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American Indian Families

Serving Los Angeles County – Working together, we promote

Strengthening of our Families and Communities. The Highland Park Venue has been closed down and the daily operations have been moved to the SCIC main offices at    

3440 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90010.

Phone: 213-387-5772



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 Satwiwa Spring Schedule 2015
All workshops and Guest Host presentations are free to the public

Sunday July 5 – Art Opening _ L. Frank Manriquez (Tongva, Acjachemem) 10 – 3  also sharing her book “First Families” – photographs and stories of California Native families

Bring your family and friends – hike, share, learn, and enjoy!
Take the 101 Freeway N to Lynn Rd exit. Go S on Lynn Rd 5.2 mi to Via Goleta. Park entrance is on L. Handicapped/elder parking is off Reino Rd.  to the “Authorized vehicles” dirt road to Satwiwa area.
805 – 370-2301 for info

News from Pukuu


Press Release


Achoicominga (San Fernando, CA) - The Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians (the Tribe) proudly announces its selection as a California American Indian Education Center. In 2014 the Tataviam American Indian Education Center will launch its kindergarten through high school support services to American Indian students living within Tataviam territory.

The Tribe’s Education and Cultural Learning Department welcomes the Tataviam American Indian Education Center into its family of services. Currently the Tribe operates the Teaching and Mentoring Indian Tarahat (
TAMIT) project which helps prepare Native high school students in L.A. County for college. Invested in “Inspiring Brilliance in Native Youth,” the Department strives to empower Tataviam and other Native youth living within Los Angeles.

Check out the full Press Release here.



Indian Families

Fatherhood is Sacred


The American Indian Families Partnership is proud to announce the Fatherhood is Sacred program which works to increase the skills of Indian dads. This program is about Indian men understanding the sacred nature of men and women taking care of their children. When Native people truly understand the past it should inspire and motivate them to work toward a better future, where parents are devoted to strengthening their families.

When: Call for dates and times. Dinner is provided.

Class size is limited, call SCIC to make a reservation.


Indian Families

For the Love of Cooking, 3rd Saturdays   instructors: Barbara Arvi & JoJo Leon

Learn  the characteristics and preparation of foods geared to encouraging a healthful, and delicious, lifestyle. Call the center to sign up. Click on image for more.


Indian Families Community Garden at the Southwest Museum

Come join us on  Saturday mornings at the Southwest Museum and learn more about sustainable gardening and healthy living for you and your children.

Haramokngna Indian Cultural Center

"The Place where people gather"

Our director, Barbara Arvi, was honored by my other

favorite educator, Kat High.

American Indian Culture

Indian Families

Native Family Day at the Autry

John Bradley (Commanche/Cherokee)

Call the SCIC  for dates and times.

Admission is  Free for Autry Members and Native Americans.

John Bradley(Commanche/Cherokee) invites families to learn about the "Hook and Hoop" race.

American Indian Cultural Presentations

John Bradley (Comanche/Cherokee), a nationally recognized artist in basketry and traditional arts, shares traditional American Indian games from the Great Plains to California. Families will learn about the history and role of games in Native American Life.

Gather round the buffalo as American Indian storytellers share traditional and contemporary tales. Then take hpme the art of storytelling with a colorful book by American Indian authors and artists, available at a 10% discount at the Autry Store.

Family Museum and Exhibition Tours and Hands-On Learning Carts   Learn about American Indian Cultures and families from across the United States with tours and our hands-on collection.

American Indian Music
Listen and learn about Native American music played with traditional instruments.

American Indian Culture Days for Families at the Autry is co-sponsored by the American Indian Families Parnership, a consortium of American Indian agencies focused on providing services to strengthen American Indian urban families living throughout Southern California.

Families associated with AIFP receive free admission for these First Sundays programs.

Sign up at the AIFP information desk in the Autry’s main lobby.

Sheri Foster (Cherokee) teaches the art of storytelling.

Family-oriented games and activities....

