AIR Tutorial Students
AIR students at BirchA

Serving the San Diego American Indian Community for over 25 years

AIR Summer

San Diego State University

University of
San Diego

California Sate University
San Marcos

University of California
San Diego


Univeristy of California, Los Angeles

Cal Poly Pomona

Cal Poly Pomona

The American Indian Recruitment Program
Providing 25 years of Community Service

AIR Summer Coming in June!!!

AIR Program Banquet 2018


News for Students - (Monday Morning):

Weekend Update 1:
Indian Country:

Tribes, environmentalists battle copper mine in Arizona
The Associated Press - Anita Snow
May 19, 2019 11:32 AM EDT
Last Updated May 19, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

SONOITA, Ariz. — Scenic State Highway 83 gently curves through southeastern Arizona’s wine country, past waves of blond grass dotted with orange-tipped ocotillo plants before the dark Santa Rita Mountains loom into view.
The Milepost 44 pullout offers a panorama of the range in the Coronado National Forest where a Canadian firm wants to carve out a massive copper mine near Tucson. The $1.9 billion Rosemont Mine, at a half-mile deep and a mile wide, would sprawl across federal, state and private land, leaving a waste pile the height of skyscraper.
Native American tribes and environmental groups have sued to stop Hudbay Minerals Inc. of Toronto, arguing its mine could desecrate sacred, ancestral lands and dry up wells and waterways while ravaging habitat for endangered jaguar and other species. Last week, they asked a federal judge to prevent the project from proceeding until the lawsuits are decided.
“I pray to our Creator every morning that things will work out,” said Austin Nunez, chairman of the Tohono O’odham’s San Xavier District, a piece of tribal land just south of Tucson. “Our ancestors’ remains are there, along with archaeological sites, including a ball court. We cannot risk any further harm to our ancestral heritage.”

Read more>

Judges cair

Is the rule of law in and of itself illegal?
By Elizabeth Cook-Lynn
Native Sun News Today Columnist
Monday, May 20, 2019

The writers of a recent book PLUNDER are trying to bring into the consciousness of indigenous peoples like us out here in the Northern Plains the thinking of Third World ideologies as the only way to rid ourselves of America’s use of “the idea of the rule of law,” deemed to be a risk to “minority” populations. The text does, of course, bring up the issue of “majority rule,” doesn’t it?
Why would we go there now to condemn “the rule of law,” when we are at a crossroads? Presently it seems more important than ever before to defend ‘the rule of law,” we Americans have a federal regime that seems intent upon abandoning “the rule of law” entirely.
As of this week, the Congress of the United States is charging the US Attorney General with “contempt,” which means, one supposes, that even as we think of law as an essential trait of democracy, it is said by the Trump lawyers, to be just a “buzzword” rising out of the 16thcentury, and they counsel the AG that he doesn’t even have to show up to discuss the argument with the elected officials of Washington, D. C.!
It’s probably important to remember that the AG is an APPOINTED official, not elected by the people.

Read more>


Another death reported at a jail in an Alaska Native community
Monday, May 13, 2019

Three people have died over the last two weeks in detention facilities in Alaska Native communities.
Robert Nick, 54, died in a jail in Akiachak on Friday, May 10, The Anchorage Daily News reported. The incident is under investigation by the Alaska State Troopers.
"On 5/10/19 at about 2053 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a call from Tribal Police in the village of Akiachak reporting a death at the village jail. Earlier in the evening Robert Nick (54 yoa of Akiachak) had been placed into protective custody by tribal police officers due to his level of intoxication. Robert was found unresponsive in the jail cell by tribal jail guards," the dispatch report AK19030381 states. "Life saving measures were attempted, but unsuccessful. Troopers responded by boat to Akiachak and conducted an investigation. The remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiners Office in Anchorage. Next of kin has been notified. This incident remains under investigation. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor."
Becca White, 24, and Isaiah Parka, 22, died in a jail in Napakiak on Sunday, April 28, The Daily News reported. Both had been locked in their cells when a fire broke out in the facility.
“What I’m wondering is why they couldn’t open the jail cells right away,” Miranda White, who is Becca's sister, told the paper. “If they had the keys, why didn’t they just open it?”

