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Forty-Five Years of American Indian Studies at CSULB

Posted on November 9, 2013

Forty-Five Years of American Indian Studies at CSULB

morterboardAILOTTPosterFounded in 1968, the American Indian Studies Program will celebrate forty-five years as an independent program at CSULB in 2014.  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.