Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? — Orange County Register

Acjachemen tribal members said they hope to end delays that have dragged out for 4 years efforts to build a small simulated Native American village in a San Juan Capistrano park.

via Will a tribal village rise on San Juan Capistrano land? — Orange County Register


Prospector Pete opens dialogue about racism

The Daily 49er, the student newspaper of Cal State Long Beach, publishes an editorial on the forgotten history of the schools mascot, Prospector Pete.

The paper writes, Here on campus, a symbol of California’s horridly racist past dances around in costume. To many people of color, the Prospector Pete mascot and the ominous miner statue on the upper campus, combined with the “49er” school spirit iconography — emblazoned on everything from coffee mugs to our beloved sports teams — represent a violent history. During the Gold Rush, Anglo forty-niners wiped out 80 percent of the American Indian population. 

Read the editorial Here and give us your opinion.

Puvungna – the new novella by Daniel R Stiel is released

Puvungna - The story of a lost Indian Village

Puvungna - The story of a lost Indian Village

“Puvungna,” the new novella by Daniel Ross Stiel, was released today.  Available at selected booksellers, including Amazon.com, the fiction story is about two young boys who travel back in time and discover an Indian village along the shores of a Southern California beach.

To order a copy, visit Amazon.com.

“Whispers,” a film about the Tongva, Chumash and Juaneno

Bringing The Circle Together presents a screening of ‘Whispers.’  The film presents a documentary on three Native American cultures of Southern California: Tongva, Chumash, and Juaneno. 


·         Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009 at 7pm

·         Where: Democracy Forum, 111 North Central Ave, downtown Los Angeles (across from the Japanese American National Museum)

·         Time: Doors open at 6:30pm.


Chumash filmmaker George Angelo, Jr. interviews and documents three Indigenous cultures of Southern California: the Chumash, Tongva/Gabrieleno, and Juaneno. This extraordinary documentary presents their history and living traditions, with a special focus on rock art, the tomol, and dolphin dancers. Guests include filmmaker George Angelo, Jr.


For more information go to www.myspace.com/nafilmseries

Sponsored by The Japanese American National Museum, Hecho de Mano, InterTribal Entertainment, and Nahui Ohlin


Puvungna to be sold via Amazon.com

The newly published novella by Daniel Ross Stiel, Puvungna, featuring beautiful cover art by John Salazar, is now in print-production and will be available through popular on-line booksellers beginning March 1st!


“Puvungna” will be available for purchase on www.Amazon.com, www.Abebooks.com, www.BookSurge.com and www.Alibris.com beginning March 1, 2009.


For wholesale book sellers, “Puvungna” will also be available on www.BooksinPrint.com and www.GlobalBooksinPrint.com beginning March 15, 2009.

Is David Belardes OC’s Most Controversial Native American Leader?

In the current issue of OC Weekly, David Belardes shares his story, especially concerning his relationship and discussion about Mission San Juan Capistrano.  Read it Here.