Who We Are

WHO WE ARE

Southern California American Indian Resource Center, Inc. (SCAIR) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based tribal organization, established in 1997 under the authority of P.L. 93-638, the Indian Self Determination and Education Act of 1976.

SCAIR was founded by William H. Johnson Sr. (Comanche)  in 1997. Mr. Johnson understood the dilemmas and challenges of Native Americans living in urban areas and upon his retirement as a lathing foreman, he established SCAIR to help all Native Americans living within San Diego County.

Throughout the years, SCAIR has provided a number of educational and community programs in Native American Communities and on Tribal Lands. In 1999, SCAIR operated Even Start Family Literacy Programs at the Santa Ysabel, Los Coyotes and Mesa Grande Reservations, as well as the Warner Springs Unified School District. SCAIR also managed an Early Head Start Program and a Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program on the Campo Reservation.

In 2007 SCAIR received the San Diego Tribal TANF Career Training Program grant through the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) and was also designated as an American Indian Education Center by the California Department of Education.

In 2012, SCAIR consolidated its two centers, previously located in Alpine and San Diego’s Fairmount area. The new state-of-the-art center is located in the revitalized area of Downtown El Cajon.

In 2013, SCAIR was the recipient of a Tobacco-Use Prevention Education (TUPE) Program grant, also through the California Department of Education, as well as a grant through the New York Life Foundation and the National Alliance for Grieving Children which provided funds to establish the Support and Grief Education (SAGE) Project.

In 2014, SCAIR was designated by the Department of Labor as a Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Program recipient. Those funds established SCAIR’s Native NetWORKS Program.