Tishmall Turner, member of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, and Tribal Liaison for Cal State University, San Marcos, has been appointed to the Palomar Health Foundation Board.
"I was honored when asked to join the board, and I am excited to be part of an organization that invests so much energy and passion in making our region a better place for everyone," said Turner
Turner believes that serving on the foundation board is like her position as tribal liaison at the university.
"My role at Cal State is generating awareness and links between the tribal communities, the university staff, and other community institutions," Turner
personal mission as, "making positive connections between tribal communities and our neighbors."
is a true warrior; she's making a place for Indian people in today's world," Mazzetti said.
By educating people about the native history, cultural contributions and the American Indian presence in the region, Turner
explains, the university is creating an environment where Indian people feel welcome and where young tribal members are encouraged to earn undergraduate and graduate degrees.
"I am very fortunate to be associated with Cal State University
The dedication the campus has shown in recognizing and honoring North County tribal bands is truly gratifying," she
Turner also serves as chairwoman of the Rincon Band's Community Contributions Committee.
According to Turner
, sharing is a strong tradition among American Indians
Caring for each other is a way of life learned early in childhood - a practice that creates strong communities and has sustained tribal people through good and bad times.
"Palomar Pomerado Hospital
has been good to Rincon families in important moments in our lives, and the $100,000 gift is our way of saying, 'Thank you,'" explains Turner
, adding that the donation is also an investment in quality health care for the region.