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Gordon Lee Johnson

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I'm Cahuilla/Cupeno Indian and live on the Pala Indian Reservation. Good or bad, I've had a desultory approach to education. I studied philosophy, literature and film at UC Santa Cruz, journalism at UC Berkeley, communications at UC San Diego. I studied creative writing at Vermont College and got a master of fine arts in creative writing from Antioch University in Los Angeles.

For much of my life I've earned my living with my fingers on a keyboard. I worked at small Indian newspapers, the Associated Press in Los Angeles, I was a reporter for a small weekly in Fallbrook, editor of The Californian, a daily newspaper covering Southwest Riverside County, a feature writer and columnist for The Press-Enterprise, a 200,000 circulation newspaper serving the Inland Empire.

I have two books: Rez Dog Eat Beans and Fast Cars and Frybread, and I have poetry and short stories published in various periodicals.

I have four children and eight grandchildren who live nearby. My grandchildren ask for pickles from my icebox.

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Artbound

Eileen Doktorski: The Art of Redemption

Sculptor Eileen Doktorski believes in the healing properties of art. Often dark, her sprawling installations comment on domestic violence and wastefulness.
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The Spirit of North Shore

Residents of the resource-starved North Shore community on the Salton Sea hope a new plan for renewal and social practice art will promise a more sustainable future.
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Ricardo Breceda: Sorcerer of Sheet Metal

Ricardo Breceda is a legend in Borrego Springs for his sea monster creation and other metal sculptor creatures.
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Reza Sepahdari's Prayers for Peace

Iranian-born Reza Sepahdari makes art in Temecula's wine country. He believes in the role of the artist as a messenger of peace.
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Dime Stories: Temecula's 3 Minute Tales

Dime Stories filled a need for an open-mike venue in Temecula, a place where writers could get their words heard by an audience.
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On the Air with Indian Time Radio

For over 20 years, KUCR Indian Time Radio has been a point of pride in the Indian community, cementing their own place within Southern California's pop culture sphere.
Kalani Queypo and Hong Lei, "Stand-Off at Highway 37." | Photo: Jean Bruce Scott.
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About Natives, By Natives: Indian Country Playwrights

Native Voices at the Autry puts the spotlight on American Indian playwrights, helping them transition their culturally-inspired works into full-scale productions.
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Embracing the Blues with Jimmy King

For Joshua Tree-based musician Jimmy King, the blues is a mission to find meaning, a discovery of what matters, and an embrace of what's real.
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Tracy Lee Nelson: Skate Rat with a Rez Kid Heart

Tracy Lee Nelson is a skateboard artist, combining form and function in skateboard design that resonates with Indian themes.
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Retreating to the Writerly Life at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony

After a devastating fire in 2004, the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony is being resurrected by community efforts in a secluded natural setting in Temecula.
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