Welcome to the California Indian Conference of 2014
held at CSU San Bernardino

Welcome – Haminat Puyuuhan! (in Serrano), Míyaxwen/Míyaxwe (Cahuilla), Şuláaqaxam! (Luiseño). We acknowledge that the California Indian Conference 2014 is taking place on lands inherited from the ancestors of these Native Nations, and is still walked upon by the Yuhaviatam or the People of the Pines (Serrano). We have designed this conference to recognize that California’s Indigenous People’s continued existence, culturally and socio-politically, is found in survivance, resistance and revitalization represented in the presentations, papers, lectures and workshops over these three days of conferring. California Indian peoples must be the primary voice of our own stories, our struggles, and our successes, so we have a California Indian Chair, balanced by a Native American Academic Chair who teaches at the University. We thank organizers and participants from previous California Indian Conferences, academics and Native leaders alike, and the host institution California State University at San Bernardino. Most importantly, we give thanks to our ancestors for the wisdom they imparted the many generations of Native and non-Indian peoples who live on this earth.

Luke Madrigal (Cahuilla)                               James Fenelon (Dakota/Lakota)
Indian Child and Family Service                   California State University, San Bernardino