News from the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego
Issue #19 Fall 2019 - November
UC San Diego Intertribal Resource Center
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Connecting you to information and resources for
Native American students and communities at UC San Diego.
In this Issue:
November Celebrations
Upcoming Events
Student Organizations
Campus News
Community News
November Celebrations
We want to celebrate with you! Share your birthday, tell us about a special accomplishments, or recognize another Native Triton!
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Upcoming Events
Please, visit our calendar to find out about all our events.
Native American Student Organizations
Interested in Native American culture, issues and community? Come check out our student organizations...
American Indian Graduate Student Association

General Body Meetings: TBD

Questions? Contact

Like AIGSA at UCSD for all the latest updates!
Native American
Student Alliance

General Body Meetings: Tuesday, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 from 5-6 p.m. in the ITRC

Questions? Contact

Like NASA at UCSD for all the latest updates!
 Association of Native American Medical Students
Questions? Contact

Like ANAMS at UCSD for all the latest updates!
UC San Diego
SACNAS Chapter
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

We are are collecting data to see if there is interest in forming a SACNAS Chapter at UCSD. If you are interested, please fill out this Survey
Are you a Native American student majoring in Health/Science? Well the CA-NARCH program is for you!

Contact Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons for more information:

Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons
American Indian Coordinator

What We've Been Up To...
Native Student Welcome Dinner
At the start of the fall quarter the Intertribal Resource Center hosted a welcome dinner for UC San Diego's incoming Native American students. New students had an opportunity to meet other Native students, faculty and staff while enjoying a meal together, playing a get-to-know-you scavenger hunt game, and a raffle. The ITRC hosts a dinner at the start of each year to welcome and celebrate our Native students.
National Indian Education Association (NIEA) in Minneapolis, MN
The ITRC's director, Elena and coordinator, Corrine had an opportunity to travel to Minneapolis, MN for the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) convention. The convention was a week long and featured sessions focused on higher education, funding, language revitalization, community events, which included a powwow, and keynote speakers, two notable speakers being Rep. Deb Haaland and Rep. Sharice Davids.
Members of the ITRC attended this symposium on the past, present, and future of the University of California's relationship with tribes. Topics included the current state of relationships and projects between the UCs and tribal communities and institutions and future innovative practices working with tribal communities. We also participated in a discussion to create policy papers for developing community-engaged classrooms, creating better practices for American Indian and Indigenous retention and recruitment, and generating practices that ensure repatriation and maintenance of cultural heritage.

Our own Education Studies faculty member, Dr. Theresa Ambo, presented a keynote address titled: From Tovaangar to UCLA.
Native American Family Night
Students gathered in the Intertribal Resource Center for our monthly Native American Family Night. This past Family Night students, their family, and friends painted pumpkins for Halloween.
Mid-Term Refuel
Students were invited to come to the Intertribal Resource Center to prepare for their exams and papers. The ITRC offered a quiet environment and snacks all day. The Midterm refuel is an event held quarterly by the ITRC.

The Finals Week Study Jam will be Monday, December 9th.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Conference: Honolulu, HI
Six UCSD undergraduate and graduate Native American students attended the SACNAS conference in Hawaii on Oct. 31-Nov. 3. SACNAS is the largest multidisciplinary and multicultural STEM diversity event in the country that serves to equip, empower and energize participants for their academic and professional paths in STEM.

One student attendee spoke about her experience at the conference, "SACNAS was extremely empowering and unique to be able to learn and engage with other Native students from across the country who are doing similar research in STEM" - Hydi Ybarra.

During the three days, the students were able to present their research, immerse in cutting-edge scientific research, engage with motivational keynote speakers, talk to graduate and career admissions at the Expo Hall, and experience multicultural celebrations, including a powwow.
Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off Luncheon
On November 4th the ITRC and the Native American Heritage Month planning committee opened Native American Heritage Month with a kickoff luncheon. The luncheon featured Christian Parrish, aka "Supaman", as the keynote speaker and musical entertainment. Deborah Razo and Rachael Camacho provided Indian tacos for all to enjoy. Scholarship awards were also given out to three students; Alex Hunter (Jamul Indian Village, Kumeyaay/Luiseno), Hydi Ybarra (Tsalagi), and Ray Huaute (Cahuilla, Chumash).
Diné Rug Weaving Demonstration
UC San Diego undergraduate student, Shandiin (Diné), gave a demonstration on the history and methods of Diné rug weaving. She also explained how rug weaving is an important aspect of Diné storytelling. The event was really well attended and we hope to do it again sometime soon.

If you have a cultural craft or skill that you can share with us - please contact the ITRC at
Doing Research in Native Communities
The ITRC was represented by a Native faculty, staff, grad and undergrad student at this powerful symposium. It was in-depth conversation highlighting the need to work collaboratively with tribal communities on research that is tribally-driven and addresses concerns of those communities. Undergrad student, Leonard, presented on his research and Prof. Ambo, Dr. Hood and Dr. Rodriguez participated on a panel discussion titled Researching Beyond Borders.
Native American Heritage Month Film Showing: "The Party's Downstairs" and "Cinema Red: Natives & Horror" by Mike Marin
Native filmmaker, Mike Marin, came to UCSD to showcase his two newest films: The Party's Downstairs and Cinema Red. The Party's Downstairs is Mike Marin's second horror film following The Smudging and Cinema Red is Mike Marin's first documentary.
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