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UC Riverside Hosting Indian Conference


Health issues, language preservation and improving archaeology practices in California will highlight the 23rd annual California Indian Conference on Friday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 4, at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Graduate Center, university organizers announced.

The conference theme is “Good Medicine and Healthy Nations.”
The event is sponsored by UCR’s California Center for Native Nations, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, UCR’s Center for Ideas and Society and California State University, San Bernardino.

Cliff Trafzer, professor of history and Costo Professor of American Indian Affairs at UC Riversidem said scholars and Native Americans from many parts of North America have met at the California Indian Conference for 23 years to learn about the culture, language, history, literature and lives of California Indians.

Sessions on Oct. 4 – titled “Finding Common Ground” – will provide an opportunity to share concerns about archaeology practices in California with the Archaeological Resources Committee of the State Historic Preservation Office. Committee member Donn Grenda will take comments.

“There are a lot of hard feelings in California about the way developers build with respect to protecting sites that are important to American Indians,” Trafzer said. “These sessions will give American Indian people a chance to talk directly with the commission about their concerns, such as desecration of graves.”

Art shows by Billy Sosa War Soldier, a Luiseño Indian from the Soboba Indian Reservation near San Jacinto; George Blake, a Hula Indian from the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation; and James Luna, a Luiseño performance artist from the La Jolla Indian Reservation will also be part of the conference.

No registration is required. Events are free and open to the public.

The Palm Desert Graduate Center is at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert.

For more information, log on to  or contact Cliff Trafzer at [email protected] or (951) 827-1974.

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