Hike Through Time
A ranger-led trek in the Indian Canyons reveals the enduring culture of the Agua Caliente people.


HOSPITALITY — Upping the Ante
Teamwork paves the way for new, improved Cathedral City.

Gambling's roots and growth can be traced from ancient emperors to sharp scientific system players.

WHAT'S HOT — Ace Stands for Agua Caliente Experience
Nearly a year on, the rebranding of the
resort is delivering big wins all around.

AT YOUR SERVICE — Kitchen Confidential
Stacy Duke, Director of Food and Beverage at Agua Caliente Palm Springs, shares her knowledge of working in the food and beverage industry.

HOSPITALITY — May The Force Be With You
Find out where to find some of the most glittering Star Wars figures imaginable.


Chairman's Message

Ancient Origins

First Look

Calendar of Events

Deep Impressions

A hike through the Indian Canyons shows the natural beauty and reveals the culture of the Agua Caliente people.