Native Histories: California State University, Long Beach

This 10-minute podcast goes over the extensive history of American Indians at Long Beach State.

Beach Weekly: Episode 8

On the first Beach Weekly of 2019, James Chow talks with Daily 49er reporters about construction updates from university administration to the Long Beach community, the CSU wide tuition freeze and the new Student Success Center. The special guests on today's podcast are Hannah Getahun, Austin Brumblay and Paula Kiley. Community updates: 0:36 Tuition freeze: 7:39 Student Success Center: 10:43 https://soundcloud.com/daily49er/beach-weekly-episode-8 Music used: Bensound - The Jazz Piano

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Raising awareness of Native American history

Outside Liberal Arts 5, the Prospector Pete statue will be blindfolded this week as part of Native American Heritage Month. The public visual display dubbed "Blind to History" will be put on by the American Indian Student Council to increase awareness of the Californian Indian Genocide. According to Craig Stone, director and professor of American Indian studies, the name of the demonstration suggests the lack of mention of indigenous peoples in the school. "We want to bring these histories to our consciousness," Stone said. Stone thinks creating awareness outside of the classroom is necessary to educate students. Cal State Long Beach was built atop of an ancient Native American village called Puvungna. The land is considered sacred for the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe, the indigenous people of the Los Angeles area.

Long Beach replaces Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day

The decision to adopt Indigenous Peoples' day in lieu of Columbus day was met with cheer and applause from the crowd at the Long Beach City Council meeting Tuesday night. The newly dubbed holiday will be celebrated Oct. 9 of this year, but won't be officially observed until 2018 in Long Beach. While still federally recognized as Columbus Day — which has been a national holiday since 1937— Indigenous Peoples' day strives to acknowledge and celebrate Native Americans’ history and culture. Cheyenne Phoenix, president of the Native American student association at Long Beach City College, described to the councilmembers and crowd what it was like to grow up as a Native American. “I was ashamed of who I was, my long hair and my name,” Phoenix said. “Students would see me as something other than what they were.” In the meeting, she urged the council to approve the holiday. “I am still here, our people are still here,” Phoenix said. “I urge you to vote unanimously to maintain the right side of history, and please do something that will be better for this community, for the world to see.” According to the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe’s website, much of the city of