Of the six Luiseño reservations, the Pauma tribe is historically one of the smallest communities based on population. However, our small size is overcome by the strength of our community members. Our tribal members are committed to the promotion of education and pride in our heritage and community. Pauma tribal members have engaged in many endeavors, and continue to expand on many horizons today. Numerous community members have achieved successful careers in healthcare, education, administrative services and small business. Our tribal members are teachers, doctors, musicians, artists, storytellers, firemen, policemen, and knowledge keepers of traditional Luiseño ways. From the youngest toddlers to our oldest elders, every man, woman, and child plays a unique role in the Pauma community. We celebrate and honor all of them as they each represent the continuity of Pauma tribal traditions and culture.
Here are just a few of many Pauma people we would like you to know:
Rosemary and Doreen Forbes both pursued nursing careers. Their passion for healthcare was shared by their cousin, Daniel Calac, who obtained a degree from Harvard Medical School and became an IHC doctor. Benjamin Magante, Sr. developed and worked in tribal projects for alcohol and drug abuse; Juana Majel pursued and acquired degrees in school counseling. Gene Dixon and Patricia Dixon sought careers in teaching and became high school and college teachers. Bennae Calac and Charlie Devers started a successful cultural resource monitoring company. Cynthia Toledo played a vital role as a counselor and dorm mother at Sherman Indian High School. Mona Celli works in the Indian Health Services. Yolanda Espinoza has expanded the offerings of the tribal library. Several of our younger tribal members are firemen.