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Article by Prof. Chilcote published in The Conversation

posted Dec 21, 2017, 2:10 PM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 2:16 PM ]

What the ‘California Dream’ means to indigenous peoples, by Olivia Chilcote
Congratulations Dr. Chilcote!

The independent news analysis site The Conversation ( just published an article by American Indian Studies Assistant Professor Olivia Chilcote.

In the article, Dr. Chilcote talks about a re-imagining of the "California Dream," and addresses aspects of her research on decolonization and self-determination.

Seasons Greetings from SDSU NASA

posted Dec 12, 2017, 12:50 PM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 12, 2017, 12:51 PM ]

Hawkaa & Seasons Greetings from SDSU NASA!

Opportunities for Native students who are interested in becoming teachers

posted Dec 11, 2017, 10:23 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 11, 2017, 10:26 AM ]

Please check out these two institutions offering special programs for Native American students who are interested in teaching:

University of Oregon
University of Oregon - 
Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program

Have you thought about becoming a teacher? We invite you to apply to our Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program at the University of Oregon!

Please check out our recruitment video:

Our program’s application is open from September 15, 2017 and will close on January 15, 2018.

As you will see in the application link, your application is for both the UOTeach MEd Program and to our Sapsik'ʷałá Program that has full funding for your Master’s degree and Teacher Licensure, with a payback obligation that is fulfilled by teaching in a school that serves American Indian/Alaska Native students. The Sapsik'ʷałá Program eligibility is open to all American Indian/Alaska Native students who meet the definition of American Indian/Alaska Native as determined by the Office of Indian Education. Applicants need to be enrolled in a federally or state recognized Tribe; or parent, or grandparent of the applicant enrolled in a federally or state recognized Tribe.

Funding includes tuition, mandatory fees, computer, printer, books, and a monthly living stipend of $1,700.

Here is the link to apply for the Sapsik'ʷałá Program and UO Teach: 

We look forward to receiving your application! Classes begin in June 2018.

Please contact us with any questions!

Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Graduate University - Native American Fellowship

Claremont Graduate University has recently received a grant from the US Department of Education that will allow twelve Native Americans (in two cohorts of six each) to receive a 100% tuition fellowship and a living stipend ($1400/month for 15 months) to support their earning of a K-12 teaching California teaching credential and Master’s of Education from Claremont Graduate University.  Given that the first cohort will start classes in May 2018, recruitment has already begun. 

Contact either Rachel Camacho,, or DeLacy Ganley,, if you are interested or have questions.  

2018 SDSU NASA Pow Wow - SAVE THE DATE - April 7, 2018

posted Dec 11, 2017, 9:59 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 14, 2017, 9:30 AM ]

2018 SDSU Pow Wow - Save the Date - April 7, 2018


The 2018 SDSU NASA Pow Wow will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Further details will be announced soon.

More Information:

AMIND grad describes experiences with Study Abroad program

posted Dec 6, 2017, 11:58 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 6, 2017, 12:42 PM ]

Jacob Alvarado

SDSU's Be International website published an article featuring our department alum Jacob Alvarado (San Pasqual Band of the Kumeyaay Nation). 

Jacob, who graduated from SDSU in 2014 with a degree in American Indian Studies, describes his experiences with the First Nations Studies Exchange program at the University of British Columbia, and talks about his plans to help encourage other Native students to consider studying abroad.

For information about the UBC exchange program, visit our First Nation Exchange Programs page.

For information about other study abroad opportunities, visit the Be International website.

Desserts with the Dean: Dr. Norma Bouchard

posted Dec 5, 2017, 9:00 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Dec 5, 2017, 9:08 AM ]

Attention students from the College of Arts and Letters

Desserts with the Dean: Dr. Norma Bouchard

Sponsored by the College of Arts & Letters Student Council


Friday, December 8th
Arts & Letters Building Courtyard
noon to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a Q&A with the Dean and meet other students in the College of Arts and Letters.

**Free Passion Planners for the first 90 students**

Assorted desserts will be provided.

Interested in Social Work?

posted Nov 21, 2017, 9:25 AM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Nov 21, 2017, 9:30 AM ]

SERVE: Indigenous Social Workers for Change

Applications for Bachelor of Social Work (BASW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) Programs across California are open NOW!

