Indigenous People's Day 2020
Below is a message sent to the campus community on October 12, 2020 marking Indigenous People's Day.
Dear Campus Community,
At Cal Poly, we acknowledge that the land on which our university sits carries the heritage and unbroken culture of the Indigenous People of San Luis Obispo County and Region, the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe. We are uninvited guests on yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini lands, and we honor their ongoing stewardship of these territories as well as acknowledge the sovereign status of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini peoples.
October 12th is Indigenous People’s Day, a holiday designed to honor the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the US. It is a time to recognize the continued impacts of settler colonialism on Native communities and to celebrate the cultures, contributions, and resilience of Native peoples, who continue to thrive against all odds.
This year, we must mark Indigenous People’s Day remotely, and are unable to gather as a community, yet the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion(OUDI) will be directing funds allocated for an Indigenous People’s Day celebration for a campus public art project that celebrates Indigenous communities.
Today also ushers in Native American Heritage Month in November. On November 12th, I hope you will join in the Student Diversity and Belonging discussion on the “State of Indigeneity”. More details about this event are forthcoming, so please watch for more information on the Student Diversity and Belonging’s social media and on the OUDI website. In the meantime, I encourage you to learn more about the histories and cultures of the yak titʸu titʸu yak tiłhini, Northern Chumash Tribe of San Luis Obispo County and Region. You can connect with some resources and links provided by University Housing to learn more about the tiłhini language and read the village narratives that correspond with the placenames of the yak titʸu titʸu dorms. We also honor all California Native peoples and Indigenous Peoples today. To learn more about these communities visit the State of California’s Native American Heritage Commission website, and the University of California-Berkeley’s libguidecontaining curated sources and links.
Finally, the American Indian and Indigenous Faculty Staff Association is a great resource on our campus to connect further with Indigenous constituents and programming across campus.
Dr. Denise Isom
Interim Vice President
Office of University Diversity and Inclusion