gift a boost to Native American studies
Students in the Native American Studies
program at Sacramento State will be the beneficiaries of
a $250,000 gift from the Rumsey Community Fund. The Fund
is the philanthropic arm of the Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians,
operators of Cache Creek Indian Bingo and Casino.
Rumsey Tribe has been frequent supporter of scholarships at
Sacramento State, but this gift from the Community Fund is
their largest contribution to the University, says Vince Sales,
associate vice president for development.
gift includes $100,000 that will be added to the Ethnics
Studies Department’s Rumsey Endowed Native American
Studies California Indian Scholarship. Fifteen $1,000 scholarships
have been awarded to Sacramento State students over the past
three years, says Native American and Ethnic Studies Professor
additional $150,000 will be placed in another endowment
to support activities in the Ethnic Studies Department’s
Native American Studies program. Reed says the funds will
help support a lecture series to bring speakers to campus
who will address topics in both Native American Studies and
California Indian Studies.
Native American Studies program is also in the early stages
of developing a potential California Indian Studies Center
at the University. The proposed center, which would be dedicated
to research, scholarship and educational programs focusing
upon tribal nations indigenous to California, grew out of
many years of planning. A planning committee with a history
of involvement with California nations and community members
includes Reed, Ethnic Studies and Native American Studies
Professors Frank La Pena, Brian Baker and Nicole Myers Lim;
History Professor Charles Roberts; AAC/EOP Program Coordinator
Ricardo Torres; and several students and alumni who are involved
in California Native Studies.
For more information on giving to Sacramento State, contact
the Development Office at 278-6989 or visit www.csus.edu/giving/.