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MD 139-147
Palomar College
San Marcos, California

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AIS/AMS Open Classes – Enroll Now!

Posted on August 7th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here are some courses that are still open through the AIS/AMS Dept.  For further information contact Mrs. Martha Collins (

Don’t wait, enroll today!

1.       AIS 102, #70772, American Indians and the U.S. Political System. Temet Aguilar, instructor. This is a hybrid class that meets on Mondays from 9:30-10:50 a.m. in MD-131. The rest of the class is online. Learn how American Indians fit into the American legal system! Learn about the third form of government in the U.S.! Learn about Indian sovereignty, gaming, and land issues!

2.       AIS 100, #70008, Introduction to American Indian Studies. Flora Howe, instructor. Meets Wednesday evenings from 6-8:50 p.m. in MD-104. What is an American Indian? Where did Indians come from? How are they different? Learn about America’s first people.

3.       AMS/MCS/SOC 200, #73689, #73690, #73691, Race, Class, and Ethnic Groups in America. Rachel Jacob-Almeida, instructor. Meets Wednesdays from 2-4:50 p.m. in MD-131. Learn about American diversity and how it influences politics, economics, and racial issues!

Karuk Youth Leadership Council, 2012

Posted on May 25th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Greetings all,

Here is an exciting summer opportunity that could certainly inspire some Native students!  Please read and share with others.

Prof. Lechusza Aquallo

Ayukîi, Greetings,
The Karuk Youth Leadership Council (Skyler McNeal, Krista Reynolds, Summer Goodwin, Sinéad Talley, Geena Talley, Jared Wilder, David Burlew, and Jolie Super) has been invited to Washington D.C. from May 31st to June 2nd to visit the White House and attend a function related to Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move! In Indian Country ” program; in part because an article by Maymi Preston-Donahue about one of our activities, a 12-mile run from Independence to Happy Camp with Karuk Tribal Council member Crispen McAllister, was recently recognized by the Obama Native News Contest.   Maymi also nominated Crispen as a White House Let’s Move! Champion of Change.  Of course, we are all thrilled by this exciting news.
The Karuk Youth Council, Tribal Council, Diabetes program, TANF, TERO, and others have raised enough to pay for the airfare and hotels in Washington, D.C.  We are now trying to raise funds to cover food, ground transportation and a couple of hotel rooms in Medford for the Youth Leadership Council’s trip to the White House.  Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated by us all.
This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the youth are looking forward to the opportunity to positively represent our tribe in our nation’s capital.  No matter what you decide, thank you for your consideration.
And, don’t miss the bake sale/hamburgers/hot dog sale/snow cones/car wash this weekend at McLaughlin & Sons in Orleans!
Yoôtva, Thank you!
Bari G.M. Talley
Workforce Development Trainer
Library & Computer Center Coordinator
Karuk Panamnik Center
PO Box 426, 459 Asip Road
Orleans CA  95556
Phone:  530-627-3081
Fax:  530-627-3087

Tom-Kav Teach In, Wednesday April 25, 2012 (11am – 1pm)

Posted on April 19th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Tom Kav Teach in Flyer

Tom‐Kav: Legend & Legacy
What “if the state government of Pennsylvania somehow cleared the way to sell the
Gettysburg battlefield site to private developers in order to build a whole new city, right
on top of where tens of thousands of Union and Confederate soldiers gave their lives, and
where many found their final resting place?” (OB Rag)   What if that is happening now
here in the Palomar District?
Palomar College serves nine of the nineteen American Indian reservations in San Diego County.
Tom­Kav is central to the Luiseño creation tradition and is a major village site with many Indian
cultural artifacts, resources, and burials on the property.
Host:  American Indian Studies/American Studies
Location:  MD 157
When:  Wednesday April 25, 2012
Time:  11 am to 1 pm
Contact info:  (760) 744-1150, ext. 2425
Teach In…



Late start classes in AIS/AMS, Spring 2012!

Posted on March 14th, 2012 | Leave a comment

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 ( or by phone (760-744-1150 xt. 2425).


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

Posted on March 14th, 2012 | Leave a comment

American Indian Studies Palomar College

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.

Patricia Dixon featured in USD article!

Posted on March 2nd, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here is an article that features our Chair, Patricia Dixon.  Enjoy the wonderful article and share with others!

Spring 2012 by Ryan T. Blystone

From the Heart

Patricia Dixon embodies change

Patricia Dixon knows many ways to say hello. Among them are, “Suláaqaxam! Súlulyexem! Páxam! Haáwka!” Those greetings in four Native American languages — Luiseño, Cupiño, Cahuilla and Kumeyaay — welcome visitors to her office at the American Indian Studies Department at Palomar College.

Forty-one years ago, when Dixon was a San Diego College for Women student, it was a decidedly different world.

“Sister (Alicia) Saare tutored us,” she recalls, speaking of the Spanish class she took to satisfy a foreign language requirement to enter a master’s program in history. “She was very stern and had high expectations. She worked us hard so we could pass the exams. Some of the male students, veterans who’d been to Vietnam, laughed. They thought we wouldn’t pass.”

Not only did Dixon pass, but that same determination, preparation and respect helped the 1971 and ‘75 (MA) alumna build and strengthen American Indian Studies (AIS) at the San Marcos, Calif.-based community college.

“When I began working here, there was skepticism about what American Indian Studies could really offer,” says Dixon, a Luiseño from the Pauma Band of Indians. “My colleagues and I made an important decision to teach in our original disciplines (history, sociology and anthropology) and evolve the courses with AIS as a foundation.”

Offerings included History of the Southwest, History of the Plains and American Indian History of the Frontier. “We didn’t go off on victimization,” she says. “It caught the attention of our colleagues because we taught from a discipline they understood and they saw how we evolved it. Showing we didn’t come here to create a division made a big difference.”

Aylekwi — Luiseño for knowledge-power, or giftedness within a person — is what she recalls of the advice her grandfather gave her when she was considering a teaching career. “You have to give back.”

Dixon, among the first American Indian graduates in the College for Women, embodies that notion. When she’s not teaching AIS or serving as department chair on campus, she coordinates satellite AIS courses at Camp Pendleton and the Pauma reservation. Last spring she assisted Joely Proudfit, a professor at California State University San Marcos, in landing a $50,000 grant from the Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians for the creation of video game cartridges to help younger tribe members learn the Luiseño language. The grant covers language workshops run by Palomar’s AIS faculty.

“We’re very passionate about this project and its potential for finding a practical way to preserve the Luiseño language for future generations,” Dixon says.

These contributions made it easy for Ethnic Studies Assistant Professor and All Nations Institute for Com-munity Achievement (ANICA) Coordinator May Fu, PhD, alumna Perse Hooper ’09 (MA) and others to honor Dixon for USD’s California American Indian Day celebration last September. Family, friends, tribal members and members of the USD community, including USD Ethnic Studies Professor Michelle Jacob — an American Indian who Dixon encouraged to apply — attended.

“I was overwhelmed,” Dixon says. “It was very touching, very humbling.”

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.


California Indian Days Celebration (Tues. Sept. 27, 2011)

Posted on September 11th, 2011 | Leave a comment

The AIS/AMS Department will be hosting a California Indian Day Celebration on Tuesday September 27, 2011 from 12:30  to 2:30 pm in MD-157.  Additional support for this event comes from the Native Student Club/AISES at Palomar College.  This is a campus-wide event that the AIS/AMS Dept. has been hosting for over thirty years.

Further details can be obtained by contacting the AIS/AMS Dept. at:

760-744-1150 ext. 2425

Here is a PDF file from the former Governor of California Ronald Regan proclaiming September 27 as “American Indian Day” in honor of the Native People of California (1968).  Reagan Proclamation 1968 CA Indian Days

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