Past Events 2016-2017

    AIRC Fall Welcome

  • Indigenous Knowledge Rising

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    Wahleah Johns is a Navajo (Diné) activist from the Black Mesa Water Coalition and will be talking about the process of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewables on tribal lands. This was a great opportunity to learn more about community organizing, tribal economies, renewable energy, and youth empowerment.  

  • Amah Mutsun Speaker Series

  • Rethinking American Indian Mental Health: Developing Innovative Solutions in Indian Country in the 21st Century

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    In part one of the AIRC's Amah Mutsun Speaker Series we hosted Dr. Virgil Moorehead (Yurok) a staff psychologist at Stanford University Vaden Health Center. Dr. Moorehead emphasized how current therapeutic and psychological practices conflict with traditional Native community practices. As a way to counter this disconnect and revert back to traditional practices that align with one's self of community, Dr. Virgil and his students created a digital storytelling series. Digital storytelling is an innovative way of merging both ways of healing in an effort to improve the well-being of American Indian people.

  • Sacred Sites Altar

  • AIRC's Sacred Sites Altar at La Bienvenida

    Sacred Sites Altar

    Sacred sites are places within the landscape that have a special meaning or significance under varying cultures. In many Native cultures their creation stories tied them to the land and holds deep significance. Unfortunately, many Native communties have been forced to relocate regardless of the special ties that hold them to one region. As a response many of our sacred sites have been destroyed in order to build malls and other commercial uses. At this years Bienvenida (Welcome), hosted by El Centro the Chicano Latino Resource Center, the American Indian Resource Center was able to add their sacred sites altar in remembrance for any site that holds significance to the Native community and the AIRC's interns.

  • Indigethanx

  • Indigethanx: An Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration

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    Indigethanx provides an opportunity to rethink the Thanksgiving holiday and help educate the UCSC community about traditional Native foods.

  • An American Genocide: The United States and the California Indian Catastrophe

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    In this presentation by professor Benjamin Madley, PhD he spoke about his book and the situation anout the California Indian. "Between 1846 and 1873, California’s Indian population plunged from perhaps 150,000 to 30,000. Benjamin Madley is the first historian to uncover the full extent of the slaughter, the involvement of state and federal officials, the taxpayer dollars that supported the violence, indigenous resistance, who did the killing, and why the killings ended. Madley describes pre-contact California and precursors to the genocide before explaining how the Gold Rush stirred vigilante violence against California Indians. He narrates the rise of a state-sanctioned killing machine and the broad societal, judicial, and political support for genocide. Many participated: vigilantes, volunteer state militiamen, U.S. Army soldiers, U.S. congressmen, California governors, and others. The state and federal governments spent at least $1,700,000 on campaigns against California Indians. Besides evaluating government officials’ culpability, Madley considers why the slaughter constituted genocide and how other possible genocides within and beyond the Americas might be investigated using the methods presented in this groundbreaking book."

  • Can You Dig This? Film Screening and Conversation with Ron FInley

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    In this film screening, Finley spoke about the urban gardening movement taking root in South LA, people planting to transform their neighborhoods and changing their own lives in the process. Calling for people to put down their guns and pick up their shovels, these "gangster gardeners" are creating an oasis in the middle of one of the most notoriously dangerous places in America.

    This is a story of the human spirit, inspiring people everywhere to pick up their shovels and "plant some shit."


  • Drum Feast 2017

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    Join us in our Annual Sophia Garcia Robles Memorial Drum Feast to celebrate the indigenous cultures of the Americas. It will be an afternoon of dance, food, and fun. All are welcome!This year we were grateful to have the Fremont Youth Drum group come and perform several songs! The White Hawk Aztec Dancers closed up the event with a friendship song and dance with everyone joining in unity.

  • Movie Nights

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    In the Spring Quarter the AIRC hosted a series of movie nights along with free food and great company!

    Trudell- Filmmaker Heather Rae documents the life and work of American Indian activist John Trudell. In the late 60's, John and a community group occupy Alcatraz Island for 21 months, bringing international recognition to the American Indian cause. In 1979 John burned a U.S. flag on the the steps of the FBI headquarters in Washington DC and within hours his family perished in a suspicious fire. He spent several years wandering the country until he found a new way to present his ideals through music

    Songs My Brother Taught Me- Centered around a young native man named Johnny and his life on the reservation known as Pine Rigde. He is torn between leaving his home town where his mother, incarcerated brother, and youger sister Jasuana live to be with his high school sweetheart who is leaving after graduation to start college in L.A.

    A River Betwen Us- a documentary about the Klamath River and the conflict between politicians, Karuk Tribal members, and farmers over the most precious resource of all: water.

  • Native Histories, Colonial Lives and the Archaeology of Post-Mission Landscapes in California- A presentation with Tsim Schneider


    An archaeological and historical overview of California’s “Indigenous hinterlands” as critical sources of power and social resiliency. Looking at locations around San Francisco Bay where Native people found safe harbor from the missions, the talk will explore the very latest discoveries from an ongoing project investigating a post-mission trading post at Tomales Bay. Here, eyewitness accounts suggest Indigenous Coast Miwok people and others continued traditional hunting and gathering practices, they held dances and mourning rituals, and they participated in the hide and tallow trade.

  • Year End Ceremony

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    Year End Ceremony happens annually at the end of the academic year to celebrates the accomplishments of Native students and AIRC and POCSC interns in their completion of Higher Education.