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Posted on: November 8, 2023

Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day Celebration on November 15th


November 15, 2023 is Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day.  Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day was proclaimed a City holiday by the City of Temecula in 2012 to celebrate the native culture and heritage of the Pechanga Band of Indians. The City of Temecula, in partnership with the Pechanga Tribe, has proudly observed “Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day” together each year on November 15th.  

The story behind Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day was created into a powerful, award-winning film in 2019 by Brad Munoa, a member of the Pechanga Band of Indians and a Writer, Director, and Producer for the Pechanga Creative Studios.  It documents the 7-plus year monumental people’s movement and its momentous culmination in the protection of Pu’éska Mountain, and the quality of life for the people in Temecula.  The proposed "Liberty Quarry" would have been among the largest gravel pits in the United States and would have excavated Pu'éska Mountain.  "More than just a development vs. environment story, The Mountain that Weeps explores which force is stronger, the power of community, the corruption of politics, or reverence for the sacred," as stated on the website

Temecula Mayor Zak Schwank states, "On this day, we cordially invite our community to gather at City Hall to remember, respect, and honor the rich heritage of Pechanga, and share the powerful story that is celebrated annually and continues to bring our governments and residents together."  Mayor Schwank adds, "We are grateful to Pechanga every day of the year, and November 15th gives us pause to ceremoniously show our gratitude to the traditional land caretakers of Temecula [and beyond] since time immemorial." 

The annual holiday is an opportunity to commemorate the profound ways in which the Pechanga Tribe, Temecula’s first peoples, has shaped the community’s character and heritage, and to thank the Tribe for saving Pu'éska Mountain and, in doing so, protecting the quality of life in Temecula.

Join us for Pechanga Pu’éska Mountain Day: 

Temecula City Hall, 41000 Main Street 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 4:30pm (We Encourage Early Arrival for Seating)

•Proclamation Recital

•Mountain that Weeps Documentary Film Viewing


Pechanga established “Great Oak Press” in order to provide an avenue by which Native voices and topics of significance and importance to Native Americans could find their way into contemporary discourse and become both a growing and permanent part of recorded knowledge. For language and indigenous studies resources, visit

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