CSU, Chico News

Tree of Peace Anniversary Celebrated

Date: 04-28-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Native American alumni, members of the Mechoopda Maidu Indian Tribe and other community members will gather at California State University, Chico this weekend to celebrate the planting of the Tree of Peace on campus 25 years ago.

An education fair will take place Friday, May 2, and a formal ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, in Trinity Commons. For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/1374769012809251/.

The Saturday ceremony will include a history of the Tree of Peace by alumnus Ben Cunningham Summerfield, past president of the American Indian Club; remarks by CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg; and music and traditional dancing.

Other events will include an art show at the CSU, Chico Cross-Cultural Leadership Center (CCLC) of traditional necklaces, baskets and other Indian artwork, and campus tours for approximately 30 students from Four Winds of Indian Education in Chico.

The Tree of Peace, a redwood located just south of Trinity Hall, was planted Nov. 16, 1988. The planting, following a series of racial issues at CSU, Chico, took place in the spirit of bringing peace and unity to the campus and community. The Tree of Peace plaque reads: “This tree is planted to heal our communities so that all nations will live in peace, to make a better future for our children seven generations to come.”

The celebration is sponsored by the CSU, Chico Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Mechoopda Tribe, CCLC and Four Winds of Indian Education.