Category Archives: Kumeyaay Corner

Governor Newsom Establishes “Trust and Healing Council”

Originally published in June, 2019 in Indian Country Today, Governor Gavin Newsom formerly apologized for the treatment of California’s indigenous peoples.

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In an emotional conference in West Sacramento, California on June 18, attended by several Indigenous tribal leaders, the state’s Governor Gavin Newsom formally apologized to California Indians for a century of genocide, oppression and other atrocities.

Read the rest of the article here.

Read the Governor’s Executive Order here.

Our People, Our Culture, Our History

Emmy award winning Our People. Our History. Our Culture. tells the story of Sycuan and the Kumeyaay nation through the words of its people—Tribal elders, Council leaders, family members and the next generation. Augmented by incisive observations from Native American historians and a range of subject matter experts, this documentary follows the incredible 12,500 year journey of a People who has survived against overwhelming odds to become a sovereign, prosperous nation who continues to honor its past while building its future and positively impacting their community. (from

Elymash Yuuchaap @ SDSU

Elymash Yuuchaap, which is the Kumeyaay way to say, “youth think”, is an Indigenous Scholars and Leaders Program at San Diego State University that provides support for indigenous students from many tribes.  The program’s mission is to engage, support and promote the cultural, social, academic, and leadership development of students committed to the sovereign identity and progress of Indigenous communities.

To learn more, visit the SDSU Student Affairs website.

Kumeyaay Struggle To Preserve History As San Diego Marks 250 Years

Credit: Robert Wallace, member, Barona Band of Mission Indians

From KPBS:

This year San Diego civic leaders are commemorating 250 years since the Mission San Diego de Alcalá was established in 1769 by Father Junipero Serra. It marks the beginning of San Diego’s non-indigenous history while archaeological evidence shows that the Kumeyaay Indian people have lived in the region for 12,000 years.

Ethan Banegas is a member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians who teaches Kumeyaay history at Kumeyaay Community College.

“As our land got taken away, slowly but surely, we would lose these vibrant food sources that were only available in specific areas,” Banegas said. “It basically took away who were as a people as you take away our pieces of land. Because the land made us.”

Banegas joins Midday Edition Thursday to talk about preserving Kumeyaay history.

Listen to this great podcast on San Diego’s KPBS.

Kumeyaay People: Traditions Survive in Baja California

Groups of Kumeyaay People (Kumiai) live in the isolated canyons of the Tijuana River watershed, high in the Baja California peninsula. They harvest acorns and pine nuts, hunt rattlesnake and small  animals, collect grasses to weave baskets. As encroaching civilization brings electricity and running water, they still allow a glimpse of what life in Southern California before the Spanish arrived was like.

Ancient Ways and Modern Times

By Joe Mozingo, Los Angeles Times


Kumeyaay People: Traditions Survive in Baja California

Barona Cultural Center & Museum a finalist for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Services. logoToday’s exciting information comes from dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Kumeyaay culture, telling the story from the Kumeyaay perspective.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced that the Barona Cultural Center & Museum is among the 30 top finalists in the country for the 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Services.

As San Diego County’s first museum on an Indian reservation dedicated to the perpetuation of the local Kumeyaay-Diegueno culture, the Barona Museum offers a unique educational journey for visitors of all ages.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. For 25 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.

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USD Kumeyaay Garden

Screenshot of USD web pageOn Friday, September 22, 2017, the University of San Diego, in conjunction with the Office of Tribal Liaison, dedicated and opened the Kumeyaay Garden.

This was a beautiful ceremony that kicked off the garden in grand fashion.

In celebrating Native American culture, the event included Bird Songs, storytelling, ethnobotany tours, Kumeyaay cultural activities, and an art exhibition. Hands-on activities included basket making, Kumeyaay games and smoothies made with ingredients gathered from plants indigenous to Southern California.

The Agave Harvest and Tasting is an annual event sponsored by the Malki Museum. It is held on two consecutive Saturdays in mid- to late-April, when the Agave plants were traditionally gathered. The agave or amul was a basic food staple for indigenous people of Southern California. Reservations Recommended: Please call (951) 849 7289.

To learn more, visit the Kumeyaay Garden web page.