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Leroy Elliott

Native American Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

Oct. 2, 2012

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.

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Meadowood Approved Over Objections From Native American Indians

Jan. 11, 2012
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.

Brandie Taylor

Native American Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

Nov. 1, 2011

Brandie Taylor is the vice chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, an Indian tribe in Northern San Diego County. Ms. Taylor has dedicated her life to advocating for tribal rights, preservation of tribal culture, improvement of health and safety of native peoples, and she is an avid supporter of higher education for youth. Ms. Taylor’s many accomplishments include securing funding for Iipay Nation’s Tribal Social Services, which handles child dependency cases and culturally focused assistance for family preservation.

Michelle M. Parada

Native American Heritage Month: 2011 Honoree

Nov. 1, 2011

Michelle M. Parada is the co-founder and lead teacher of All Tribes American Indian Charter School. Since 2001, All Tribes Charter School has provided culturally focused assistance to reduce the dropout rates among Native American students in San Diego by graduating 46 high school seniors to date. Ms. Parada has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Educator of the Year from the National Indian Education Association and San Diego’s 10News Leadership Award.

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Future Development And Native American Past

Oct. 18, 2011
By Alison St John

Native American history buried on hillsides and valleys all over San Diego County has developers facing a challenge: to reconcile honoring the past while meeting the needs of the future.

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Meadowood Development Moves Ahead Despite Native American Opposition

Oct. 7, 2011
By Alison St John

A plan to develop more than 844 new homes east of Interstate 15 in North County is facing opposition from Native American bands.

Native American Remains Delay New Housing Development

Aug. 22, 2011
By Alison St John

As developers explore where to build new housing in San Diego’s back country, they're coming up against an increasingly common hurdle. Native Americans inhabited the whole area, and their burial sites are turning up on plots where new homes are planned.

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Native American Art, Past And Present

April 13, 2011
By Angela Carone, Maureen Cavanaugh

When we think of classical art, we often think of urns or statues or the Parthenon. But Native Americans were making art during the same time period. A new exhibit at the Mingei International Museum explores Native American art of the past and present. The work of four contemporary artists is also included in the show.

Dwight Kala Lomayesva, III

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18, 2010

Dwight Lomayesva, III , a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona, has tirelessly served the local San Diego American Indian Community for more than 20 years.

Harry Paul Cuero Jr.

American Indian Heritage Month: 2010 Honoree

Oct. 18, 2010

Harry Paul Cuero Jr.’s role as a tribal activist began at the age of 19 as he became involved in many aspects of the governmental process including serving as treasurer of the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Nation, becoming its cultural director in 2001, and in 2004, becoming the chairman and serving for four years. He is currently a member of Campo’s Executive Committee.

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Census Has Difficulty Tracking Native Americans

May 28, 2010
By Dwane Brown, Gloria Penner

The 2010 Census count is expected to wrap up by July. Now, the final door to door march is on to reach those who haven't been counted. KPBS Reporter Dwane Brown explains why it is difficult for the Census to count one of the smallest population groups in the county: Native Americans.

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