California State University, Long Beach

Associated Students

Academic Year 2005-2006


Senate Resolution # 2006-xx




TITLE:                  Protection of the Tongva and Acjacheman Sacred Land of Puvungna at California State University, Long Beach


WHEREAS:         The Tongva/Gabrielino and Acjacheman/Juaneno Indians were the first people who inhabited the Los Angeles and Orange County areas and the islands of Santa Catalina, San Nicholas, San Clemente, and Santa Barbara;


WHEREAS:         The Tongva, or "People of the Earth," respected other peoples and welcomed Spanish explorer Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo off the shores of San Pedro in 1542;


WHEREAS:         Historical and archaeological evidence has proven that around 500AD, the Tongva people established the village of Puvungna in the location that is now known as Rancho Los Alamitos and California State University, Long Beach;


WHEREAS:         Puvungna, or "the Gathering Place," has invaluable spiritual and religious significance and is considered sacred ground, as it was the birthplace of Chinigchinich, the lawgiver and god of the Tongva, and continues to be a ceremonial site and place of worship for many Indian tribes;


WHEREAS:         Puvungna was recognized as an ancient burial site in 1972, when prehistoric remains were discovered in LAn-235, the land immediately east of Bellflower Boulevard on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB);


WHEREAS:         Puvungna was subsequently adopted into the National Register of Historic Places, an official list authorized under the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966 designed to protect and preserve historic and cultural sites in the United States of America;


WHEREAS:         Puvungna has reached near entire destruction by development in the Long Beach area and the only remaining original, undeveloped land is located at CSULB;


WHEREAS:         The National Congress of American Indians passed Resolution #SD-02-018, "Protection of Threatened Sacred Places: An Urgent Priority," which stated that the protection of Puvungna was vital for improving understanding of Indian people and preserving Indian cultural values;


WHEREAS:         In 1995, CSULB President Robert C. Maxson, despite immense pressure from developers and investors, took a bold step to protect the welfare of local tribes by making and upholding a pledge to prohibit construction upon Puvungna for the duration of his tenure;


WHEREAS:         CSULB is an institute of higher education that teaches students to investigate and understand their surrounding world and promotes multiculturalism, diversity, and respect of all peoples, ethnicities, and cultures; therefore be it


RESOLVED:       That the Associated Students of CSULB encourage students to seek out information about the Tongva and Acjacheman tribes, the Puvungna sacred land, and the local and national history of American Indians; and be it


RESOLVED:       That the Associated Students of CSULB set a high standard of civility and serve as a model to others in regards to respecting the cultures, customs, and values of all peoples; and be it


RESOLVED:       That the Associated Students of CSULB assert that a desire for potential economic profits or expanded facilities is secondary to promoting the social and cultural welfare of our fellow human beings; and be it


RESOLVED:       That the Associated Students of CSULB commend the courageous actions of President Robert C. Maxson and protect his legacy by continuing his efforts to prevent the destruction of the sacred land of Puvungna; and be it further


RESOLVED:       That the Associated Students of California State University, Long Beach rebuke any consideration of development or construction upon the remaining land of Puvungna and demand that Puvungna be protected as part of the CSULB campus in perpetuity.