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Protect Our Native Children

For over 40 years, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) has protected American Indian and Alaska Native kids by keeping them in the care of extended family or tribes whenever possible. On November 9, a small group of opponents in Haaland v. Brackeen will argue in front of the Supreme Court that those protections should be taken away. If opponents succeed in dismantling ICWA, they will have also cleared the way for a larger attack on Native families, Native land, and tribal sovereignty.

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The American Indian

Serving the San Diego American Indian
Community for over 29 years

Thank you for your support for our students at our

29th Annual Awards and Fundraising event. 

Please continue to support our Native Youth by donating to our program at our AIR Fundraising Page

Congrats to our selected Awardees!!!

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Areaya Fernandez

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians 

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Liyah Martinez

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

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Faith Pojas

La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians

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Jayla Pete

Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria


AIR News / Read all about it! -
October Honorees 2022

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AIR Programs Honors Project

Creating opportunities for our Native and Tribal Communities.

Course/Training at UCSD
Intro to Tribal Legal Studies

Making A Positive Impact. Together.

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Tribal Youth Court

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Now on Sale
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Now on Sale
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Now on Sale
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AIR: By The Numbers

Community Impact


Students Served in 29 Years



Tribal Nations Represented




Goal of Pursuing Higher Education

Mentors in 29 Years


AIR Summer '19

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About AIR Programs

Our mission is to promote higher education among the Native youth community.

Created in 1993, the AIR Program has continuously served our San Diego American Indian community and Native youth through our after-school mentoring programs. In 2002, the AIR program was incorporated as a non-profit organization in response to low educational attainment among our Native youth. We have developed our mission as "the promotion and success of American Indians within education."

The AIR program uses a “Teaching through Culture” model where Native youth learn about their culture and issues affecting their tribal communities. They contemplate the root causes and deliberate possible solutions with the help of college mentors (native and non-native) on many of these issues.