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California Indians Graton Rancheria donated $ 15 million to the University of California, Los Angeles Law School to create a full scholarship for students interested in a career as a tribal lawyer.
“The gift is the greatest contribution the tribe has ever made in law school, the largest in history, a tribal university,” the September 23 press release said.
The program will work with the Law School’s Mother Tongue Law and Policy Center, according to a press release.
“This is one of the greatest scholarship donations in the history of UCLA. We are immensely grateful to the Federal Indians of Graton Rancheria for this visionary contribution that fosters our university’s long-standing commitment to service in India and to the success of Indigenous peoples everywhere. “UCLA Chancellor Gene in Block said in a press release. “This gift enables us to recruit the best candidates to continue their legal education at UCLA, to prepare for a career as an influential mother-in-law advocate.”
Scholars will be known as Graton Scholars. The donation is related to the Native American Day of California, which is September 25.
“The current law is the cornerstone of Native American equality,’s inclusion in the US justice system,” said Greg Saris, the tribe’s president, in a press release. He is also a UCLA graduate and a former English teacher at the school.
“I have a personal commitment to educate and train UCLA’s commitment to educating the next generation of tribal lawyers. As a former UCLA alumnus professor. “We hope that this gift will start the pursuit of justice in our homeland,” he said in a press release.