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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


October 4, 2003 - Issue 97


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gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Santa Ysabel tribe to bet its money on the promise of some bright minds

SANTA YSABEL INDIAN RESERVATION – The Santa Ysabel Indian band isn't rich and doesn't expect to be, even with a small casino. But it's pushing hard to become one of the best-educated tribes in San Diego County.

The remote North County tribe is using $25,000 in federal funds to provide scholarships for 20 of its members who are attending universities, community colleges and trade schools this semester.

"It's amazing that we have 20 adults in college," said tribal Vice Chairwoman Brandie Taylor. "Education's a big push for our (governing) council."

American Indians have long had the smallest percentage of any ethnicity attending or graduating college locally and nationwide.

The Santa Ysabel band of Ipai-Tipai Indians has seven members attending four-year institutions, including the University of Southern California, University of San Diego, University of California campuses at Irvine and Riverside, and California Polytechnic University Pomona. Thirteen tribal members, ages 18 to 35, are in junior colleges or trade schools, Taylor said.

"The majority of them work and go to school," she said. "If we can help them, we want to."

Santa Ysabel is providing scholarships of $500 to $3,000 per student, depending on their tuition costs. The tribe's newly elected governing council, which took office early this year, obtained the funding through an education grant from the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, Taylor said.

Tribal leaders issued a brief announcement on the scholarships this week, saying their hope is that "these students not only graduate but return to the reservation and help with economic development, education and tribal government."

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