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|CIEDA California Indian Education Center Director's Association California Conference on American Indian Education
|Official California Indian Education (CALIE) Web blog of the CIEDA 32nd Annual Conference on American Indian Education.
Southern California American Indian Resource Center, Inc. (SCAIR) sponsored this professional Web blog and supports Native American education in California — a special CALIE logo was branded for the CALIE multimedia presentation.
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California Education Conference ran:
March 29, 30, 31, 2009
Wyndham Palm Springs Hotels
888 East Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA
DOWNLOAD the CIEDA full-color conference brochure PFD for detailed information about the conference.
SCAIR at the 32nd CIEA Conference
by Roy Cook, Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha: Writer, Singer, Speaker
SCAIR, Southern California American Indian Resource Center Inc. and affiliated programs is an active participant at the California Indian Education Directors Association 32nd annual conference March 29-31, 2009. This, Building Success through Tradition and Education, CIEDA event host city is Palm Springs, California and all are welcomed by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians. Hundreds of interested and curious attendees visited the multi-media and informative SCAIR booths on display.
This must be ‘commod’ day in Palm Springs. From the lobby of the Wyndham hotel ‘skins’ are stacked high and spread wide. This statewide 32nd annual conference on California Indian Education, CIEA, and projects is represented by those regional centers in force. It feels very good to see a pacific ocean of all ages of round brown faces smiling and looking forward to the workshops and speakers listed in the call to convention program.
The CIEA conference program, opening with a written welcome to the Se-khi, boiling water, Palm Springs area by the Chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Richard M. Milanovich. He reflects the support of the theme, Building Success through Tradition and Education. Also, he extends their host city pride of the statewide conference of California Indian Education and American Indian early childhood development programs.
Most of this first day is occupied in setting up the California Indian Education CALIE and APAPAS displays, posters, SCAIR information materials and the multimedia presentation station in the combined AHMIUM Education booth spaces. Early and ongoing attendees circle about and return again and again. The subject matter, Building Success through Tradition and Education, is compelling and representatively identifiable in variations of interpretations by the other 28 California Department of Education CIEA projects throughout the state.
There are over 51 informative workshops and entertaining special events and activities. Hand game tournaments, ‘Oldies’ rock and roll reception room, youth activities center, Elders hospitality room, Indian Canyon youth nature walk, Elders banquet, Educators luncheon and inspiring keynote speakers: Jack O Connell, CA Dept. of Ed, and Dr Willard Gilbert, Hopi and NIEA President.
The Elders banquet in the grand ballroom is packed. California Southland honorees are: Coretha Pasqual. Quechan, Ernest H. Siva, Cahuilla-Serrano, Leroy Elliot, Kumeyaay, Patricia Rodriguez, Ralph Goff, Kumeyaay and Vickie Gambala, Cherokee.
The wisdom of our elders continues to sustain us. Ernest Siva is quoted to have said, “As an elder I see no honor in being the last to know something.” He works to save and revitalize culture. Maybe, best of all, he shows by his life example how one can live in the modern world without forgetting one’s cultural identity. After all, from our cultural identity is formed integrity and character.
DAY THREE — March 31, 2009
Jacque Nunez, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation, sang a prayer song after accepting her top educational award, the CIEDA Distinguished Educator of the Year award.
KEY NOTE SPEAKER State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell addressed the large tribal audience.
Young tribal members took a family picture at the head table during the Educator's Luncheon.
Jacque Nunez, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians Acjachemen Nation, Distinguished Educator of the Year JOURNEYSTOTHEPAST.COM — Thomas C. Phillips, M.S.W. (Kiowa-Apache) is pictured with award recipients.
Joseph Salinas, Kashya Band of Pomo Indians, Distinguished Parent of the Year.
Adrian Bandy, Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation, Distinguished Student of the Year.
Outstanding student awards.
DAY TWO — March 30, 2009
The Grand Ballroom suites at the Wyndham, Palm Springs, California, was packed to near capacity.
Dr. Willard Gilbert, Hopi Tribe from Upper Village of Moencopi, northeast Arizona.
Three young northern California Indian girls posed for a picture holding the baskets they weaved in the basket weaving seminar. The girls said these were the first baskets they ever weaved.
Jacy Romero Ontiveros (Chumash) - CIMCC Board Member, Joely Proudfit, Ph.D. (Luiseño) - CIMCC Secretary/Treasurer, Nicole Lim, J.D. (Pomo) - CIMCC Executive Director, Nicolasa Sandoval, Ph.D. (Chumash).
