Ramos, a CSUSB alumnus, and bird singers from Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians gathered in front of the Santos Manuel Student Union North to celebrate the month with traditional singing and dancing.
One of the highlights in a long list of exciting events this month includes a closing ceremony on Nov. 29, featuring James Ramos, CSUSB alumnus and the first California-born Native American elected to the state Assembly.
The townhall will be moderated by Ramos, who has introduced legislation in the battle against the opioid crisis and substance use disorder. The townhall takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.
Attendees learned about Native American music, art and food of the Native peoples in this region at the free event on Friday, Sept. 23.
“Indian Boarding Schools: Assemblymember James Ramos in Conversation with Robert Levi Jr. and Dr. Daisy Ocampo,” is the title of the next program in the ongoing series. It will be presented at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28, on Zoom.
The exhibit INTO LIGHT, which opened Sept. 9 at the CSUSB Anthropology Museum, seeks to broaden discussions about addiction across the nation through the stories of those who have lost loved ones to Substance Use Disorder (SUD).
Assemblymember James Ramos honored tribal elders for working to preserve Native American culture such as language, and songs such as the traditional Kaweah bird songs, by teaching them to younger generations of Native Americans.
CSUSB will hold a number of events to honor and celebrate Native American culture, traditions and contributions. This year’s theme echoes last year’s: “Decolonizing Across Communities.”
State Assemblymember James Ramos, the first California-born Native American elected to the state legislature, gave the keynote address.