DQU community Immediate Call to Action December 7, 2007 PRESS RELEASE Saturday December 15, 2007, march/rally preceding open board of trustees meeting for DQ-University.
representing colleges and universities from across California and
international organizations are gathering in solidarity to express the
importance of the continued reaccredidation and revitalization of
California’s only tribal college, DEGANAWIDAH QUETZACOATL UNIVERSITY. A
march/rally is planned.
The solidarity march and rally will
form at Safeway parking lot in Davis, CA, address: W. Covell and
freeway 113 at 7:00am. The march will begin promptly at 7:30am and
proceed west on county road 31 to the DQ University campus. After
arriving at DQ University a rally will be held, preceding the open
board of trustees meeting at 10am in the administrative building.
starting the revitalization process in 2005, students have remained on
campus living through community support and have been able to organize
workshops and classes based in Native Philosophy and Cultural
Revitalization. They are committed to the pursuit of an indigenous
education while working towards the future as they honor the past.
1970, groups of Native Americans and Chicana/o students from several
universities and colleges organized themselves to lay claim to a
decommissioned military installation. Their goal was to create a
learning environment through the unified cultures of the indigenous
peoples of the Americas. As students and members of the community we
feel it is our responsibility to ensure a positive future for DQ
University. Currently there are two petitions in circulation with this
positive goal in mind.
Along with the community, student
organizations such as Natives Empowered through Unity and Education,
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana/o de Aztlan, and American Indian
Movement-west, all of which consist of thousands of members, along with
others, have pledged their support in raising awareness and involvement
in the revitalization process. The next step is to increase
inter-tribal, inter-organizational participation in the academic
restructuring and administrative accountability of DQU.
students are asking for your continued support in our struggle to give
the indigenous peoples an opportunity to unify, strengthen and be
educated, thus allowing the original vision of DEGANAWIDAH QUETZACOATL
UNIVERSITY to thrive.
Contact: Greg Iron 916-203-5619 Christal West(M.E.Ch.A.) 916-289-3984 Chris Yazzie email@example.com