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JULY 2010 Morongo’s New Educational Academy

Indian Gaming Leader, Morongo, Opens Private Prepatory Academy on Reservation to Overcome Low Education Achievement Among Native Americans


Morongo Band of Mission Indians’ new Morongo School sits on a windswept hillside on the Morongo reservation where older gen- erations vividly recall decades of poverty and social struggles with limited education and job opportunities. The Morongo School opened July 6 to

Vice Chairman Maurice Lyons, left, cuts the ribbon to Morongo School, a private preparatory school for K-6 grade students. Back, Dr. Jerry Livesey, academic coordi- nator for Morongo and Leatrice Briones.

In this issue...

1 Morongo Prepatory Academy Soaring Eagles Pow Wow

2 Earth’s Life Support System 3 Indians Vote Native Voices at the Autry

5 American Indians Warriors Assoc. 6 Pauma School Graduation 7

Intertribal Court Judge Appointed 8-9 Photos:

San Diego County Fair “Unity in the Community” SDSU Pow Wow

10 Southcrest Mural Project 11 Sylvester Herrera Story 12 Monica Yellowhair Success Story San Luis Rey Pow Wow Winners

14 Las Vegas Uptown View 15 NAACP Supports Cannabis Initiative FryBread Cartoon

16 United Indian Involvement, Inc.


Morongo tribal members and first generation descendants. The five-building campus, con- structed in 10 short months, is a testament to Morongo’s new-found prosperity as operator of one of the nation’s most successful casinos, along with the tribe’s diversified business port- folio. The Morongo School is one of the only schools in the country to be fully funded and operated by a sovereign tribal nation. The K-6 academy, on track to accommodate a full K-12 program by 2012, is another important plank in the tribe’s ascension to complete self reliance, says Tribal Council Vice Chairman Maurice Lyons, whose determina-

Soaring Eagle Old Town Pow Wow 2010

by Roy Cook, SCAIR Historian

This Soaring Eagle Pow wow is a memorable event. This is two of the summers longest days. Even the full

pumpkin moon is special in the summer sky. San Diego Unified School District, Indian Education Title VII program liaison Vickie Gambala and the Soaring Eagle pow wow committee organized this June 26-27, 2010 Soaring Eagle Pow wow program. The Southern California American Indian Resource Center, SCAIR, has been a constant support from the beginning of the program.

The event is memorable, beyond the activities, in this regard. Those tribal members that have been a part of the pow wow tradition for most of their lives could recall and see that the respect and protocol of the arena is given con- stant consid- eration.

The Soaring Eagle children, who were intro- duced to the cir- cle in a ceremoni- al way, by Randy Edmonds, now

tion to see the school built laid the foundation for the new campus. The Morongo Band of Mission Indians has long been recognized in California as an advo- cate and supporter of improving educational opportunities for American Indian children; the tribe founded the Rodney T. Mathews Jr. Memorial Scholarship for California Indians, the first scholarship exclusively for California Indians. The tribe is committed to lifelong learning opportunities for its community and supports that commitment through funding for college and vocational programs for its members. Vice Chairman Lyons, 60, a nationally

respected tribal leader who is self educated, dropped out of high school after the 9th grade, feeling no expectation or encourage- ment from teachers in a public system that

SEE Morongo, page 5

have a life memory to recall and are an integral part of the inter-tribal memory and the tribal oral tradition. One of the constant strengths of these Pow wow celebrations of life is the ability to intro- duce and preserve our tribal ways.

SEE Soaring Eagles, page 4

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