Based in Southern California near the cities of San Bernardino and Highland, San Manuel administers a robust program of philanthropy, which prioritizes areas of education, health care and community development, and programs that promote the arts, museums and initiatives that protect the environment. The tribe has contributed more than $290 million since 2003 in support of nonprofit organizations and community groups, including Indian tribes and Native nonprofits.

ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program was established in 1988 to help Native Americans — among the most underrepresented group in inclusion, retention and representation in the legal community — gain a world-class legal education and to generate the next leaders in Indian law. The Indian Legal Program is among the best Native law programs in the nation, recognized for its strong partnerships with American Indian tribal communities and growing relationships with Indian nations and organizations nationally.

ASU Law’s Indian Legal Program is also home to one of the highest concentrations of Native American law students in the nation and has among the world’s top Native faculty, with several having served in the administrations of former and current U.S. presidents, as well as tribal judges and other top national and tribal leadership roles.

In addition to supporting the renovation of the Herald Examiner building, the San Manuel gift is increasing ASU Law students’ educational opportunities in the field of Indian law, expanding work experience for students interested in Indian law and contributing to the development of Indian law trainings for Native tribes and organizations.

Julie Tenney

Director of Communications, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law