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NAIPISA’s ideas for a fulfilling winter break

Need ideas for activities, shopping or giving back during our winter break? The Native American Indigenous Pacific Islander Staff Association (NAIPISA) — UCOP’s newest staff affinity group — has ideas for supporting its mission through reading, watching, shopping and philanthropy.


*Links are for Native American- and Native Hawaiian-owned bookstores.

“Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants” by Robin Wall Kimmerer

“From a Native Daughter: Colonialism and Sovereignty in Hawaii” by Haunani-Kay Trask

“There, There” by Tommy Orange

Poems, plays and books by U.S. Poet Laureate, Joy Harjo


“Beyond Recognition”

“What Was Ours”

“Injunity Short Animated Films”

Go down an Instagram rabbit hole — and watch the videos from James Jones, @notoriouscree.


Spirit Mountain Roasting Co.

Star Village Coffee

Eighth Generation Art and Lifestyle Brand

Urban Native Era Apparel

Philanthropy and service

Sogorea Te’ Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led organization based in the Bay Area that facilitates the return of Indigenous land back to Indigenous people.

Native American Health Center (Bay Area) provides high-quality medical, dental, behavioral health, community wellness and social service programs to California’s Bay Area Native American population and other underserved communities.

For questions or more information about NAIPISA, contact

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