Ancestor Walk

The Ancestor Walk is a pilgrimage of the Gabrielino/Tongva & Acjachemen People tocarry prayers to honor the spirits of their ancestors at their Sacred Sites around California, which are mostly in SoCal. There will be bear dancers, musicians, and other events going on.

We will be only going to all of the Sacred Sites on Saturday, October 6th, starting with Panhe in San Clemente! We will be leaving from Pitzer College early in the morning, so if you need to stay here overnight, we can arrange that. Food and snacks will be provided.

This is an unique event that we are honored to be able to attend and we hope that you will join us in carrying prayers to their ancestors. FMI: Please look at the poster for info and for pipeline group specific questions, please ask Scott Scoggins or Elizabeth Shulterbrandt!


Diabetes Walk – October 27th

Hello Pipeline Family!

One of our big events is coming up on October 27th: The Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes Event in LA! It is a national diabetes walk, with walks happening all across the nation. We are teaming up with Western University for the Diabetes Walk. Please join us to raise funds and support for diabetes, an problem that has especially affected Native communities. We would love to see all of our Pipeline family out and participating on October 27th! If you plan to attend the actual walk, please RSVP to or Scott’s email.

I have included directions below on how to join.


Step Out Walk Diabetes: How to Sign up

Go to:

Scroll down and click the state of California on the map of the U.S.

A box will pop up with event names and dates.

Find and click the one that says: Los Angeles, CA, October 27th

You will end up here:

On the left side, under participate, click Join an Existing Team.

The Team Company is: Western University

The Team Division is: Corporate.

Our Team is Western U American Indian Health Career Ladder and Scott Scoggins is our Team Leader

Click join team or click our team name and it will direct you to our team homepage where there is a big button on the right that says join.

Once you have signed up, Welcome to the Pipeline Diabetes Walk Team!!

P.S. If you are a participant and have diabetes, you can sign up to be a Red Strider! A Red Strider is a walk participant who has type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. All Red Striders will receive an online badge on their personal webpage and a FREE recognition gift on walk day. As a Red Strider you are a VIP because YOU are the reason we walk. You will also be given your own personalized webpage to tell your story and raise funds for the walk.

The end is just the start of something new…..

It was sad at first to see everyone leave…. I didn’t think that it would’ve ended this fast! Now I understand what Fabian said about cherishing the moment…. The saddest thing is that we all learned at the last moment how to cherish… We all learn and knowing is something that we all have to better understand… Because without knowing there is no life for the future generations…. I mean not literally… hahaha not that evil! Well I didn’t know how to say bye… Honest this is not good bye, its more like a see you later. Which we all know that we will, if you really understand that the bond that we created will never break. We are all connected as one family, even though we are hours, miles, or even states away, we now are one. If Alysha reads this, just know that we all love you! I wanted to say bye to you not good bye but just bye. =D To be honest I was going to come to this Program,        I just wanted to stay home, but something told me to go. Now i don’t regret anything at all! Jane I know that at Sherman we didn’t talk that much, but when we came here that changed. Its weird that you see people from day to day and we don’t know that they could be your best friend. We automatically start judging people, but being here made me see people for the people that they are, real. Me making the medicine pouch for Cam was something that wasn’t easy, because of my phobia of sharp objects. I was so happy when I completed it! That was something I never thought I could’ve done! ever! This experience here was amazing! Thank you all for accepting me for who I am!


Shane Allen John

P.S “People who need people are the luckiest people in the world” remember when you think that you are unlucky. Take a look at the people around and remember you are lucky to have them in our life…….

My last blog- Luna

Today is our last blog for now. I am very thankful to have met you all(: I am also proud of myself and my peers that we accomplished these past two weeks together. I will miss each and every one of you, you guys were all  unique in your own ways. I learned a lot about the health sciences and different cultural dances. I enjoyed my time here and i can’t wait to come back next year. At least most of us live in California so keep in touch so we can have a little reunion. bye you guys ❤

Our last day……

=/ Today is the saddest day! We already lost Mia…… I don’t want this to be over! I know that I shouldn’t be sad and that everything has an end except the creator. So that is why we should enjoy the time we all have left…. This is something that I thought I wouldn’t being saying but I feel connected to this place; the people, plants, earth, and the breeze….. The people I met made me laugh. And in just a few hours we will have graduated!! Wow…. This is the end… Hahaha luckily we all live in the same area hahaha well kinda… I am going to be going to school in Riverside!! Hahaha and no I am not going to be Jerred roomate. If i was than i would end up in jail because i would make him shut up…

An Elder and Bodies

Yesterday started off cool, we met and elder and she told us storys of her life as i have said in my recent blog. Shortly after that blog we left to go to Western which was the point in which we see bodies. I was in deep consideration of not going into it as, but before i went to i talked to my mum and told her about the situation. She said that i could but i couldn’t mourn the dead and if i did they would come back.

At first it was hard not to mourn, til I heard that they did it to help mankind better. So as first i felt light, dizzy…. so as the doctor pulled the cover off my eyes just opened up like an owl…

The best time was when i was given a shell, medicine bag, and a necklace… that was the thing that hit me the hardest… it was so so so so powerful…….


Yesterday was awesome!! We went to Pechanga and we were invitied to go see their sacred oak. At first I thought it was just a tall tree like the sequia ones. Til we walked into the tree and BOOM!!! The branches were formed together and than we learned that the branches were also supporting the tree. The tree bottom part was under ten feet of sand and was extended by three more feet. So in total the tree was 94 feet tall give or take a foot or two. Than after we went to building 3 and saw a arrowhead o.0 that was 10,000 years old!

Than after we went to D. Rega house and i helped her prepare the food which was something i found to be the best part of the day!!! I love her knivies because they were so sharp!!

This morning we met an padiliaa and it was amazing hearing her story!! Even though she went through all that drama she still found peace! Wow is the most powerful thing and human thing to do. Finding inner peace is something that has to be earned, that is what i learned