Mark Araujo-Levinson believes that it is important to preserve indigenous languages because the history, perspective of the people, culture and anything similar is engraved into the language. “Once it is gone, you lose so much.”
Carlos Two Bears Gonzales, who was appointed First Peoples’ Center coordinator in August, said he wants Native American students to know they will receive support at the center in academic achievement and personal success.
More than 500 people – students, faculty, staff, administrators, dignitaries and members of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians – attended the grand opening on March 17.
Santos Manuel is revered by the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians as a visionary man who arose in their darkest hour through extraordinary leadership, ensuring the survival of their ancestors and tribe.
The Santos Manuel Student Union North is part of the CSUSB SMSU complex, one of the largest building complexes in the CSU named for an indigenous elder and leader. Its formal grand opening will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17.