Trustee Patricia A. Dixon is a member of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians. She resides on the Pauma Indian reservation.
She graduated from the University of San Diego earning a B.A. in American History with minors in religious studies and sociology, and an M.A. in American history. She has also done graduate work at St. Thomas Seminary, Denver, Colorado, graduate work in history at University of California, Riverside, graduate work in religious studies at the University of San Francisco, participated in the Pre-law school program for American Indians at the University of New Mexico, and took courses in the UCLA Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange Program.
Trustee Dixon has been a professor of American Indian Studies for 40 plus years at Palomar College. Patricia, as an adjunct also taught at Alliant University and for twenty years at San Diego State University, all the while, actively serving on numerous academic and community boards. She has been integral to the development and sustainability of one of the oldest American Indian Studies programs, at a two-year college, in the country.
For more than fourteen years she served on the Pauma Tribal Council, with four of those years as tribal chair. Served as Acting Tribal Administrator for Pauma Band of Mission Indians; for ten years she sat on the Sherman Indian High School Board, with six of those years as School Board President. Patricia acted as the main faculty advisor to the Indian students at Palomar College; organized and presented an in-service workshop to elementary school teachers of the San Jacinto school district on “Indian History, Values, and Philosophy”; was a member of the United Indian Women’s Club, which was a part of the National Federation of Women’s Clubs; assisted in the establishment of a counseling program for American Indian Marines confined at the Camp Pendleton Correctional Facility; Served on the Luiseno/Cupeno intertribal NAGPRA coalition; appointed by the Assembly Speaker for the State of California to the State’s Curriculum Commission for four years; was a reader for Indian Health Services scholarships in Rockville, Maryland 2009; served on the advisory board for the American Indian Diabetic Teleophthalmology Grant Program for two years 2002-2003; guest lecturer on three different occasions for the Department of Defense American Indian Cultural Course at Camp Pendleton and Oakland (2002-2008); was one of the original members of the Institutional Review Board for the Indian Health Consortium; functioned as a member of the California Indian Legal Services Board both as its vice-chair and chair.
Ultimately, Trustee Dixon credits her late mother, Lorena Majel Dixon for her philosophy, “to take joy in what you do, to serve humbly, but to fight courageously for those whose voices are not heard.”