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.
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.
Nahuatl language classes and cultural exchanges - September 21-October 30
The University of California, Berkeley student group Danza In Xochitl In Cuicatl and the community based groups Panquetzaliztli and Nahui-Ehecatl in collaboration with the Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues at the University of California at Berkeley, invite you to participate in our Fall 2015 Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Cultures and Languages.
The program will consist of intensive Nahuatl language classes and cultural exchanges. Classes will be held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6-8pm, beginning on September 21 and ending on October 30, 2015. Classes are free to all UC Berkeley students and Bay Area community members. Read more about the language program here.
2015 native american museum studies institute meets in berkeley
From June 9-12, 17 tribal museum professionals, representing 12 tribes from across the nation and British Columbia, participated in a four-day intensive museum studies institute sponsored by the Myers Center, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology. Participants received culturally relevant training and instruction in registration and collections management; collections care and preservation; digitizing collections and managing and sharing digital cultural heritage using an open source platform; curation and exhibit design; educational programming and community outreach; museum development, management and fundraising; and NAGPRA. The goal of the training is to provide participants with greater capacity to conserve and revitalize their tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum and cultural center development and exhibits. Read more about NAMSI here.
Marilyn Baptiste Wins 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize
Congratulations to Marilyn Baptiste, former chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, who was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize! The Goldman Prize is the world's largest award recognizing grassroots environmental activists, honoring individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Baptiste led her community in defeating one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines in British Columbia that would have destroyed Fish Lake – a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for the Xeni Gwet’in. (Marilyn spoke about this experience at a Myers Center brown bag lunch talk on April 16.)
Learn more about the Goldman Prize and Marilyn Baptiste's work here.
Affiliated Researcher nicole lim quoted in New york times
Myers Center affliated researcher Nicole Lim was quoted in the New York Times when asked to comment on Pope Francis's announced plans to canonize Rev. Junipero Serra: "'If he is elevated to saintood,' said Nicole Lim, the executive director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa, 'then he should be held responsible for the brutal and deadly treatment of native people.'" Read more here.
Myers center ANNOUNCES NEW Publication
The Myers Center announces the publication of a working paper by former Fellow Pam Mei Wai Graybeal: Municipal Parks: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Conditions and Use in the San Francisco East Bay.
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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