California Indian tribe donates
$20,000 to help finish Browning High gym
Condensed by Native Village
Montana: The Santa Ynez Band of
Chumash Indians in California has
donated $20,000 to help Browning High
work on a gym. The
money will be used for bleachers for the
gym's mezzanine area.
Browning High is located on the
"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."
said the gift is the single largest
donation the new high school has
"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."
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.
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.
Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians is continuing to raise
money for bleachers and a visitor's