Donald “Squiggie” Salcedo

Program Assistant

Quechan Nation/Pueblo of Laguna

As program assistant for the California Tribal Fund, Donald “Squiggie” Salcedo helps administer and coordinate First Nations’ efforts to invest in the viability and visibility of California Tribal Nations, communities, and families.

Donald has a Bachelor’s degree in American Indian Studies with a minor in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently attending Arizona State University as a master’s candidate in Indigenous education. For the past 13 years, Donald has served the California Indian community, both urban and rural, in the fields of social welfare, community outreach, and mental health.

Donald is a proud member of the Quechan Nation and a descendent of the Pueblo of Laguna on his father’s side and of Mexico on his mother’s side. The mental health and cultural advocacy of California Indian people has been the drive and passion for Donald’s work. As a part of Donald’s personal wellness, he enjoys spending time with his dog, Joey, and watching the Dodgers.