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POW WOW

SDSU ANNUAL POW WOW 2022

Events

June1st-30th

Summer Hours

10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Native Resource Center, West Commons 115

Come and cool down in the NRC this summer!

July 4th

4th of July

Campus Closed

Campus Closed in Observance of 4th of July!
July5th-31st

Summer Hours

10:00am - 4:30pm

Native Resource Center, West Commons 115

Come and cool down in the NRC this summer!

August26th

Welcome Back Mixer

TBD

TBD

First event of our 2022-2023 Academic Year
September8th

Native Women Equal Pay Day

TBD

Native Resource Center, West Commons 115

Come and make customized buttons in support of Native Women recieving equal pay

September23rd

California Indian Day

TBD

TBD

Come and help us celebrate the tribes of California

September 30th

Orange Shirt Day

TBD

TBD

Come and help us honor and remember the Native Youth who were impacted and lost by the Boarding School Era

October10th-14th

Indigenous People's Day Week of Action

Various

Various

The Native Resource Center will be hosting several events for Indigenous People's Day Week of Action

November 25th

National Native American Heritage Day 

Campus Closed

 

December13th-19th

Finals Study Break

TBD

TBD

Take a break from Finals and come to NRC for some stress free activities.
April8th

SDSU Annual Pow wow

TBD

TBD

Please check our Pow wow Tab for further information
April21st-22nd

3rd Annual Native and Indigenous Research Symposium

TBD

TBD

Please check our Native and Indigenous Research Symposium tab for further information
April21st

Native Music and Dance Conference

TBD

TBD

May1st

MMIWR Awareness Day

TBD

TBD

Come and join us in honoring and remembering the numerous Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Relatives 
May5th

Native Graduation Ceremony

TBD

TBD

Join us in celebrating this year's Native Graduates

NRC Archived Events and Recordings

Below are event recordings from previously held by the center. Enjoy!

Events

April27

Native Boarding Schools: The Reality

 5 pm to 6:30 pm

 Zoom 

Featuring Christine McCleave, from the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition.

Event Recording Link

April24

1st Native & Indigenous Research Symposium - Day 2

10am-2pm

Zoom

A replay of Dr. Murdocks keynote, new student presentations and a replay of presentations from day 1!

Event Recording Link

April23

1st Native & Indigenous Research Symposium - Day 1

10am-2pm

Zoom

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Esme Murdock, will be sharing space with us April 23, 2021 for the 1st Native & Indigenous Research Symposium. Dr. Esme Murdock is an Assistant Professor in the American Indian Studies department at San Diego State. The whole program includes artist showcases and student presentations after the keynote!

Event Recording Link

April22

Kumeyaay Land Defenders Panel

12pm

Zoom

Kumeyaay Land Defenders: The roundtable will feature SDSU Tribal Liaison and Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Jacob Alvarado Waipuk (San Pasqual Kumeyaay), Jamie LaBrake (Sycuan Kumeyaay), and SDSU Student Martha Rodriguez (Baja Kumeyaay), and other Land Defenders. Topics of discussion include why #LandBack is a vital heuristic for our understanding of environmental justice, how Indigenous leadership is central to the environmental history and futures in the context of climate change, and what roles allies or accomplices can play in supporting Indigenous sovereignty as constitutive of past, present, and futures of environmental justice. 

Event Recording Link

February11

Skiing at the Center of the Spider's Web: Indigenous Land Stewardship & Outdoor Sport

1 pm

Zoom

A conversation with Connor Ryan, Húŋkpapȟa Lakȟóta Professional Athlete for Patagonia, Salmon Freeskiing, & Native Outdoors.

Event Recording Link

December4

Film Screening of "Blood Memory" & Decolonizing Social Work/ICWA Training

9am-3:30pm (Event Flyer linked here)

Zoom

Blood Memory Documentary Film and discussion of the detrimental impact removal of Indian children through adoption has had on Native families and communities. How tribal communities are coming together for healing. Learn about ICWA and best practices with for working with Tribal families, especially our role and responsibility to ensure Native families are protected.
December3

Native Athletes Panel

4pm

Zoom

Join the NRC as we have a conversation with Native Athletes about their lives and the sports they've played! With special guest speakers Isaiah Thompson, Kenny Redner and Shiloh Lebeau.

Event recording available here.

December2

Dr. Peter Nelson, Final Lecture at San Diego State

3pm

Zoom

The Community Check-Ins are a place where communication about various topics are welcomed and encouraged. The participants can listen and learn from one another, and everyone's voice is respected and appreciated.

