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about this book Welcome to The Native American Pages! This is your go-to guide to the academic, social and campus resources UC Davis has to offer for the Native American community. The various student organizations, events and programs will help you in achieving a successful and memorable college experience! The writers of this guide would like to recognize that UC Davis was built on Indigenous Patwin land. The university has recognized the Patwin people by including an arboretum garden in their honor, but we would like you, as a student, to be aware of the history of this land. Like all land in the Americas, this area once belonged and was home to Indigenous peoples. We ask that you remember the importance of where you are and who has come before you and that you respect and honor this always. Thank you.

TAB LE O F C O N T E N TS 2 Welcome Letters 4 Student Life Student Profiles

Student Organizations

10 Campus Resources Native American Academic Student Success Center

Support Services Native American Retention Initiative Campus Safety

16 Things to Do On Campus

Off Campus

18 Native American Studies Faculty Staff

21 Thank You



Director, Strategic Native American Retention Initiative and Native American Academic Student Success Center Pomo Pinoleville Greetings. First and foremost, I would like to honor and acknowledge the Patwin people whose traditional lands UC Davis resides on. I would also like to honor the spirit of the Tecumseh Center, which served as the meeting place for the Native American community for many years and held a place for our art, our dialogue and our vision to create a new space for the next generation and those who will follow. As director of the Strategic Native American Retention Initiative and new Native American Academic Student Success Center, it gives me great pleasure to welcome new, prospective and continuing Native American students to UC Davis. The initiative is a multifaceted academic success program focused on increasing the retention, persistence, matriculation and graduation rates of Native American students, in a culturally appropriate way. Our theme is “building connection and strengthening community,” and programming is focused on academic success and resiliency.


This resource guide’s purpose is to engage and empower you—and all of our community—to navigate resources available for our native students on campus. Through this guide, you will be introduced to resources, facilities and programming that we hope will affirm your identity as a Native American scholar and enhance your academic success. An example of this is our student organizations, such as the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Union, and the student-initiated programs, such as American Indian Recruitment and Retention Center and Culture Days and Powwow Committee. Our community includes students, staff, faculty and alumni from a wide variety of tribal backgrounds, experiences and academic interests, along with the Native American Studies department and allies from various departments and centers throughout the campus. I hope the Native American Academic Student Success Center will become your home away from home and connect you to the various resources on campus. As the director of the initiative and the center, my role is to support and empower you throughout your higher educational journey and beyond. Thank you.



Native American Studies Ph.D. Student Paiute and Shoshone How uu! (hello) I am an enrolled member of the Susanville Indian Rancheria, and I am a graduate student in the Native American Studies Ph.D. Program. As a California Native woman, I strive to stay connected to my community and my family. I work to be accountable and responsive to the needs of our people. Within Native American communities, it is hard to return home because there is a lack of opportunities for young, educated adults. Today, more than ever, we must give back to our communities to assist in positive community development. Through commitment to our communities and education, we can complete and apply our degrees successfully. You must remember that in becoming a student at UC Davis, you become a leader and role model in your community. While working on my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate to have found a mentor who assisted me in developing as a scholar, community member and as a Native American woman. It is of the utmost importance that we create support networks and find mentors who encourage our success and

confidence. We, as Native people, experience daily occurrences that push us aside and silence our voices. As students, we should work to make our voices heard. It is crucial to our academic success that we make the most out of our educational experience. This can be through community involvement, creating culturally relevant activities, identity development and commitment to academics. Today, we must be educated and accountable to our communities; our people and our communities depend on our educational success. We need young leaders to write our histories, document our languages, practice traditional medicines and reclaim our lands. These aspects of cultural continuance are important to our sovereignty. At UC Davis, you are taking steps to exercise your individual sovereignty. I welcome you to our community of Native American leaders, scholars and community members here at UC Davis. Please remember the importance of each other and your community throughout your education. De Kwiitzo’ina Pesha shotu’ina (Bless our well-being)


student life

At UC Davis, students are involved in a variety of activities. Getting involved in athletic, academic, social and community service organizations is a great way to balance academics with your personal interests. By becoming involved, you can explore your passions, connect with like-minded peers and enhance your overall university experience.

