The Tongva and the Importance of Creating a MOU with Museums

  • Saturday, October 7, 2023
  • 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
  • Hilton Pasadena, Monterey Ballroom


Cindi Alvitre, Lecturer and NAGPRA Coordinator and Tongva Elder & Knowledge Keeper, California State University- Long Beach
Desiree Martinez, President, Cogstone Resource Management and Tongva member, Cogstone Resource Management
Virginia Carmelo, Tongva Elder and Knowledge Keeper


Amanda Wixon, Assistant Curator of Native History & Culture, Autry Museum of the West


  • Collections, Community Engagement, Indigenous

Learning Format: Conversation

The panel will discuss their experience in creating a Memorandum of Understanding with a group of Tongva Cultural Educators. They will also explore the importance of acknowledging Tongva presence in Los Angeles and why museums across the country should create MOUs with tribes in their homelands