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!


October 19th – College Day at Pomona/Pitzer Part 2

Hello again,

In case the previous post was a bit confusing, I would like to clarify it.The Career Ladder in the morning (8-noon) is at Western University and part of the usual Health Career Ladder Programming that WesternU does. The College Day activities starts at 2pm at Pitzer. We thought it would be easier for Sherman and other students to come out for the whole day instead of a few hours.

Here is the Flyer Detailing the College Day activities at 2pm starting at Pitzer below.

October 19th College Day Flyer




October 19th – College Day at Pitzer/Pomona!

Hello Pipeline Family,

We are having an College Day event at Pitzer/Pomona on Saturday, October 19th. The following email is from Simone, the newest member of the Pipeline team.


Dear Students and Families,

Greetings from the Pipeline to College program at Pitzer College! First of all, thank you to all the students and families for being part of this program.

Second, I’d like to briefly introduce myself. My name is Simone Prince-Eichner, and I have just joined the Pipeline program as the College Prep Outreach Coordinator for Native students. I am a sophomore at Pomona College. My heritage is Jewish, through my mother, and German, through my father. At Pomona, I am planning to major in either history or international relations, and I am considering a career in law—human rights law, treaty rights law, or environmental law. I really enjoy cooking (and eating) all different kinds of food from around the world, being outside, making art, and cuddling with my cat! I am honored to be part of the Pipeline to College community, and I look forward to meeting all those whose paths cross with the Pipeline program.

On behalf of the Pipeline program, I would like to invite you all to our Pipeline to College “College Day for Native Students” event on Saturday, October 19th, at Pitzer College.  In addition to the College Day at Pitzer College, students are encouraged to attend a morning open house for Native Students at Western University of Health Sciences.

What’s Happening on October 19th:
What: American Indian Health Career Ladder Program
When: Saturday, October 19th
           9:00 am – 12:00 noon (open house)
           12:00-1:00 – (lunch)
Where: Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA
About: The Pomona/American Indian Health Career Ladder is a program at Western University of Health Sciences where the University opens up its doors to Native youth and students in the Pomona school district to foster interest in, and learn about, health science careers. Student participants will learn about   planning careers as physicians, dentists, veterinarians, physical therapists, physician assistants, podiatrists, optometrists, pharmacists, and more. Past examples of workshops include: fingerprinting, Diabetes, blood tests, and the importance of healthy eating.

What: College Day for Native Students
When: Saturday October 19
           2:00 pm – 6:00 pm (workshops and tours)
           6:00 pm-7:00 pm (dinner)
Where: Pitzer College – Founders Room (Inside McConnell Center)
About: After an official Pitzer welcome, Bright Prospect will be leading a workshop and discussion on how to navigate college, support networks, the application process, and how to speak out for yourself. Following Bright Prospect, students will be given a back-to-back tour of both the Pitzer and Pomona campuses. Lastly, Pomona students will lead a Mock Interview workshop, where students can practice their interview skills in small groups with peers and gain tips on how to have a successful interview. Dinner at the Frary Dining Hall will give students a glimpse into the everyday life in college.

Pipeline Receieves Grant from San Manuel


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July 1st, 2013


Pitzer’s Native American Summer Pipeline to College Summer Program 2013 (The Pipeline Program) is honored to receive a generous grant from the San Manuel Tribal Council, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians based in Highland, CA.

This is the second year that San Manuel has provided financial support for the Program; San Manuel has also been active in supporting the academic programming. For the past four years, former Chair Deron Marquez has come to talk to the Pipeline Students about on tribal governance, how it interacts with U.S. government officials, and opens up student’s minds to the possibility of serving on their own tribal councils and governments.

The Pipeline Program, partnered with Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, CA, is a two-week, on-campus program for 9th, 10th, and 11th grade Native students from July 29th – August 12th, 2013 at Pitzer College. It allows them to experience college life, as well as preparing for academic achievement and leadership roles from both western and traditional Native American perspectives through classes, workshops, and field trips in the Los Angeles area.

