Friday, 7 October 2011

Tribal chairman to be lauded at canyon dinner

Written by Lydia Kremer
Special to Palm Springs Sun

For more than three decades, Richard Milanovich has been the inspirational leader of his tribe. As tribal chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, he represents one of the most politically prominent Native Indian tribes in the United States.

For his unprecedented tenure as chairman and his contributions to the tribe and to the community of Palm Springs, Milanovich will be honored Saturday at the annual Dinner in the Canyons.

Held outdoors under a moonlit sky and towering Washingtonia filifera fan palms (the only palms native to California) on the stunning sacred ancestral grounds of Andreas Canyon, Dinner in the Canyons is a not-to-be-missed annual event.

The 400-plus guests will be entertained with musical performances by Academy Award-winner Buffy Sainte-Marie and the White Rose Singers.

What: Dinner in the Canyons honoring Richard Milanovich, tribal chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

When: 5:30 p.m. cocktail reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner and program Saturday

Tickets: $300, benefiting the Agua Caliente Cultural Museum, available by calling (760) 833-8167

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