Event recording available here.

November23

Native Educators, Counselors, and Psychologists: Indigenizing Education for Native Youth

4pm

Zoom

Hear about the experiences of SDSU's Native American scholar educators on the SHPA Project!

Event recording available here.

November20

Native Graduation 2019-2020

5pm

Zoom

Join us as we celebrate and honor the December 2019 and May 2020 Native American Graduates!

Event recording available here.

November20

NRC FAFSA Workshop

12pm-1pm

 Zoom

Adolfo Garcia along with Scott Aziz from the SDSU Office of Financial Aid gave a presentation on the FASFA application as well as to how the funds were disbursed. This was followed by Haley Moore from the SDSU Native Resource Center who presented on specific Tribal scholarships offered to Native American and Indigenous students.

Event recording available here.

November19

Transformation of the Ecosystem

 4pm-5pm

 Zoom

Listen to Mike Connolly (Kumeyaay) as he discusses the impacts of the Mission at San Diego and the expansion along the coastal zone has had on the ecosystem. 

Event recording available here.

November18

Getting into Grad School

 5pm-6:30pm

 Zoom

Learn a little bit about how to find graduate programs you might be interested. Hear about the masters programs in social work, psychology, counseling, educational leadership and ethnic studies.

Event recording available here.

November17

Indigenous in the Performing Arts: Native Script Writing

12:30pm-1:45pm

Zoom

Listen in on a conversation regarding the experiences of Indigenous folks in the Performing Arts. Dillon Chitto (Mississippi Choctaw, Laguna and Isleta Pueblo) will discuss script writing as a method to have Native stories and traditions in the eyes of the public. This event is lead by the American Indian Studies Department and Dr. David Kamper.

Event recording available here.

November13

Meet SDSU's Native Community: College Preview Day

2:30pm-3:30pm

Zoom

An open event for anyone interest in San Diego State University! Connect with SDSU students, faculty and staff and learn about the application, financial aid and support programs available.

Event recording available here.

November2

Day of the Dead: Critical Reflections on Indigenous Traditions

5pm-6pm

Zoom

Join the NRC and Campus Partners as we kick off a month long celebration of Native and Indigenous People. Hear some exciting news about the NRC and learn about the different events we have going on throughout the month of November!

Event recording available here.

November2

Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off Event

3pm-4:30pm

Zoom

Join the NRC and Campus Partners as we kick off a month long celebration of Native and Indigenous People. Hear some exciting news about the NRC and learn about the different events we have going on throughout the month of November!

Event recording available here.

October16

Conversations on Kumeyaay Against the Border Wall

As part of Indigenous Peoples' Day: Week of Action, the NRC hosted a discussion centering the Kumeyaay protest against the construction of the border wall. The construction is a violation of tribal sovereignty rights and desecrating sacred land. Members of the Kumeyaay Nation will share their experiences and acts of resistance against the wall. Learn how you can support and be an ally in this informational session centering the voices of Indigenous People.

Event recording available here.

October15

No More Stolen Sisters (MMIW)

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women awareness and how to combat violence against Indigenous women. Lead by NRC Program Assistants, Susie Gallo and Haley Moore and special guest presenters Shurene Premo, Whitney Baugher and keynote speaker Jordan Marie Daniel.

Event recording available here

October14

Disrupting "Dia de la Raza": Indigenous Oaxacan Transnational Resistance

A conversation on Indigenous Oaxacans and their experiences navigating Latinidad and Indigeneity. Lead by Dr. Kovats-Sanchez, American Indian Studies and Elybeth Alcantar, Native Resource Center

Event recording available here

October12

Indigenous Peoples' Day: NRC Week of Action Kick-off

Teach-in on the origins of Indigenous Peoples' Day and a virtual art show. Featuring Professor Lynch, American Indian Studies and Indigenous artist

Event recording available here

September25

CA Native American Day

Sept 25th recognizes California Native American Day. Click this link to view a discussion focused on spotlighting the Indigenous causes taking place right now in San Diego County. Find our how Indigenous people are fighting continued oppression and acts of colonization through illegal "border walls," desecration of sacred land, and the mental health, drug overdose and astronomical suspension rates of Native youth. We were joined by guest speakers Bobby Wallace, Chairwoman Angela Elliot-Santos, and Ami Admire.
September23

Kumeyaay New Year

On Sept 23rd, the NRC was joined by Jacob and Chris Alvarado Waipuk to discuss the Kumeyaay creation story and explain why the New Year is important to Kumeyaay people. Click here to view the recorded discussion! 
 

