Soboba tribal member begins graduate program at San Diego State

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Rachelle Peterson, a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, begins the graduate program at San Diego State University. Valley News/Rachelle Peterson photo
Mike Hiles, Special to the Valley News Rachelle Peterson, a member of the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, found her calling while an undergrad student at California State University San Marcos. She was the first-ever graduate from its American Indian Studies bachelor’s degree program in 2019. As a member of the campus’ American Indian Student Alliance, she was given a platform to reach a bigger and new population of people that could be educated on issues surrounding Indian Country. She served as chair at AISA for her last two years at the college. Peterson is now enrolled in a graduate program at San Diego State University that will lead to a career as a school psychologist serving the Native American population. She is part of the school psychology program and is also a schola
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