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Brandie Taylor and Bonnie LaChappa Win School Board Elections

On November 2, 2010, Brandie Taylor became one of the first Santa Ysabel woman Tribal Council members to be elected to the Warner Unified School District Board. At the same time Bonnie LaChappa, Lakeside Union School District incumbent success- fully defended her seat on the School Board.

Ms. Taylor, a graduate for the University of Phoenix in Business Administration, has had the honor to serve for the past eight years as the Vice-Chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. As a strong propo- nent of education Ms. Taylor has served on the Native American Council of Cal State San Marcos and the San Diego State Native Alliance Association. Additionally, she has served on the California Tribal Leaders Health Board, the Inter-Tribal Court of

In this issue...

1 Kumeyaay Women Win NIEA Conference

2 Sycuan tribal elder Anna Prieto Sandoval passes on

3 Native American Heritage Day New America Media In San Diego

4 INDN’s Good News Martin Luther King Way Native American 4 Under 40

5 Employment for Vets African American Vets KPBS News Team Expands

6 Tribal American Spirituality 7 Shaking in Mesa Grande Jammer Family Foundation Officer Christopher Wilson Tribute SDSU Rehab Program

8-9 NAACP Award Dinner Photos 10 Market Creek Arts Cultural Fest Air Program Honorees TANF

11 Jane Dumas Day Black Wall Street

12 Point Loma Light House Birthday Barona Casino Ranked Best

13 San Diego Archaeological Center 14 Nevada News 15 Reid All About It Reid Wins in Nevada

16 American Indian Heritage Month Hero’s

Southern California, Kumeyaay Cultural Repatriation Committee, and State and Federal Workgroups on children and families. Most notewor- thy Ms. Taylor has testified before the State Senate and Assembly for the rights of foster children on issues that are close to her. Ms. Taylor believes that all Native students deserve quality education with strong support of their Tribes, community and programs such as AIR. She continues to keep in touch and encourage the college students from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. She also continues to speak on higher education, sovereignty, and Tribal Leadership at many of our local uni- versities and colleges including, San Diego State University, Cal State University, San Marcos, Palomar College, and Grossmont College. Ms. Taylor’s desire to promote education has led her to serve as the Secretary for the


Bonnie LaChappa - Barona Band of Mission Indians

Warner’s PTCC, helping raise funds for school supplies, field trips, and camps. Presently, she is one of the first Santa Ysabel woman Tribal Council members to be elected to the Warner Unified School District Board. The true story of her dedica-

San Diego NIEA Conference 2010 by Jaclyn Bisonette

This years 41st Annual National Indian Education Conference was held in San Diego at Town and Country Resort and Convention Center, Oct. 7-10th. The con- ference was kicked off on Oct. 6th with the Presidents Welcome Reception. This years conference theme was “Investing in Youth For Our Vision of Tomorrow. The scheduled sessions focused on multiple educational issues throughout Native Country, topics ranged from Working to build sustainable partnerships with national and local Native American com- munities to revitilizing Native languages in schools. Schools, colleges and tribes were represented from across the nation. Workshops and forums were also held

throughout the conference, a college sym- posium was held this focus was mostly geare to the highschool aged audience about what to expect when going to col- lege for the first time. College recruiters were present with information tables and application and scholarship forms were available. There was also an Elders

Network and a Native Language Revitalization Forum as well as “Youth Day” workshops.

NIEA also hosted a cultural night, a

golf tournament, a pow-wow and a 5k run/walk. The Cultural night welcomed all participants and featured dancers from

Brandie Taylor - Santa Ysabel Chairwoman

tion to community and our Native people is that Brandie is a survivor of a heart trans- plant in 2008, and has accomplished all this while living through what many would

SEE Women Win, page 2

Pomo who performed the Feather Dance, Birdsingers from Kumeyaay, Ipai & Tipai Birdsingers, Cahuilla, and also a War Dance (Stomp Dance): Chaaawut, Luiseno, Cupeno-Pala Band of Mission Indians. The convention also hosted a Annual Banquet Awards and Enterntainment Gala. It was a semi-formal

SEE NIEA Conference, page 3

Jaclyn Bisonette with her mother Genevieve Jones at NIEA Convention.

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