FAL L QUARTE R Native Orientation This event facilitates a successful transition into university life for new students who identify as Native American, Indigenous, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian. We welcome you to the university through a series of cultural workshops and sessions where you can meet current students, faculty and staff. You can pick up useful information, learn about resources here on campus and connect with a familiar face to relate to when you return to campus in the fall.

Native Fall Welcome This event welcomes all Native students and Native American Studies majors to campus. It is an opportunity to connect with UC Davis students, faculty and staff who are ready to contribute to your university experience.

Indigenous Day of Resistance


On what is usually known as Columbus Day, the Indigenous Day of Resistance is now held to acknowledge over 500 years of Native and Indigenous peoples’ resistance to oppression throughout the Americas. On this day, students and faculty of the Student Recruitment and

Retention Center (SRRC) and the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) hold a day of collective educational action in the Student Community Center (SCC).

Community Feast American Indian Recruitment and Retention (AIRR) hosts this annual event to acknowledge the reality of the history of Thanksgiving and what this holiday represents for Native peoples. This community dinner is a chance for faculty, students and community members to come together to celebrate each other and the resilience of Native American people.

Native Leadership Retreat The Native American Leadership Retreat (NLR) is an annual three-day event hosted by American Indian Recruitment and Retention (AIRR), which features workshops, panel discussions and handson activities that focus on building community and leadership skills, while also addressing the issues affecting the Native American community at UC Davis.

S P R ING Q UA RTER UC Davis Powwow

Native American Culture Days

Hosted by the Cross Cultural Center, the UC Davis Powwow represents the single largest gathering of Native people at UC Davis, attracting more than 1,000 dancers, vendors and spectators for contests and celebration.

During the week of Powwow, the university also holds Native American Culture Days (NACD). At NACD, we:

You can get involved in Powwow by joining UC Davis’ Powwow Planning Committee. The UC Davis Powwow Planning Committee is composed of Native American students, alumni, staff and allies. The committee works collaboratively with the Cross Cultural Center to collectively plan and coordinate the annual UC Davis Powwow that takes place in spring quarter. Committee members work diligently throughout the year to provide Native American youth, families and community members a place to gather, dance, sing and celebrate cultural traditions and practices.

Native Youth Empowerment Conference

Hosted by American Indian Recruitment and Retention (AIRR), this conference offers academic and cultural workshops, as well as a campus tour, to welcome high school and transfer students to UC Davis. Students spend time learning about self-identity, the Native community on campus, and how to be a successful Native student, both in high school and beyond.

• Celebrate the traditions and contributions of Indigenous cultures through Native voices, music, dance, art and culture. • Connect with campus and local Native communities to address social, cultural, historical and political issues facing the Native American/ Indigenous communities. • Educate the campus and the larger community about the diverse cultural elements that comprise and contribute to society. • Promote cross-cultural communication and alliances, offering opportunities for service to the community and leadership development for UC Davis students. • Present speakers, workshops, seminars, art exhibits, performing artists, films, receptions and cultural ceremonies. • Facilitate youth outreach.

Native American Graduation Celebration

This annual, intimate event brings together families, friends and our community to celebrate commencement and the accomplishments of Native students and Native American Studies majors at UC Davis.




As a first-generation college student what advice do you have for incoming students?

Third Year Major: History and Native American Studies Oglala Sioux

Don’t panic. I know that it can be extremely stressful coming in. I worried for a really long time about not having a guide or direction on where to go, but I learned that the people here want you to succeed. If you are ever in need of any sort of help, there are so many resources at your disposal that can help to alleviate the stresses and worries that you may have coming in as a first-year student. Don’t panic and don’t stress. Know that there are people here who are willing to take time out of their day to help you, and make sure that you succeed.


How have you been involved on campus?

Third Year Major: Animal Science Round Valley Indian Tribe

I work as the peer advising coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). With my job, I help students with academic guidance, student advocacy, and social and personal support. It’s really important for students to be involved because Davis is so big. There’s so much always going on that it can be easy to get lost in all the schoolwork and everything you have to do. My first sense of community was with EOP. Being involved with EOP, and in the Special Transitional Enrichment Program program, helped me find my community on campus. It’s important to have that place where you can relax, where you know people—a place where you feel comfortable.


