Pala Band of Mission Indians Saves Rural Bus Program in Local School Districts with $100,000 in Donations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE            CONTACT: Doug Elmets
January 26, 2012                              (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today a $50,000 donation to the Fallbrook Union High School District as well as an additional $50,000 donation to the Bonsall Union School District. The donation to the Fallbrook Union High School District will be made at the board meeting this evening at Fallbrook High School, and the donation to the Bonsall USD School Board will be made at its meeting on April 19 in Bonsall.

The money will be used to assist with transportation costs in rural communities throughout northern San Diego County such as Pala to ensure students maintain access to bus service for school. These donations come just six months after a $140,000 donation to save other programs slated for elimination at the Bonsall Union School District.   

“We are pleased to help the Bonsall Union and Fallbrook Union High School Districts continue the rural bus service for our local students,” said Robert Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “Budgets cuts continue to be a reality for many organizations, but education needs to be a priority. This contribution will help ensure access to a high quality education for our region’s future leaders.”

The Pala Tribe has donated over $500,000 over the past four years to local school districts.


The Pala Band of Mission Indians is a federally recognized tribe whose reservation is located along the Palomar Mountain range approximately 30 miles northeast of San Diego. The majority of the over 900 tribal members live on the 12,000-acre reservation, established for Cupeño and Luiseño Indians, who consider themselves to be one proud people - Pala. 

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