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Agua Caliente Band Cahuilla Indians Announces New Cultural Center

Chairman Jeff Grubbe: ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center

On October 6th, Agua Caliente band Of Cahuilla Indians (ACBCI) Chairman Jeff Grubbe announced the Tribe’s plans for their new cultural center in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs.  The location is on their 5.6 acre site at the intersection of Indian Canyon Drive and Tahquitz Canyon Way.  ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center

Groundbreaking is for the early part of 2018 and should take about 2 years to complete. It will feature a cultural museum, a new hot mineral springs spa, a gathering plaza plus gardens and an oasis trail.

From Jeff Grubbe: ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center

“This new cultural center provides an incredible opportunity to share and celebrate our history, culture and traditions with this community and visitors from around the world,” Tribal Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe said. “Each of the 566 federally recognized tribes throughout this country has a distinct culture that includes traditions, language, historic clothing and housing styles as well as historical food and medicine preparations. We want to share that with others as well as acknowledge the fact that we are alive and well today living in the modern world.”

The sacred waters are 12,000 years old and are very unique containing minerals not found anywhere else in the world.

The newly planned oasis trail will meander between the spa and the museum with lots of natural features that include gardens, waterfalls, a sandy beach, a fire pit, and a meditation labyrinth. The idea here is to build on the traditions and features of the ACBCI ancestral lands.

This will leave a true legacy for generations to come who will visit Palm Springs.

ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center
Images Provided by ACBCI

ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center
ACBCI Announces New Cultural Center

From the ACBCI website:

About the Tribe

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is a federally recognized Indian Tribe located in Palm Springs, California, with 31,500 acres of reservation lands that spread across Palm Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, and into the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto mountains. The Tribe currently owns and operates two 18-hole championship golf courses, the Spa Resort Casino in downtown Palm Springs and the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage. For more information about the Tribe, visit www.aguacaliente-nsn.gov

About the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other native cultures. The museum educates people about the issues and challenges of Native and indigenous people. The museum currently operates at 219 S. Palm Canyon Dr. in downtown Palm Springs. For more information, visit www.accmuseum.org 

About JCJ Architecture

JCJ Architecture is a nationally recognized planning, architecture and interior design firm with offices in Phoenix, San Diego, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, Hartford and New York City. Since its founding in 1936, the firm has worked with a diverse range of clients, including over 50 Tribal Nations, on projects ranging from hospitality and leisure, to cultural, community, gaming, education, public safety, and civic and having a comprehensive planning and design process that is formulated to address each project’s unique challenge, context and purpose. JCJ is made up of more than 100 employee-owners who are proud to have created buildings and places of exceptional and enduring quality.

Images from the ACBCI website www.aguacaliente-nsn.gov

 

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