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Remebering Lorena L. Majel Dixon

Posted on February 16th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Feb. 16, 2012:

The American Indian Studies/American Studies Dept. is deeply moved by the passing of a profound community leader, activist and educator Lorena L. Majel Dixon.  Attached are the formal celebrations of her life.  Please take a moment to honor the Dixon family and remember this important woman.

Lorena L. Majel Dixon - life celebration flyer

Lorena L. Majel Dixon - life celebration flyer

SCE Job Posting – Tribal Representative

Posted on January 24th, 2012 | Leave a comment

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Subject: Fw: SCE Tribal Representative Position

Please forward to all interested.

Southern California Edison Job Opportunity:
Tribal Representative (RMG3)
Job Posting:

Tribal Representative (RMG3) (80005118) 
Job Posting:
Jan 6, 2012, 5:56:58 PM – Jan 14, 2012, 2:59:59 AM
Primary Location:

Job Description:  This position will be in the Local Public Affairs division within Southern California Edison’s (SCE) External Relations Business Unit. The successful candidate will assist Southern California Edison (SCE) management in implementing its commitment to interacting with Indian tribes as sovereign nations, in addition to their being important customers. This position will be the primary liaison in the service territory between Southern California Edison and the Native American Indian tribes.

Typical responsibilities will include:

  • Coordinating the information flow, and where appropriate, the activities of the various SCE organizations and business units that interact with Native American Indian tribes.
  • Assisting SCE management in developing policies relating to Native American Indians and to SCE’s activities related to Native American Indians, including right-of-way issues.
  • Assisting in training SCE personnel on relevant matters.
  • Establishing regular contact with tribal representatives and serving as a point of contact and company advocate for tribes.
  • Developing training within the various business units that have direct dealings with tribes on the legal, cultural, and historical information that will assist SCE’s business units in their dealings with tribes.
  • Identifying educational and other nonprofit organizations serving Native American Indians that are candidates for SCE corporate support.
  • Assisting SCE’s TDBU in developing operating protocols to apply when SCE must enter upon tribal lands, Reservations, allotments, and broader aboriginal lands however currently owned for routine and emergency operational purposes.
  • Participating in SCE’s negotiating team on right-of-way matters.
  • Maintaining a safety conscious work environment by following Edison safety protocols and safe work practices.
  • Performing other responsibilities and duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have experience establishing strong relationships with Native American Indian nations to resolve significant issues such as ongoing operational, real property, financial and/or economic development.
  • Must have experience making formal presentations to senior management to whom the individual reports, Native American Indian tribal councils and staff, state and local governmental bodies and/or other organizations on matters relating to Native American Indian issues.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelors Degree in, Business, Political Science, Integrated Studies, Communications, Public Administration, or equivalent combination of education, training, and tribal management related experience.
  • Typically possesses five or more years’ experience in protecting and promoting Company business interests and working as a liaison with various federal, state, and local regulatory and governmental bodies, community leaders, and business peers.
  • Demonstrated experience working with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, or similar Native American Indian specialty.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Native American culture and tradition, specifically California tribal history, as well as experience working with tribal government leaders probably in the territory of SCE.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic policy development and implementation involving Native American Indian tribes.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local governmental and regulatory processes.
  • Demonstrated experience in performance management, coordination, control and implementation of Native American Indian Affairs-Programs associated with the policies, standards, procedures and operations for program functions within Native American Indian Affairs.
  • Demonstrate the ability to make decisions, take action, meet deadlines, and work independently.
  • Must have exceptional oral & written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work well with department peers as well as members of other departments.
  • Demonstrate the ability to actively contribute to department objectives, and show leadership and initiative in the direction and implementation of company, department, and region goals.
  • Demonstrated experience working on cross-functional teams.
  • Demonstrated experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Project.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow Edison safety protocols and safe work practices.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to integrate work across relevant areas, develop the business and services to enhance customer satisfaction and productivity, manage risks appropriately, develop and execute business plans, manage information, and provide exceptional service to internal and external customers.
  • Must demonstrate effective resource and project planning, decision making, results delivery, team building, and the ability to stay current with relevant technology and innovation.
  • Must demonstrate strong ethics, influence and negotiation, leadership, interpersonal skills, communication, and the ability to effectively manage stress and engage in continuous learning.


  • Knowledge of the electric utility industry and electric service planning.
  • Experience and knowledge with California tribes and/or regional tribal organizations.


  • Additional testing may be required as part of the selection process for this position.
  • Edison International and Southern California Edison reserve the right to close or cancel a posting at any time.
  • Edison International is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Candidates for this position must be legally authorized to work directly as employees for any employer in the United States without visa sponsorship.

