The museum presents its 11th annual Spirit of the Heard award to Ernest H. Siva (Cahuilla/Serrano) during the American Indian Excellence in Leadership Awards dinner sponsored by the Phoenix Indian Center. The public is invited; tickets at $50 until Oct. 19, $60 afterward are available online at phxindiancenter.org. Siva was born and raised on the Morongo Reservation just west of Palm Springs, Calif. A member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Siva has dedicated his life to the transmission of Southern California Indian cultures through his education, career and volunteerism. Now retired and one of the last remaining speakers of the Serrano language, he has served as tribal historian and cultural adviser for the Morongo Band of Mission Indians since 1996. He serves on the board of directors of the California Indian Storytelling Association, the Riverside Arts Council, and the CSUSB College of Arts and Letters Community Leaders Board.