  -  SERVE: Indigenous Social Workers for Change is a Title IV-E Stipend program
          for qualified Native BASW and MSW students who are interested in serving
          their communities as social workers, working with children and familites.

  -  Once admitted, students may qualify for financial support for their final year of
          BASW and each year of various MSW Programs specializing in public child welfare.

  -  Visit their website for more information about SERVE, including:
         -  Fact Sheet with interactive list of universities across California with 
                 Title IV-E Programs and their admission requirements.
         -  Link to resources for Native youth and families in navigating getting to college
         -  Videos on careers in social work

For more information and assistance with program applications contact Southern Region SERVE Coordinator Tamara Strohauer at or 619-594-8632.

Visit the CalSWEC Website to read about Title IV-E alumni and her incredible work;

November is Native American Heritage Month

posted Nov 1, 2017, 12:31 PM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Nov 29, 2017, 8:25 AM ]

We hope you will join us for some of the many exciting events we have planned for Native American Heritage Month!

  Film Screening and Open Discussion - More Than a Word

Thursday, November 2, 7:00-9:00 p.m., Little Theater in Hepner Hall

Please join us for a screening of More Than A Word, a new documentary film about Native American-based sports mascots. We will follow-up with an Open Discussion immediately after the film.

Sponsored by the Native American Student Alliance, the SDSU Department of American Indian Studies, and the SDSU Library.

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  Acorn and Native Cherry Preparation Interactive Workshop

Thursday, November 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Room 135 in Hardy Tower

Space is limited, so preregister with if you wish to attend. You will receive a confirmation email.

For thousands of years, foods made from these local native plants have nourished Native Californians. Four Kumeyaay plant specialists from Baja California will lead this fun, hands-on workshop, taking students through the whole process of how to prepare two different types of traditional mush. Kumeyaay language and use of traditional technology (stone milling tools and baskets) will be included.

Acorn and Native Cherry Processing Workshop

Sponsored by the Departments of American Indian Studies and Anthropology, and the Native American Student Alliance.

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Kumeyaay Ethnobotany Presentation by Michael Wilken-Robertson

Kumeyaay Ethnobotany by Michael Wilken-Robertson
Thursday, November 16, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Room 220 in the West Commons

Come join us for a presentation of Kumeyaay Ethnobotany, a visually stunning and carefully researched new book exploring the remarkable interdependence between native peoples and plants of Baja and Southern California. Connect the ancient history of the people and the land with living cultures and native plant specialists who share their ever-relevant wisdom for future generations. Based on the author’s SDSU MA thesis, and endorsed by tribal leaders and organizations, the book benefits an indigenous scholarship program and cultural revitalization efforts.

Sponsored by the Departments of Anthropology and American Indian Studies, and the Native American Student Alliance.

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Symposium on Tribal Citizenship
Symposium on Tribal Citizenship

Friday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Scripps Cottage

This symposium brings together some of the top scholars and practitioners on tribal governance to discuss what it means to be a “tribal citizen.” They will consider the various ways this notion is conceived and constructed throughout Indian Country, the tensions and trauma that circulate around determining who is and isn’t a tribal citizen, and whether or not “citizen” is even the ideal frame for Indigenous communities in Settler states. The symposium will feature historical, anthropological, legal, and political science perspectives all engaging in a fruitful conversation on tribal governance and belonging. Panelists include: David Wilkins, Shelly Hulse Wilkins, Audra Simpson, Carole Goldberg, Deron Marquez, and Olivia Chilcote.

Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, the Native American Student Alliance, the Instructionally-Related Activities Program, the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Leaders and Scholars Program, and the Office of Educational Opportunities Programs and Ethnic Affairs.

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Nike N7 Native American Night with SDSU Men’s Basketball
Nike N7 Native American Night with SDSU Men's Basketball

Friday, November 17, 7:30 p.m., Viejas Arena

SDSU Men’s Basketball is hosting Native American Night on Friday, November 17, at the game against McNeese State. Players will wear special turquoise jerseys, and the game will include a pre-game performance and half-time recognition ceremony honoring Native American communities and culture.

Sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies, the EOP Office, Intertribal Sports, and SDSU Department of Athletics.

