San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Donates $2.7 Million for the Support of  Career Technical Education to Sherman Indian High School 

Following 10 years of partnership, Tribe and School celebrate the uplifting of hundreds of Native lives

WHO/WHAT: The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI) is providing Sherman Indian High School (SIHS) a $2.7 million grant for a comprehensive career technical education program. Funding will allow students at Sherman Indian High School have access to pathway programs that support careers in agricultural science, computer literacy, construction, culinary, health and public safety.  

On Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m., Sherman Indian High School, a historic off-reservation boarding school, will host a recommitment ceremony as theTribe and School celebrate their ten-year partnership through culture, arts, and student-led presentations.  

Sherman is pleased to recognize the sustained generosity and support of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, with the awarding of a fifth educational grant, for a total of $12 million, to continue its innovative Career Technical Education Pathways Program (Career Pathways), for an additional three years (2022 through 2025). The growth and success of this program is due to the dedication of the San Manuel Band of MissionIndians to opening doors through education. 

The Tribe is dedicated to Native youth becoming productive members of their communities and places philanthropy as one of their top priorities.   

WHY:               Together the partners seek to address the needs of Native youth leaving high school by providing needed direction and the skills so they may  supportthemselves, their communities, and others.  With this in mind the Tribe connected with Sherman to create the Pathways program to provide students new choices and opportunities for college or vocational careers. The Pathways department supplements the students core academic classes by providing vocational education, interweaving Math, Science, Art, and History while continuing exposure to essential workplace skills and expectations. 

DATE/TIME:    Wednesday, April 19, 2023, 2 p.m.       

WHERE:          Sherman Indian High School, 9010 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92503 


  • San Manuel presentation of check 


  • Lorena Bolden, Business Committee Member-at-Lqrge, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 
  • Delbert Ortiz, Sherman Indian High School Principal 

About San Manuel Band of Mission Indians 

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians is a federally-recognized Indian tribe located on the San Manuel Indian Reservation near Highland, California.  San Manuelexercises its inherent sovereign right of self-governance and provides essential services for its citizens by building infrastructure, maintaining civil services, and promoting social, economic and cultural development.  As the Indigenous people of the San Bernardino highlands, passes, valleys, mountains and high deserts, theSerrano people of San Manuel have called this area home since time immemorial and are committed to remaining a productive partner in the San Bernardino region. For more information, visit  

About Sherman Indian High School 

Sherman Indian High School is an Off Reservation Boarding school, originally opened in 1892, Sherman is operated by the Bureau of Indian Education/Bureau ofIndian Affairs and the United States Government Department of the Interior, the school serves grades 9 through 12 where Native youth from every state have theopportunity to live and learn during the academic school year. 

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: