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MD 139-147
Palomar College
San Marcos, California

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New AIS 105 course with Dr. Dozier!

Posted on February 12th, 2014 | Leave a comment


Here is a course that is being offered in the AIS Dept.  It’s an exciting course for sure.  Please see the included information on the document itself.

Register today and share with others!


AIS 105 – 34371

American Indian Art History

Hybrid Late Start

March 5 – May 7, 2014

Meets M & W from 11am – 12:20pm (MD 131) and online.

AIS 105 ad (SP 2014)

Courses still available in AIS Spring 2014!

Posted on January 12th, 2014 | Leave a comment

Here are some exciting courses that still have enrollment for the Spring 2014 semester.  Please contact the listed professor or the American Indian Studies Dept. for further information.

33744  AIS 165       LEC     WED                2:00 3:50P           Alegre Munin, Riley     MD-104                  02/05/14 – 04/30/14         3.0 Units


34208 AIS 101            LEC  WED                         5:30 – 8:20pm

Juanita Dixon, Temet Aguilar  ESC-502 (Escondido)

1/13/14 – 5/19/14   3.0 Units

Available courses for Spring 2014!

Posted on December 20th, 2013 | Leave a comment

Here are some exciting courses that still have enrollment for the Spring 2014 semester.  Please contact the listed professor or the American Indian Studies Dept. for further information.

33581    AIS 100     LEC      THU              12:30 3:20P         Dozier, Deborah          MD-131                 01/13/14 – 05/19/14           3.0

30835   AIS 105     LEC       MW                 12:30 1:50P         Dozier, Deborah           MD-131                   01/13/14 – 05/19/14           3.0

34003  AIS 105       LEC      MW                11:00 12:20P       Dozier, Deborah           MD-131                    01/13/14 – 05/19/14            3.0

33744  AIS 165       LEC     WED                2:00 3:50P           Alegre Munin, Riley     MD-104                  02/05/14 – 04/30/14         3.0  (team taught with Patricia Dixon)

34207 AMS 100     LEC 02 THU               6:00 8:50P            Unstaffed                     MD-131                     01/13/14 – 05/19/14         3.0

31360 AMS 200      LEC  TUE                   12:30 – 3:20pm      Franco, Evangelina R

MD – 131                01/13/15 – 05/19/14              3.0

31361  MCS 200       LEC  TUE                  12:30 – 3:20pm       Franco, Evangelina R
MD-131                       01/13/14 – 05/19/14           3.0

31363  SOC 200         LEC  TUE                 12:30 – 3:20pm       Franco, Evangelina R
MD-131                        01/13/14 – 05/19/14             3.0

AIS Dept. California Indian Day Celebration, 2013!

Posted on September 19th, 2013 | Leave a comment

Palomar College
2013 California Indian Day Celebration
September 26, 2013, Thursday
12:30 -2 pm in Room MD – 157
2 pm Patio Area outside MD-157
Sponsored by American Indian Studies / American Studies & NASA
For more information call 760-744-1150, ext. 2425



American Indian Community Survey

Posted on December 4th, 2012 | Leave a comment


December, 2012

Dear Tribal Community Leaders,

We, at the American Indian Studies Department, are excited to share with you our tribal community survey, which we hope you will take a few minutes to complete. Your response(s) will be completely confidential and will not be analyzed on an individual basis. Enclosed is a hard copy for your individual use. This cannot be copied, unfortunately, due to the sensitivity of the machine that reads results at the college.

We are delivering surveys for you to share. Please consider including library patrons, parents, co-tribal employees, cultural committees, and any other interested community members.  If you have a public room or a library or children’s program, perhaps you could share survey forms in those places, along with a collection box and a note to encourage tribal members to complete the survey.

The survey is also accessible on-line with directions on how to open and submit the document. This is the link:

Collection of the hard copies and on-line forms will be around the first of the year, 2013.

Please contact the American Indian Studies Department (760-744-1150, ext. 2425) or Naida Garcia at the satellite center (760-742-1121) if you have any questions.


American Indian Studies/American Studies Department

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.”


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