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American Indian Studies

American Studies

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

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.”

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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Date: Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 9:55 AM
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

125 Years of Innovation


CALPRIG Scholarship

Posted on January 24th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here is a CALPIRG Scholarship available to students.  Please use the contact info within this message for further information.  Good luck!

Prof. Lechusza Aquallo

Subject: Great internship opportunity for your students

Dear Professor Aquallo,

I’m a field organizer with CALPIRG looking to work with some great Palomar
College students through our civic engagement internship program this winter
and spring.

Interns can make a difference on issues they care about – like protecting
our oceans, promoting energy efficiency, or making textbooks affordable.
Students can build support for local plastic bag bans to protect our coasts
and marine life, or organize events to educate students about how we can end
wasteful subsidies to big agribusinesses.

By participating in our internship program, students will learn how to plan
and run a campaign, recruit and train a team of volunteers, work with the
media, and educate their campus community about these issues.

We are now accepting applications.

Students can apply online at

Will you forward the email below to your classes or any other student
leaders on campus who you think would be interested in our internship

Thank you for all you do for your students!


Isa Ballard

Field Organizer


o. (213) 251-3683 x 306

c. (802) 522-3041


If you want to make a difference and learn valuable skills, join our team of
interns and volunteers. We’ve got plans to take on the problems our country
faces – and with your help, we can.

Spring Campaigns:

. Save Our Oceans

. Cut Subsidies to Giant Agribusiness

. Make Textbooks Affordable

. Energy Service Corps

Find out more and apply for a CALPIRG

UCSD Native Student Conference, Feb. 18, 2012

Posted on January 18th, 2012 | Leave a comment

Here is a notice from the UCSD Native Student Alliance (NASA) club regarding a Native High School conference which they are hosting on Feb. 18, 2012.  Please share the following information below with others.  Questions can be addressed to the email included below.


Prof. Lechusza Aquallo


Hello all,


My name is Aries Yumul, I am the chair of the Native American Student Alliance at UCSD for this school year. As many of you may have already heard, we are hosting our first annual High school Conference on February 18th, 2012. The conference will be from 9 am to 5pm, admission is free, rides can be provided, breakfast and lunch is also provided by us.


The aim of the conference is to increase the yield of Native students into higher education and make college access easier. We have outreached to many Native High School students in San Diego and the Inland Empire and we are looking at a max capacity of 200 students.


We are looking for workshops to be held at our conference, if you are interested in hosting a workshop or volunteering for the day please fill out the link below:


We would like to have workshop proposals by January 30th. The workshops can vary on its topic, and we will notify you if your proposal is accepted.


if you would like to register students individually please use this link below:


student registration is at a first come, first served basis and we are running at a 200 max capacity.


More information can be found on our website, which will be updated regularly:



If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to email me and Michael Cervantes our Vice-chair at


Thank you for taking the time to read my email and hope you all have a wonderful day,


All the best,


Aries Rivers Yumul
Chair – UCSD Native American Student Alliance
University of California, San Diego
(707) 548-6539


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