California Native American Day

SEPTEMBER 23, 2022 – 3:00 – 4:00 PM (PST) CELEBRATING CALIFORNIA INDIAN DAY California Native American Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Friday of September. This state holiday serves not only to recognize tribal people but also to teach about California tribal cultures, histories, and heritage. UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center is delighted … Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Angela Mooney D’Arcy

This September we are highlighting Native Bruin Angela Mooney D’Arcy (Acjachemem), class of 2004, J.D., Concentration in Federal Indian Law and Critical Race Studies. Angela Mooney D’Arcy is Acjachemem. Her Nation’s ancestral homelands include the area also known as Orange County, California. She has been working with Native Nations, Indigenous people, grassroots and nonprofit organizations, … Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Judith Kwanami Mitchell

This August we are highlighting Native Bruin Judith Kwanami Mitchell (Quechan), class of 2022. Judith Kwanami Mitchell is Quechan from the Fort Yuma Reservation in Winterhaven, California. She recently graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor’s degree in applied mathematics with a specialization in computing. During her time at UCLA, Judy worked for the American Indian … Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Jack M. Tome, Jr.

This July we are highlighting Native Bruin Jack M. Tome, Jr. (Diné), class of 2021. Yá’át’ééh shí éí Jack M. Tome, Jr. yíníshyé’. Táchii’nii nishłį́, Hooghan łáni báshíshchíín, Tó’aheedlíinii dashicheii, Táchii’nii dashinálí. Jack M. Tome, Jr is Diné who was born and raised in Shiprock, New Mexico, where he currently resides. In 2019, Jack received … Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Drew Preston

UCLA Native Bruin

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Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Mattie Kamahana Bassey

Mattie Kamahana Bassey Native Bruin - February 2022

This February we are highlighting Native Bruin Mattie Kamahana Bassey.  Mattie Kamahana Bassey graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in American Indian Studies. She is Kanaka Maoli and Japanese on her mother’s side and Cherokee, German, Irish, and Scottish on her father’s side. During her time at UCLA, … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Jesse Johnson

Happy New Year! This January we are highlighting Native Bruin Jesse Johnson (Kumeyaay) from the San Pasqual Reservation. Jesse Meswiir Johnson is Kumeyaay from the San Pasqual Reservation and currently a fourth-year student at UCLA majoring in human biology and society. During his time at UCLA, he has served as one of the chairpersons for … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Viki Eagle

This November we are highlighting Native Bruin Viki Eagle, a third-year PhD student in the  Department of Anthropology, from the Sicangu Lakota Nation.  Viki Eagle identifies as Sicangu Lakota and half Japanese, from the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute lands known as Denver, CO. Her current sub-fields are in Sociocultural Anthropology and in the American Indian … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa

Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa

This October we are highlighting Native Bruin Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa, from the Yerington Paiute and Washoe Nation. , M.A. in American Indian Studies, UCLA – 2012. Caitlin “Katie” Keliiaa is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is an interdisciplinary historian specializing in 20th-century Native experiences in the West. Her scholarship … Read more