Native Village Youth and Education News
November, 2009   Volume 2

California Indian tribe donates $20,000 to help finish Browning High gym
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Montana: The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians in California has donated $20,000 to help Browning High School complete work on a gym. The money will be used for bleachers for the gym's mezzanine area.

Browning High is located on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

"We are very appreciative of this very generous donation," said Willie Sharp, Blackfeet Tribal Business Council Chairman.. "As an educator in this district for over 30 years, I personally know how much a gift like this will benefit our children and serve the needs of the general student population."

Sharp said the gift is the single largest donation the new high school has received.

"I think that it's wonderful," said Browning schools Superintendent Mary Johnson. "It shows that we have a good relationship with other tribes. It shows that other tribes understand our situation."

The new Browning High School was dedicated in August and can handle more than 700 students. Its floor tiles are patterned in traditional symbols and views of the Rocky Mountain Front. Several classrooms also have views of Chief Mountain, a sacred Blackfeet landmark.

The new school replaces the 1950s high school which was designed for 300 students, but had been serving about 600. Its new gym can hold 3,500 fans, up from 2,000 at the old school.

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is continuing to raise money for bleachers and a visitor's locker room.

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