Eldest member of Soboba Band of Indians dies 

Ernest Salgado Sr., the eldest tribal member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has died. He was 91.

Tribal information officer Mike Hiles tells the Riverside Press Enterprise (http://bit.ly/yUBklz ) that Salgado died Monday of natural causes.

Salgado was 5 years old when Native Americans became American citizens and he was the first in his tribe to fill out his U.S. Census form.

Born in Indian Canyon on the reservation, he lived with his grandparents and then for a time with his mother in San Bernardino.

He served in the Army during World War II in 1944 and 1945, and fought in D-Day.

He worked in construction and later for Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, where he had attended school. He served on the tribal council in the 1970s.

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