Why is it important to get involved on campus?

Third Year Major: Psychology Hoopa

My freshman year I wasn’t involved at all, and I felt really out of place. I had a terrible freshman year, but during my spring quarter, I volunteered for the Native Youth Empowerment Conference. I realized that I needed to get more involved. Once I put myself out there, I was able to find a home on campus. I got more involved with American Indian Recruitment and Retention, NASU and AISES. I get a lot of support from my co-workers and fellow club members; I feel like I have a family here.


How have you balanced your academics with the social aspects of college?

Fourth Year Major: Electrical Engineering Amah Mutsun Band of Ohlone/ Coastanoan Indians

Realizing that you don’t have to go to every social event is something that really helped me. You don’t have to say yes to everything, and you don’t have to be a part of everything to get the whole college experience. You can miss out on a few things, and you’ll be fine. It can be really difficult to do that, but I do think it is important. On the other hand, it’s important not to spend all your time studying. In college you have a lot of free time that you’re not going to have when you leave. College is cool because you don’t have to work eight hours a day. So make sure you go to social events, but learn the balance. 7

student organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Native American Student Union

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) seeks to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other technology-related disciplines. The UC Davis chapter fosters community among Native students in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. UC Davis AISES members organize and participate in a variety of events both on campus and nationally, including the annual national AISES conference, the Region 2 conference on the West Coast or Hawaii and the annual national leadership conference. Conferences provide excellent opportunities to meet other Native students in the sciences and engineering, learn about a variety of topics and secure internships and permanent jobs.

The Native American Student Union (NASU) is a holistic and academic support group for Indigenous students on campus. As a student-run organization, NASU is dedicated to promoting cultural and political awareness among all communities and increasing recruitment and retention of Native students. Through involvement with the campus and outside community, NASU strives to build an environment that fosters strong student leadership and empowers Native identity. NASU advocates for the sovereignty and self-determination of all Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and the world.


Students Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

Students Advancing Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/ Chicano and Native American scientists. From college students to professionals, SACNAS assists its members with attaining advanced degrees and positions of leadership in science. SACNAS aims to increase the number of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in scientific research, leadership and teaching positions at all levels. A main goal is increasing the governmental commitment to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science, resulting in increased resources, elimination of barriers and greater equity.

S P O RTS UC Davis offers a variety of sports for players at every level. Joining a sports team is a great way to stay active, build relationships with peers and learn leadership skills! Whether you are a Division 1 athlete, want to participate at the intramural level or would rather play at the club level, UC Davis offers a sport for you.

NCAA Sports

Sport Clubs

Intramural Sports

MEN’S SPORTS • Baseball • Basketball • Cross Country • Football • Golf • Soccer • Tennis • Track and Field • Water Polo

• Alpine Ski and Snowboarding • Badminton • Baseball • Bowling • Boxing • Crew (men’s) • Cycling • Equestrian (dressage, eventing, hunter jumper and western) • Field Hockey • Gymnastics • Ice Hockey • Judo • Lacrosse (men’s and women’s) • Racquetball • Roller Hockey • Rowing (women’s) • Rugby (men’s and women’s) • Soccer (men’s and women’s) • Softball • Table Tennis • Taekwondo • Tennis • Triathlon • Ultimate Frisbee (men’s and women’s) • Volleyball (men’s and women’s) • Water Polo (men’s and women’s) • Waterski and Wakeboard

• 5k and 10k Run for Recreation • Badminton • Basketball • Bowling • Dodgeball Palooza • Flag Football • Floor Hockey • Golf • Grass Volleyball • Indoor Soccer • Innertube Water Polo • Poker Palooza • Racquetball • Soccer • Softball • Table Tennis • Team Handball • Tennis • Ultimate Frisbee • Volleyball • Wiffleball Palooza

WOMEN’S SPORTS • Basketball • Cross Country • Field Hockey • Golf • Gymnastics • Lacrosse • Soccer • Softball • Swimming and Diving • Tennis • Track and Field • Volleyball • Water Polo

T I G E R GA R C I A Second Year Major: Managerial Economics Navajo Being a part of the UC Davis football team, I learned a lot in terms of how much it takes to be a collegiate athlete and balance that with going to the sixth best public university in the country. It’s a huge commitment. You sacrifice a lot. The most important thing I’ve learned is how much it takes to improve at something. It takes a lot of commitment and a lot of sacrifice to be good.


campus resources

UC Davis offers a dynamic set of resources that cater to your personal interests and needs. These resources can help you find employment, explore your identity, find community, explore academics and cultivate your passions. Visit any of these resources and discover what UC Davis truly has to offer!

