CSU, Chico News

Banner Recognition Ceremony To Be Held for CSU, Chico and Local Native American Tribes

Date: 10-26-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Doug Elmets
Elmets Communications

A recognition ceremony celebrating the Native American Banner Project for California State University, Chico in collaboration with Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria, Tyme Maidu Tribe of Berry Creek Rancheria, Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of Enterprise Rancheria, Konkow Valley Band of Maidu Indians and Mooretown Rancheria of Maidu Indians of California will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 4:00 p.m.

The ceremony will take place at CSU, Chico’s north campus residence halls, on the lawn area between Mechoopda Hall and Konkow Hall. The event is open to the public.

The ceremony will begin with an introduction by David Stephen, director University Housing and Food Service, and a prayer blessing offered by a member of the Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria. Then CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg will offer a welcome, and Alan Rellaford, university creative director, will provide a history of the Banner Project. Remarks will then be heard from individual tribal members from each of the participating tribes.

Rellaford said the Banner Project finally came to fruition after many years of consultation and is a result of a close working relationship between the local area Native American tribes and the University.

The banners, located throughout the north campus student residence halls, depict photos and basketry designs from members of Butte County Native American Tribes. This University project highlights its special relationship with the Native Americans who first occupied the Sacramento Valley. The banners will serve as a reminder of the school’s rich Native American heritage and is symbolic of the positive government-to-government relationships that the region’s tribes have with the surrounding governments and institutions.