Event sponsors include: CSUSM’s California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC), CSUSM’s Division of Community Engagement, the Yocha Dehe Wintum Nation, the Pechanga Development Corporation, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, the Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, Palomar College’s American Indian Studies Department, the Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association, the Barona Band of Mission Indians, Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria, the Jesse Flyingcloud Pope Foundation on behalf of Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians, the La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, the Pala Band of Mission Indians, the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.
Event Director Joely Proudfit, CSUSM professor of Native Studies and director of the CICSC, said that this year’s conference will draw approximately 300 scholars and Native American artists, elders and community members from across California. Of particular note, she said, is the Oct. 5 session on the State of California Indian Education at which she will present, with Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction and James Ramos, State Board of Education member, a first-of-its-
“American Indian education is in a crisis - we have the worst graduation rates compared to every other ethnic minority,” she stated. “This report examines current conditions and trends in California with regard to how Native students are achieving and attaining K-12 and higher education. My hope is that this document will help inform educational leaders and legislators so that we can create better policies and programs to do something about this.”
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Who: Approximately 300 scholars and Native American artists, elders and community members from across California. CSUSM President Haynes, the Governor’s Tribal Advisor and Executive Secretary for the Native American Heritage Commission Cynthia Gomez; California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and California State Board of Education Member James Ramos will be among the presenters and speakers.
When: Friday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 6. See conference agenda for specifics on sessions and speakers.
Why: To focus on demonstrated California Indian leadership, best practices and programs, and solutions to problems.