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Vol. 1 No. 21
DQU P.O. Box 409 
Davis, California
Friday, April 2, 1971




DAVIS, CA - An interim board of directors and plans for a big powwow emerged from a meeting by several hundred Indians and Chicanos at the new DQ (Deganawidah-Quetzalcoatl) University.

The celebration is set for April 2, according to the interim board chairman, David Risling, University of California at Davis coordinator of Native American Studies. He indicated the Department of Health, Education and Welfare soon will formally announce the granting to DQU of the 640 acre former Army Communications Station 6 miles west of Davis, where the Indians and Chicanos plan to establish their own university.


DQU currently has temporary custody of the site. Robert Coop, regional director of HEW in San Francisco, has said he was forwarding DQU's application for the property to Washington with the recommendation for approval.

"Many dignitaries and congressmen will attend the celebration", Risling predicted.

Of yesterday's day-long meeting, Risling said, "This is history - for our people and the Chicanos to learn how to get land legally through federal channels. It's only the beginning; there will be more changes, in housing and welfare."

"since education is the key to all these things" that is why DQU is so necessary, he said.

More than half a dozen western states and the District of Columbia were represented.

The philosophy of which Risling speaks, pertains to creation of a university to meet what he terms the special needs of Indians and Chicanos - "a task not being achieved in the present school structure as pointed out by many educational communities."

DQU will train its students in leadership, community development and legislative processes, he outlined. It will have  programs for persons at all levels of previous education and for all age groups.

Community college, vocational school and academic curricula will be offered, Risling stated.

The new interim board will become official at the next meeting, slated for the evening of March 5 and all day March 6 at DQU, Risling said.


The new interim board of directors will serve no more than a year and includes 16 Chicanos and 16 Indians. 

The Chicanos are: Louis Flores, UCD director of Chicano Studies; Jesus Jenera, and Arturo Apodoca, UCD law students; Elena Marquez, UCD pre-vet student; Gonzalo Rucobo, an employee of the State De[pt. of Human Resources Development in Berkeley and board president of the United Council of Spanish-Speaking; Eduardo Rosas, Yuba College and Colusa High Teacher; Rafael Guerrero of San Louis Obispo, historian, poet and writer, and Robert Guiterrez [[Gutierrez?]], Diablo Valley College (Pleasant Hill) student.

Al Negrretto, Sacramento elementary school principal; Jose Zamora, Antioch teacher; Randall Gonzales, Chico State College student; Able Villareal, president of the Mexican-American Concilio for Yuba and Sutter Counties; Crestin Alcazar, of Livingston, Merced county, representative of Casa Campesina, Ricardo Garcia, UCD pre-med student; Jovita Alvarez, Livingston community action agency worker, and Rudy Cuellar, employee of the Roseville Mexican-American Concilio.

Indian board members and their tribes are: David Risling, Hupa; Alex Corpus, Pit River Indian, of Sacramento State College and president - California Indian Education Assn.; Jack Forbes, Rappahannock, UCD professor and Indian historian; Sarah Hutchison, Cherokee, Sacramento psychotherapist; Alfred Hicks, Navajo, Richmond School teacher; Tom Campbell of Sacramento, Pomo, investigator for California Indian Legal Services; Abby Abinanti, Yurok, UCD law student, and Alice Williams, Paiute - Shoshone-Banock from Reno, active worker in Nevada Indian Affairs; Grace Thorpe, Sac-Fox publicist from Hawthorne; Jenny Joe, Navajo-Seneca, Berkeley public health service nurse; Wilfred Wasson, Coos, from Washington State; Vivian Hailstone, Hoopa-Karok, Yurok, from Hoopa, Humboldt County; Mahlon Marshall, Hoopa, Indian special consultant to the State Dept. of Education, Sacramento; Dr. Frank Clark, Hualpai, Woodlake, Tulare County physician, and Dick Luna, Jemez-Pueblo Indian and a Davis jeweler.

Program April 2, 1971
Official Transfer of Property
Federal Government to DQU Board of Directors

9 am - 12 pm  DQU Board of Directors Meeting
Official Transfer of Property 'Why We Need
a Chicano University' Statement
12 pm - 1 pm   No Host Lunch
1 pm - 1:30 pm News Conference  'Why We Need
An Indian University' Statement.
1:30 pm - 2 pm  DQU Directors-Dignataries [[dignitaries]] 
Meeting. Brief Speeches by Visiting Officials.  Chicano-Indian Entertainment.
2 pm Chicano-Indian Entertainment
2:30 pm Chicano Prayer, Peace Pipe Ceremony, Introduction of Buests [[guests]]
5pm - 7 pm Dinner
7 pm Mexican Fiesta, Indian Pow Wow

Indian art and photographs displays-museum exhibits Arts and crafts booths open all day.

Donations to DQU Bank of California - Davis, Ca. 85616
For information: DQU Box 409 Davis Ca. 95616

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