[PBS] Analysis: How well-meaning land acknowledgements can erase Indigenous people and sanitize history

Many events these days begin with land acknowledgments: earnest statements acknowledging that activities are taking place, or institutions, businesses and even homes are built, on land previously owned by Indigenous peoples. And many organizations now call on employees to incorporate such statements not only at events but in email signatures, videos, syllabuses and so on. Organizations … Read more

[UCLA] Mercedes Dorame: Making Art on Tongva Land

Native American Indigenous artist and UCLA alumna Mercedes Dorame will deliver the keynote address at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture’s 2022 commencement on Saturday, June 11th at 4 p.m. This will be the first commencement ceremony to be held in-person since 2019. Dorame is a member of the Tongva people, and her heritage … Read more

[Daily Bruin] UCLA students, faculty celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in event

By Hedy Wang Posted: October 10, 2017 1:38 am A tribal elder of the FernandeñoTataviam Band of Mission Indians burned sage in the air as the chair of the Los Angeles City and County Indian Commission gave a blessing to all those present at an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration Monday. The event, which was hosted by … Read more

LATimes: L.A. council panel backs plan for a new city holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day

By David Zanniser June 15, 2017, 5:00 AM A key panel of the Los Angeles City Council endorsed a plan Wednesday to take Columbus Day off the city calendar and put in its place a new Indigenous Peoples Day, despite opposition from Italian American civic leaders and some city lawmakers. The council’s Rules, Elections, Intergovernmental … Read more

ABC 7: L.A. council panel backs plan for a new city holiday: Indigenous Peoples Day

By Jory Rand LOS ANGELES (KABC) — A proposal to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples Day is one step closer to reality in the city of Los Angeles. The rules committee voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of the change, but the proposal still needs full council approval. “I feel hopeful and I am … Read more

Message from the Director

Message from the Director Dear AISC friends, We have received notice that the LA City Council will vote on the proposal to establish Indigenous Peoples Day on November 4 (see below). I strongly encourage those with an interest in this matter to attend the meeting. It is important that our voices be heard. We will … Read more