“We, as the nation’s largest public university, need to do the very best we can in advancing tribal relations, enhancing the education of Native American students, expanding the academic knowledge of indigenous communities, and preserving their cultural heritage,” said CSUSB President Tomás D. Morales.
Since its beginning in 1996, the San Manuel Pow Wow is a celebration of Indigenous cultures and a symbol of Indigenous resiliency – open to all in the spirit of friendship.
More than 1,500 elementary school children and their teachers will learn about California’s Native American culture, history and customs as part of the weeklong California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference to be held at CSUSB Sept. 23-27.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at the Cross Cultural Center ( SU-102) of the university’s Santos Manuel Student Union.
Located in the Santos Manuel Student Union, the First People’s Center is dedicated to the social and personal success of students with the support of staff, faculty and community members of local clans and cities.
The First Peoples’ Center at CSUSB’s Santos Manuel Student Union celebrated its second grand opening Feb. 2 and formally received a proclamation from state Assemblymember Eloise Gómez Reyes recognizing it and its work.
The publication Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, in its annual rankings, has listed Cal State San Bernardino as one of the nation’s leading universities in awarding degrees to minority students, specifically Hispanics.