SOURCE: Barona Band of Mission Indians

Barona Band of Mission Indians

September 26, 2011 14:30 ET

High Tech High Chula Vista Awarded Education Grant From Barona Tribe to Expand Online Press

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 26, 2011) - Today, staff and students of High Tech High Chula Vista received a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. Senator Juan Vargas joined High Tech High Principal Colleen Green, students, faculty and administrators in accepting the grant presented by Edwin "Thorpe" Romero, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians.

Funds from the education grant will help expand and modernize the school's High Tech High press center manned by students to create books and other materials. The school will purchase a new Lenovo custom Thinkcentre computer and a semi-auto paper cutter to support this endeavor.

"We are happy to help provide these students with the most cutting-edge tools and resources available to assist with their student press center," said Chairman Romero. "High Tech High is known for its technical academic studies, and it is our hope that this grant will enhance this curriculum."

As school budgets continue to be drastically cut across the state, the Barona Band of Mission Indians has been sharing resources through its Barona Education Grant Program. Since 2006, Barona has awarded more than $1.5 million to over 300 schools statewide.

The Barona Education Grant Program is the first of its kind in California created and administered by a Tribal Government. The goal of the program is to create strong educational opportunities for the children of California building upon the success of the Barona Indian Charter School, which operates under a continuous improvement model.

Schools throughout California can apply for educational grants from Barona to purchase much-needed supplies and materials that promote academic improvement. Each grant awarded by the Barona Education Grant Program is $5,000. Applications can be downloaded at

About the Barona Band of Mission Indians
The Barona Band of Mission Indians, recognized by the United States government as a sovereign nation, has lived on the Barona Indian Reservation in rural eastern San Diego County since 1932. Prior to that, the Tribe lived on the Capitan Grande Reservation which was established by the federal government in 1875. Long before living on a reservation, the Tribe traveled across Southern California in tune with the seasons and what nature provided. Today, the sovereign nation, governed by an elected Tribal Council, is serving its Tribal members, their families, and sharing with the San Diego region. One of the most successful gaming Tribes in the country, Barona also owns and operates the Barona Resort & Casino, San Diego's leading gaming resort, casino and golf course. For more information, visit

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