Invitation to 2015 Pipeline Program Graduation – Sunday July 26th 2015 @ Pitzer College

Please come out and help celebrate these students’ accomplishments and transformations during the 2015 Pipeline Program.


21st Annual Ohlone “Big Time” Gathering and Powwow Donation Time!

We are looking for donations for the 21st Annual Ohlone “Big Time” Gathering and Powwow of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe. We are a non-profit 5013c, non-gaming, self-supporting California Tribe, which supports itself and the services it provides through fundraisers. All donations are tax deductible.

The Powwow is from April 26th, 27th, 28th at the Tony Cerda Park located at 400 West Grant Ave, Pomona CA.

Donations can be made in several ways:

Program Donations:

Make a Donation and get your name printed on the Contributors thank you Page:

  • $25 Category: (Orpeto Ismen) (Moon)
  • $50 Category: (Tura) (Earth)
  • $100 Category: (Ismen) (Sun)

Have an advertisement in the Powwow Program Book:

  • $500 = half a page in the Program Book
  • $1,000 = a full-page color spread inside the Program Book

Product Assistant Donations

  • Drinks such as water soda, etc., are gladly welcome. We will pick up your donations as long as we have the info – name, address, type of donation, and weight. Or you can drop them off at the tribal office c/o Chief Tony Cerda, who is a longtime resident of the Pomona Area.
  • Food Donations are also welcome – fresh and not expired or in cans/packaged sealed foods. Organic food is preferred in keeping with our healthy lifestyle.

Money goes to the C.R.C.T Tutoring Program –kindergarten -12th grade with Cal Poly Students, our Cultural Activities, Tribal Wellness, and our Veterans Program and the Razoo Campaign.

Our Razoo Campaign is to raise funds for the Tule Boat Revitalization Campaign for America’s Cup Race in San Francisco. We want to launch some of our Ohlone Tule Boats for the Opening Ceremony. See here:

Smaller and larger monetary donations are also accepted.

Checks can be made to the C.R.C.T or the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel tribe.

FMI: Irene Aguirre 909-634-4084. Please leave a message with your name and brief message regarding your donation for the Powwow.

Pomona Convocation

On Tuesday, September 4th, we were invited to Pomona College to perform a healing ceremony as part of Pomona College’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations. This was a big deal, for it was the first time that Pomona College had included any of the local tribes in any official Pomona event!

After getting there at 5:30, we set up, making sure that everything was prepared for the night’s events. Dinner was at 6, followed by the Aztec dancers, then it was time for the Ohlone drums to lead everyone to the Greek theater. With Chief Cerda at its head, the procession wound its way from Frank Dining Hall through the Theater Department, and arriving at the Sontag Greek Theater.

President David Oxtoby was introduced and gave a speech welcoming all to the event. Up next were the White Rose Singers from Sherman Indian High School. Then it was time for the healing ceremony to begin. Chief Cerda started out the event by singing songs to call the ancestors to help with the ceremony. The Humaya dancers danced around the fire. Many Pomona community members, Sherman students, and others, stayed, danced with the bears and Ohlone, and generally had a very positive experience from the ceremony.

Said Chief Cerda of the event: “It was an honor to be asked to do the Ceremony at the 125th Anniversary of Pomona College. It was a great feeling to do this healing ceremony for the people, for the land. The people and the land needed this ceremony. We, as descendents of some of the original people of this land, are always doing what we can to preserve and protect the land and culture of this area. Shururu”

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