SMBMI Supports University Native Student Programs

by Thomas Larocca

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a major partner of the University of Redlands’ Native Student Programs. The programs were established in 2010 to increase enrollment of Native American students from Southern California and beyond in college.

The Native Student Programs focus on students graduating to improve their personal and professional lives, as well as contribute to the advancement of Native tribes and groups. In addition, the programs involve outreach, recruitment, support and various activities for native students enrolled at the University of Redlands.

SMBMI and the university’s partnership includes multiple components, like the San Manuel Excellence in Leadership Scholars Program, created to increase access to higher education by providing financial assistance to Native students.