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SCAIR Office Grand Opening 2012
By Roy Cook

The new central location of the Southern California American Indian Resource Center, SCAIR, main office is located in downtown El Cajon-239 E. Main St. The spacious facility is designed to encourage instruction in a culturally supportive environment.

Wanda Michaelis is the Executive Director of Southern California American Indian Resource Center. SCAIR both administers and participates in partnership affiliations with: Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, TANF services. Both organizations’ are under the auspices of the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association. In attendance were: Denis Turner, Lynne Ray Smith TANF site manager and many of his staff.

Also seen were Richard Parker Van Dyke, Chuck Cadotte, Larry Aldama, Gary Ballard and Bonnie Edmonds.

To open the dedication ceremony, Bill Johnson, SCAIR Board President and Wanda Michaelis called upon SCAIR Senior advisor Randy Edmonds, Kiowa-Caddo, for his Tribal thoughts on the SCAIR organization and urban Tribal traditions. Randy addressed the positive impact provided by the SCAIR organization since 1997. He also presented the traditional Tribal blessing for this event gathering. Additionally, Desiree Stevenson, IT specialist, assembled an ongoing visual presentation from the SCAIR archives for this event.



We look to many future visits for celebrations of success and accomplishment by SCAIR. Finally, refreshments were bountiful and very well received and the icing on this festive event was a most creative ‘cupcake’ cake. It was especially ordered for this occasion. Almost too pretty to eat, it was visually pleasing and most tasty!