San Diego Honors Patricia Dixon
Patricia began with a slide show of relatives and early life on the Pauma Reservation. She spoke from her heart to a packed room of life-long friends, family and supportive colleagues. She reviewed the past 40 years of the American Indian program at Palomar College. I was honored to teach my first college course on the Pala reservation in the Mission classrooms under the auspices of Palomar College in 1971. Many in the room were my students. Patricia many times accompanied her Mother, Lorena to the California Indian Education Association meetings. She looked real cute zipping around in her Porsche roadster.
She has championed
tribal rights on many levels and sought for a practical way to help preserve
the Luiseño language for future generations. As the Education Committee
Chair of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians she was able to have
the Pauma Band of Luiseno award $50,000 to Palomar College's American
Indian Studies Department and the California State University San Marcos
(CSUSM) California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC).
was further honored by the Palomar College American Indian student Association
and faculty. Patricia took great pride to introduce her Mother, Lorena
Dixon and Aunt, Florence Lofton. She beamed when she recognized her nieces
and the next generation future potential for the Pauma Band.
This was a fine special
evening with very special friends and colleagues. Mehan.