Academic Advising Centers

Center for African Diaspora Student Success

Peer advisors and tutors in the Academic Advising Centers provide convenient, personalized academic support for every residence hall student.

The Center for African Diaspora Student Success is an academic retention center that provides programs and services focused on the retention, persistence and graduation of all undergraduate students of the African diaspora at UC Davis.

AB540 and Undocumented Student Center

The AB540 and Undocumented Student Center empowers students to attain their educational goals, overcome legal and financial obstacles and achieve their long-term dreams.

Immigration Law Clinic Students at the Immigration Law Clinic interview clients and witnesses, conduct factual investigations and represent immigrants at immigration court hearings.

Campus Recreation and Unions

From aquatics to sport clubs, Campus Recreation and Unions offers a variety of programs, services and facilities to help you enjoy recreation and maintain a balanced lifestyle. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) offers both informal and formal recreation opportunities, making it easy for you to keep fit, relax, have fun and meet your fitness goals. Access to the ARC is free to registered students. Programming within the ARC includes group exercise, dance classes, martial arts classes, personal training, rock climbing and intramural sports. 10

Through data-driven decision-making and collective and individual student engagement, we seek to understand and improve policies and practices that lead to academic excellence. As a team, we systemize institutional collaborations and academic partnerships to create a synergistic approach tailored toward African diaspora student success.

Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success Located in the University House Annex, the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Academic Student Success is dedicated to welcoming, supporting, retaining and informing students as they navigate the university. It is a space for students to find community and a familia. The center contributes to the university’s commitment to campus diversity and inclusion. At its core, the center acts as an academic support space for students to thrive as scholars and unique individuals.

Cross Cultural Center

Born out of student activism and political struggle, the Cross Cultural Center (CCC) offers a culturally relevant community space where student voices can be expressed and respected. The CCC cultivates critical consciousness and cultural competency by providing learning opportunities at the crossroads of the many aspects of our identities and experiences.

Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program provides a caring and supportive environment for students as they transition to a large university.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Learn about your financial aid award and explore scholarships and various types of financial aid.

Internship and Career Center

The Internship and Career Center (ICC) offers valuable services to students throughout their academic journey, from incoming freshmen to graduating seniors. ICC services can help students with career decisions, resume writing, interviewing and finding an internship or job.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual Resource Center helps to create a safe, inclusive space for the community at UC Davis. The center is committed to challenging sexism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia and heterosexism.

myUCDavis MyUCDavis is an internet portal where students can access information and resources ranging from academics, such as student advising, scheduling classes and finding support, to employee services, finances and even student life.

Office of the University Registrar

The registrar provides student identification cards, controls the course registration system, verifies student enrollment and provides student transcripts.

Native American Academic Student Success Center

The Native American Academic Student Success Center (NAASSC) is open at the University House on campus. The center is dedicated to the retention, matriculation and graduation of Native students and to helping them achieve success at UC Davis. The center provides a space for students to explore identity and have a community on campus. The center exists to promote academic resiliency for you, as a Native student, to foster transitioning to higher education and beyond, and to create a sense of belonging for all Native American students.

Study Spaces NAASSC offers many spaces where students can study both individually or in groups, hold club meetings and receive tutoring. The center can also provide you with access to computers, printers and a space to come drink tea or coffee when you need a study break.

Community Advising Network (CAN) NAASSC also provides drop-in and by-appointment counseling with our CAN counselor, Tracy Thomas. CAN counselors can help you if you are feeling stressed, undergoing difficult pressures or just need someone to talk to.

