The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians announces a two-year grant of $300,000 per year to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) to support the Tribal Supreme Court Project, reinforcing their commitment to protecting tribal sovereignty and the legal rights of Indian tribes across the country.

The Tribal Supreme Court Project, a partnership between NARF and the National Congress of American Indians, offers information, coordination, and legal aid to tribal leaders and attorneys preparing for cases before the United States Supreme Court. Every decision related to federal Indian law that the U. S. Supreme Court hands down has the potential to affect tribes and tribal sovereignty across the United States, so the Project’s work is very high-impact. To learn more about the services that San Manuel’s donations make possible, visit

“We express gratitude to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians for their ongoing support of the Tribal Supreme Court Project. Protecting tribal sovereignty is an all-hands-on-deck effort to ensure that Native American people can continue to live according to our cultures and traditions as we have for generations,” said NARF Executive Director John Echohawk.

San Manuel has made similar significant investments in the project since 2006. Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena says the Tribe is committed to investing in the future of Native nations in their fight for sovereignty.

“As an Indigenous people, we have made great strides to protect tribal sovereignty in the legal sector, but there is still much work to be done,” Chairwoman Valbuena says. “The Tribe is committed to supporting the critical work of the Tribal Supreme Court Project to ensure that our tribal legal rights as well as our sovereign powers and authorities will continue well into the future.”

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