This August we are highlighting Native Bruin Ṫośa Two Heart, Oglala Lakota a 2012 UCLA Native graduate.
Ṫośa Two Heart holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from UCLA and a master of business administration from Bentley University. Ṫośa has spent most of her professional career serving Native communities. She is currently the director of Community Behavioral Health at the Great Plains Tribal Leaders Health Board. In her spare time, she runs a fashion design business. Her fashion can be accessed at tosatwoheart.com as well as on Facebook and Instagram.
“My time participating in the American Indian Student Association, working for American Indian Recruitment, Retention of American Indians Now and serving as American Indian Recruitment project director have all spring-boarded me into my career in Native non-profit work. I am eternally grateful to the American Indian students, the American Indian Alumni and all who have made my experience meaningful at UCLA.”
EVENTS AND NEWS
Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
UCLA Committed to Returning Ancestors and Their Belongings to Their Homes
UCLA is committed to the repatriation of all human ancestors and their belongings to their descendants.
In pursuit of this human rights initiative, which began in 1990 with the passing of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), the UCLA repatriation team has consulted with hundreds of Tribes and Indigenous communities. The work is overseen by the Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities. Since 1997 the UCLA team tasked with these efforts has been led by the Fowler Museum’s Senior Curator of Archaeology, Dr. Wendy Giddens Teeter.
To date, 99% of Native American ancestors and their belongings under the control of UCLA have been repatriated. This level of success has been possible because of a commitment to listening to the Tribes and hearing their concerns and needs in these efforts. As Wendy Teeter describes it, the work of returning ancestors and cultural heritage that should never have been removed is hard, but inspiring.
Efforts have recently expanded through the new UC Cultural Affiliation Policy and California NAGPRA. Soon there will be new campus and systemwide repatriation committees seated, an expanded consultation guidance, and an intensified effort to identify applicable collections and ancestral remains on campus or with faculty. The UCLA team has also been collaborating with international Indigenous communities and governments to return sensitive cultural heritage and ancestral remains.
To more effectively carry out this endeavor, the team has hired multiple new members and will continue to hire students to be trained in repatriation procedures and assist the program in pursuing this vital work.
As we head back to school, Indigenous students may encounter meaningful changes from LAUSD. There's good reason for that:
The Indigenous Education Now Coalition (which includes @UCLAAISC and Promise) encouraged the LAUSD Board to unanimously approve $10M in support of Indigenous student achievement. We’re excited to see what this means for access, equity, and more, particularly given that this District has more Native American and Indigenous students than any other in California.
When public policy efforts miss entire groups of ppl, where does correcting those gaps begin?
How can you overcome a language barrier if your language and identity are not acknowledged?
In the case of the Indigenous language communities found in the LA area: you make a map.
We are proud partners of CIELO’s We are Here map, which (among other things) distinguished Indigenous peoples from the commonly misattributed “Latino” category and helped identify the wide variety of Indigenous languages spoken in the area. This map helps substantively crystallize the Indigenous diaspora in policy accounting, providing a jumping off point for key conversations like LAUSD school services, public health guidelines, rental and legal assistance, and more.
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center extends our deepest condolences on the passing of Sac & Fox elder, Saginaw Grant. We as a community will greatly miss seeing him at the annual UCLA Pow Wow and AISC events.