We are grateful for the vision of the San Manuel Tribal Council in supporting Native educational access and programming, as it means that we are able to continue to provide the Pipeline experience to our new and returning students; the 3-day camping trip at the Wishtoyo’s Chumash Cultural Village in Malibu, visiting the Hawaiian Gardens Powwow and Bear Ceremony, meeting Dr Lori Alvord, the first woman Diné surgeon, and the SAT Prep intensive taught by a certified instructor.

For more information, please contact Scott Scoggins, Pipeline Program Director at Pitzer College, at 909.706.5948 or email at scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu or sscoggins@westernu.edu.


2013 Pipeline Program 2013

Dear Pipeline Community,
I am honored to introduce to you the 4 mentors who we have chosen for the 2013 Pipeline Program session! Our mentors were chosen from a pool of very-well qualified applicants so they bring many good skills and qualities to the Program. These mentors will be responsible for taking care of your child/children during the Pipeline Program; please feel free to contact them with any concerns/questions you may have before and during the Program.
Anna Tiger (Diné)
Anna Mae Tiger was born in Santa Ana to parents Gloria Jensen and Michael Tiger, both of Native American full-blooded descent. Named after both her parents’ grandmothers, Anna Mae, she grew up enriched with the knowledge of the Dine (Navajo) culture. After losing her father at the young age of four, her mother raised her single handedly, in a small town called Apple Valley, a desert area of Southern California. Certainly watching her mother work hard, and play fair made her the young woman she is today. Proud of her culture, values and traditions she tries to exemplify everything that her grandmother and mother taught her. Taking classes at CSU, Fullerton and meeting fellow students of color helped Anna create a community of support and comfort. As the President of the Inter-Tribal Student Council, Anna created Native American events addressing stereotypes, tribal contemporary views of urban life, forum for discussing Native American identity and roles, and the impact of boarding schools. As well as outreaching to young Native American students in Reservation, Rural and Urban areas, networking with fellow Native Americans organizations at other universities, and displaying the cultural singing and dancing traditions new and old for the CSU Fullerton campus. One of her largest accomplishments is planning two successful Native American cultural events, the Powwow during the spring semesters, as well as the Indigenous Film Festival, in which her organization collaborated with a strong, encouraging and now great group of friends, MeCha de CSUF.
Amanda Leon
Amanda León has just finished her freshman year at Pitzer College in Claremont, Ca where she is a premed student majoring in Human Biology, with a minor in Spanish. Upon entering Pitzer College, Amanda found enjoyment in being an active participant in her school community. She spends her Saturdays at Pitzer tutoring the children of Pitzer’s dining hall staff, works in the Seaver Theater costume shop at Pomona College, and has acted as a host for Pitzer’s Diversity weekends. Amanda was recently selected to serve on the Pitzer Student Senate Diversity Committee and as a Mentor for the Chicano/Latino Student Association for the 2013-2014 school year. Currently, Amanda works as summer intern at UCLA Harbor Medical Center’s Neurology Department researching neurocysticercosis. She also volunteers at Whittier Presbyterian Hospital and works at the La Habra Community Center. Amanda, who is originally from La Habra, California, enjoys swimming, hiking and napping when outdoors. Her favorite hobbies include reading, sewing, and drawing; she loves good coffee and making new friends. Amanda is very excited to participate as a mentor in this year’s Summer Pipeline Program.
Charles Herman
Chuck grew up in Bethel, Alaska. He attended Ayaprun Elitnaurik, a Yup’ik Immersion elemaentary school where, until the third grade, the full school day was taught in Yup’ik and then from third grade to sixth grade, half of the day was in Yup’ik. He grew up fishing during the summers and dog mushing during the winters. He spent last semester studying Kiswahili and politics in Kenya and then the summer as a Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow at Berkeley. He is currently a rising senior at Pomona College majoring in Public Policy Analysis with a focus on Sociology.
Sean Begay (Diné)
I am half Navajo and half Filipino.  My dad is from the Kinlichi’nii (Red House) Clan.  I graduated from the University of California, San Diego with two Bachelor of Arts degrees in Ethnic Studies and Sociology: Science and Medicine this past June 2012.  In 2011, I had the pleasure to conduct archival research on Navajo uranium mining for the Robert McNair Scholar Program and got to present my research at the University of California, Berkeley McNair Research Symposium.  After learning about how uranium mining has affected Navajo health, I gained an interest in healthcare.  Recently, I was accepted into Northern Arizona University’s American Indian Nursing Program where only 10 individuals are chosen for the program each year. As a future nurse (and hopefully Nurse Practitioner), I hope to make an impact on the Navajo people, not only in terms of providing direct healthcare, but educationally as well.
Please help us welcome and congratulate our new 2013 Pipeline Program Mentors!
 Scott Scoggins, Pipeline Director
The Pipeline Team

Pechanga Grant Awarded to Pipeline Program



Dear Pipeline Community,

We are happy to announce that we have recently received a generous grant from Pechanga’s Tribal Council to support this year’s Pipeline Program.

