Members of the local Indigenous community participated in a ceremonial prayer on Puvungna Sunday, Feb. 14 to honor the land and each other.
While members of the Indigenous community in Long Beach have taken to social media to protest the proposed construction plans of a parking lot on the 22-acre sacred site, university officials continue to refute the claims.
After a long-awaited decision in their lawsuit against the university, the Native community received confirmation from Long Beach State that it would stop dumping dirt onto the 22-acre plot of land.
After weeks of debate, ASI ruled in favor of lobbying on behalf of the ethnic studies requirement resolution.
The forum was held in response to the Associated Student Inc. Senate voting down resolution #SB 2020-12, a resolution that would support a bill for an ethnic studies general education requirement.
The 360-degree virtual reality film was directed by anthropology professor Scott Wilson in collaboration with American Indian Studies professor Cindi Alvitre. For Wilson, the film was a way to immerse the CSULB community in its history with the sacred land.
Students weigh in on the development of Puvungna, sacred land for indigenous people. This 22-acre parcel is located on CSULB and has been at the center of many disputes between Native American populations and the university.
ASI directors and senators heard comments about the university using Puvungna as a dumping ground, despite its status as a National Registered Historic Place at CSULB.
CSULB in talks to put 500 temporary parking spots on the 22-acre parcel.
Wednesday’s ASI Senate meeting tackled student concerns about parking and a mentioned possible parking lot expansion.