The proliferation of youth gangs throughout the United States is like a powder keg on the verge of social destruction. Youth gang activity typically presents a constant threat to the community and law enforcement official. Youth gang homicides have clearly increased since 1980. Studies consistently indicate that juvenile gang members commit serious and violent offenses at a rate several times higher than non-gang adolescents. Surveys of urban youth samples indicate that from 14% to 30% of adolescents join gangs at some point. Youth gang members often are actively involved in drug use, drug trafficking, and violence. The age range of youth gang members is about 12 years to 24 years. Despite the obvious hazards of youth gang membership, there is no shortage of youth joining street gangs. Although, specific gang related incidents may be more common in certain districts, the immediate impact can be felt citywide.

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe’s “Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project” is a delinquency prevention program committed to providing tribal youth and other members of the community with the necessary social skills that will enable them to avoid the perils of gang membership. Is an incentive model program designed to foster constructive behavior in youth. Some of the project activities promote individual achievement through learning boxing skills, techniques, and the importance of teamwork. Providing the youth of the community with a safe and inviting atmosphere is essential in building self-esteem, character, and the spirit of competition.

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe and Chu Chies Boxing Gym have forged a partnership dedicated to youth services. Tribal liaison and consultant for the program is Tony Cerda jr.. Tony jr. works with two additional consultants, Project Manager Joe Garcia and Assistant Danny Garcia, to assist with his program responsibilities. The project site is located at Chu Chies Boxing Gym.

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribes Gang program goals are to reduce gang involvement in adolescents and young adults ages 12-24. The project is striving to reduce the number of violent gang incidents in the city of Pomona and the surrounding communities. In addition, the project encourages lifetime health and fitness by teaching clients boxing skills and techniques. The project strengthens bonds to the community with the graffiti removal and neighborhood clean up activities.


The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe was incorporated on March 24, 1995 is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization as per IRS and is dedicated to raising the socio-economic and status and Well being of it’s members. The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe actively participates in community programs by providing educational services and Native American cultural awareness to many area school districts such as the Pomona Unified School District, Chino Unified School District, Ontario-Montclair School District, San Bernardino Unified School District, Los Angeles Unified School District, Cal Poly Pomona, Claremont Colleges, the University of California Irvine, UCLA and USC.

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe is involved with CSU and FEMA in the restoration of the MossLanding Marine Lab at Moss Landing California. We also are also involved with the National Park Service in the restoration of Crissy Field in San Francisco California.

Self-Sufficiency Action Plan

1. Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe’s “Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project’s” long term financial goal is to become a totally self-sufficient delinquency prevention program. Over the next few years, however, the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe will seek Funding for “Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project” from the California Office of Criminal Justice Planning and private foundations. As the program grows so will the needs of it’s clients. In order to better serve the needs of measures to attain its long term financial goal. Specifically, the program manager will organize and coordinate fundraising dinners at El Rancho Grande Restaurant in Chino. He also funds activities that generate revenues for the program that includes but not be limited to monthly gym memberships, private hourly boxing lessons, and boxing aerobics for women. The sales of “Chu Chies Boxing Gym” And “Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe” merchandise such as T-shirts, baseball caps, sweatshirts and jackets will serve two purposes. First, it will provide an additional source of income for the program. Second, it will aggressively promote the program. It is imperative that the Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project build and maintain a positive program image within the community. A strong community image will enable the program manager to successfully solicit corporate sponsors for donations. Donations from private businesses and corporations will be recognized for their support with their own banners hanging from the walls in the gym.

2. The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe’s “Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project” anticipates a bright, long lasting future in the Community. The program intends to establish and maintain its delinquency prevention efforts throughout the entire community. Every effort will be made to improve the program, meet program objectives, and achieve the long-term financial goal of the program. Tony Cerda Jr. the program manager will recruit community volunteers and establish a college internship program. Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project’s innovative funding strategies will insure financial success that will continue to breathe life into the program.

People involved with the Anti-Gang Project

  • Tony Cerda, Chairman Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe  (More information concerning Tony Cerda is contained in the Role Model section of this webpage.)
  • Tony Cerda jr.
  • Joe Garcia
  • Danny Garcia


To oversee the Chu Chies Gang Prevention Project and supervise the activities of the program consultants

Program Design

ROGRAM DESIGN: Service plan.
Agency Name: Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe
Project Goals(a) = 1. Provide youth services emphasizing anti-gang and drug prevention
Brief Description of Activity (b) = Provide structured boxing program with adult supervision
# of Unduplicated Clients Served (c) = 100
Measure and Frequency of Activity (d) = Each client trains at least 3 times per week
Client Contacts (unit of service) (c) x (d)=(e) = 15,600 contacts


The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel people are engaged in a business venture to bring the Paulownia Tree to market.  This tree is gaining popularity with hardwood manufactures due to it’s fast growth and sustainable harvest rate.  The tree exhibits many favorable qualities and has been called the “timber tree for the next century”.

The tree is deep rooted and thus poses little risk to sidewalks or buildings.  The leaves are very large and make great shade trees.  The leaves can be harvested for food for animals and also make an excellent mulch as the leaves dissolve rapidly, adding lots of nutrients to the soil. In fact the tree removes many nutrients from the deep soil and places it in the upper layers via the leaves as they decay.  This allows the tree to rejuvinate abandoned farm soil and reclaim soils damaged by mining.

The lumber is light straw colored, much like ash. It is light in weight with a very straight grain. It does not crack, warp or split. It is fire resistant and an excellent insulator of heat or cold. Its machinability is excellent. It stains, glues and paints with ease.

The tree’s pedigreed and regal names include Empress Tree, Kiri Tree, Sapphire Princess, Royal Paulownia, Princess Tree, and Kawakami. The surrounding mythology abounds with several cultures claiming title to the plant’s legends.

Probably the Chinese first linked a tradition with the tree. The oriental Paulownia is planted when a daughter is born. When she marries, the tree is harvested to create a musical instrument, clogs, fine furniture, and they live happily ever after. In actuality, it is a valued wood in the orient and top dollar is paid for its procurement.

Legend also insists that it was named Royal Paulownia in honor of Princess Anna Paulownia, daughter of Russia’s Czar Paul I.

The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel People see the tree not only as a business resource, but also as a way to replenish oxygen from the large leafs of the tree, and provide a sustainable growth forest. Native American culture is rich in its care for the environment, and the CRC Paulownia Tree Farm is one aspect of the tribes envolvment with culture and business.