Tracy Thomas, LMFT

Community Counselor, Student Health and Counseling Services | 530-752-2673 11

Native American Living-Learning Community

Students from all cultures who are interested in exploring Native American cultures in a cross-cultural setting are encouraged to join this living-learning community. The Native American Living-Learning Community offers a wide range of cultural, social and educational workshops, classes and programs designed to help students learn about Native cultures and Indigenous issues. Traditional talking circles, for example, foster thoughtful learning, connection and social understanding of the Native community. The community is connected to the First-Year Aggie Connection program.


Online Advising Student Information System

Retention Initiatives

The Online Advising Student Information System (OASIS) is a central location for students to learn about important deadlines, submit and track forms and petitions and fill out degree worksheets to help plan their coursework. OASIS is also a place where you can schedule advising appointments with your major adviser and monitor your academic progress.

The goal of the campus initiatives is to accurately account for underrepresentation among certain student populations at UC Davis. The initiatives utilize enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students in these communities to develop strategic practices for retaining underrepresented students.

Student Academic Success Center

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) helps students thrive by providing academic, personal, social and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach, SASC offers services that empower students to take responsibility for their learning and offers trained student tutors and drop-in tutoring sessions.

The McNair Scholars Program

The UC Davis McNair Scholars Program is a two-year program funded by TRiO and the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to encourage students from groups often underrepresented in graduate programs to pursue doctoral degrees.

Transfer Reentry Veterans Center

Consider the Transfer Reentry Veterans Center as a home away from home. The center accommodates all transfers, veterans, dependents of veterans and reentry students. Here, students can learn how to adjust to UC Davis life and explore resources available for academic excellence.

TRiO Scholars Program The TRiO Scholars Program promotes the academic, social, personal and professional success of our students by building a strong sense of community and drawing on UC Davis resources.

Strategic Native American Retention Initiative The Native American Retention Initiative prioritizes the needs of Native American students at UC Davis by supporting their academic success and resilience in a culturally appropriate and holistic way. The initiative focuses on developing programs and facilities that make UC Davis a home away from home, recognize the values of Native American students and celebrate and honor their accomplishments.


Student Disability Center

The Student Disability Center coordinates specialized academic support services and promotes integrated participation in campus life for students with disabilities.

Student Health and Counseling Services

Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS) provides a wide variety of medical, mental health and wellness services, regardless of insurance coverage. Services are provided at two primary locations: the Student Health and Wellness Center and North Hall.

Community Advising Network The Community Advising Network (CAN) assists all students, especially those from marginalized communities, to achieve their goals and address factors that affect their academic success. CAN services are also offered in the Student Community Center and in the Native American Academic Student Success Center.

Student Recruitment and Retention Center

The Student Recruitment and Retention Center (SRRC) offers student-run and student-initiated programs that foster holistic academic and personal development while raising political and cultural awareness. The SRRC Study Lounge provides tutoring and test materials and is a great place to get your homework done.

American Indian Recruitment and Retention


530-754-6836 American Indian Recruitment and Retention (AIRR) was created by the Native American Student Union to address the needs of the UC Davis American Indian population. AIRR is dedicated to reversing low recruitment, retention and graduation rates by utilizing a holistic approach to student development. Programs include cultural identity workshops, support groups, community dialogue circles, retreats and leadership development. AIRR offers paid student positions in urban and reservation recruitment and retention initiatives.

Collective Collective provides both academic and social support to empower transfer, reentry, parent and all non-traditional students to succeed in higher education. Collective offers all students a safe and welcoming environment to further their educational pursuits. Furthermore, through campus visits, Collective introduces disadvantaged students to the opportunities and possibilities higher education provides.

SUP P ORT S E RV I C E S These support services provide alternative, money-saving ways to acquire textbooks, computers and groceries to fuel your academic success. • Aggie Food Connection: • Cal Fresh:

Study Abroad

• Computer Loan: computers.html

UC Davis offers a wide variety of study abroad options. Students in any major can participate for a summer, a quarter or an entire year. Studying, exploring and engaging with other cultures before graduation is an incredible learning experience that will broaden your perspective of the world.

