36th Annual Medicine Ways Conference

Saturday May 13, 2017
9 am to 6 pm

"Relationships: Sustaining Unity in the Community"

Admission is FREE and OPEN to the Public
FREE parking in Lot 1

The Native American Student Association, Rupert Costo Endowment Chair, California Center for Native Nations, and Native American Student Programs presents the Annual Medicine Ways Conference:

For over three decades, the Annual Medicine Ways Conference has been hosted by the Native American Student Association and Native American Student Programs at UCR. Featured guests from across the nation are invited to partake in this unique event. Various discussions and workshops emphasizing the respected theme are offered throughout the days events. Admission is FREE and food will be provided!

This year’s conference’s is organized about the theme “Relationships: Sustaining Unity in the Community”. We have lined up a series of dynamic speakers that will be discussing differing ways that we can maintain the health and balance in all the relationships in our lives, community, and environment. Speakers will cover the areas of art, poetry, healing & healthy relationships, the importance of maintaining a relationship with the environment, and self-love and acceptance.

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Cecilia Fire Thunder, Native American Wellness Center

Gene Tagaban, Native American Wellness Institute

Carrie Garcia, Director of the Soboba Cultural Center

Karla Aguilar, Program Coordinator for CARE department @ UCR

J Miko Thomas, Performance Artist and Activist

Tanaya Winder, Poet/Writer/Artist/Educator

Gerald Clarke, Artist and UCR Faculty Member


Medicine Way



UC Riverside
Highlander Union Building
900 University Avenue
Riverside CA, 92521 

We would also like to thank our sponsors: Highlander Empowerment Referendum Native American Student Programs Native American Student Association UCR Rupert Costo Endowment Chair UCR California Center for Native Nations UCR Native American Education Program

Tenative Schedule

9:00am-10:00am   Registration/Check-In/Continental Breakfast
10:00am-10:20am   Welcome and Blessing
10:20am-11:00am   Keynote Speaker (Gene Tagaban)
11:00am-11:10am   Break
11:10am-12:00pm   Breakout Session (*Speakers)
12:00pm-1:30pm   LUNCH (Miracle Dolls, Raye Zaragoza, Sallee)
1:30pm-1:40pm   Break
1:40pm-2:30pm   Breakout Session (*Speakers)
2:30pm-2:40pm   Break
2:40pm-3:30pm   Breakout Session (*Speakers)
3:30pm-3:40pm   Break
3:40pm-4:30pm   Keynote Speaker (Cecilia Fire Thunder)
4:30pm-6:00pm   DINNER (Birdsongs)