American Indian Heritage Month
As part of the Union Bank Heritage Month celebrations, we are proud to sponsor the Cultural Diversity Partnership and to honor various individuals for their positive contributions and influence they have made to American Indians.
The honorees will be formally recognized as part of the Cultural Diversity Partnership Awards, which Union Bank partners with public television station KPBS. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its American Indian Heritage Month programming from November 1 through 30.
Congratulations to our 2010 American Indian Heritage Month honorees:
Harry Paul Cuero, Jr.
Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Harry Paul Cuero, Jr. is a tribal advocate, curator of tribal history, and master singer of Bird Songs. He has served as treasurer, cultural director, and chairman of the Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and is currently a member of the Campo Executive Committee. As the cultural director for the Campos, Cuero worked with tribal youth, teaching them native song and dance and inviting them to participate in tribal ceremonies. A traditional Bird Singer for over 30 years, Cuero and a group of Kumeyaay (Koo me eye) youth performed cultural Bird Songs with the San Diego Symphony. He has also performed traditional Bird Songs during the pregame ceremony of the 1998 Super Bowl game in San Diego and performed at the opening of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. He and other Bird Singers also performed at the White House for President Bill Clinton.
Dwight K. Lomayesva III
American Indian Recruitment Programs
San Diego, CA
Dwight Lomayesva III, a member of the Hopi tribe of Arizona, has tirelessly served the San Diego American Indian Community for over 20 years. As Executive Director of American Indian Recruitment (AIR), his primary focus has been the expansion and improvement of educational opportunities for American Indian youth. AIR was created by Lomayesva as an afterschool program and adopted by the American Indian Advisory Committee under the San Diego State University Department of American Indian Studies in late 1993. In addition to promoting higher educational opportunities for participants, who are tutored and mentored by college students, AIR also offers a culturally relevant component that instills a sense of pride and increased self-esteem among the students. The AIR programs have expanded to the University of San Diego, the University of California at San Diego, and Palomar College.