Pala Band of Mission Indians Donates $10,000 to Soboba Foundation for Annual Softball Tournament

September 18, 2013

PALA, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that it will donate $10,000 to the Soboba Foundation to support the National Indian Athletics Association’s (NIAA) Fastpitch Softball Tournament this weekend on the Soboba Reservation in San Jacinto.

“The annual softball tournament is a great opportunity for tribes to come together in the spirit of friendly competition,” said Robert H. Smith, Chairman of the Pala Band of Mission Indians. “The Pala Tribe is proud to support the tournament both through this contribution and our talented team – the Pala Braves. It is always a great weekend of fun for both spectators and players.”

The Pala Tribe will be recognized as a “Grand Slam” sponsor at the tournament’s welcome luncheon on September 20.  This is seventh year in a row that the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians has hosted the NIAA softball tournament.

The annual NIAA softball tournament attracts teams of tribal members from all over the United States and Canada. The public is welcome to come watch the exciting games over the three-day tournament. More information on the tournament is available at:

The Soboba Foundation is a non-profit foundation operated by the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians. In addition to sponsoring the annual NIAA softball tournament, the Soboba Foundation promotes community awareness by distributing much-needed funds to local, regional and Tribal organizations throughout the year.

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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