California State University, San Bernardino
Cal State San Bernardino and the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians invited the university and surrounding community to celebrate California Indian culture, heritage and family during California Native American Day on September 23.
The free event offered Cahuilla birdsongs and dancing, as well as Miwok and Yurok singing and dancing. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about Native American music, art and food of the Native peoples in this region.
According to the California Native American Day website, the day is a time to celebrate and learn more about the distinctive cultures of the Native American people who are indigenous to California. It is a holiday celebrating Native American heritage and the triumphs and struggles of Indigenous People.
“The goal of California Native American Day is to promote awareness and appreciation (of) California’s Native Americans,” the website says. “This year, we’re also celebrating the passage of AB 855. California’s Legislature recently approved this historic measure designating the fourth Friday of September an official judicial holiday in recognition of California Native American Day.”
September 23 also marked the day that California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a tribal education bill as well as four others, backed by Assemblymember James Ramos, D-Highland, a Cal State San Bernardino alumnus and the first California-born Native American elected to the state legislature, who was also in attendance at CSUSB’s Friday event.
Assembly Bill 1703, the California Indian Education Act, encourages school districts, county offices of education and charter schools to form California Indian Education Task Forces with local tribes or tribes historically located in the region to share local history, discuss areas of concern and develop Native American curriculum and classroom material.
About Cal State San Bernardino
California State University, San Bernardino is a preeminent center of intellectual and cultural activity in Inland Southern California. Opened in 1965 and set at the foothills of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, the university serves more than 20,000 students each year and graduates about 4,000 students annually. The university offers more than 70 traditional baccalaureate and master’s degree programs, education credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate program in educational leadership. Every one of its eligible academic programs has earned national accreditation. CSUSB reflects the dynamic diversity of the region and has the most diverse student population of any university in the Inland Empire. More than 80 percent of those who graduate are the first in their families to do so.