• Fruit & Veggie Up!:

UC LEADS at UC Davis

UC Leadership Excellence Through Advanced DegreeS (LEADS) is a two-year program designed to identify educationally or economically disadvantaged undergraduates in science, mathematics or engineering who show promise of succeeding in doctoral degree programs. The program provides students with educational experiences that prepare them to assume positions of leadership in industry, government, public service and academia. Additional benefits include: research experience, research stipends, GRE preparation, seminars and advising, and travel to professional meetings.

• The Pantry: • We Are Aggie Pride:

CAMP US SA F E T Y With a campus as large as UC Davis, these campus safety resources ensure a protected and secure environment for all students and faculty. • Aggie Guardian: • Center for Advocacy Resource and Education: • Fire Department: • Police Department: • Safe Party:

Undergraduate Research Center

• Safe Rides: safe_rides.html

The Undergraduate Research Center facilitates research opportunities for UC Davis undergraduates in every major and at all class levels.

• Tipsy Taxi:

Women’s Resources and Research Center

The Women’s Resources and Research Center is a great place to learn about gender equity, meet friends and get involved with on-campus programs and student groups. Sexism affects everyone and students can take part in making UC Davis safer and more inclusive for everyone. 15

things to do

The campus offers a wide range of public attractions. Everyone is welcome to explore the UC Davis Arboretum, view performances at the Mondavi Center and visit museums.


Celebrate Picnic Day

Attend an Event at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center

Picnic Day celebrates student diversity and a healthy campus climate with over 200 exhibits and marquee events, such as the Doxie Derby and the Chemistry Magic Show.

The Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts hosts musical concerts, dance performances, plays and lectures, many featuring worldrenowned artists.

Explore the Arborteum

The UC Davis Arboretum has over 100 acres of beautiful gardens for active recreation or peaceful contemplation. There are documented plant collections, exhibits and demonstration plantings where visitors can learn about sustainable gardening for the Central Valley.

Check out the Experimental College

The Experimental College formed as part of a movement on university campuses to bring alternative voices to the university culture. Today, the Experimental College provides an outlet for individuals to share their interests and learn skills in an informal setting by offering courses in dance, martial arts, yoga and movement, holistic health, music, language and more.

Check out Sporting Events

Visit the Native American Contemplative Garden

The Native American Contemplative Garden honors the land’s original inhabitants and educates visitors about its history. Free and open to the public seven days a week, the garden sits on the north bank of the historic Putah Creek channel in the UC Davis Arboretum. The garden features naturally shaped basalt columns representing the Patwin people, their strength and resilience, as well as trees and other plants used by the Patwin people.

Go Rock Climbing at the ARC!


UC Davis is home to the Aggie Pack, the largest student spirit organization in the nation. You can find the Aggie Pack cheering at any of our home games. We are proud to be home to 22 NCAA Division I sports. The Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) is the campus gym. It holds highquality workout equipment, such as an indoor rock-climbing wall, track and basketball/volleyball courts. The ARC also offers group exercise classes such as yoga, Zumba and kickboxing.

O F F CA M PU S Dining

C.N. Gorman Museum The C.N. Gorman Museum is a portal for Indigenous and non-Indigenous visionaries. Exhibiting artists challenge critical issues of borders, stereotypes and identity by speaking eloquently through their artistic medium of choice. Founded in 1973 by the Department of Native American Studies, the C.N. Gorman Museum is named in honor of retired faculty member Carl Nelson Gorman, Navajo artist, World War II code-talker, cultural historian and advocate for Native peoples. It is in his honor that we encourage an understanding of Indigenous protocol, territories and knowledge.

Ve ro nic a Pas s alacqu a Curator, C.N. Gorman Museum | 530-754-9497 Veronica Passalacqua manages the C.N. Gorman Museum and organizes programming and activities, including student positions, internships and research. She has curated exhibitions featuring contemporary artwork by Native American and Indigenous artists nationally and internationally. Her research focus is museum studies and contemporary Native American art, with a specialty in Native American photography.