Read more>

Black ills

Native Americans and Black Hills backers support mining reform bills
By Staff | on May 15, 2019
By Talli Nauman 
Native Sun News Today Health & Environment Editor

WASHINGTON, DC – Navajo, Chilkat and Black Hills representatives joined lawmakers here on Capitol Hill on May 9, to announce introduction of the Hardrock Leasing and Reclamation Act of 2019.
“Reform is needed for outdated laws that go back to 1872,” said Navajo Nation speaker Percy Anderson of Manuelito and Gallup, New Mexico.
“Where I come from, past uranium mining activities within McKinley and Cibola counties have contaminated groundwater, resulting in unsafe drinking water for many communities that now have to import their drinking water from other locations and other sources for human and livestock consumption,” he said.
Companion bills in the House and Senate would entail large hardrock mining operations to meet some of the same requirements and standards that already apply to oil, gas, and coal development on public lands.
Among other measures, they would establish strong reclamation standards and bonding requirements. They would create a fund to restore abandoned mines and areas impacted by mining activities.
“Attention is now critical for healthy communities and clean drinking water,” Anderson said. “For too long we have suffered under the weight of extracting for minerals and fossil fuels and the devastation that extraction has done to our health and well-being for individuals, families, communities, and the environment. Too many have passed on without seeing their children and grandchildren prosper.”

Read more>


Weekend Update 2:

AIR News and

Karen Vigneault
Memorial Scholarship Fund

Click Here>

( Select Donate button)

AIR Leaders Project


AIR Leaders: read more>
Leaders App: read More>

AIR Leaders Supplemental Application

AIR Application Read more>

AIR News 9-7-17

AIRNews Email: read more (Low)>
AIRNews HQ: read more (HQ)>

AIR EOY 16-17

Annual Report: read more >

Click for the latest San Diego weather forecast.
San Diego, CA Weather

Click for the latest Campo weather forecast.
Campo, CA Weather

Click for the latest Escondido weather forecast. 
Escondido. CA Weather

CA Earthquakes


Fake Courts for Real Learning with Morongo Tribe
ICTMN Staff - 12/23/15

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians remains a strong advocate for education, according to tribal chairman Robert Martin. That devotion could be seen in the moot court competition held at the Morongo Tribal Administrative Center on December 5.
American Indian students from Southern and Central California participated in UCLA Law School’s competition, during which they learned about the legal system and earned college credits.
Read More>


ANA is pleased to anounce the inclusion of AIR's Pride for Life Project within "Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects" and the inclusion of AIR's Voices of Tomorrow Project within "Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects"

ANA Report

ANA 2009

USD Basketball


Toreros Victorious in Finale
San Diego held off a late comeback to defeat California Baptist, 5-4
Baseball May 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO—San Diego held off a late comeback to defeat California Baptist, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Fowler Park.
In their final game of the regular season, the Toreros (32-21) held a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Lancers (33-19) rallied to score on a 2-RBI double with two outs to make it a one-run game.
CBU threatened again in the ninth, getting the first two Lancers aboard with no outs. Nathan Walker collected back-to-back strikeouts before a 3-2 pitch landed inside to load the bases. A ground ball to Ripken Reyes at third provided the final out to hold off the Lancers and seal the victory for USD. 
Jordan Abushahla finished the day 2-for-3 with a walk and scored twice for the Toreros. Adam Kerner went 3-for-5 with one run and Cody Jefferis went 2-for-5 including an RBI double and a run.
San Diego got on the board early when Stephen Dubb scored Jefferis on a groundout to short in the bottom of the first inning. Max Jung-Goldberg followed with an RBI single, scoring Kevin Collard from third to put the Toreros up, 2-0.
Read more >
UCLA Football:

UCLA Baseball Blanks Washington, 4-0; Looks for Sweep Today
The Bruins have now won seven straight and will look to finish their home schedule with another win this afternoon.
By Joe Piechowski@JPiechowski  May 19, 2019, 11:00am PDT

Last night, Jack Ralston allowed just one hit and three walks over six innings while striking out nine as the UCLA baseball team defeated the Washington Huskies, 4-0. The win was Ralston’s 10th win of the season and it won the series for the Bruins. This afternoon, UCLA will look to break out their brooms as they try to sweep the Huskies at Noon PT.
In the top of the second, Michael Toglia led off the inning with a single. Jake Pries was up next and he singled Toglia over to third, giving the Bruins runners on the corners with no outs. Toglia was able to score on Jack Stronach’s grounder to second and UCLA took a 1-0 lead.
Read more >