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MAPOM California Indian Studies Certificate Program in Partnership with the College of Marin and the Point Reyes National Seashore" (acronym: COMPS)
Register by phoning 415-485-9305
or by visiting

The easiest way to register for one of our COMPS classes is to call the College of Marin's Community Education Office at 415-485-9305 and ask them to send you a brochure. In the middle is a simple application form to fill out and mail or fax in. You can also go directly to their office at the College, pick up an application, fill it out and hand it in right there. Do register early as the classes have been filling up rapidly. Application for classes offered in each of the College's quarters (winter, spring, summer, fall) will be available in the month before the quarter begins.

The next class:
Saturday July 16, 2016 - 9:30-12:30 pm
Kule Loklo Point Reyes National Park.  $49

  • Sky Road Webb (Tomales Bay Miwok): Welcome
  • Vincent Medina (Chochenyo Ohlone) will focus on his work at Mission Dolores in San Francisco. He will focus on a more accurate story of missionization and highlight the Indian resistance and perseverance into the present day. He will discuss his opposition to the canonization of Junipero Serra, and his role during the 2015 Papal Mass.
  • Tsim Schneider (UC Santa Cruz and Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria) and Lee Panich (Santa Clara University) will discuss the interactions between colonial programs and the native people of Marin and Sonoma counties. They will also present recent discoveries from their continuing archaeological research at Tomales Bay examining a community of Coast Miwok and others formed after the missions.
  • Peter Nelson (Coast Miwok) will discuss the cultural and natural resources in Tolay Lake Regional Park and how the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department work together to develop and manage these park lands. He will describe new technologies and non-invasive methods of research to learn about and protect cultural resources.
  • Olivia Chilcote (Luiseno) will review the politics of Federal recognition in California and what it takes for a tribe to be recognized. She will talk about the history of the process in California and the implications to non recognized tribes that are not granted the same rights as their federally recognized counterparts.

Click To Register

You can get more information at the College of Marin information page or by phoning 415-485-9305.

Completion of any five classes leads to a “California Indian Studies Certificate of Completion.”  However, interested individuals may enroll for just one or any number of the classes should they choose. 

If you need more information contact John Littleton at

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