Longtime Soboba Tribal Council Member and community leader passes

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Rose Salgado, who helped steer the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians through many years of growth and was a force for community betterment, passed away May 14. Valley News/Courtesy photo

Rose Salgado, who helped steer the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians through many years of growth and was a force for community betterment, passed away May 14. She was 65. Rose was the youngest of six children born to Ernest Salgado Sr. and Fidelia Juarez Salgado. She, like her father and her siblings, was raised on the Soboba Reservation. She graduated from San Jacinto High School and attended the University of California, Riverside.

Rose credited her parents with instilling in her great work ethics, teaching her to always be fair in dealing with people. Those who knew her know that her life was shaped by that advice.

After retiring from a 27-year career with Southern California Edison, Rose devoted much of her time to volunteerism. She served on many boards of directors for nonprofits and educational agencies and was recognized for her community commitment with several awards.

Rose served on the Soboba Tribal Council for 28 years. Always working hard to make things better for her fellow Tribal Members, she dedicated her time to serving the Tribe and the community by being actively involved.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Robert “Bobby” Salgado Sr.

Rose is survived by her only daughter, Desiree Salgado (Alfred Arviso III); grandchildren Avellaka Arviso, Ataax Arviso, Ayalkawut Arviso and Tuupash Arviso; goddaughter Mica Diaz; brothers Ernie Salgado Jr. and Richard Salgado Sr. and sisters Lorraine Maciel (Frank Maciel Sr.) and Frances Diaz.

Services are pending.