Pala Band of Mission Indian California

Announcement: BUSD Community Meeting

Pala, CA – The Superintendent of Bonsall Unified School District, David Jones, is coming to Pala to have a collaborative discussion meeting with Pala residents regarding the needs and visions of the school district, and to listen to the community’s feedback to better serve the educational needs of the children.

Bonsall USD Community Collaborative Meeting
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Pala Admin Building

This meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 9th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Pala Administration building, in the large meeting/conference room downstairs.

Please see the attached flyer and post in your area or pass on to those interested.

For more information call the Pala Band of Mission Indians: 760-891-3500.
Bonsall Community Meeting Pala California

Pala Band Press Release California

“Grow Our Own” Professional Development Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2017

CONTACT: Doug Elmets (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA – The Pala Band of Mission Indians in Southern California joins education programs in ten states funded by the U.S. Department of Education selected to provide training programs to recruit and graduate American Indian teachers and administrators. “This project aligns with tribal initiatives supporting youth. By training our own educators using native ways of knowing, the curriculum is more relevant and more likely to be successful,” observed Chairman Smith. “The data shows that the ratio of American Indian/Alaska Native students to American Indian teachers and administrators reflects a strong need in Southern California,” added project director Linda Warner. “The “Grow Our Own” project represents an exceptional commitment on behalf of the U.S. Department of Education and the Pala Band of Mission Indians to serve tribes in the region.”

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is partnering with the California State University San Marcos through the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center. Dr. Joely Proudfit, Director of the Center noted, “The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center welcomes the opportunity to link teacher and administrator certification with our work to create pathways for our students. The “Grow Our Own” Project is unique because it represents a true commitment to tribal sovereignty. The Pala Band of Mission Indians’ leadership has been a strong supporter of our initiatives and we are pleased to join in this project.”

Applications for the project will be available online from the Pala Band of Mission Indians at www.palatribe.com or through the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center. The project supports certification for teachers and administrators. For more information on how to apply, please contact: Linda Warner at lwarner@palatribe.com

About Pala Band of Mission Indians

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. www.palatribe.com

About California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center fosters collaborative research and community service relationships between the faculty, staff, and students of CSU San Marcos and members of local Tribal communities, for the purpose of developing and conducting research projects that support the maintenance of sovereignty and culture within those communities. www.csusm.edu/cicsc

Pala Band Press Release California

The Pala Band of Mission Indians Donates $140,000 to Vivian Banks Charter School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 7, 2017

CONTACT: Doug Elmets (916) 329-9180

PALA, CA– The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced today that they have donated $140,000 to the Bonsall Union School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

The money will be used to support Vivian Banks Charter School and will provide the school with the necessary means to educate the youth located on the Pala Reservation.

Vivian Banks Charter School is a community school that incorporates local culture into curriculum while also emphasizing standards-based education to students in Kindergarten through 5th grade. During the 2016-2017 school year, there was a total enrollment of 110 students and the 2017-2018 school year is estimated to be similar.

“We are happy to help the Bonsall School District provide the best education possible for our local students,” said Pala Chairman Robert Smith. “Education needs to remain a priority and Pala is pleased to contribute in any way that is beneficial to the students in the Bonsall Union School District.”

Over the past nine years, the Pala Tribe has donated over $940,000 to local school districts.

“We are so grateful to the Pala Band of Mission Indians for their consistent and generous donations to our school,” says Vivian Banks Principal, Eric Kosch. “These donations make it possible for the students to receive a great education that is aligned with the school’s mission and goals to provide an exciting, balanced academic program allowing them to develop their talents and abilities so they are prepared for future academic success.”

About Pala Band of Mission Indians

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. www.palatribe.com