3rd and U Café, 223 Third Street Blaze Pizza (vegan options), 212 F Street Burgers & Brew, 403 Third Street Cream, 110 F Street Davis Sushi Buffet, 707 Second Street El Burrito, 223 F Street Moshi Moshi Sushi Bar and Restaurant, 2120 Cowell Blvd. #143 Nami Sushi, 2880 Fifth Street #105 Open Rice Kitchen, 204 G Street Pho King 4, 226 Third Street Piñata Mexican Grill, 305 First Street Sam’s Restaurant Mediterranean Cuisine, 301 B Street Sophia’s Thai Kitchen, 129 E Street

Shopping Arden Fair Mall, 1689 Arden Way (Sacramento) Costco, 2299 Bronze Star Dr., Woodland Davis Food Co-Op, 620 G Street E Street Plaza, 207 F Street Target, 4601 Second Street University Mall, 855 Russell Blvd. Yolo County SPCA Thrift Store, 920 Third Street

Visit Putah Creek Riparian Reserve (15 minutes) Lake Berryesa (approx. 30 minutes) Land’s End, San Francisco (approx. 1.5 hours) Lake Tahoe (approx. 2.5 hours)


department of native american studies Indigenous Research Center of the Americas

Native American Studies

The Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) is a department-affiliated institute that promotes scholarship and engagement with Indigenous struggles for sovereignty, autonomy and self-determination across the hemisphere. Since its founding in 1991, IRCA has served as a forum for debate, opinion, information and reflection on the situation of Indigenous peoples/Native Americans and their struggle for achieving higher levels of autonomy and securing a future of sovereignty and self-determination by:

Students majoring in Native American Studies (NAS) embark on courses that introduce and approach the study of Indigenous cultures of the Americas through different forms of art, literature, religion, history and identities. The Native American Studies minor provides an overview of Native American experiences in the Americas through six of the NAS major courses. The faculty and staff are dedicated to educating students with a curriculum that incorporates all aspects of the Native American culture.

• Serving as a nexus (whether virtual or physical) where communities, non-governmental organizations, social movements and tribal governments can connect with scholars and find support for social transformation. • Harnessing technology and new social media to foster community-driven research and reciprocal processes of experiential learning and engaged pedagogy. • Repatriating and disseminating research to Indigenous communities, scholars and leaders. • Enriching the hemispheric focus of the department (via visiting scholars, student scholarships, field schools, colloquia, etc.).


Native American Language Center

The Native American Language Center was established to encourage linguistic research on American Indian languages, to foster the intergenerational transfer of language knowledge in Native American communities and to develop a sustained and productive relationship between American Indian linguistic scholarship and the needs and aspirations of Native American people. The center encourages scholars and students, both Native and non-Native, in the task of language preservation and revitalization, while also providing the resources and support for the training of a new and engaged generation of linguists. To schedule an appointment to visit the center, please contact Justin Spence at

Major Requirements

Minor Requirements

The Native American Studies (NAS) major offers a comparative, interdisciplinary and hemispheric approach to the study of Indigenous cultures of the Americas. The major integrates faculty specialization in a variety of disciplines, including art, literature, religion, linguistics, history, anthropology, political science, ethnomusicology, performance and dance studies, and women and gender studies. The common thread of these diverse approaches, however, is the recognition of the hemispheric unity of the Indigenous people of the Americas.

The Native American Studies minor provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the Native experience in the Americas through coursework in history, literature, art, performance, languages, values, philosophy, religion, current events, political economy and environment.

Preparatory Subject Matter (16–24 units) NAS 1, 10, 12

8 units

NAS 5, 12, 32, 33, 34

4–8 units

AAS 12, 52; ANT 2, 20, 24; ASA 1, 2, 4; CHI 10, 21, 23; COM 25; CRD 2; ESP 10; HIS 7A, 7B, 7C, 17A; LIN 1; RST 90 or TCS 2

4–8 units

Depth Subject Matter (24 units) NAS 130A, 130B or 130C; 157; and 180 or 135

12 units

NAS 101, 107, 108, 115, 119, 122, 125, 130A, 130B, 130C, 133A, 133B, 135, 146, 161, 162, 180, 181A, 181B, 181C, 185, 188, 191

12 units

Plan I (20 units)

Plan II (20 units)

Plan III (20 units)

