Anita R. Uqualla
Tribal Member, Viejas Band
of Kumeyaay Indians
Entrepreneur, Educator, Humanitarian, Mother
Native American Living Legacy Award
Anita Uqualla served
as Tribal Council Treasurer for 2 two year terms, overseeing tribal finances
and coordinating tribal business and government budgets, income and expenses.
A graduate of Central Arizona College, her minor was business finance,
and her major, early childhood education.
Anita provided essential
leadership in modernizing and making the Tribal Treasury Department more
effective, implementing financial tracking, record-keeping and reporting
systems, and expanding the departmental professional staff and office.
Prior to Mrs. Uqualla's
service on the Tribal Council, she owner and operated a day care center
in her home. She directed several programs at the Havasupai Indian Reservation
from 1984-89 (her husband of 27 years is a member of that tribe.) She
assisted in the writing of policies and procedures, personnel policies
and the Law and Order Code for the Havasupai. As a certified instructor
for Central Arizona College, Anita Uqualla taught pre-school through college
level classes on the Havasupai Reservation, using a bilingual curriculum,
and also served as PTA president for many years.
In San Diego County
in the late 1970's, Anita, along with her parents, Carnation and the late
Adolph Brown, Sr., organized Kumeyaay cultural demonstrations at local
public schools, with primary participation by Viejas students and their
Following the tragic
death in 1997 of their oldest son, Nigel Dark Cloud Uqualla, the Uqualla
family founded a national memorial fund in their son's name to provide
Scholarships to Native Americans pursing education and careers in the
fine arts, Media production, cultural preservation and law enforcement,
reflecting Nigel's major interests. Today Anita, along with her husband,
operates the Native Eyes Art Gallery, San Diego's first Native American-owned
gallery. It is located in the Viejas Outlet Center. Native Eyes Gallery
features art from Indian tribes throughout the United States, as well
as artifacts from the Kumeyaay Nation.
Center is proud to acknowledge and honor Anita Uqualla with the Native
American Living Legacy Award. She is a good woman doing good deeds for
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