|RUPERT & JEANNETTE COSTO
Rupert Costo (1906-1989) and Jeannette Henry Costo (1909-2001) spent their adult lives advocating on behalf of American Indians.
"They both had a passionate interest in championing the causes of education, and an even greater interest in championing the causes of Native Americans."
- - Jim Erickson, a former UCR Vice Chancellor and a longtime friend of the Costos.
Rupert Costo was of the Cahuilla tribe from Anza. A fine athlete in his youth, Rupert Costo briefly played semiprofessional basketball.
During the late 1920s, he attended Riverside City College and then worked successfully as a highway engineer, hydrologist, meteorologist, and surveyor before becoming a historian, author, publisher, researcher, and speaker.
A tribal spokesman for eight years, he helped found an electrical cooperative in Anza, the Anza Farm Bureau, the Anza Soil Conservation District, and the Riverside Farm Bureau.
- - Source and official Costo site www.americanindian.ucr.edu
The Indian Historian Press
American Indian Historical Society
Costo Library of the American Indian and Costo Archive
Costo Chair of American Indian Affairs
Natives of the Golden State: The California Indians (1995)
Indian Voices: The Native American Today (1974)
The Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide (1987)
Indian Treaties: Two Centuries of Dishonor (1977)
A Thousand Years of American Indian Storytelling (1981)
In addition, Rupert Costo co-edited Textbooks and the American Indian (1970) while Jeannette Costo edited The American Indian Reader (1972).
- Submitted by Ernie Salgado Jr., Ahmium Education, Inc.