Native American Heritage Month
As part of Union Bank’s 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 2013 Native American Heritage Month honorees:
Jamul Indian Village
Jane Dumas, a member of the Jamul Indian Village in East San Diego County and shares her knowledge of the Kumeyaay language, culture, and medicine with the San Diego community. She teaches Southern California ethnobotany and Kumeyaay language at the Kumeyaay Community College (Sycuan Indian Reservation). Since 1986, she has been a board member for the Indian Human Resource Center. In 2002, Dumas was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame and on April 28, 2012, the City of San Diego honored her by proclaiming it Jane Dumas Day. Kumeyaay is Jane's first language and she remains one of the last living fluent speakers of the Kumeyaay language in the world.
Rose Margaret Orrantia
Program Manager, Tribal STAR
Academy for Professional Excellence
Rose Margaret Orrantia works as a member of the Tribal STAR team at the Academy for Professional Excellence, a program of the SDSU School of Social Work. She works to improve collaborative efforts that ensure Tribal foster youth are connected to culture, community and resources throughout their transition to adulthood. She has participated in a movement of Native American Social Workers advocating for changes in the foster care system. Her efforts helped shape what became the Indian Child Welfare Act that was passed in 1978. Orrantia has also served as a consultant and grant writer to Indian tribes and non-profit agencies.
View Past Native American Heritage Month Honorees