American Indian & Indigenous Commencement, May 29, 2015
November 12th, 2014: With the co-sponsorship of the MCC, the AIIFSA hosted Ricardo Caté (Kewa Pueblo) on campus for Native heritage month. Caté, the artist of the synidicated cartoon strip titled Without Reservations, gave a talk about his artwork and the power of Indian humor.
April 5th, 2014: AIIFSA, the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity, and the Cal Poly Leadership hosted the first American Indian Education day on campus with the Soldier Creek Drum group opening the day’s events. The day featured discussions with American Indian alumni, current students in AISA, and guest speakers Olin Jones (Chickasaw), Director of the Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) at the California Department of Justice and Rod Lindsay (Miwok) Executive Director of Local Indians for Education (LIFE). There was an honoring of Linda Billey-Sevedge for all her work over the years in Indian education and we had many middle school and high school students from Tule River and Santa Ynez in attendance. AIIFSA members were instrumental in organizing the event and speaking with prospective students and parents upon their arrival to campus.
March 6th, 2014: AIIFSA, along with the MCC, Ethnic Studies, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusivity, hosted Tall Paul, an Ojibwa Rap Artist who was the featured rapper for the ES 310 Winter Hip-Hop Symposium. Tall Paul rapped in Ojibwe and English with his lyrics narrating many current issues Native communities face today.
November 21st, 2013: In combination with the MCC and the American Indian Student Association (AISA), AIIFSA hosted an American Indian film night and showcased "The Thick Dark Fog," a film on Indian boarding schools in the U.S. and their effects. Dr. Jenell Navarro and two students from the AISA facilitated a discussion after the film.
February 6th, 2013: AIIFSA, along with the Department of Sociology, hosted Lawrence Baca (Pawnee). Baca is a former civil rights attorney and ex-officio member of the Federal Bar Association. He held meetings with President Armstrong, the joint FSAs, and students to discuss ways to provide a more nourishing educational environment for American Indian students, staff, and faculty at Cal Poly. Additionally, Baca gave a guest lecture on the nineteenth century Marshall Trilogy Laws and how those laws continue to impact American Indian communities today.