CALIFORNIA INDIAN MUSEUM AND CULTURAL CENTER - CIMCC
Four young professional Indian women presented facts and information about the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center.
Please visit the official CIMCC Web site to learn more about their museum projects and cultural programs.
The young ladies gave a very professional PowerPoint® presentation.
Dr. Joely De La Torre-Proudfit (Luiseño), addressed the participants and later broke the workshop into several groups for special sessions.
A group of Native American women posed for a photo in the elders room.
A Native American woman showed off her basket start to the photographer.
Grand Ballroom, March 30, 2009, capacity seating.
Please DOWNLOAD the CIEDA full-color conference brochure PFD for detailed information about the award recipients.
Emcee Thomas C. Phillips, M.S.W. (Kiowa-Apache).
Ernest Siva (Cahuilla-Serrano) sang a song while playing a traditional gourd rattle and gave the invocation in his Native language.
Vickie Gambala (Cherokee) was honored with a blanket, shawl, jewelry and framed Honored Elder Certificate. SCAIR senior advisor Randy Edmonds (Kiowa-Caddo) presented the prestigious award.
Leroy Elliott (Kumeyaay, Manzanita) was honored with a blanket and Honored Elder Certificate, Debbie Cuero was the presenter.
Patricia Rodriguez (Luiseño, Rincon) was awarded with a blanket and an Honored Elder Certificate.
Ernest H. Siva (Cahuilla-Serrano) also was honored with a blanket and an Honored Elder Certificate.
Coretha Pasqual (Quechan) also was honored with a blanket and an Honored Elder Certificate.
ELDER NOT PICTURED:
Thomas Drake (Choinumni), Honored Elder Certificate recipient (photos were not posed).
Leroy Elliott (Tribal Chairman, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation) posed for a photo with his brother, Nick Elliott (Kumeyaay, Manzanita) and Martha Rodriguez (Kumiai, San Jose de la Zorra, Baja California, Mexico).
Randy Edmonds (Kiowa-Caddo) posed for a candid with his beautiful wife, Bonnie (Ojibwa).
A group of famous Indians posed for a photograph at the end of the awards ceremony — Randy Edmonds (Kiowa-Caddo), Bonnie (Ojibwa), Roy Cook (Opata-Oodham, Mazopiye Wishasha), Vickie Gambala (Cherokee), Antoinette Aleman (Cherokee), Norma Lopez.
Last picture of Day 2...saw my camera...asked for a snapshot in the lobby....
DAY ONE — March 29, 2009
The Salgado family pitched in and built the CALIE-SCAIR-AHMIUM booth featuring large format picture displays of successful tribal TANF programs.
Ernie Salgado WWW.APAPAS.COM and his daughter, Andrea, discuss a marketing plan and visual presentation around their California educational booth for the special "Homeland Security" posters.
The SCAIR and AHMIUM educational booths begin to take shape featuring the new CALIE Geronimo poster...
Native American Fine Arts & Crafts
Ernie Salgado commissioned a Native American special "Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians" hand painted clay plate for the tribe — the unique tribal design displays eagle feathers on a coiled juncus basket star pattern.
Original Native American Indian pottery art by Mark Wayne Garcia, Pueblo, Santa Domingo, New Mexico.
Ernie also purchased a beautiful hand painted coiled clay pot for his ethnographic art collection in his effort to support working American Indian artists.
FAMILY $HOPPING $PREE — there must be 100 ways to support your working Indigenous artists...
SUMMER RAIN ARTS Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, Debbie and Shirley Lujan WWW.TAOSPUEBLO.COM.
MARTINEZ INDIAN ARTS, Kayenta, Arizona.
WHAKA HEY Native American Arts & Crafts, Sacramento, CA (Lillian and Mildred Jackson).
Apache artist Timoteo Ikoshy Montoya displayed his original Indigenous American art for sale WWW.IKOSHY.COM.
CHEE'S ARTS & CRAFTS, Diné Handmade Indian Jewelry, gold and silver, New Mexico.
Display, Diabetes: Indian Health Council, Inc., Martina J. Portillo, RN, MPH (Community Health Services Director), had several display booths set up and professional staff ready to assist conference participants in the elder's room: Long Term Complications of Diabetes, Death of an Artery, High Blood Sugar, Eyes, Feet, Weight Loss, The Healthy Plate.
Display, Substance Abuse facts and information: Death of a Liver, Death of a Lung, Substance Abuse Identification Kit, Effects of Drug Abuse, Psychological Effects, Social Effects, Hepatitis C Prevention, Medical Hazards of Drug Abuse.
Display, Women's Health information.
Owens Valley Career Development Center information.
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