Puvungna is the Indian village which once occupied the land where Cal State Long Beach now stands. Puvungna remains sacred to the Gabrielino and other Indian people as a spiritual center from which their lawgiver and god -- Chungichnish -- instructed his people. Unfortunately, this tradition of learning and teaching which began with the Indian elders was notunderstood by campus officials who wanted to build a strip mall on the Puvungna site. These plans blocked by the Puvungna Sacred Site Struggle of 1993-95.

When President Robert C. Maxson came to the University in 1995, he abandoned all plans for commerical development and pledged to preserve the Puvungna site as open space as long as he was President. Maxson has now retired and CSULB’s new President, F. King Alexander will take office in early 2006. Concerns have already been raised about whether his administration will honor earlier commitments to preserve Puvungna.

For the latest news, click here.:


For more information on the Puvungna Sacred Site Struggle, clik on the appropriate link below:

[About Puvungna] --- [Latest News] --- [Puvungna Flyers] --- [Puvungna News]
[Puvungna Pictures] --- [Spending on Indian Wars] --- [NAGPRA]

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[About Puvungna]
Right now, this just provides links to other documents, but within a few weeks I will have some background information here.
[Latest News]
Here is the latest news, including our hotline message.
[Puvungna Flyers]
These flyers were written to let people know about the Puvungna Sacred Site Struggle. We distributed them at various gatherings to keep our supporters up to date. Taken chonologically, the flyers provide a good overview of the history of our struggle. The flyers listed below were written by Gene Ruyle and for the most part distributed as the Peter Carr Peace Center News.
[Puvungna News]
Sandy McMillan also wrote an excellent series of articles for the Los Altos Neighbor. These are available under Puvungna News.
[Puvungna Pictures]
Here are some pictures showing the location of the site and some of the activities at Puvungna. Material will continue to be added here.
[Spending on Indian Wars]
The CUS has spent over two million dollars fighting Indians. This gives a breakdown of CSU spending on the Indian Wars at CSULB.
Puvungna is not the only contentious issue between CSULB and local Indians. This gives a brief discussion of CSULB and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act.

The Puvungna Wed Site is still in a process of development, and we hope to be adding additional material in the coming months, as time permits.

This document was posted on Saturday, September 26, 1998
Last updated on August 24, 1994