To apply and for more information visit Southern California Edison’s website:
Click on: Search Jobs at Southern California Edison
Type the job number (80005118) and click on: Search for Jobs
Click on: Tribal Representative (RMG3)
Click on:  Apply
Login with user name and password or if new user, click on New User and complete registration process.

Follow the prompts on-line.
Good Luck!
Lynn Monzon
Native American Alliance
Southern California Edison
(562) 903-3161

Michelle L. Holiday
Advisor, Native American Alliance
Edison International

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Spring 2012 AIS courses!

Posted on January 9th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here are some exciting courses that still have space for enrollment for the coming Spring semester 2012.  These are certainly worth looking into!  Further questions regarding these courses can be directed to the AIS Dept.:  760.744.1150 xt. 2425 or email Prof. Locklear ( Prof./Chair Dixon (, Prof. Lechusza Aquallo ( or the AIS ADA Martha Collins (


AIS 100, Introduction to American Indian Studies, #31661. Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. in MD-131. Team taught by L. Locklear, C. Henley, and P. Dixon. CSU/UC transfer. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

Learn about diverse Indians of yesterday and today!


AIS 102, The American Indian and the U.S. Political System, #31662. CSU/UC transfer. Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12:20 MD-104.  Along with AIS 101 meets state requirement in American History and Institutions. Instructor: Jean Keller, a Teacher of the Year.

Find out how American Indians fit into the American political system!


AMS 104, American Family and Genealogy #33517. Wednesdays, 2-4:50 p.m. in MD-131.  Instructor: S. Crouthamel, Professor Emeritus. CUS/UC transfer. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

Learn about the American family over time, our values and identity.

AMS/MCS/SOC 200, Race, Class, and Ethnic Groups in America, #331664, or 31666, or 31668. Instructor: Evangelina Franco-Gomez.  Meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-3:20 p.m. in MD-131. CSU/UC transfer. Meets Multicultural Requirement.


AMS/MCS/SOC 200, Race, Class, and Ethnic Groups in America,  #34086, or 34087, or 34088. Instructor: Rachel Jacob-Almeida. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in MD-322. CSU/UC transfer. Meets Multicultural Requirement.

A look at contemporary relations among American racial, social class, and cultural groups.


Community event review: USD honors Prof. Dixon

Posted on September 26th, 2011 | Leave a comment

This is a re-posting of an article/review by Roy Cook regarding the celebration for Prof. Patricia Dixon (Chair, American Indian Studies Dept., Palomar College).

As you will read, the evening was filled with joy and positive energy brought about by the tireless efforts of this strong Native woman.

We continue to recognize Prof. Dixon as the Palomar College AIS Dept. prepares to offer their 40th annual California Indian Days Celebration on Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 (12:30 – 1:30pm) in the Multi-Disciplinary building room #156.  This is a free event and open to the public.  We look forward to seeing you there!



University of San Diego Honors Patricia Dixon
By Roy Cook (24, Sept. 2011)

Miyeau. In celebration of California Indian Day the University of San Diego honored Ms. Patricia Dixon, Luiseno from Pauma Band on September 22 from 5-7 pm in the University Center, Forum B. She is a USD alumna, scholar, College educator, Tribal community active voice and learning innovator. Welcome remarks by Dr. Carlton Floyd, Associate Provost and Dr. Carmen Vazquez, VP of Student Affairs. Patricia Dixon is introduced by Dr. May Fu and Perse Hooper, Tribal liaison.

Michelle Jacob, Patricia Dixon, Perese Hooper and May Fu. (BC Lum image)

Patricia began with a slide show of relatives and early life on the Pauma Reservation. She spoke from her heart to a packed room of life-long friends, family and supportive colleagues. She reviewed the past 40 years of the American Indian program at Palomar College. I was honored to teach my first college course on the Pala reservation in the Mission classrooms under the auspices of Palomar College in 1971. Many in the room were my students. Patricia many times accompanied her Mother, Lorena to the California Indian Education Association meetings. She looked real cute zipping around in her Porsche roadster.

She has championed tribal rights on many levels and sought for a practical way to help preserve the Luiseño language for future generations. As the Education Committee Chair of the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians she was able to have the Pauma Band of Luiseno award $50,000 to Palomar College’s American Indian Studies Department and the California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC).
She recognized her Diegueno relations attending this evening and called upon Stan Rodguiez, Ipai, to sing Tipai songs and provided a prayer for the evening. Along with many beautiful bouquets of flowers she was honored and awarded with a Pendleton wool storytellers blanket by Michelle Jacob, Yakima and Teresa Gregor from Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno.

She was further honored by the Palomar College American Indian student Association and faculty. Patricia took great pride to introduce her Mother, Lorena Dixon and Aunt, Florence Lofton. She beamed when she recognized her nieces and the next generation future potential for the Pauma Band.

