The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is giving the University of Redlands $3.7 million to fund an endowed chair in Native American studies, to further the education of Native Americans, and to create better understanding between Native and non-Native communities.
San Manuel Chair James Ramos said the donation was made in the hope that more Native Americans will become aware of the opportunities provided by continuing their education at a university. The tribe also wants to educate non-Native American students about Native tribes, their history, and their contributions to the region.
The remainder of the donation will be used to support Native Americans who wish to further their education so they may become leaders in their communities, Ramos said.
The university wants to diversify its campus by bringing in more Native American students.
“We’re very excited about the possibilities created by this donation,” said Leela MadhavaRaucq, associate dean of Campus Diversity and Inclusion. “We have a fairly small population of Native American students and we hope to increase that. The world will succeed by honoring and recognizing diversity and a university is no different.”