California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival - November 2-4

posted Sep 20, 2017, 9:33 AM by Kathleen Regan

California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival 2017
5th Annual
California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival
November 2-4
@ Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, CA

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) is proud to present the 2017 California's American Indian and Indigenous Film Festival. 

California's American Indian & Indigenous Film Festival (CAIIFF) offers audiences in Southern California the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The CAIIFF highlights the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country. 

The CAIIFF, located in Southern California, is in an area that is home to the largest number of Indian reservations in the region and we are able to reach unprecedented numbers of tribal people and the surrounding community. The festival offers an event that promises not only exclusive viewings, but includes three days of interactive dialogues with film industry professionals, selected panel discussions and opportunity for Q&A sessions after each screening.

More Information:

Palomar College 44th Annual California Indian Day

posted Sep 19, 2017, 8:42 AM by Kathleen Regan

Palomar College California Indian Day Celebration

Palomar College Presents
44th Annual California Indian Day
Thursday, September 21, 2017
2:30 p.m.
Brubeck Theatre, Palomar College
Free parking for community guests in Lots 1 & 2

Join Palomar College for an afternoon of storytelling featuring:

    2:30-3:35 p.m.:  Alfonso Kolb
    3:45-4:00 p.m.:  Ruth-Ann Thorn
    4:00-4:30 p.m.:  Abe and Cassie Calac
    4:35-5:10 p.m.:  Rincon Youth Storytellers
    5:15-5:30 p.m.:  Refreshments

More Information: Contact Professor Seth San Juan at 760-744-1150 or, or the Palomar AIS Office at 760-744-1150, x 2425

Save the Date - 2017 SDSU Youth Empowerment Conference

posted Sep 12, 2017, 1:39 PM by Kathleen Regan

Save the Date - 2017 Youth Empowerment Conference

SDSU NASA / Elymash Yuuchaap
Youth Empowerment Conference 2017
Friday, October 27
Montezuma Hall - SDSU Aztec Student Union

The Native American Youth Empowerment Conference will bring approximately 200 Native middle school and high school students to campus for a full day of workshops, speakers, and a campus tour. The purpose of the conference is to promote higher education to Native youth, and give them the tools they need to start the process of preparing for, applying to, and attending an institution of higher learning. The conference is supported by students in the Native American Student Alliance and the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program, as well as by volunteers from the local community, and it receives funding support from the university and donations from local tribes.

Please save the date on your calendar, and spread the word to colleagues and friends!

More Information:, 619-594-6991, or @SDSUNASA on Facebook and Instagram.

Palomar College to offer Luiseño language class

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:26 AM by Kathleen Regan

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AIS 107A Elementary Luiseño IA
Class Number 73715 - Online Class

This elementary level course is a study of the fundamentals of the Luiseño language with special emphasis on culturally relevant terminology.
  • Fulfills language requirement for high school students.
  • Transfer acceptability: CSU, UC
Orientation on Wednesday, August 30, 5-6PM, at Palomar Education Center on the Pauma Indian Reservation. Pauma computer lab will be open for students once a week. Periodic face-to-face language discussions at Paume. Field trip to the Pechanga Chámmakilawish School in Temecula, CA.

More Information: 760-744-1150, Ext. 2425, or

Sherman Alexie to speak at USD on July 14

posted Jun 14, 2017, 10:29 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 12:08 PM ]

Sherman Alexie Lecture at USD July 14, 2017
Warwick's and The University of San Diego present

National Book Award winner for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Friday, July 14, 2017
7:00 PM
at the
University of San Diego
Shiley Theatre
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA  92110

$5 general admission
$30.17 general admission + one copy of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Seating will operate on a first-come first-served basis. Doors will open and check-in will begin at 6:15pm. Please allow yourself plenty of time for parking and transport to the theater. Parking Info: Use west entrance to campus and park in lot P4 (Marian Way). Shuttle service to campus will be available. USD Campus Map:

More Information: or 858-454-0347

13th Annual Imperial Beach Pow Wow by the Sea

posted Jun 8, 2017, 10:51 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 12:08 PM ]

Imperial Beach Pow Wow by the Sea

13th Annual Imperial Beach Pow Wow by the Sea
Honoring our Veterans
June 17-18, 2017

One World Bridge
City of Imperial Beach

Saturday 11AM to dusk
Sunday 11AM to 7PM

Gourd Dance - 11:00 AM to noon (Saturday and Sunday)
AIWA Color Guard

MC: Randy Edmonds
Arena Director: Richard Decrane
Head Man: Kale Flores
Head Woman: Monica Jacome
Head Boy: Adrian Thunder Gracia
Head Girl: Zoe Camacho Gastelum
Tiny Tot Boy: Hwaa Hawk
Tiny Tot Girl: Shinasha Begay
Head Gourd Dancer: William Buchanan
Northern Drum: Coyote Canyon Singers
Southern Drum: Red Warriors
Invited Drum: Dancing Cloud Singers

