Rebecca Robles, Secretary

Rebecca Robles is a member of the Juaneno Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation. She can trace her family to the village of Panhe-it is her ancestral village. Rebecca was introduced to ceremony at Panhe in 1980 with her mother and other relatives. She received a BA from University of Arizona, Flagstaff in 1990.  She is an accomplished health care provider with more than 25 years working as a registered nurse. She and her family continue the work of preservation of Acjachemen sacred sites, culture, and history to which her mother, Lillian devoted the final years of her life. Rebecca and her family host the annual Ancestor Walk, a pilgrimage that visits several sacred sites along the southern California coast, including Panhe. Rebecca is a member of the Sierra Club, and the California Cultural Resource Preservation Alliance, and her tribal group and she sits on the Board of the San Onofre Foundation, a San Clemente-based foundation dedicated to the preservation of the lands at San Onofre. She was nominated for the 2009 Women of Worth Award honoring women who make significant contributions to their communities. Rebecca is the co- director of United Coalition to Protect Panhe (UCCP), a grassroots organization of Acjachemen peoples. UCPP has been instrumental in preventing the destruction of Panhe, a sacred site and  an important place of cultural and historical significance. Rebecca’s vision is to promote greater understanding and respect for the indigenous peoples of California, their previous and ongoing contributions, and to promote respect for the natural world.

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