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Native American Heritage Celebration

Native American History Month

Watson College of Education celebrated National Native American Heritage Month on November 15, 2023, with a hybrid event, “Educating on Native Lands, People, and Culture” engaging students, faculty, staff, and community members. The event aimed to create an inclusive space for education, focusing on Native American contributions to education, research, policy, oral history, and culture. James C. Ramos, Assemblymember and member of the Serrano/Cahuilla tribe, delivered a powerful speech on California Indian’s local history, and Robert Levi, Elder in Residence at CSUSB, explained the significance of "Bird Songs" in preserving oral history, language, and culture before the “Los Coyotes” performed various songs accompanied by the rattle instruments of Elders.

CSUSB faculty Hannah Kivalahulah-Uddin and James Fenelon highlighted intergenerational trauma healing and cultural sovereignty in education. National figures Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn and Dawn Hardison-Stevens explored partnerships and pathways in educating Native American teachers and leaders. The event's impact is anticipated to fuel ongoing conversations and actions for a more inclusive educational landscape for Native Americans across academic settings.

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