More Information: or 619-708-7858

2017 American Indian Graduation Ceremony

posted Jun 1, 2017, 12:07 PM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 12:15 PM ]

2017 American Indian Graduation Ceremony

Congratulations to all of our recent grads! Our annual honoring ceremony for the graduating class of 2017 was held on May 6th at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Eleven graduating students and their families attended, including Native American students, American Indian Studies majors and minors, Hospitality & Tourism Management majors with an emphasis in Tribal Gaming, and Native American Scholars and Collaborators graduates:
Eric Geisler (La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians)
B.A. in American Indian Studies
B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management with
an emphasis in Tribal Gaming Operations &
Desmond Hassing (Choctaw of Oklahoma)
M.A. in Theatre Arts
Tiffany Haswood (Navajo)
M.A. in Counseling
Corrine Hensley-Dellefield
M.A. in Applied Anthropology
Christian Karnes (Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians)
B.A. in American Indian Studies
Nora Neztsosie (Diné [Navajo])
M.S. in Counseling with an emphasis in School

Rudy Reyes (Barona)
B.A. in Anthropology
Tamara Strohauer
M.S. in Social Work (2016)
Kevin Torres
B.S. in Hospitality & Tourism Management with
an emphasis in Tribal Gaming Operations &
Sierra Warren (Nez Perce/Umatilla)
B.A. in Chemistry (Single Subject Teaching
Minor in American Indian Studies
Michael Cervantes (Penelakut First Nation)

2017 ITS Annual Golf Tournament Fund Raiser to be held June 26

posted May 31, 2017, 9:34 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 12:21 PM ]

Pechanga Golf Course
Inter Tribal Sports Presents
The 8th Annual ITS Golf Tournament Fundraiser
JUNE 26, 2017
45000 Pechanga Pkwy., Temecula, CA

Event Times:
  Registration Check In: 8:00 AM
  Opening Ceremony: 9:00 AM
  Shotgun Start: 10:00 AM
  Dinner & Awards Ceremony: 4:00 PM

More Information: Inter Tribal Sports: or 951-719-3444
  • $100,000 Shootout (50/50 split between winner & ITS - Closest to the Pin $73 Omaha Steak Gift)
  • Long Drive Scratch Ticket ($73 Omaha Steak Gift)
  • On Course Long Drive Contest ($600 Handmade & Forged Custom F6 Krank Driver)
  • 4 On Course Closest to the Pin Contests ($250 Birdie Box)
  • 4 Hole in One Contests
  •  1) $16,000 Trip for 2 to Super Bowl - Airfare & Hotel Included
  • 2) $8,500 Trip for 2 to World Series - Airfare & Hotel Included
  • 3) $3,500 Trip for 2 to Lajitas Golf & Spa Resort
  •  4) $1,000 NIKEGolf Shopping Spree
  • Krank Driver Demo & Advance on Par 5
  • Raffle Prizes

Travel scholarships available to Native STEM students

posted May 30, 2017, 12:17 PM by Kathleen Regan

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National Institute of Justice Travel Scholarships for Native Students

The National Institute of Justice – the research, evaluation, and development bureau of the US Department of Justice is excited to offer up to five travel scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate and graduate STEM students to attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Philadelphia, PA from October 21-24, 2017. 

The following link provides more detailed information about applying. 

Deadline to apply: 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2017

Take an online class this summer

posted May 22, 2017, 12:10 PM by Kathleen Regan

The SDSU Department of American Indian Studies will be offering two online classes during Summer Session I (May 22 - June 30, 2017).

AMIND-141: U.S. History from an American Indian Perspective Since 1870 (online)
Instructor: C. Cornell
Description: U.S history from an indigenous perspective from 1870 to the present. Examines Native American societies, political systems, and reservations. Attention given to historical, contemporary, political, socioeconomic issues, the U.S. and California constitutions and the impact on Native Americans. 
This class satisfies the American Institutions requirement in American history and California government.

AMIND-451: American Indian Identity (online)
Instructor: M. Field
Description: Multidisciplinary perspectives on American Indian identity today. Topics include perspectives from political, ethnic, cultural and legal standpoints, both within an outside of indigenous communities, as well as diachronic variation in perspectives.
This class satisfies the Social and Behavioral area of the Explorations of Human Experience general education requirement.

Students may enroll through WebPortal. If you have questions, please contact the department at 619-594-6991 or

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