Mendocino College is pleased and excited to announce the 31st Annual Native American Motivation Day. The event targets 6th through 12th grade students from our local schools as well as our Mendocino College student body. The event will be held in the Center for the Visual & Performing Arts Theatre on the Ukiah Campus Friday, April 28th, 2017. The day will begin at 9:00 a.m. and will consist of an opening ceremonial prayer, our keynote speaker, Stanley Rodriguez, breakout sessions and traditional dancers. Free lunch will be provided with traditional Indian Tacos.
The keynote speaker, Stanley Rodriguez, is from the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel. He is a legislator for the Santa Ysabel Tribal Government, a Board of Directors member of Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival, and a U.S. Navy Desert Storm Veteran with nine years of service. He is dedicated to educating indigenous communities about Kumeyaay history, culture, and language. He is helping to revitalize the Kumeyaay language and culture by giving students the knowledge to carry on their Kumeyaay traditions. He is a renowned Kumeyaay Bird Singer, Wildcat song singer, Yuman song singer, and can-rattle player. He received the Caesar Chavez Social Justice Award for Cultural Preservation, PBS honor as the American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero, and is an Emmy Award winner for Best Documentary.
This is an open/free event so bring your family and friends to the Ukiah Campus of Mendocino College, located at 1000 Hensley Creek Road, Ukiah, CA 95482. For more information about the event, please contact our Counseling Office at (707) 468-3048 or Financial Aid Office at (707) 468-3110.