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Local Hero Daniel Calac, MD, Addresses Health in American Indian Community

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As a child growing up on the Pauma Indian Reservation, Daniel Calac, M.D., remembers the dirt. Literally. Read more

Educator Roy Cook selected as 2014 American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero

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He is a tribal writer, self-published author, journalist, and a Native singer and American Indian artist. He’s also an educator, one who carries the teachings of his elders and passes ... Read more

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San Diegans React To Sainthood Of Father Junípero Serra

Sept. 23
By Jean Guerrero
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Pope Francis canonizes Junípero Serra amid mixed feelings. Some San Diegans think the missionary deserves to be named a saint, while others think the canonization ignores abuses against Native Americans.

UC San Diego Extension Aims To Promote College To Native Americans

June 25
By Claire Trageser
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A new UC San Diego Extension initiative wants to create a college-going culture on the Viejas and Sycuan reservations. Its summer classes are aimed at helping Native American students not only feel prepared for college, but making them eager to go in the first place.

Insects In Religion: Sacred Scarabs To Harbingers Of Doom

Nov. 20
By Beth Accomando
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TheNAT just opened their King Tut exhibit and curator of entomology Dr. Michael Wall says ancient Egypt isn't the only culture to incorporate bugs into religion. Dr. Wall presents a lecture Thursday night called Insects in Religion: From Sacred Scarabs to Manna from Heaven.

San Diego Film Festival Kicks Off 13th Year

Sept. 24
Evening Edition
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The San Diego Film Festival kicks off its 13th year Wednesday night. The festival runs through Sunday.

James Garner Served In Korean War, Awarded Purple Heart Twice

July 21
By Beth Ford Roth
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James Scott Bumgarner, a.k.a. James Garner, served in the Merchant Marines, the Oklahoma National Guard, and the U.S. Army. Garner was injured in the Korean War and twice awarded the Purple Heart before being discharged in 1952.

Documentary Chronicles History, Culture Of San Diego's 'First People'

May 20
Midday Edition
Evening Edition
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New documentary airing on KPBS is full of fascinating details about the ancient Kumeyaay way of life.

Rose-Margaret Orrantia Finds Purpose in Helping American Indian Foster Youth

American Indian Heritage Month 2013 Honoree

Oct. 29
By Monica Medina
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Rose-Margaret Orrantia has spent a lifetime working to help American Indian children in the foster care system. After all, helping children is where her heart has led her. And helping to place these children in American Indian homes has been her way of giving back to her community and ensuring its future.

Review: 'The Lesser Blessed'

June 29
By Rebecca Romani
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Guest blogger Rebecca Romani looks the recent art film, "The Lesser Blessed," about a First Nation teenager in a small northern Canadian town and the secret that haunts him- bleak, but worth a look.

And, The 2013 One Book Selection Is…

May 14
By Monica Medina
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The verdict is in. The new One Book, One San Diego selection has been chosen. Starting in October, this will be the book that the entire community will come together to read for one extraordinary purpose—to enrich our lives through reading, and discover new worlds while sharing a common experience.

Rites of Passage—A Community Exhibit

Nov. 28
By Monica Medina
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Imagine if you were handed the keys to a museum and told you could plan an exhibit. What would it be? How would you fill it? And, how exciting to be faced with that challenge?

Why Patricia A. Dixon Never Stops Learning

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
By Monica Medina
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This Thanksgiving, Professor Patricia A. Dixon has much to be thankful for. “I think I was lucky. I had great parents, and good teachers throughout my life. I had far more good teachers than bad teachers. I was encouraged to read and to dream and I was taught to work hard.” And, though she does plan on celebrating Thanksgiving with her family this week, there’s one aspect about the holiday that’s off the table.

Leroy Elliott

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2
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Mr. Leroy Elliott is a tribal elder who has served his Native American tribe as their Chairman for the past 14 years. His tribe, the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, is an economically disadvantaged sovereign government assigned to reservation land in a remote area of the San Diego County backcountry. In spite of these challenges, Chairman Elliott actively seeks and has secured revenue opportunities that provided much needed government services and job opportunities. Elliott is the Treasurer and a long standing Board member for the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association; the Chairman of the Southern California Indian Health Clinic; and a volunteer Assistant Fire Marshall for the Campo Fire department.

Meadowood Approved Over Objections From Native American Indians

Jan. 11
By Alison St John

San Diego County Supervisors have approved a major new residential development project north of Escondido over objections from Native American tribes.

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