The NALC Story
- In the late 1990s, the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians hosted cultural nights on their reservation. Many tribes, including the Cahuilla Band of Mission Indians, the Hualapai Tribe, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians, and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, attended and participated in these events to share meals, language, and songs.
- Members of this group formed the Native American Land Conservancy in order to protect and preserve sacred lands important to these participating tribes. The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and its tribal enterprise Spotlight 29 Casino continues its central role in supporting the Native American Land Conservancy through the years of its existence, and continues to support the NALC today by offering meeting space and staff hours to support the land trust.
Today, many of these founding members continue to participate in the Native American Land Conservancy, including Dean Mike, former Chairman of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians and first Chairman of the NALC. He currently serves as a Board Member for the NALC.