Forty-Five Years of American Indian Studies at CSULB

March 2, 2015


The annual Pow-Wow event on campus is coming up on Saturday, March 14 from 11 AM to 10 PM, and Sunday, March 15 from 11 AM to 6 PM.  

Founded in 1968, the American Indian Studies Program celebrate forty-five years as an independent program at Cal State Long Beach. Located on the ancient village site of Puvungna and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Sacred Site and the birthplace of an Indigenous Religion, CSULB is referred to as “the Beach” in reference to our location on the Pacific Ocean and as “Cal State Puvungna” in acknowledgement of the significance of our location at a sacred site that continues to be used for prayer and ceremony today.

Serving one of the largest Urban American Indian populations in the United States, our urban intertribal American Indian traditions are celebrated during the second weekend of March at the largest and one of the oldest student sponsored event at Cal State Long Beach, the annual CSULB Pow-Wow. Now forty-four years old, over six thousand students, staff, faculty, alumni and community members attend our annual celebration of life that acknowledges the contributions of American Indians at Cal State Long Beach.

The two-day celebration held in the upper campus quad will feature native American Indian music, dance, food, and arts and crafts. Admission and parking are free. Please note that Lots 4, 5, 7 and 8 are reserved for participant parking, so available spots for faculty and staff will be limited.