We are grateful for their support, as it means that we are able to continue to provide the Pipeline experience to our new and returning students; the 3-day camping trip at the Wishtoyo’s Chumash Cultural Village in Malibu, visiting the Hawaiian Gardens Powwow and Bear Ceremony, meeting Dr Lori Alvord, the first woman Diné surgeon, the SAT Prep intensive taught by a certified instructor, and the visit to FNX Studios.

This year’s Program will be a wonderful experience. Once again, we thank the Pechanga Tribal Council for their vision in supporting Native educational access and programs.

Scott Scoggins, MA

Pipeline Director


Applications for the 2013 Pipeline summer Session will be closing at MIDNIGHT tonight so please get yours in!
The best way to turn it is is through scanning and emailing it to: scott_scoggins@pitzer.edu
We have received so many applications so thank you everyone for your interest in Pipeline!

Official Press Release from the Native Arts and Culture Foundation

Media Contact: Amy M. Echo-Hawk; 360-314-2421, amy@nativeartsandcultures.org
Vancouver, Wash. – Through its California Bridge Initiative: Arts + Health program, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) has awarded four California non-profits $10,000 for projects to enhance the health of Native youth through art. The foundation awarded a total of $40,000 to the Cultural Conservancy, Dancing Earth Creations, the Native American Health Center of Oakland and Pitzer College.
“The organizations awarded 2013 California Bridge Initiative Arts + Health grants have planned innovative ways to address physical health and well-being of Native youth through the creation of artwork or participation in arts practice,” explained foundation Program Director Reuben Roqueñi.
To promote healthy indigenous communities, the Cultural Conservancy protects native lands, nurtures the revitalization of endangered songs and documents traditional knowledge. Their Native Youth Media, Arts and Cultural Health Project will reconnect Native youth with waterways and teach traditional arts including building tule boats, songs and protocols related to waterways and carving canoe paddles. Their goal is for youth to gain an increase in emotional health and cultural vitality through this project.
Dancing Earth Creations is a dance theater company committed to mentoring emerging artists and providing opportunities for the next generation of indigenous dancers to learn dance production, administration and every aspect of their art. Through the Waters of Wellness program funded by NACF, Native youth in four different sites in California will engage in dance and movement activities designed to promote exercise and discuss nutrition while learning about the preservation of Native waterways.
Oakland’s Native American Health Center provides the five-county Bay-area Native community with healthcare to maintain and build their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for their unique cultural traditions. The foundation’s award funds their Resiliency Mural Project to provide Native youth with afterschool mentorship from mural artist Daniel Rodriguez. The muralists will draw thematic elements from the history of relocation and the occupation of Alcatraz on four murals while attending healthy lifestyle training.
Pitzer College, located in Claremont, Calif., is an interdisciplinary liberal arts institution with an emphasis on social justice, environmental sensitivity and intercultural understanding in its curriculum. Pitzer’s Native American Summer Pipeline Program is a two-week on-campus college life experience designed to inspire Native high-school with the motivation to graduate. Hosted in association with Western University of Health Sciences, Pipeline curriculum includes academic and creative writing, computer literacy, multidisciplinary arts workshops and a class on Health Sciences and Native American Community Wellness.
The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has awarded $1,382,000 in grants to 71 Native artists and organizations in 20 states. Created in 2009, after decades of visioning among the nation’s first peoples with assistance from the Ford Foundation and others, NACF is a national charity dedicated to supporting the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures. To learn more about the foundation’s grantmaking mission, visit www.nativeartsandcultures.org.
FMI: http://nacf.us/grantees/pitzer-college