Dominican Hosts California Indian Conference

Dominican University of California will host the 21st annual California Indian Conference, October 13 through 15. Dominican is co-sponsoring the event in association with the Marin Museum of the American Indian. This year’s conference theme is “Through Our Eyes: Looking Back While Moving Forward.”

About 200 people representing California tribes, including Coast Miwok, Pomos, Salinan, Kumeyaay, and Hupa, will participate in the event.

The conference begins on October 13 at 1 p.m., with workshops, lectures, and exhibits being held in buildings throughout the Dominican campus in San Rafael. About a dozen vendors will display a variety of cultural treasures, including baskets and jewelry.

Parking is available in the lot at the intersection of Grand and Acacia avenues. On October 14, workshops begin at 9 a.m. with dinner served at 6 p.m. On October 15, the conference runs from 9 a.m. until noon.

Topics that will be addressed include: the continued development of Native American communities; preservation of language; community leadership issues; American Indian culture and art; historic maps; the protection of sacred sites; and land, tribes, and historic connections to community issues.

The public is welcome to attend the event. Early registration is $30. Onsite registration is $40. Meals are available for an additional fee. For more information, please call 415-897-4064 or visit

Posted October 9, 2006