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Gathering of the Tribes in August

UC Riverside Hosts “Gathering of the Tribes” Summer Residential Program

Free program will teach computer skills, tribal governmental process

(July 20, 2005)

Heather Rae Evanston and Amanda Medrano, both from Mohave Valley, at an earlier UCR college information day.Enlarge

Heather Rae Evanston and Amanda Medrano, both from Mohave Valley, at an earlier UCR college information day.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- The University of California, Riverside is sponsoring a free eight-day program starting Aug. 20 that is designed to give 40 American Indian middle and high school students the opportunity to work on their computer and writing skills.

They will learn about college requirements and financial aid, as well as have the opportunity to write an article for a Gathering of the Tribes publication. Students will also visit a local tribe and learn about tribal government, said Earl Sisto, director of UCR’s Native American Student Programs office.

“The students will experience campus life and develop social and team building skills,” Sisto said. “Motivational speakers and various music and dance performances will be part of the program, including an American Indian comedian.”

UC Riverside is near neighbor to more than 30 federally recognized tribes and California Indians helped found the campus and established its first academic chair. The campus offers one of only two Ph.D. programs in American Indian History in the nation. Other institutional resources include the Rupert Costo Library of American Indian History, one of the largest collections of research materials relating to Native Americans in the nation, and the proposed Center for California Native Nations.



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