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Tribal Leader Chosen as Christmas Parade Grand Marshal

A Native American tribal leader has been recognized by the City of Hemet in California and by The Press-Enterprise for her giving spirit.
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The City of Hemet, California chose Rose Salgado, vice chairwoman of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians’ Tribal Council, to be grand marshal for its Christmas parade held November 26, 2011.

According to a story posted on The Press-Enterprise website, Hemet City Manager Brian Nakamura said the city council’s decision was unanimous and based on her commitment to the community.

“Her kindness and giving toward the community and the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto really stood out in regards to her nomination this year,” Nakamura said in the story.

Obviously the path her brother chose did not hurt the tribe’s image as much as feared—former chairman Robert Salgado Sr. was sentenced to 41 months in prison in April for taking $875,000 in bribes from tribal vendors. And it didn’t hurt Rose’s image either, not only was she chosen as grand marshal for the parade, but she was also recently featured in an Inland People profile on

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“The hardships Rose Salgado experienced growing up helped ignite her desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others by building upon culture, education and health care in her community,” begins the story. Read it in full at