American Indian Studies

We are Hiring in American Indian Studies

To assist in the implementation of the new Ethnic Studies Requirement in the CSU, the American Indian Studies Program at California State University at Long Beach (Puvungna) is conducting two tenure-track searches, one for an assistant professor and one for an associate professor in American Indian Studies.  Please see the links below for more details.

Link to  Associate Professor Position

Link to Assistant Professor Position




American Indian Studies Program
On Campus Offices Closed Until Further Notice
Due to the recent notice from the University President’s Office,

the American Indian Studies Program Offices will be closed until further notice.

Latest Updates on our Response to COVID-19

Operations will continue remotely.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us via email.

Craig Stone, Program Director –

Art Neri, ASC –

Theresa Gregor, Assistant Professor –

Cindi Alvitre –

Daniele Bolelli –

Heidi Lucero –

Harrelson Notah –

Judge Deborah Sanchez –

Any Inquiries that require immediate assistance, please visit
The College of Liberal Arts Offices (CLA Building) or call 562.985.5381




I Appreciate and Respect You

To reaffirm our appreciation and respect for all languages spoken at CSULB, we created a “Linguistic Landscaping project,” that uses language in virtual and real public space on campus. This is the first project of, The Puvungna Arts Empathy Production Project. An ongoing project that focuses on ways to foster “empathy production” that grew out of the recommendations of the Report on the Advancement of Ethnic Studies in the CSU.

kaqʰinalin k’e ksukuwin

Translation: I appreciate and respect you in the Šmuwič Chumash Language

Translated by AIS faculty member, Judge Deborah Sanchez, this is one of  first of many videos translating the phrase,  I appreciate and respect you, into the languages that are spoken by members of the CSULB community. Signs are placed on campus with a QR code that one is able to scan with your phone linking you to videos like the one above where you can hear or see the phrase pronounced/signed in each language

The goal of the project is to encourage learning more about our own diversity on campus and to stimulate empathy for others in the process.  We also appreciate and acknowledge that California has been the most culturally and linguistically diverse area of North America for thousands of years.  To learn more about how you can participate in this project click the link below.

Link to Other Languages At CSULB




CSULB Press Releases Regarding 49-er Mascot Removal

CSULB Annual Pow Wow —  Postponed until Further Notice

The CSULB Pow Wow usually scheduled for March has been postponed until Further notice.  

Come join us for the 50th Annual CSULB Pow Wow at Puvungna.  The largest and oldest student sponsored event on campus, our celebration of life is attended by the CSULB American Indian community, alumni, staff, students, faculty, the general public, dancers, singers and venders who make up the over six-thousand people who attend our annual celebration of Native American Culture at “the Beach.”  Held at the upper campus quad, the event is free however parking is $10 per day.  To learn more about the 50th Annual Pow Wow click on this link  and the links in the column to the right to see past Pow Wows at the Beach.


Link to learn more about AIS activities and events