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Rupert Costo Lecture in American Indian Affairs

By Martin Rizzo-Martinez


“We Are Not Animals”

Indigenous Politics of Survival, Rebellion, and Reconstitution in Nineteenth-Century California

Costo Library, May 24, 2023, Noon to 1 PM (Rivera Library 4th Floor)


Lecture is Free and Open to the Public and UCR Community


Amah Mutsun Tribal Chair Valentin Lopez provided the forward to Martin’s new book with the University of Nebraska Press, titled the same as his lecture. Martin received his Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is an employee of the California State Parks at Mission Santa Cruz. In the fall 2023, he will begin his professorship at UC Santa Cruz. According to Rizzo-Marinez: “I am a historian and a producer of film, podcast, and other media content. After completing my PhD at UC Santa Cruz in 2016, I became a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow to work with Distinguished Professor of History and Costo Chair Clifford Trafzer at UC Riverside. Following my postdoc, I have been working with California State Parks as the Historian & Tribal Liaison for the Santa Cruz District, which has allowed me to continue working closely with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band and our other tribal partners in the region.”

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