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September 2022

Newsom signs bill to boost Native American curriculum (

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians annually hosts thousands of fourth graders at a California Indian Cultural Awareness conference commemorating California Native American Day in September. COURTESY PHOTO Author: Beau Yarbrough's article, please click here. California educators will be working more closely with Native American tribes under a new law signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday. Assembly Bill 1703, the California Indian Education Act, encourages school districts, county offices...

Assemblymember James Ramos with our students, families, and staff at Alta Vista Innovation High School in San Bernardino, CA.

Photo: (left to right) Assemblymember Ramos’ Staff, Anais Franco, Assistant Principal Sarah Sinopoli, Area Superintendent Janet Wilson, Chairman (former) Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Dr. Anthony R. Pico, Assemblymember James Ramos, PACEs Science Statewide Facilitator Dana Brown, Chief External Affairs Officer Bob Morales, Community Liaison Stephani Congdon, and Regional College & Career Coordinator Cherie Padilla. Bob Morales invited Assemblymember James Ramos to visit with our...

First California Indian Elected to State Assembly Shares His Story with Our Highland Students (The FOCUS, a Publication from Lifelong Learning)

Assemblyman James Ramos visited students at Alta Vista Innovation High in the Inland Empire last month, with 80-95 students and families attending. He expressed his appreciation to our students for sharing their stories with them and let them know that he too came from humble beginnings and overcame many obstacles in his life to get where he is today. Ramos is a lifelong resident of the San Manuel Indian Reservation and a member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe. He is the first Californian...

Highlighting our four-part Trauma-Informed Learning Community Series!

Committed planning team members met bi-weekly, beginning December 2, 2021, in preparation for the four-part Trauma-Informed Learning Community series which launched in San Diego, California, with Session #1 on May 20th. This series brought together seventy-five cross-sector service providers, agencies, and schools who work with teens, transitional-age youth, and families and was hosted by Diego Hills Central . The series would not have been the success that it is without Area Superintendent...

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