“If Someone Paid attention to…” Part 2

Yesterday, in the writing class with Prof. Zachary, students shared their own versions of Alexie’s drawing.

All of the following pictures have been shared with the students’ permissions.





Head over to the Flikr page https://www.flickr.com/photos/mediacommunity/sets/72157653605195863/with/19543774249/ to see more!

Pitzer College Article on the Program (We’re famous!…)


Pitzer Welcomes Native American Students to Pipeline Program

Claremont, CA (July 12, 2015)—Twenty Native American high school students arrived at Pitzer College today for a two-week residential program that is designed to prepare them for success in higher education—both academically and culturally.

The Pitzer College/WesternU’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College Program, co-sponsored by Western University of Health Sciences and run by Pitzer’s Community Engagement Center, will focus on the humanities and health sciences while helping students build academic skills for college. The Pipeline Program is the only program of its kind with a Native science component, which encompasses traditional approaches in areas such as the environment, marine life and food.

The Pipeline Program goes beyond the standard approach to academics. According to Program Director Scott Scoggins ’10, the Pipeline Program draws on Native American scholars and Elders’ wisdom to contribute cultural knowledge and traditional ways of learning within the academic environment. Two Canadian Elders—Rose Henry (Tla’ A’min Nation (Sliammon Territory)) and Joe Thorne (Cowichan/Nuu-chah-nulth)—are the program Elders-in-Residence, who offer students and mentors alike opportunities to learn from Elders in an informal setting. On July 24, the Elders will also co-lead a rally for Idle No More, a grassroots movement dedicated to building Indigenous sovereignty and protecting the environment.

“To succeed in life, you need to be strong in your culture,” Scoggins said. “We can’t prepare the students properly unless they’re backed up by their culture.” Scoggins himself is of Pipil Nahuat, Pocoman Maya and English ancestry.

The program, now in its seventh year, offers a new component this year called Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a White House initiative in collaboration with the Center for Native American Youth and the Aspen Center. To meet Gen I’s challenge to support college access and youth development, the Pipeline Program youth will create a booklet, “A Survival Guide for Native American Youth by Native American Youth.” The booklet will encourage students to express themselves through writing and tell their own stories. Five mentors, some of them former Pipeline students, will assist.

Other programming includes reflective essay writing drawn from the reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie, an earth science class with Elder Kim Marcus (Santa Rosa Cahuilla) and Elder Barbara Marcus (Spokane), building a Tongva kiiy and rabbit loom with Tongva Elder Barbara Drake and an ever-popular media studies course on blogging led by Pitzer Media Studies Professor Gina Lamb. At Western University of Health Sciences, students will learn about the Thrifty Genotype hypothesis, population genetics and different health careers.

Students will also visit Wishtoyo Foundation’s Chumash Village in Malibu for a three-day camping experience in traditional Chumash homes called “aps.” They will study plant identification, marine biology conservation and land stewardship.

Over the years, Scoggins has seen once shy young people who often lack trust in academia transformed through their shared experiences in the program.

“I see strong young people with hope for the future, with confidence in an academic setting and with their culture backing them up to make them even stronger,” Scoggins said.

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Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

2014 Pipeline Application Countdown: 3 Days!

2014 Pipeline Applications are due in 3 DAYS (April 11th)!!

You can turn them in by:

Mail: Send to Scott Scoggins, Pitzer College CEC, 1050 North Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Email: Send as a PDF or JPEG to scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu

Fax: Send C/O Scott Scoggins to 909-607-8758

Please make sure your application is filled out properly, all questions answered, and all essays/recommendation forms/transcripts/etc attached!

If you need an extension on the deadline, please contact Scott Scoggins immediately!

Medical Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) Summer Program at UCR!

A New Summer Opportunity from our friend Joshua Gonzales at UCR

Medical Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT)

Medical Leaders of Tomorrow (MLT) is a free, one‐week residential summer program for high school sophomores. As a participant in MLT you’ll have the opportunity to explore a future career in the health professions and start developing the skills to get you there. You’ll attend interactive workshops, meet health care professionals, and strengthen your academic and leadership skills while making lifelong friends.

The program dates are Sunday, July 6, 2014 – Saturday, July 12, 2014.

Our application deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014!!

This program is made possible by a grant from Kaiser Permanente and funding from the UCR School of Medicine.

There is no cost to apply and the program is free for all participants!!

Some Benefits of the Program:

  •  Experience living on a college campus
  •  Learn about different career professions in health care
  •  Meet health care professionals
  •  Learn about what it takes to get into college and be successful
  •  Develop leadership skills
  •  Strengthen study skills
  •  Have FUN!


  • To be eligible for the Medical Leaders of Tomorrow Program, students must meet all of the criteria described in this list:
  •  Be a high school sophomore in Fall 2015.
  •  Have a strong interest in the health professions and science.
  •  Be from educationally and/or socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.
  •  Plan to participate in a health career academy/program in 2014‐15 at one of the UCR Health Sciences Partnership partner high schools or students can be a past participant of the Kaiser Permanente Hippocrates Circle Program.

To Apply:

Download an application at www.mlt.ucr.edu

Submit the application, the required letter of recommendation and your personal essay to:

School of Medicine

Attention: Rachell Enriquez

1212 Webber Hall

University of California

Riverside, CA 92521

Fax: (951) 827‐3747


2014 Pipeline Applications Due Soon!

Just a gentle Reminder

2014 Pipeline Applications are due in 8 days (April 11th)!!

You can turn them in by:

Mail: Send to Scott Scoggins, Pitzer College CEC, 1050 North Mills Ave, Claremont, CA 91711

Email: Send as a PDF or JPEG to scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu

Fax: Send C/O Scott Scoggins to 909.607.8758

Download your application Today!

Holland & Knight Young Native Writers Essay Contest

We received information about this Essay Contest for Native Youth and wanted to pass it on to you!

The Deadline is April 22nd 2014 so you have a lot of time to write it. Unfortunately it is only open to 9-12th graders but even if you can’t apply, you can always let a younger sibling or friend know about it!


attachment-1 The link has super important information on it aka further instructions: http://www.nativewriters.hklaw.com/2014/index.a

If you need help editing, let me (Elizabeth) know and I will be glad to look it over. You can email me at eshulterbrandt@gmail.com

Good luck!