By: Theodore J. Griswold | Partner |

It is rare for the general public to get a genuine, first person glimpse into the family history of some of the original inhabitants of what we now know as San Diego County. Procopio is very proud to provide you just such an opportunity later this month.

As part of Procopio’s ongoing sponsorship of the San Diego History Center’s Nyaiwait Chiwayp/ In Our Words: Kumeyaay series of talks and presentations, we encourage your attendance at the next program in the series occurring on January 24, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the San Diego History Center located in Balboa Park (Casa Del Prado, 1649 El Prado, Suite 3, San Diego). The presentation will be provided by David Toler, author of Blood of the Band, An Ipai Family Story, which relates the journey of a Kumeyaay-Ipai family from origin to present day. The programs in this series have proven very popular and fill up fast, so we strongly encourage you to RSVP. The cost for the programs, which benefits the San Diego History Center, is $10.

Blood of the Band is meant as an acknowledgment of the stamina, resilience, and perseverance of our region’s native peoples, not only during prehistoric times, but also in the face of more recent adversities, and, ultimately, successes.” (Dedication from Blood of the Band). A link to Mr. Toler’s book can be found here. We look forward to seeing you at the January 24 presentation of Blood of the Band.

Ted Griswold is head of Procopio’s Native American Law Practice Group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Connect with Ted at and 619.515.3277.

Nyaiwait Chiwayp / In Our Words: Kumeyaay–Songs of Knowledge


By:      Ted Griswold | Partner |

This forum is provided to share news and ideas affecting Native American Communities. A large part of that effort is helping to facilitate increased cultural understanding of those Native communities, past and present.

In this vein, Procopio is proud and honored to sponsor Nyaiwait Chiwayp / In Our Words:  Kumeyaay, the San Diego History Center’s 2018 yearlong speaker series from the Kumeyaay Community which demonstrates and discusses the richness of Kumeyaay culture and history, from the Kumeyaay people themselves.

The second program in the series—Songs of Knowledge:  Kumeyaay Song Cycles—will be presented on April 4 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Atrium/Thornton Theater (1649 El Prado, Balboa Park, San Diego). Advanced registration is required (the first presentation sold out!), and can obtained here. Should you be unable to attend, check back to this post, as we will be posting the video of each presentation on The Blogging Circle.

The first lecture, California Creation Myth: The fabrication of a mythical past and its impacts on the Kumeyaay Story, was presented by Michael Connolly Miskwish, M.A., and Theresa Gregor, Ph.D in February. That presentation can be found here. Stay tuned for additional presentations throughout the year!

Ted Griswold

Ted Griswold is head of Procopio’s Native American Law practice group and primary editor for the Blogging Circle. Procopio provides legal counsel to tribal governments and businesses. Connect with Ted at and 619.515.3277.