American Indian students make up about 0.5% of UCLA students. Before the ban on affirmative action, the percentage was twice as high. In fall 2002 there were only 161 undergrads on campus and an additional 46 graduate and professional students. Only 40 American Indian students were admitted for the fall 2005 freshman class.
This surprises and saddens me when I consider that LA has the second largest population of urban American Indians in the US (second to NYC). As a highly involved student, I got the chance to interact with a lot of student groups. One of these was the American Indian Students Association (AISA). I got to know the members very well and was always amazed at how much they did with so few people.
This weekend, you can be amazed too. Head on over to the westside for the 20th Annual UCLA Pow Wow.
I’ll be there munching on a frybread taco, enjoying the dancing and drumming, spending what little money I have on lovely beaded jewelry, and admiring hard work of a small and very dedicated group of students.
UCLA 20th Annual Pow Wow
North Athletic Field (enter from Sunset Blvd.)
Free, parking at UCLA is $7
Saturday May 21: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Gourd Dancing at 11:00 am
Grand Entry at 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Sunday May 22: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Gourd Dancing at Noon
Grand Entry at 1:00 pm
(Note: photo thanks to Dancing on my Mind)