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California Indians and the Occupation of Alcatraz: Discussion & Digital Tour
Virtual Tour of Alcatraz Island

Tuesday, November 28, 7:00-8:30 p.m., Digital Humanities Center @ the SDSU Library

The 1969-71 occupation of Alcatraz Island was a central part of the Red Power Movement that sought to increase civil and tribal rights for American Indians and their communities. People from all over Indian Country took part in this occupation and historic expression of Pan-Indian agency. Frequently, the occupation of Alcatraz is connected to the American Indian Movement and thereby the struggles of tribes from the Northern Plains; consequently, the significant role that California Indians played is often obscured.

This event will highlight the contributions and experiences of California Indian occupiers Ed Castillo (Luiseño/Cahuilla) and Larry Banegas (Kumeyaay). They will discuss their perspectives on the occupation, its connection to American Indian activism in Southern California, and its implications for indigenous rights on the national scale. After the discussion, guests can participate in a digital tour of Alcatraz that utilizes contemporary filmed footage of the Island and the former occupiers that is connected with geo-location techniques and satellite map images. Ed Castillo and Larry Banegas will engage with guests as they relate their experiences to the video and satellite images and provide commentary on the process of conducting a tour, both in-person and digitally, of the Island.

Sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department, Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters, Digital Humanities Center, and the Native American Student Alliance.

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  Contemporary Tribal Leadership - with Sycuan Chairman Cody Martinez

Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez
Thursday, November 30, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Room 1500 in the Student Services West Building

Join us in hearing about Chairman Martinez' experiences with his tribal leadership, tribal gaming, and tribal upbringing.

Sponsored by the Native American Student Alliance, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, and the SDSU American Indian Studies Department.

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More Information:

All events are free and open to the public. The only event that requires pre-registration is the Acorn and Native Cherry Processing Workshop on November 16th - please contact to pre-register (a confirmation email will be sent). 

For more information about these events, please call 619-594-6991.

San Diego Poetry Annual seeking submissions for upcoming edition

posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:34 PM by Kathleen Regan   [ updated Oct 16, 2017, 2:37 PM ]

San Diego Poetry Annual

We were recently contacted by Jim Moreno, a representative from the Native American chapter of the San Diego Poetry Annual, who asked us to share the following information with students and others:

I'm a Regional Editor of the San Diego Poetry Annual.  We were wondering if any of your Native American students would like to be published in the annual. The title of the Native American chapter is "Speaking for the Ancestors." The San Diego Poetry Annual is in all the city, county, junior college, college and university libraries in San Diego County. This is third year for our Native chapter. 

The deadline for submissions is November 1st.

Signed, Jim Moreno

Paipai Pottery Workshop featuring Daria Mariscal

posted Oct 3, 2017, 2:39 PM by Kathleen Regan

Paipai Pottery Workshop 2017

Indigenous Ceramic Traditions with Daria Mariscal
November 14–19, 2017

Baja Rancho Art invites you to a special 5-day pottery workshop with renowned Mexican artist Daria Mariscal, a Paipai tribal member and Native Master Potter of Santa Catarina, B.C., Mexico. Daria is a master potter and will show you how to make pottery according to a more than 1000 year old Paipai tradition. Our November workshop will take place at
Rancho La Bellota, a working ranch as you would have found in the Californias – Alta and Baja – over 100 years ago.

The 5-day workshop in Baja is an extension to the San Diego Art Institutes’ “BC to BC: MAKE OR BREAK POTTERY” event that features “Ceramic Art from Baja California to British Columbia.” Daria led a workshop at SDAI sharing her ancient craft; pots produced in the workshop were fired at Balboa Park in a traditional pit fire.

To build on the Balboa Park experience, this one-of-a-kind pottery making workshop in Baja California will include a day trip to Santa Catarina to visit Daria's studio and the Paipai Museum. The 5-day, November 14-19 workshop is great for artists, non-artists, and families to experience this ancient ceramic tradition.

COST: $945 per person

Workshop Includes: 
Transportation in Mexico to and from the U.S.–Tecate border (carpool to the border from La Mesa, CA)
5 nights lodging at Rancho La Bellota
5 days professional workshop instruction
Production of 4-5 pots/objects to take home
While the pots dry, participants will enjoy a day trip to Santa Catarina to visit Daria’s studio and Paipai Museum, plus a visit to local Ensenada tequilaria
A winery tour in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's famous wine region. Tastings and optional wine purchases are paid on your
All meals; delicious and healthy preparations of traditional Mexican favorites
Horseback riding

Workshop size is limited to 8 guests to provide individual attention and instruction.

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