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Santos Manuel gets honorary degree

Santos Manuel, founder of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, has been honored posthumously by the University of Redlands.

The school’s College of Arts and Sciences presented Manuel with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters during its commencement ceremony April 26, according to a statement.

Manuel was recognized for helping the tribe escape militia forces that, during a month-long battle, reduced the tribe to less than 30 members.

“Santos Manuel’s leadership helped shape the rich history and traditions of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians to the great benefit of our region and Native American causes nationwide,” said Ralph W. Kuncl, University of Redlands president, in the statement. 

The San Manuel Indian Reservation was established in 1891 near what is now Highland. Manuel, who lived there for many years, died in 1919 at the age of 105, according to the statement.

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