Robert Dorame, tribal chair of the Gabrielino-Tongva Indians of California

Native American and Indigenous Community

Led by a mission focused on social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism, LMU is committed to the success of students, staff, and faculty from historically marginalized communities. One step in this mission is to increase access to the resources and programs that our BIPOC community members may connect with the most, in order to enhance their LMU experience.

Here you will find specialized programs, student and employee affinity and networking groups, events, and resources that center the Native American and Indigenous community. Each focused initiative offers a space to build community connections, to advance career and educational opportunities, and to thrive at LMU.

Photo: Robert Dorame, tribal chair of the Gabrielino-Tongva Indians of California, and his niece, poet Megan Dorame, at the LMU osprey nesting pole dedication ceremony, 2019.


Land Acknowledgement

As part of Loyola Marymount University's recognition of our history, location, and relationship to the indigenous communities in Los Angeles, we acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (the Los Angeles basin and southern Channel Islands) and the presence of LMU on this traditional, ancestral, and unceded land. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live, study, create, and be in this place.

Read "The Importance of Land Acknowledgments as Preludes to Transformed Relations" by By Ernesto Colín and Brenda Nicolás

November is National American Indian Heritage Month

The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Visit these resources below for more information and programming.


Exterior of Hannon Library
Featured Article

Developing Educational Resources that Highlight Indigenous Voices

November 8, 2022

As part of its commitment to highlighting Indigenous voices and perspectives in its collections, the William H. Hannon Library received in December 2021 an Inclusive Excellence Grant from Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to publish a new open educational resource: a digital bibliography of published and archival resources on the Gabrielino-Tongva tribe.

Read the full article

LMU's Tongva Memorial

View of the Tongva Memorial on the LMU bluff, overlooking Playa Vista

LMU’s Tongva Memorial, established in 2000, is found on the bluff overlooking Playa Vista where Tongva artifacts were discovered during the construction of the Leavey residence halls. The site was rededicated in 2004 after the remains of several hundred Native Americans were found in a burial ground on the Playa Vista property below the bluff. These were reburied in an earthen mound within the Ballona Discovery Park. About 3,000 Tongva archaeological sites exist within what is now Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

Photo Gallery

Professor Ernesto Colin interviews Native American elder

Professor Ernesto Colín interviews elder and musician Javier Quijas Yxayotl as part of a research project with the Smithsonian.

LAUSD students demonstrate for more representation in schools

Students of Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory School in Los Angeles demonstrate for indigenous representation and resources in LAUSD schools.

Aztec dancer in regalia

Dancer in full regalia at a Summer Solstice Aztec Dance ceremony.

Ernesto Colin creates and altar and sings as part of a workshop

LMU Executive MBA students participate in a meditative session in altar building during a cultural immersion workshop.

indigenous gift bundle with an eagle feather and other items

A gift bundle containing an eagle feather, jade, chachayote seed, cloth, corn, chocolate, copal incense, and a quitapenas doll from Guatemala.