Native American 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.
Congratulations to our 2014 Native American Heritage Month honorees:
Dr. Daniel J. Calac
Chief Medical Officer
Indian Health Council
Dr. Daniel J. Calac is the medical director of the Indian Health Council (IHC), a consortium of nine tribes dedicated to the continual betterment of Indian health, wholeness, and well-being. A principal investigator of the California Native American Research Centers for Health (CA-NARCH), Dr. Calac was born and raised on the Pauma Indian Reservation and began his pathway in medicine as a tribal doctor. He received his bachelor's degree in biology from San Diego State University (SDSU) and his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, where he was awarded the Arthur Ashe Foundation Fellowship at Harvard AIDS Institute. Dr. Calac participated in the Four Directions Summer Program, a student-run project that brings Native American undergraduates to Harvard to perform research, shadow physicians, and meet Native American medical students. He is a member of the Luiseno Band of Mission Indians, the InterTribal Youth Advisory Board, and a board member of the California State University San Marcos Foundation.
Roy Cook is a tribal writer, author, journalist, native singer, and artist born in Arizona of Ootan (Opata) and Oklahoma (Wazazee) Osage heritage. An Army veteran, Mr. Cook is the president and historian of the San Diego American Indian Warriors Association (AIWA). He also serves as the tribal historian for the Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR) in San Diego County. Mr. Cook is a member of the Golden State Gourd Dance Society and the Western Oklahoma Comanche Gourd Clan. He has served as curator of the American Indian Cultural Center Museum, San Diego Balboa Park, and the Indian Human Resource Center, Inc. He has published more than 300 stories for print and online covering many Native American topics and has taught at numerous colleges in San Diego, including Palomar College, Mesa Community College, and Grossmont College, where he also served as chairman of the Multicultural Studies Department.
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