Native American Art Work

American Indian Studies

American Studies

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

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.


Obama speech to the 500 Nations, Dec. 2, 2011

Posted on December 13th, 2011 | Leave a comment

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

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

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


Pala Powwow (Aug. 26 – 28, 2011)

Posted on August 24th, 2011 | Leave a comment

The Pala Band of Mission Indians is holding their annual powwow this coming weekend (August 26 – 28, 2011).  Here is the website for more information:
(select “Honoring Traditions” hyperlink)



Palomar Native Club first event of the year!

Posted on August 9th, 2011 | Leave a comment

The Palomar College Native American Club is going to be presenting their work at the Discover Palomar event on August 22 and August 23, 2011.  If you are in the area please take a moment to come by, say “Hello!” to the students and show your support.

The Native American Club can be reached on Facebook:

Greetings from the AIS/AS Department!

Posted on July 18th, 2011 | Leave a comment

Míiyuyam, suláaqaxam!

(Luiseño:  ‘Hello, come on in!’)

Welcome to the Palomar College American Indian Studies/American Studies Department website.  American Indian Studies offers courses that cover Native American cultures from ancient times until the present. Our academic approach is holistic and multi-disciplinary. This includes archaeology, history, humanities, ethnology, sociology, and political science. Each of these in their applied perspectives contribute to knowledge relevant to cultural and political influence of American Indian people on the nation and the world. The American Indian Studies Department also includes the American Studies Program at Palomar College.

Information about the AIS/AS Department and our Pauma Education Center located on the Pauma Indian Reservation can be obtained by contacting:

American Indian Studies/American Studies Department

Administrative Department Assistant: Martha Collins

Phone: (760) 744-1150 ex. 2425
Fax: (760) 761-3564

Department Chair: Patricia Dixon

Phone: (760) 744-1150 ex. 2427

Palomar College at the Pauma Education Center

Education Center Specialist: Naida Garcia (Luiseño)
Phone: (760) 742-1121
Fax: (760) 742-4643


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