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Dr. Troy Johnson 

It is with great sadness that we inform the community of the passing of CSULB Professor Emeritus, Dr. Troy Johnson.  During his tenure at CSULB, Dr. Johnson was the Director of the American Indian Studies Program (1994 -2013), Chair of Anthropology (2006-2007) and a Professor of History.  Dr. Johnson was most well known for his research on American Indian Activism of the 1960’s and 1970’s that was presented in several books, articles and in his award winning PBS film, Alcatraz is Not an Island.  Dr. Johnson passed in his sleep on March 11th after a long battle with cancer. We express our deep appreciation for his dedicated service to the American Indian Studies Program at CSULB.

Dr. Johnson was laid to rest on Wed, the 19th of 2014 at the Riverside National Cemetery. Donations in his honor can be made to St. Judes Hospital.  Cards can be sent to Lorene Johnson PO Box 5540 Blue Jay CA.

About Dr. Troy Johnson


Our Phone Number Has Changed!   (562) 985-5305


We Are Changing

The American Indian Studies Program has established an ongoing partnership with Anthropology and other Departments to offer a revised 18 unit minor in Native American Cultures for students in majors leading to professions that impact the lives of American Indian People.  Soon students will be able to earn a minor in AIS and graduate on time.   Museum Studies/CRM, Anthropology, Social Work, Art History and Film are the first areas to be developed with the new minor that should be on the books in the Fall of 2014. Students currently taking the AIS Minor in American Indian Studies who are interested in the new option for the AIS Minor in Native American Cultures are encouraged to meet with the Director of the AIS Program, Craig Stone.


Forty-Five Years of American Indian Studies at CSULB

Founded in 1968, the American Indian Studies Program will celebrate forty-five years as an independent program at CSULB.  Located on the ancient village site of Puvungna and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Sacred Site and the birthplace of an Indigenous Religion, CSULB is referred to as “the Beach” in reference to our location on the Pacific Ocean and as “Cal State Puvungna” in acknowledgement of the significance of our location at a sacred site that continues to be used for prayer and ceremony today.  Serving one of the largest Urban American Indian populations in the United States, our urban intertribal American Indian traditions are celebrated during the second weekend of March at the largest and one of the oldest student sponsored event at CSULB, the annual CSULB Pow-Wow.  Now forty-four years old, over six thousand students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members attend our annual celebration of life that acknowledges the contributions of American Indians at CSULB.


American Indian Studies Alumna and College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Graduate Shannon Keller O’Loughlin (Choctaw), appointed to the National NAGPRA Committee

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A graduate of CSULB with a Bachelors in American Indian Studies, Shannon was the Outstanding Graduate for the College of Liberal Arts in 1997. During the graduation ceremony Shannon wore her traditional tribal regalia to accept the award as the CSULB Community Drum sang the CSULB Student and Alumni Songs to honor her achievement. Her continued dedication to American Indian people has again been recognized with her recent appointment to the National NAGPRA Committee.

The Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has appointed Shannon Keller O’Loughlin (Choctaw), to the NAGPRA Review Committee on September 23, 2013. Shannon Keller O’Loughlin is an Attorney Partner, and Chair of the Indian Nations Law and Policy Practice Group, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP, Washington, DC. She was nominated by the Tonawanda Seneca Nation, Seneca Nation of Indians, and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Ms. O’Loughlin is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. She is a lawyer who has a national reputation for leadership in Indian Law and NAGPRA and is a former White House Fellow.


Georgiana Sanchez 2013 Moompetam Heritage Award Winner

November 9th, 2013

Congratulations to Georgiana Sanchez as the 2013 Moompetam Heritage Award Winner 


About Georgiana Sanchez

Videos of Georgiana Sanchez


Congratulations to the American Indian Student Council for the 36th AILOTT Conference! 

