Tolowa Indians' Leader Keynotes CSU Alumni Day in Sacramento
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(March 19, 2004) – CSU alum Loren Bommelyn, nationally recognized as a Tolowa Indians’ spiritual and political leader, will give the keynote address at the annual California State University Legislative Day luncheon on Monday, March 22, at the Sheraton Grand Hotel in Sacramento.
Bommelyn, a 1980 graduate of Humboldt State University, is a credentialed teacher of Tolowa language and culture and serves on the Tribal Council of the Smith River Rancheria.
In 2002, Bommelyn received the National Tradition Bearer Award from President George W. Bush, the highest honor of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Council on Traditional Arts in Washington, D.C.
He is a recognized storyteller, basket maker, dancer and co-author of the book, Now You're Speaking Tolowa, a Tolowa language pocketbook of phrases, word lists and situational expressions.
The CSU Alumni Legislative Day, held every spring in Sacramento, is the CSU’s advocacy day. Alumni, friends of the university, the 23 campus presidents, Chancellor Charles B. Reed, and members of the Board of Trustees visit lawmakers to discuss the vital role the CSU plays in California’s economic prosperity.
Chancellor Reed will give his “State of the CSU” address at 10:30 a.m.
During the luncheon, the CSU also will honor Assembly Members Rudy Bermudez
(D-Norwalk), and Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto). The two legislators will
be recognized for their work as members of the budget committee during
the 2003 legislative session. Both were instrumental in furthering CSU
goals as the state leader in high-quality, accessible, student-focused
Last Updated: March 19, 2004