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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. The station will also broadcast video profiles of the honorees throughout its Native American Heritage Month programming from November 1 through 30.

Congratulations to our 2011 Native American Heritage Month honorees: 

Michelle Parada    Michelle M. Parada
    Co-founder and Lead Teacher of All Tribes American Indian Charter School
    San Diego, CA

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Michelle M. Parada is the co-founder and lead teacher of All Tribes American Indian Charter School. Ms.Parada grew up on the Rincon Reservation and was one of only three students to graduate from Orange Glen High School’s class of 1984. She was also the first Native American student to graduate from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with an agricultural education degree. It was her education that helped shape her life’s mission of making sure students receive the necessary resources to ensure their success. Since 2001, All Tribes Charter School has provided culturally focused assistance to reduce the dropout rates among Native American students in San Diego by graduating 46 high school seniors to date. Ms. Parada has been a recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the 2010 Educator of the Year from the National Indian Education Association and San Diego’s 10News Leadership Award. 

Brandie Taylor   Brandie Taylor
   Vice Chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel
   San Diego, CA

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Brandie Taylor is the vice chairwoman of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, an Indian tribe in Northern San Diego County. Ms. Taylor has dedicated her life to advocating for tribal rights, preservation of tribal culture, improvement of health and safety of native peoples, and she is an avid supporter of higher education for youth. Ms. Taylor’s many accomplishments include securing funding for Iipay Nation’s Tribal Social Services, which handles child dependency cases and culturally focused assistance for family preservation. She is also a member of many tribal, local, state and national groups that promote tribal self-determination, education, and health issues, among them the Kumeyaay Diegueno Land Conservancy, Inter-tribal Court of Southern California, and the Cal State San Marcos Native Advisory Council. Ms. Taylor has been recognized with the 2010 Community Leader of the Year Award and the 2004 Tribal Leader Award for Indian Child Welfare.

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