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Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences
MD 139-147
Palomar College
San Marcos, California

Archive for March 14th, 2012

Late start classes in AIS/AMS, Spring 2012!

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Here are some exciting classes that will start during the Fast-Track 2 session at Palomar College (March 26, 2012).  These classes take place on both the Pauma Education Center and on the San Marcos campus.

Questions can be directed to the AIS/AMS Dept. either via email (mcollins@palomar.edu) or by phone (760-744-1150 xt. 2425).

Enjoy!

AIS 102,The American Indian and the U.S. Political System.  #34245, TTH at 6-8:50 p.m. at Pauma Education Center.  Juanita Dixon, instructor.  Class starts March 27 and ends May 17. You’ve heard of federal and state governments. What is the third form of government in the U.S.? Tribal governments! Learn about Indian sovereignty, law, gaming, and land issues!

 

AIS 155,  American Indian Community Development, #34246, Tuesdays at 6-8:50, at the Pala Tribal Library, P. Dixon and L. Locklear, instructors, with special speakers. This is a hybrid class with some activities online. Class starts March 27 and ends May 17. Find out what issues face Indian communities today!

 

AMS 104,  American Family and Genealogy, #34244, Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-4:50 p.m. in A-12, San Marcos campus, Steve Crouthamel, Instructor. Class starts March 26 and ends May 16. Learn about the origins and values of the American family! Learn how to find your ancestors!

AIS/AMS Dept. Statement on the Horse Ranch Creek Road Project, March 13, 2012

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American Indian Studies and American Studies Department Statement on the Horse Ranch Creek Road Project

Palomar College Administration and President Robert Deegan

March 13, 2012

We understand Palomar College did not have a legal obligation to consult with its own faculty experts about the Horse Ranch Creek Road Project, but your choice not to solicit input on the historical sites of Tom Kav  (a.k.a. Horse Ranch Creek Road) resulted in a lost opportunity to mitigate or avoid the situation facing the college today. Consulting with the American Indian Studies and American Studies Department would have provided you with critical insight into the “sensitive nature of the Horse Ranch Creek Road project” and its historic and religious importance to the Indian community. AIS is dismayed you failed to recognize the forty-year history of our department and our connection with sovereign local tribal governments as the valuable resource it is. AIS would have facilitated and supported the college’s and President Deegan’s publically stated wish to “honor and respect…the Native American community” (Palomar College website, February 24, 2012, and San Diego Union Tribune, February 23, 2012).

Examples of Palomar College’s missteps include the statement on the Palomar College website: “A portion of the southern road alignment was identified as having the potential to contain archaeological and cultural resources in the approved Environmental Impact Report…”(emphasis added).  Misleading statements such as this have a negative impact on the college’s credibility and easily could have been avoided by consultation with AIS. Additionally, as reported in the San Diego Union Tribune, February 29, 2012, Superior Court Judge Harry Elias chastised the district “for not ‘taking seriously’ a provision of state law to meet and confer with tribal officials, specifically after bone fragments were found….” This is another example where public embarrassment to the college could have been avoided by using AIS as a resource.

American Indian Studies has had to rely solely on public records and newspaper articles for information about the college’s intention on this matter. We believe Palomar College has failed to act in good faith, to be transparent in its dealings on this site, and to follow ethical and moral guidelines concerning this site, which has been known as a multiple site source since the 1950s (see D.L. True, Rosemary Pankey, and C.N. Warren’s Tom-Kav: A Late Village Site in Northern San Diego County, California, and Its Place in the San Luis Rey Complex). Palomar’s lack of understanding and sensitivity on this issue leaves the American Indian Studies Department and the local Indian community saddened and perplexed.

While AIS was not asked for input, we are now suggesting the college is misguided in continuing the stance of “we followed the law” and can redeem itself by putting into action its stated commitment to honor the Native American community.

Consult the American Indian Studies’ website for information on a teach-in about Tom Kav in mid-April.

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