Rumsen Ranch – Part 2

When we were up at Rumsen Ranch in Anza last weekend, many ideas about what we could do with the Ranch were discussed, but only a few were chosen.

One of the main ideas was having a Veterans Center.

Many of our troops come home, and end up homeless and jobless. Rumsen Ranch would provide a place to sleep, food, and the opportunity for our veterans to learn practical skills. 4 hours of volunteer work would be mandatory, with veterans learning valuable work skills, like wiring electricity (electrician), plumbing & land maintenance/management. This would benefit the community, the veterans, and the tribe.

In keeping with the theme of engaging with the community, another idea was to collaborate with Southwestern Vocational College, a local college focused on the training and licensing needs of students interested in the Criminal Justice careers field. Current students would be able to come to Rumsen Ranch to get some hands-on experience and get credit for it, while the ranch would be protected/guarded.

Most Importantly, Rumsen Ranch would be a place where we could come and just hang out, go camping, do ceremonies, sweat lodges, clear the forest to prevent fires, play sports and games, use the computers and classrooms, and generally relax. There would even been animals like horses, chickens, pigs and other animals to raise. It would be a place that would create jobs for tribal members, homes and skills for veterans, and a place for the tribe.

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Rumsen Ranch – Part 1

Last Saturday, January 26th, we went to Trinity Anza, otherwise known as Rumsen Ranch, up in Anza, CA, 1.5 hours from the Claremont – Pomona area.

It was a healing ceremony, designed to heal and clean the land and start anew. Two tribal members fasted, praying and doing ceremony to better heal and clean the land.

The main focus was the military salute, for which there was a full day of events. There was a changing of the guard, a color salute, and a Veterans display.

Our council meeting also took place there, and it was particularly successful and the most attended, with more than 200 people there! wow.

Tours of the ranch were also given, considering the whole ranch is 900 acres! Tribal members and visitors got to see the houses/dorms, the main conference room, the kitchen, the bungalows, the classrooms, the Recreation Center, the Reception Center, and the many acres of forest.

xy_5050BFFF-72FD-487A-B499-04FE89709145__Tribal members and guest were also given tours of the local flora and fauna, as there are many native plants at Rumsen Ranch, some with healing and medicinal properties!

Overall, it was a fun and informative weekend had by all. We can’t wait to go to Rumsen Ranch in Anza again!