More than 1,500 elementary school children and their teachers from throughout the Inland Empire are expected to visit Cal State San Bernardino and learn firsthand about California’s Native American culture, history and customs as part of the week-long California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference to be held on campus Sept. 18-22.

The five-day conference, which will be led by tribal educators from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and across California, will be from 9:45 a.m. to 12:55 p.m. in the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union.

Students will learn firsthand from tribal members and elders about Native American traditions including basketry, plants, music, language and history including Native American accounts of the mission period of the state’s history.

 The conference is a prelude to the 18th Annual California Native American Day celebration on Friday, Sept. 22, from 6-9 p.m., at the CSUSB Lower Commons.

California Native American Day is a day to honor California’s indigenous people, an opportunity to learn about Native American culture and a time for people of all cultures to reflect on and remember their traditions.

The celebration will feature traditional Northern California brush dancers, Southern California bird singers, a traditional Native American theater company performance featuring all-ages dance groups from Central and Northern California, food and demonstrations of traditional life ways and knowledge.

The event is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking will be available in Lot D.

For more information on California Native American Day, contact Kenneth Shoji at (909) 754-0298 or email and visit the California Native American Day website.

For more information on Cal State San Bernardino, contact the university’s Office of Strategic Communication at (909) 537-5007 and visit