Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria donated $1.5 million to SSU for
an endowed chair in Native American Studies. From left to right are Jeannette
Anglin, Robert Baguio, SSU provost Eduardo Ochoa, SSU president Ruben
Arminana, Lawrence Stafford, Greg Sarris, Joanne Campbell, Gene Buvelot
and Lorelle Ross. (Photo by Franklin Lee)
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Donate $1.5 Million
to Sonoma State For Endowed Chair in Native American Studies
Sonoma State University
is pleased to announce that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
has gifted the University $1.5 million to establish an Endowed Chair in
Native American Studies, one of only two in the Universitys 42 year
An endowed chair
is a faculty position that is funded, in perpetuity, from the earnings
on the gift. Throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University,
only a small number of endowed chairs exist.
We are extremely
pleased with the generosity of the Tribe and its decision to invest in
the academic excellence of the students and faculty of Sonoma State University,
said Ruben Armiñana, president of SSU.
The purpose of the endowed chair is to foster understanding of the Native
American culture and communities of California.
chair is a prestigious position that attracts nationally-recognized scholars.
Their presence on campus acts as a catalyst for academic excellence in
teaching and research, said Eduardo Ochoa, Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs.
of the School of Arts and Humanities, in which the Native American Studies
program resides, are very excited to have received this gift from the
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. An endowed chair not only improves
the quality of education for our students but adds to the overall academic
prestige and excellence to any campus fortunate to receive one,
said William Babula, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities.
This gift demonstrates
the tribes commitment to serve the needs of the American Indian
community and the entire student body at our campus. During these harsh
economic times, this gift will provide us with a critically-needed funds
that will significantly strengthen course offerings for our students,
said Edward Castillo, Coordinator of the Native American Studies Program.
Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has gifted a $20,000 endowed student
scholarship fund that will provide educational opportunities for the students
of Sonoma State University. Endowment funds are managed by the Sonoma
State University Academic Foundation.
Susan Kashack, SSU Director of Communications, (707) 664-2122,
Jeannette Anglin, Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria Tribal
Secretary and Chair of the Education Committee, (707) 566-2288