Cabazon Band of Mission Indians Scholarship Fund


Native American Student Pgm Dept D01177


Undergraduate Student Support

History and Purpose:

Chief Cabazon, the leader of the Desert Cahuilla Indians from the 1830s until the 1870s, was the ancestor of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians. The Cabazon Indians have lived in the region for thousands of years, surviving in the desert through their creativity, innovation, and expertise in desert plant life. Their songs, baskets, and other artistry chronicle the tribe's history. The Cabazon Reservation was created by President Grant's executive order on May 15, 1876. Today, there are fewer than 50 members of the tribe, yet business ventures on the reservation continue to prosper. Each March and November, the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians hosts the Indio Powwow "to honor, help preserve and introduce others to Native American culture." The tribe created the Cabazon Band Mission Indians Scholarship to ensure higher education opportunities for current and future American Indians attending UCR.

Selection and Guidelines:

To support financial assistance to UCR students who have had experience working and living in the Native American communities, reservation, rancheria, or colongy and intend to work directly with or benefiting the Native American communities upon completion of their study at UCR. Other criteria terms are: must be enrolled as a UCR student and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA.

To apply for this scholarship, please contact the Director of the Native American Student Programs (NASP) Office at UCR.

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