The Autry National Center

The Autry is located in Griffith Park at 4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, 90027. 

323-667-2000, x230 or


Indian Families

Phases and Stages Program

The American Indian Families Partnership, a Collaborative of American Indian and other community agencies, are devoted to offering skills to Indian parents which will enhance their ability to provide a safe and healthy environment.


We live in a day and age when American Indian Families are seeking ways in which to connect to their culture. The Ameri-can Indian Families Partnership is designed for pregnant Indian women/young families and community members. One of the many services we provide is a “Stages and Phases” work-shop, which teaches Indian parents the importance of family, provides communal support, and imparts traditional teachings. These classes are taught every Wednesday. Contact SCIC for more information.



Southern California Indian Center’s - American Indian Families Partnership is proud to present a series of on-going traditional workshops to encourage inter-generational/family discussions in preparation for welcoming newborns into the family and native community.


John Bradley, Jr. (Comanche/Cherokee), a nationally recognized artist in basketry and traditional arts will teach the workshops which are open to the community.  Space is limited to 10-15 families so reserve a spot early!

Call the SCIC for updates on current classes and workshops.



 – Traditionally made by aunties or grandparents, cradleboards were gifted to new parents prior to the birth of the child.  Each family will work together to construct a board that reflects their family’s cultural traditions.  Skills learned include basic construction of wood board, sewing and beadwork/material appliqué.



– These bags hold the shed umbilical cords of the baby as a traditional reminder of the child’s connection to the parents. These bags were made after the birth and reflect the gender of the child. Families will work together to create bags that reflect style, design and color of family and tribal identification. Skills learned are tanned hide work; sewing; beadwork or painting with natural pigments.



 – Newborn, infant or toddler moccasins not only provide warmth and protection, but also develop an early tribal and family identification through style, design and materials used.  Traditional skills learned include stretching and cutting tanned hides, sewing with sinew and beadwork or pigment painting.


It's always time to start working the dirt.

Come join us on a Saturday morning at the Southwest Museum and learn more about sustainable and healthy living for your children.

Community Garden at the Southwest Museum

"To forget how to dig the earth and to tend the soil is to forget ourselves"

Mohandas K. Gandhi

Community Garden Hours

When: Saturday Mornings

(10 a.m.-1 p.m.)

Where: The Southwest Museum

234 Museum Drive,

Los Angeles, CA 90065

Call SCIC to confirm workshops.

What to bring: Proper outdoor attire and bottled water.

Are you looking for a fun family outdoor activity? Are you interested in learning more about gardening? Our community garden offers this and much more! Join UCLA students during this family strengthening activity, where families are offered both the opportunity to tend the garden and enjoy the fruits of their labors. Also, we will be sharing heart healthy, quick, and nutritious recipes once a month. After five hours of volunteering, participants can take plants to grow at home.

Child Protection Hotline

To report child abuse in Los Angeles County, California, contact the Child Protection Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

* Toll-free within California, phone (800) 540-4000
* If calling from outside of California, phone (213) 639-4500
* TDD [Hearing Impaired] (800) 272-6699

The purpose and mission of the Child Protection Hotline (CPH) is:

* To act as the central point of entry for calls to DCFS regarding the possible abuse and/or neglect of children.
* To receive calls of abuse and neglect involving children and assess the level of endangerment.
* To obtain factual information regarding a specific incident and generate a referral for investigation, if appropriate.
* To document and transmit all referrals of child endangerment to the appropriate office, timely.
* To ensure child safety and protection.

During the evening, at night, on weekends and on holidays CPH will forward the referral to the DCFS Emergency Response Command Post to provide protective services to children in life threatening situations. At ERCP, Children's Social Workers (CSWs) are on duty 24 hours to immediately investigate calls of abuse and neglect. Supervisors are also on duty for case consultations and supervision to the CSWs in the field.

Situations that require an immediate in-person assessment are quickly assigned to the ERCP.