Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe, A California Indian Tribe historically known as the San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians
Bernie Acuna, Tribal Councilman
Bernie Acuna Tribal Councilman

Bernie Acuna was born with Gabrielino blood on both sides of his family in the city of Alhambra, on January, 4, 1949. Growing up he was a well mannered son, a strong and caring brother of six siblings, and over the years became an active father to four children. Through the years, Bernie’s career led him to play an active role in sales management and later due to his residential movement he became a forest ranger in Idyllwild, California.

Currently, Bernie Acuna has made a decision to become an active member of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe. He has taken direction in a positive way to not only improve the lives of other Gabrielino Indians but lives of the community members of The Greater Los Angeles Area as well. Bernie Acuna has found inspiration from his grandmother, who is the oldest living member of the Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe to continue the fight for the tribe’s federal recognition.

Charles Alvarez, Tribal Councilman
Charles Alvarez Tribal Councilman

I am extremely proud of being a Native American Indian, part of the Gabrielino Tribe, and being a husband and a father. Throughout out my life, I have worked diligently at all tasks, to demonstrate that I am a hard worker and a proud person. Today I feel even prouder to be selected as your Councilman.

As a representative of our Tribe, I will continue to demonstrate our proud culture and healthy work ethic during tribal events, business affairs of the Tribe, and at cultural events where I will represent the Tribe to the public.

I have been involved in the business community for many years, I will bring a wealth of business and personal experience and information that will help the Tribe make wiser decisions.

One of my character qualities is a genuine desire to help people. Whether it’s for my family, a stranger, neighbor, or fellow Tribe member, my desire is to be an assistance in any way possible. As a representative of our Tribe, I will continue to promote understanding and appreciation of our culture, and to demonstrate the Tribe is full of proud and hard working people.

My desire is to bring all this together, to not only make better decisions for our Tribe, but to be a positive example and role model to our members and surrounding communities.

Linda Candelaria, Tribal Councilwoman
Linda Candelaria, Tribal Councilwoman

Linda was born in Pasadena, California and has lived in the San Gabriel Valley most of her life. She is the eldest of eight children.

Linda has worked as management in the healthcare field for 25 years. She has participated in several charitable foundations such as Breast Cancer walks, Aids Walk LA, and several others. In addition to serving on the Tribal Council, she is in her second year as treasurer for her homeowners association.

She has two daughters, Michelle Hartman and Monique Crosbie. She also has three grandsons. In her spare time you can find her spending time with her family, sun tanning, hiking or playing golf.

Jonathan Stein, Century Gabrielino Casino Development Company, LLC, Senior Investor
Jonathan Stein, Century Gabrielino Casino Development Company, LLC, Senior Investor
Jonathan is a well-respected trial lawyer in Los Angeles, CA and is of counsel with the highly-regarded firm of Finestone & Richter, P.C. in Century City. His websites are frlawcorp.com and jsteinlaw.com. His record in litigations in the past 18 years is 49 wins and 5 losses. For the past nine years Jonathan has been senior investor for the Tribe, not its lawyer, through a wholly-owned company, Century Gabrielino Casino Development Co., LLC. Other investors included John Hancock Insurance and several private equity funds. Jonathan is a member of the Board of Governors of the 4000-lawyer Beverly Hills Bar Association and chairs its 800-lawyer Litigation Section. He is a registered lobbyist in Sacramento, serving both the Tribe and BHBA.

“My work with the Tribe is a lot of fun, and an ideal way to give something back to the indigenous peoples of LA County. Given the Tribe’s unfortunate history of genocide, and my own family’s loss of 37 members in the Holocaust, we share a common bond.”

Jonathan was previously associated with Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, the third largest law firm in America in New York City; the Los Angeles office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed, where ARCO was his main client; and the Los Angeles office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison. Jonathan, age 53, was a member of the United States Team for the Maccabiah Olympics in Israel in 2009, Captain of Masters Triathlon, and won a Gold Medal in the Team Cycling Time Trial.

Gabrielino-Tongva Tribe
1999 Avenue of the Stars, Ste. 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90067-4618
Telephone: (310) 587-2203
Fax: (310) 587-2281