President’s Message - As the President of JAC, I welcome you to our site! A handful of local visionaries started this organization in 1988 and we’ve enjoyed dynamic leadership for many years.
Our reputation for adapting to the needs of the community we serve is well known. I believe we can provide much positive education and benefit for our community while responsibly objecting to those things we believe are detrimental to our community’s well being.
I believe we can and should support those things that serve to enhance our lives and the lives of those who share this community’s values.
Our efforts should enhance the experiences of all who live, work and recreate in Jamul. I am certain we can find solutions and fund interventions when necessary. My goal is to have us identify the challenges before us and alter what we can long before they become critical issues.
Jamul is a caring and diverse community with many people dedicated to improving our quality of life. There is a great deal of strength and power in unselfishly helping others.
Please get be involved by giving, advocating or volunteering. I hope you’ll be inspired to make a donation of time, money or both to support the important efforts underway.
Together, we can accomplish more than any one of us could alone. Please support our efforts!
On August 8, 2016, the U.S. District Court dismissed JAC’s Complaint, without leave to amend. This decision came as a surprise because portions of JAC’s lawsuit are still on appeal with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The District Court lacks jurisdiction to make any substantive decisions, much less dismiss JAC’s case, while the appeal is still pending. And, because JAC’s appeal may be nearing completion, the timing of this decision is curious. JAC had urged the District Court to delay any such decision until the appeal is complete. Unfortunately, the court did not accept JAC’s suggestion.
Consequently, on August 15, 2016, JAC was required to file an immediate appeal of the District Court’s Order which was decided on narrow procedural grounds. Specifically, Judge Mueller reversed her 2014 approach, that allowed the case to proceed with JIV participating as a non-party amicus, and held that the case must now be dismissed because the JIV could not be joined as a party because they have sovereign immunity. This is not correct. The JIV is a quarter-blood Indian group created in 1982. It decided not to seek federal recognition under 25 CFR Part 83 and is not entitled to sovereign immunity. But the District Court’s use of this procedural technique allowed it avoid deciding the merits of JAC’s lawsuit. Read More »
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P.O. Box 1317
Jamul, CA 91935
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