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The University of California at Los Angeles has secured the single largest donation on record from a Native American tribe to a law school—$15 million that will fund full-ride scholarships for students who aspire to careers in tribal law.

That gift comes from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a federally-recognized based in Marin and Sonoma Counties in Northern California. In addition to breaking the record among law schools, it is among the biggest gifts made by a tribe to any university, according to UCLA.

“We at UCLA Law are immensely proud of our national leadership in Indian law,” said Law Dean Jennifer Mnookin in a Sept. 23 announcement of the gift. “Thanks to this extraordinary contribution, our faculty, staff and students will have far greater opportunities to collaborate in promoting tribal sovereignty, cultural resource protection, Native American child welfare and economic development in Indian country–work whose impact will last for generations.”

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