 

Native Resource Center Programs

The Native Resource Center runs several major programs throughout the year. Click below to read more:

Elymash YuuchaapIndigenous Scholars and Leaders Program

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Mission:

 To engage, support and promote the cultural, social, academic, and leadership development of students committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities.

Vision: 

To retain and graduate students who will serve as agents of change in their community.

Purpose: 

Drawing from social justice and Indigenous lens, the Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program is designed to mentor and provide community-service learning experiences for students pursuing higher education and preparing to serve Indigenous communities.

Our Name 

The campus of San Diego State University sits on Kumeyaay land. Elymash Yuuchaap is a Kumeyaay way of saying "Youth Think" gifted to the program by now passed Kumeyaay elder from Barona, Larry Benegas. This name is used in deference to the first peoples of this region and honors their thriving heritage and culture.

About the Program 

Starting in 2014 with a group of 12 students, we are proud to say we have grown to support over 80 students on campus. Elymash Yuuchaap scholars participate in a year long series of leadership seminars and service activities. The seminars are scheduled weekly as part of a one credit course through the Department of American Indian Studies., typically held on Friday afternoons. The seminar topics and activities are developed with support from SDSU students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community and tribal leaders. In addition Each Elymash Yuuchaap scholar is paired with an undergraduate peer mentor to build a strong network of peer to peer engagement. EY Scholars also on average maintains higher GPAs through their involvement and engagement with the program. Throughout the year, scholars are also invited to participate in special events with nationally recognized speakers, local community leaders, and university officials.

Eligibility 

Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars & Leaders Program is open to undergraduate students from all majors at San Diego State University, who have an interest and commitment to the success and sustainability of American Indian Indigenous communities and culture.

Benefits of the Program

  • Academic support and research opportunities
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Engaged faculty and administrative mentors
  • Connection to conferences, internships and career opportunities
  • Workshops, seminars, field trips and study abroad opportunities
  • Culturally responsive leadership development
  • Traditional tribal gatherings
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Inclusive environment
  • Community Graduation Ceremony

LEADERSHIP STARTS HERE 

San Diego State University is committed to preparing students to become successful leaders in a highly diverse and globalized workforce. Successful leaders have a strong sense of their own identities and a comprehensive understanding of the diverse cultures they engage. Cultural identity is said to be a strong indicator for Native American persistence and academic performance in college. With a balanced immersion in their own language and culture, students can achieve academically, socially, and economically.

Future leaders in Tribal and Urban Native Communities require a unique set of tools that bridge cultures, knowledge, and resources. The Elymash Yuuchaap Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program, provides a dynamic space where Native American, Indigenous leadership, culture, and issues are at the center of the conversation.

Contemporary Native American and Indigenous Topics 

Each session has a firm focus on issues impacting Native American communities. Topics include: Indigenous identity, academic excellence, research, entrepreneurship, STEM, sustainability, environment, tribal law, relationships, health and wellness, college success, community engagement, global understanding, and public administration.

Community-Service Learning and Cultural Immersion Activities 

Students meet on or off campus to participate in community-based workshops, visits to local reservations and local communities. Activities include: small group discussions on topics related to culture, identity and student success, and community service assignments with local tribal youth.

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HOWKA WEEKEND

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Friday, April 8th, 2022

Our Way to Welcome You

SDSU Howka Weekend is a personalized event for admitted students and their families that provides insight into the diverse SDSU American Indian community and some of our campus supporters.

You will experience student life and get a glimpse of the many opportunities that SDSU has to offer.

Howka Weekend activities include:

  • Introduction to campus life
  • Information about the Native Resource Center
  • Meeting student leaders from the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) 
  • Engaging Faculty and Staff 
  • Student forums 
  • Information about the Elymash Yuuchapp program
  • Parent forum & Financial Aid presentation

All activities take place on the SDSU campus.

 

RSVP Today!

To RSVP, click the Register link available below. 

RSVP for Howka Weekend Here

San Diego State Annual Powwow

 

April 8th, 2023

ENS 700, SDSU Main Campus

10am - Bird Singing

11am - Gourd Dance

12pm - Grand Entry

1pm-7pm - Dance Exhibitions & Honorings

Event Info

Purpose: 

The Annual San Diego State University Powwow is a cultural and social event that is held annually to bring together the Native American community to SDSU. SDSU has the reputation of having one of the longest running powwows ran by a university in California. This event is open to the public and is a partnership between the Native Resource Center and Elymash Yuuchaap, the SDSU American Indian Studies Department, the Native American Student Alliance and the American Indian Alumni Chapter of SDSU.  

