September 22, 2009


SUBJECT:    California Native American Day Celebration at UC San Diego

It gives me great pleasure to announce this year’s California Native American Day Celebration at UC San Diego. This is the fourth year UC San Diego is participating in the celebration that promotes events to enhance the relationship between the San Diego tribal communities and the UC San Diego community.

A sample of this year’s celebration includes:

The California Native American Day Kickoff Celebration will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 25 at the International Center. Kristie Orosco, Environmental Director, Rincon Luiseno Band of Indians, and board member of the Native American Environmental Protection Coalition, will speak on “Nurturing the Seed.” Her talk will cover the local native environment, including plants and their traditional uses among the tribal communities of San Diego. A workshop in the Oceanids Pavilion at 1 p.m. will follow the keynote speech.

The Cross-Cultural Center will present the film, “Drumbeat for Mother Earth,” on Oct. 20 at noon, as part of its Social Justice L.E.N.S. series. A discussion will follow the movie.

James Luna, internationally renowned and one of San Diego’s treasures, will present a “performative lecture” entitled, “Phantasmogoria” at 6 p.m. on Oct. 23 in the Comunidad Room, Cross-Cultural Center

Vickie Gambala, who has been involved with the urban Native American community in San Diego County for more than 30 years, will be honored on Nov. 6 in the Student Services Center, Multi-Purpose Room. Gambala is Director of the Indian Education Title V11 program for the San Diego Unified School District and has served on numerous boards and committees in the community.

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In recognition of this annual event, I am approving two hours of administrative leave with pay so that employees may attend a California Native American Day Celebration activity. Supervisors are asked to allow employees two hours of administrative leave with pay to attend one or more of the planned celebratory events, when the absence does not infringe upon the performance of required job duties or patient care.

At this time I would like to thank the members of the California Native American Day Celebration Planning Committee for their time and effort to coordinate these educational and celebratory campus events and activities.

Join me in honoring the heritage, culture, and traditions of our Native American tribes and thank you for supporting California Native American Day at UC San Diego.

Marye Anne Fox