The American Indian Leaders of Today and Tomorrow Higher Education and Career Conference was held this past Saturday attracting American Indian students from as far away as Santa Ynez and Tule River.  The morning sessions focused on academic skills, becoming an American Indian Leader of Tomorrow and scholarship opportunities for American Indians. The Keynote Speaker was Judge Deborah Sanchez who shared her journey of overcoming major challenges on her path to becoming an American Indian Leader and Superior Court Judge.  After lunch, the Chumash Family Singers shared songs and stories. EONA and TANF were represented by American Indian students from Long Beach and Los Angeles.  Thanks to all of you who attended the conference and helped to make the CSULB American Indian Student Council 36th Annual AILOTT Conference a success.


About the AILOTT Poster Above:

This poster was created in 1979 for the 3rd Annual AILOTT Conference and the image of the beaded mortar board and eagle feather quickly became the logo for the American Indian Studies Program at CSULB. The mortar board was designed and made by Craig Stone and photographed by Richard Sears. Shortly after the distribution of this poster, calls from Indian Country came in from parents asking if they could bead their children’s mortar boards for their graduation ceremonies.


AISES Traditional Plank Canoe Restoration Project

Student Chapter Tiat Restoration Project featured in Spring 20013 issue of Winds of Change Magazine

The CSULB American Indian Science and Engineering Student Chapter will be repairing the Moomat Ahiko at CSULB this Spring 2014 semester.

The Moomat Ahiko is a plank canoe that for the past 20 years has provided the Tongva and neighboring First Nations the pride and unity around the Indigenous Maritime culture . Since its conception, the Ti’At has succeeded in a variety of cultural voyages and village hops. Since the participation in the Ti’At Festivals in the island of Pimu (Catalina island), and participation at the Aquarium of the Pacific, International Music Festival, etc.,   the Moommat Ahiko has proven to be a sea worthy and cultural iconic vessel. Yet along with the uniqueness, the cultural renaissance of the Tongva Nation has been an illumination  of the success of the Ti’At and Tongva peoples. And because of this success and past activity,  the wear and tear of the Plank Canoe, it is time for repair and continuing of building a crew for future voyages.

Contact Vincent Holguin for more information at:


Link to American Indian Student Clubs

Image of Traditional Plank Canoe

Image of Ti’At by Magallanes and Edwards

About the Photographers



November 9th, 2013

November 2 – 3, 2012 CISA Symposium and Storytelling Festival at CSULB


  Link to Symposium & Storytelling Festival Information 

 Soroptomist House     California State University at Long Beach

Symposium – Friday, November 2nd – 9 am to 5 pm – schedule TBA

Storytelling Festival – Saturday, November 3rd – 1 pm to 5 pm

The CISA Storytelling Symposium and Festival 2012: Casting A Net of Story and Song—The Art and Practice of Native Fishing Cultures is a cultural exchange of Indigenous Storytellers from California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and New Zealand—through the auspices of the international network- League of Indigenous Voices in Story and Song (LIVS).


November 9th, 2013



Where:   Soroptomist House* (Parking in lot close by or in lot across the street for a nominal fee) California State University, Long Beach 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach, CA

When:         Saturday, December 15, 2012   10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost:           Free, plus materials, refreshments and lunch will be provided.
Participants will learn about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the Permanent Forum held annually. Small groups will learn how to do a practice intervention. Please RSVP to Deborah Sanchez 562-377-6322 or Georgiana Sanchez 562-490-0862 orMarcus Lopez 805-969-1076 by December 13th. All are welcome.
Funding provided by:
The Office of Native American Concerns Archdiocese of Los Angeles  Co-Sponsored by AISC and the CSULB AIS Program


44th Annual Pow Wow

Save the date for the 44th Annual CSULB Pow Wow March 8 & 9, 2014. Come and celebrate forty-five years of American Indian Studies at CSULB.

43rd Annual Pow Wow

Pow Wow Information

The American Indian Studies Program Congratulates the American Indian Student Council for the organization of our 43rd annual Pow Wow and wishes to express our gratitude to all of of our volunteers, supporters and cosponsors of this event. Below are a few of videos that were posted of the contests from last year's Pow Wow.