Elder in Residence

Meet our Conference Elder, Julia Bogany
Tongva tribe

Julia Bogany is a member of the Tongva tribe, is on their Tribal Council, and is their Cultural Consultant. She has worked for over thirty years for the American Indian community, provided cultural, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD), Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) training and workshops in Sacramento for the California Rural Indian Health Board Woman’s conferences. Ms. Bogany also helped to reawaken and revive the Tongva language, by assembling a Tongva dictionary, and teaching Tongva language and cultural classes including the mathematics of basket weaving. She is President of Residential Motivators, her own non-profit consulting firm and President of Kuruvanga Springs, as well as a Representative for California tribes on Route 66, a member of CNAC (California Native American College board), and Elder in Residence at the Claremont Colleges where she teaches native culture, history and women’s issues.

In September 2010 she received the Heritage Award from the Aquarium of the Pacific at their sixth annual Native American festival, Moompetam. Ms. Bogany wants to change the future for her tribe, children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren; this is her way of doing it. She cares for her great grandchildren and teaches them arts, crafts, language, and culture. All the work she’s done for the past twenty years is for their future and for the future of her Tongva tribe.

For questions about opportunities to engage with Julia, contact ACPA21 Indigenous Advisor Greg Graves ([email protected]).