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CSU Promotes Steps to College at Native American Day

The CSU was among 37 exhibitors participating at California's 43rd Native American Day celebration, held Sept. 23 at the south lawn of the State Capitol.

This marked the first time that the CSU Chancellor's office had joined the event. Participants received college information materials and the list of 15 classes students need to take in middle and high school to be eligible for admission to a CSU campus.

Dancers Native American Day 2010

Dancers at Native American Day cultural demonstration.

Sponsored by the State Tribal Liaisons of California and led by the State Department of Justice, Native American Day honors the contributions of Native Americans, their heritage and culture.

California is home to more than 100 federally recognized tribes and it has the largest Native American population in the United States. 

With a keynote from the Hon. Nick Fonseca, chairman of Shingle Springs Rancheria, the event included speakers from the Pinoleville Band of Pomo Indians, Ione Band of Miwok Indians, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation (Navajo Nation), Chicksaw Nation, Hopi Indian Nation, Tule River Yokut Tribe, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, Yurok Tribe, Pomo Indians and Paiute Indians. 

Chancellor's Office Outreach to Native Americans

Chancellor Charles B. Reed and several CSU campus presidents convened a panel of Native American representatives in Sacramento to hear about their perspectives on the higher education needs of Native Americans. The meeting in March 2006 was followed by a commitment by the Chancellor's Office and several campuses to improve opportunities for Native American students to attain higher education at CSU campuses.

History of Native American Day

Frank Ramirez Native American Day CSU Booth

Frank Ramirez, Native American Honored Elder, stands in front of the CSU Chancellor's Office booth.

The first California “Indian Day” was proclaimed by Gov. Culbert Olson on Oct. 1, 1939.

In 1968, California Tribal Leaders and Gov. Ronald Regan declared the fourth Friday of September to be “California Indian Day,” now known as “Native American Day.” 

On Sept. 21, 1998, Gov. Pete Wilson signed into lawAB 1953 establishing “Native American Day” as an official state holiday. 

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger proclaimed Sept. 24, 2010 as “Native American Day.”  However, because Sept. 24 fell on a furlough day, this year’s celebration was held on Thursday, Sept. 23.


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