About the Event 

The pow wow includes dance contests, cultural displays, arts and craft booths, food vendors, and various informational booths.  There will be a Master of Ceremonies (MC) and Arena Director who help run the event. The MC works with the Arena Director to keep the pow wow program organized and running smoothly. The SDSU pow wow kicks off with Kumeyaay Bird singers followed by the Gourd Dance and Grandy Entry which signals the official start of the festivities. 

Kumeyaay Bird Songs have been passed down through generations and are used in times of celebration or grief, to sing, dance, and share culture in the company of friends.
Bird Songs are used in the place of a written history and record an oral history and way of life for Kumeyaay people. Through the use of animal metaphors and allegory, the songs are used to instruct and imprint collective teachings about practical things such as food, the environment and geography, as well as history, customs, and social/moral values.

The Gourd Dance is a Kiowa Tribe ceremonial dance that honors warriors or veterans. Many of those that dance this style are veterans and the idea is to honor all warriors alive or fallen for their service. Most notable of the gourd dance is the use of either a gourd rattle or metallic salt shaker rattle and a red and blue wool blanket draped over the shoulders.

Grand Entry is the official start of the pow wow and all dancers enter the arena. During the grand entry, the color guard brings in the Eagle Staff which is a symbol of American Indian Nations, the U.S flag, state and veterans flags are also represented. This is also a time when we introduce our honored Head Staff and other important guests.

Native and Indigenous Research Symposium

 

Howka! The Native Resource Center at San Diego State University warmly invites you to participate in the 3rd Annual Native and Indigenous Research Symposium. This will be a 2 day research conference that will take place on April 21-April 22, 2023. As a Cultural Center at San Diego State University, residing on unceded Kumeyaay Territory, the Native Resource Center recognizes our position in addressing the barriers Native and Indigenous communities globally experience on and off-campus. The Native Resource Center at San Diego State University, residing on Kumeyaay Land, facilitates the academic and personal success of Native American and Indigenous identified students through; relevant and accessible programming and resources, services to identify and address barriers to academic achievement, community building, on and off-campus partnerships, and advocacy for the inclusion of Native American/Indigenous peoples' unique histories, cultures. and perspectives in campus programs and curriculum. 

As Native and Indigenous people we recognize we are a not a monolith, and thus offer the Native and Indigenous Research Symposium as a space to exemplify the various ways different Indigenous communities have, and are currently, resisting, existing, and surviving. We invite San Diego State University's Native and Indigenous students as well as all students who are committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities to submit a proposal. Presentation proposals may address but are not limited to one of the NRC'S main objectives: Decolonization & Sovereignty; Truth, Education & Growth; Indigenous Philosophies & Identity; and Health & Wellness. We encourage individuals wishing to participate to submit proposals from all disciplines of study. Research is not limited to academic papers, we also encourage creative channels such as short documentaries, visual graphics, roundtable discussions, and other mediums used to transmit varying ways our communities are living, breathing, and existing. We want to ensure this Symposium centers Native and Indigenous epistemological frameworks that have otherwise been ignored within dominant academic settings.

As a university that exists in a geographically diverse region, with not only the most tribal nations in a single county but also with people that have been divided by an international border, we take a transnational approach to Indigeneity that disrupts borders and uplifts Indigenous experiences across the globe. We hope you feel encourgaged to apply. Please reach out to Jennifer Clay (NRC Assistant Director) at [email protected] for further questions or if you may need more information.

 

Submission Guidelines:

The NRC's Native and Indigenous Research Symposium is open to all current Native and Indigenous SDSU students and students committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities.

Students may elect to make an oral presentation or creative arts presentation to be presented virtually on Friday April 21 or Saturday April 22, 2023.

In order to apply, students must submit an abstract (350 Word Max) that describes the purpose of your presentation and how it aligns with the NRC'S objectives of Decolonization & Sovereignty; Truth, Education & Growth; Indigenous Philosophies & Identity; and Health & Wellness/

If your proposal is accepted but you are unable to attend the live virtual symposium, you have the option to pre-record your presentation. Send the recording Jennifer Clay at [email protected] . If you are unsure how to record, please don't hesitate to reach out to Jennifer Clay and the recording can be done at the Native Resource Center.

Register for Conference

This conference is FREE and open to ALL to view. To join us and view the presenters showcase their research, register with the link provided above. It will provide you the link to the Virtual Symposium to watch LIVE on April 21, 2023 and April 22, 2023 through the platfrom ZOOM.