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.
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.