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Recognizing and Supporting our Local Indigenous Community

To better understand life on the Santa Ysabel reservation, Feeding San Diego spoke with Bobby Sue Althaus, Director of Operations for the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. Bobby Sue is a tribal member of the Iipay Nation who lives on the reservation with her two young daughters. She recently moved back to the reservation after leaving to pursue a Master's degree at Chico State University. "Being a tribal member, my passion is to serve the community and make improvements. We are in a rural area. We aren't a gaming tribe, so we primarily run off grants. Our median income is at $27,000. We experience higher unemployment rates, and we're in a food desert," she shared.

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