Haminat (hello) Teachers and Students:

It is with great joy and excitement that we invite you to attend the 19th Annual California Indian Cultural Awareness Conference. Over the past years, over 47,000 elementary school students and members of the public have participated in this free and unique experience that immerses students in California Native American history and culture. We invite students and teachers to attend one day as a class.

This year’s activities will be held for San Bernardino City Schools from September 25 through 27 Non-SB City and Private Schools on September 24 and 28 on the campus of California State University, San Bernardino. Activities for students and teachers will run from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The conference created exclusively for teachers, will take place Thursday September 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the San Manuel Indian Reservation.   
Students will learn firsthand from tribal members, elders, historians and academics from all over the state about the history, culture, traditions and experience of California’s Native American Tribes.  Elementary school students will attend demonstrations and will partake in traditional California Indian song and dance; learn about basketry and pottery; listen to Indian storytelling; and discover and taste Native American foods.

By attending the event, students will be exposed to the culture and history of California Native Americans., which meet some of the criteria outlined in the History - Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools.  Students and teachers will also receive informational materials and resources on California Native Americans. 

Thanks to the support of the San Manuel Tribal Unity and Cultural Awareness Committee, San Manuel Department of Education, Cal State San Bernardino, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and the San Bernardino City Superintendent, this event is completely free. However, schools will need to provide transportation to and from the campus. 

We encourage all students to bring a sack lunch.  Water will be provided.   While event staff members will be on hand to assist, schools will need to bring their own chaperones.     

Due to the tremendous response we have received over the past 20 years, we strongly encourage you to register, as soon as possible, as space is limited and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. The registration deadline is Friday, September 4.   

To sign up please contact:

Cindra Weber, district Title VII program coordinator (San Bernardino City Schools on Sept 25, 26, and 27) , at 909-473-2076 or cindra.weber@sbcusd.k12.ca.us

Tamara Holder, Santos Manuel Student Union CSUSB (All Non San Bernardino City School on Sept 24 and 28, at 909-537-3454 or tholder@csusb.edu.

We hope you are able to share in the California Native American Day experience!


James Ramos
Project Director
Haminat is the traditional way of saying hello in the Serrano language.