California Native American Day was established as an official state holiday in 1998. Today, all California schools recognize the fourth Friday in September as an official Native American holiday.
UC San Diego's California Native American Day Celebration committee promotes events to enhance the relationship between San Diego's tribal communities and UC San Diego students, staff and faculty. All events are free and open to the public.
March 1–April 11, 2014
UC San Diego's annual California Native American Day (CANA-Day) Celebration High School Essay Contest
Open to all 9th through 12th graders in San Diego County, this year's celebration theme is "Honoring Tradition through Culture and Education."
Prizes include four $250 first-place cash awards. One winner will be eligible to receive an additional $500 Incentive Scholarship which will be awarded upon being admitted and enrolled at UC San Diego within four years of high school graduation.
The application deadline is Friday, April 11, 2014. Winners will be notified by April 25, 2014.
All entrants are invited to attend UC San Diego's annual Powwow, to be held in May 2014, hosted by UC San Diego's Native American Student Alliance (NASA).
Submit completed essay and application to the California Native Day Essay Contest Committee:
or regular mail:
UC San Diego CANA-Day Essay Contest
c/o Irma Velasco
Office of the Chancellor
9500 Gilman Drive #0005
San Diego, CA 92093-0005
May 3, 2014
Fourth Annual PowWow
- Download PowWow Flyer
- Check back for updates
- Announcement of Essay Contest winners
California Native American Day Celebration Kickoff
Program: Lunch, blessing, and prayer, performances
Rincon Youth Storytellers and Viejas Asha Takuk (Bird Singers)
AIR 20th Annual Fundraiser Banquet
Date: Thursday, Oct 10
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center at San Diego State University
More details: http://airprograms.org
Running Grunion — Abel Silvas
Abel Silvas will combine comedy, storytelling, and mime, offering an interpretation of Native American history and culture from past to present.
Date: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
Time: 9–11 a.m., 4 performances on the half hour.
- First performance: 9–9:20 a.m. in rooms 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B
- Second performance: 9:30–9:50 a.m. in rooms 5 and 6
- Third performance: 10–10:30 a.m. in rooms 3 and 4
- Fourth performance: 10:40–11 a.m. in rooms 7, 8, and Mesa
Social Justice LENS Film Presentation (Leadership Educational Engagement, Networking, Service in Community)
Hosted by Cross Cultural Center
Fry Bread Babes: In 21st Century American mass media where are the Native American women? The images that exist are stereotypical, so how does the lack of images in the mass media affect Native American women? Growing up without seeing other Native American women who look like your mother and aunties does affect your body image and sense of self. The filmmaker explores body image and identity in this powerful and intimate documentary.
Two-Spirit People: the Berdache Tradition in Native American: Examines the concepts of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation in Native American cultures, focusing on the tradition of berdaches.
Native Community Welcome Dinner Hosted by the Native American Student Alliance (NASA)
Date: Friday, Nov. 1
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Cross Cultural Center (map)
Native American/ Indigenous Studies Research Symposium
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
More details to come
Native American Graduate School Information Workshop & Dinner Hosted by Office of Graduate Studies (OGS)
All undergraduates are welcome — to reserve a seat call (858) 822-3536.