A very special presentation was the Luiseno ceremonial songs sung by Chris and Charles Devers. Enthusiastic socializing and hugs from many happy attendees continued as some sampled the light repast and sought that special Kodak moment.

This was a fine special evening with very special friends and colleagues. Mehan.

California Indian Days, Tues. Sept. 27, 2011

Posted on September 15th, 2011 | Leave a comment

Come celebrate this historic California event and standing tradition with our AIS Dept. on Tuesday Sept. 27, 2011 (12:30 – 1:30pm).

Questions can be sent to the AIS Dept. at:

760.744.1150 xt. 2425

Alan Lechusza Aquallo (

Patti Dixon (

Linda Locklear (

Martha Collins, ADA (

California Indian Days, Palomar College, 9.27.2011

Code of Conduct, 2011

Posted on September 10th, 2011 | Leave a comment

Below is the information regarding the Code of Conduct that is supported by Palomar College.  If questions arise please contact the Office of Student Affairs at:


Mrs. Sherry Titus, Director


Office of Student Affairs
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, California  92069
Telephone: 1-760-744-1150 x2594  FAX: 1-760-761-3565

Borrowed from the Office of Student Affairs, Palomar College (September 2011) – Please note that some hyperlinks may be broken.  For the most current information contact the Office of Student Affairs, Palomar College.

Activity Card Benefit Policy – basic explanation of the use of the Activity Card

Food Bank Policy – explanation of the responsibilities

Student Disciplinary Procedures – AP 5520 – Governing Board approved procedures.  Student Disciplinary Procedure, Palomar College 2011 (PDF file)

Code of Conduct for College Sponsored Activities – Student Conduct Code for activities

Vendor Agreement - profit or non-profit visitors to our campus must complete this form

Smoking Policy -BP 3570  “There shall be no smoking or use of tobacco-related products on Palomar Community College District property. The District shall provide and maintain a workplace and  learning environment that is smoke and tobacco-free to promote the safety and health of students, employees, and the public.”

Standards of Conduct – use for Incident Report

Statement on Academic Integrity

The Center for Academic Integrity at Duke University* defines academic integrity as a commitment, even in the face of adversity, to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility.  From these values flow principles of behavior that enable academic communities to translate ideals into action.

Palomar College is wholly committed to the ideal and ideals of academic integrity.  We embrace and adopt the definition and related principles of academic integrity provided by the Center for Academic Integrity stated in the paragraph above.  Following are the explanations of the five principles as provided by the Center for Academic Integrity and adopted by Palomar College.

1.     Honesty:  Begins with oneself and extends to others. In the quest for knowledge, we must be honest with ourselves and with each other, whether in the classroom, laboratory, meeting, library, or on the playing field.

2.    Trust:  Only with trust can we believe in the research and efforts of others and move forward with new work.  Only with trust can we collaborate with individuals, sharing information and ideas without concern that our work will be misappropriated or misused, our reputations diminished, or our academic careers harmed.  Only with trust can out communities believe in the social and economic value and meaning of an institution’s scholarship and degrees.

3.    Fairness:  Important components of fairness are predictability, clear expectations, and a consistent and just response to dishonesty.  All campus constituencies have a role in ensuring fairness and a lapse by one member of the community does not excuse misconduct by another.

4.    Respect:  Demonstrated by attending class, being on time, paying attention, following instructions, listening to other points of view, being prepared and contributing to discussions, meeting academic deadlines, and performing to the best of our ability.  Being rude, demeaning, or disruptive is the antithesis of respectful conduct.  We show respect for the work of others by acknowledging our intellectual debts through proper identification of sources.

5.    Responsibility:  Shared responsibility distributes the power to effect change, helps overcome apathy, and stimulates personal investment in upholding academic integrity standards.  Being responsible means taking action against wrongdoing, despite peer pressure, fear, loyalty, or compassion.  At a minimum, individuals should take responsibility for their own honesty and should discourage and seek to prevent misconduct by others.  Whatever the circumstances, members of an academic community must not tolerate or ignore dishonesty on the part of others.

    *The Center for Academic Integrity is affiliated with the Keenan Ethics program at Duck University in Durham,  North  Carolina

Student Rights and Grievances  AP 5530   After following AP 5530, any student who wishes to appeal the decision should contact the system Chancellor’s Office at:

Student and Visitor Symbolic Expression Policy

Offensive Speakers/Publicity

Celebration of Prof. Dixon

Posted on August 31st, 2011 | Leave a comment

Please join the AIS Dept. in celebrating the work of this important Native educator, activist and notable alum from the University of San Diego (USD).

Below is a flier for the event on Thursday September 22 (5 – 7pm) on the campus of the University of San Diego, Forum B.

Patti Dixon_USD_Flyer_PDF-1

Prof. Patricia Dixon Celebration

Prof. Patricia Dixon Celebration