North America Emphasis

Mexico–Central America Emphasis

South American Emphasis NAS 107, 110A, 110B, 110C, 110D, 120

8 units

AAS 107A, 155A, 163, 180; ANT 103, 144, 175; HIS 162, 165; POL 143A; SOC 104; SPA 170, 170S, 171S

8 units

HIS 163B, 164, 167; POL 143A

4 units

4 units

NAS 107, 133 or 133B

8 units

NAS 101, 115, 119, 122, 125, 130A, 130B, 130C, 135, 146, 161, 162, 181A, 181B, 181C, 185, 188, 191

8 units

8 units

AMS 100; ANT 103, 136, 172, 173, 175, 176; AAS 100, 107B, 145B, 152, 153, 163, 172, 176, 181; ASA 102, 112, 115, 121; CHI 100, 110; SOC 128; WMS 102, 160, 162, 170, 178F, 180, 182

4 units

AMS 100; HIS 110A, 160, 165, 166A, 166B; AAS 107A, 180; ANT 144; CHI 111, 112, 125S, 130, 135S, 147S; NAS 122, 133A, 184 (Study Abroad), 185; POL 143B; SOC 158; SPA 177

4 units

Other NAS course selected with advisor

4 units

AHI 151; NAS 181B, 181C or if student’s work is specifically focused on Meso-American language or topic, pick from NAS 199 or 191

Five upper-division courses in NAS...........................20 units Total units for NAS minor

Note: If a course is counted for Plan I, II, III (below), it cannot be counted for the depth subject matter as well.

NAS 107 or 108

One lower-division course in NAS................................4 units

24 units


FACU LT Y BEVAN BAAS Navajo (Diné) Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

JESSICA BISSETT PEREA Dena’ina Assistant Professor, Native American Studies Affiliated Faculty, Cultural Studies Graduate Group and Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research 530-752-3237

STEVE CRUM Western Shoshone Professor, Native American Studies 530-752-6488


Associate Professor, Native American Studies Faculty Undergraduate Advisor; Director, Indigenous Research Center of the Americas 530-752-0357



Professor and Department Chair, Native American Studies 530-754-9283


CHRIS LAMARR, J.D. Pit River, Paiute, Susanville Indian Rancheria Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions Native American Outreach 530-574-0454

Associate Professor and Faculty Graduate Advisor Native American Studies

THOMAS D. LOZANO 530-754-4802

Advisor, Biological Sciences


Assistant Professor, Native American Studies Director, Native American Language Center

Estom Yumeka Maidu, Enterprise Rancheria 530-752-0410


Graduate and Undergraduate Program Coordinator Native American Studies


Taskigi/Diné Professor, Native American Studies 530-752-0568

JACQUELYN ROSS Pomo, Coast Miwok Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

STAFF 530-752-5148



San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona Student Affairs Officer, Native American Studies 530-752-6656

Winnemem Wintu Puyallup Chinook Physician, Student Health and Counseling Services 530-752-2300

Nez Perce; Colville Reservation, Washington and Tejana

RENA D. HORSE Pit River, Paiute


Professor, Native American Studies Affiliated Faculty, Comparative Literature, Study of Religion and Performance Studies

Associate Director, Strategic Native American Retention Initiative

Pomo Pinoleville 530-752-4394

20 530-754-6282

Director, Strategic Native American Retention Initiative and Native American Academic Student Success Center 530-754-6288

thank you



Left to right: Esperanz Fuentes Aguilera, Laurence Paulite, Ellen Sanders-Raigosa, Nathalie Schrans, Tara Saghir

Left to right: Alexander Park, Melanie Zelaya, Jie Song, Jessica Lam, Casey Tsen, Jay Gelvezon, Nicole Sullivan

Not pictured: Zareen Nayyar, Rajat Paul Students representing the UC Davis community centers formed the student editorial board. As members of the board, these students provided guidance for content development, design, photos and student profiles. With their contributions, this guide is reflective of the Native American community and student voice.

The Student Affairs Marketing and Communications (SAMC) student designers and photographers collaborated on the graphic design of The Native American Pages and fashioned it into what it is now. With guidance from the student editorial board, the student designers produced a unique design tailored to the needs of the Native American community. The creative team hopes you enjoy the aesthetic experience of the guide and use it as a resource for your life at UC Davis.



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