The Joseph A. Myers Center is housed at UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). The Center's mission is to provide the people of Indian country with pragmatic research products that can be employed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans throughout the US. Read more here.
native american museum studies institute: june 21-24, at uc berkeley
The Myers Center is now accepting applications from tribal museum professionals for its annual Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI). Sponsored in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, NAMSI helps to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. This year, NAMSI will be held from June 21-24 at UC Berkeley. Read more about the Institute's goals and workshops, and download an application here.
Nahuatl Culture and Language Course on Noticias Univisión 14
In September, UC Berkeley student group Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl and the community based groups Panquetzaliztli and Nahui-Ehecatl, in collaboration with the Myers Center, invited students and community members to participate in the Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Cultures and Languages. This 6-week program consists of intensive Nahuatl language classes and cultural exchanges taught by instructors Catalina Cruz de la Cruz and Ofelia Cruz Morales and organized by Juan Francisco Esteva Martínez, Director of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program at UC Berkeley. We are happy to share that the Program was recently featured on Noticias Univisión 14. Please find the video here.
Myers Center Graduate Fellow Olivia Chilcote reflects on the Canonization of Junipero Serra
"In the 1980s, much like now, there was an outcry from Native Californians over the prospect of canonization. How could Junípero Serra, the man who established the Spanish Mission system in California, be a saint? Is he not representative of the death, disease, and cultural devastation of Spanish colonization?
"Scholars, historians, activists, community leaders — both Native and non-Native — actively resisted Serra’s canonization through a variety of means. The 1987 bookThe Missions of California: A Legacy of Genocide, edited by Rupert and Jeanette Costo, was written in an effort to bring attention to the Native perspective and to foreground the brutal realities of the missions that had been glossed over for so many years. The strategic timing of the book highlighted that Native Californians and other anti-canonization believers could rally together and work towards halting Pope John Paul II’s process to canonize Serra.
"But here we are today." Read more here.
MYERS CENTER RELEASES "DEADLY ROADS" REPORT
Researchers at the Myers Center recently completed a pilot project that examined fatality and injury rates involving pedestrians and motorists on main thoroughfares in or near Indian country in Humboldt County, California. Every year thousands of motorists die and millions more are injured on the nation’s roadways. But while the number of fatal crashes nationally has declined by 2% over the past 25 years, the number of vehicle-related fatalities in or near Indian country has increased over 50%. In order to understand the reasons for this increase and to begin developing safety countermeasures, we need better data documenting the problem. This pilot study combined analysis of CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) database and other sources of crash data with GIS mapping to document the areas in or near Indian country in Humboldt County with the highest rates of vehicle related injuries and fatalities over the past five years. The Myers Center plans to expand this pilot study into a statewide analysis of fatality and injury rates in or near Indian country in California. The results of the analysis will be used to help Native nations document the dangers associated with roadways that, while they run through Indian country, are the responsibility of the state to ensure safe passage. To read a report summarizing the pilot study's findings, click here.
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