On Native American Day, Governor Newsom signs legislation to support California’s indigenous communities, promoting equality and inclusion

AB 1314 establishes a statewide emergency alert system for missing indigenous persons

AB 1936 reappoints UC Hastings Law School and advances restorative justice efforts for indigenous peoples who suffered mass murders orchestrated by the college’s founder

AB 2022 will remove racial and sexist square _ _ from all geographic features and place names in California

Sacramento – Today on Native American Day, Governor Gavin Newsom signed several bills to support California’s indigenous communities and build on the administration’s work to advance equality, inclusion, and accountability throughout the state. In a ceremony joined by Native American tribal leaders from across California, Governor AB 1314 was signed by Assemblyman James C. Ramos (D-Highland) to help address the ongoing crisis of missing and dead Native peoples from communities across the country.

Under AB 1314, local law enforcement will be able to require the California Highway Patrol to activate a feather emergency alert, similar to an amber or silver alert, to aid in search efforts for an original person reported missing in suspicious circumstances.

“As we advance the rich history and contributions of California’s diverse tribal communities today, the state is committed to building on the strides we have made to repair historical wrongs and help empower indigenous communities,” Governor Newsom said. “Today’s measures continue to advance these efforts, including a new emergency alert system that will provide us with additional tools necessary to address the crisis of missing and killed Indigenous people. I thank all legislators and tribal partners whose leadership and advocacy help pave the way forward in our work to build a better and stronger nation. and more justly together.”

Governor signs AB 1314 along with Assembly member Ramos, Secretary of Tribal Affairs Christina Snyder, and Native American tribal leaders from across the state.

“AB 1314 will help us spread the word sooner when an individual is missing or at risk, enlisting the help of the public for advice and leadership as soon as possible when rapid action is critical,” said association member Ramos. “I thank the Governor for signing this vital measure – establishing an alert system was the highest recommendation of tribal leaders to address the crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginals.”

This year’s state budget is investing $12 million over three years to fund tribal-led programs to help address the crisis of indigenous peoples missing and dying on tribal lands. This investment is built on last year’s $5 million investment to fund training and mentoring for law enforcement agencies and tribal governments to improve public safety in tribal lands and to study the challenges of reporting and identifying missing and killed Indigenous Peoples, especially women and girls.

Governor Newsom also signed AB 1936 by Assembly member Ramos, who renamed the University of California Hastings College of Law as the College of Law, San Francisco, and advances restorative justice efforts for the Indian Round tribes and the Yoki people whose ancestors suffered mass murder and other atrocities funded and supported by the founder Cyranos Hastings College in the mid-nineteenth century.

AB 1936 also identifies several restorative justice initiatives that the college intends to pursue, such as renaming the Law Library after the original language, reading the Statement of Atrocities committed by Hastings against the Yuki People annually and providing collaborative opportunities for Round Valley students to gain experience in debating and writing, among other efforts .

Under AB 2022 by Assembly Member Ramos, the racist and sexist term “Squaw” will be removed from all geographic features and place names in the state, and a process will be established to review petitions to change offensive or derogatory place names. It comes on the heels of federal action this month to complete the removal of this slander from nearly 650 geographic features across the country, including several name changes California filed on the basis of extensive tribal participation. The Newsom administration has launched a series of actions underway to identify and address discriminatory names for properties associated with state parks and transportation systems.

Governor Newsom also signed AB 1703 by Assembly Member Ramos, the California Indian Education Act. The action encourages local educational agencies and charter schools to form the California Indian Education Task Force in partnership with local tribes to develop curriculum materials that highlight the unique history, culture, and government of the tribes in their area.

A full list of the legislative priorities for California’s Native American communities that the governor announced his signature today can be found below:

  • AB 923 by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Government Consultation Act: State and Tribal Consultation: Training.
  • AB 1314 by Society Member James C. Ramos (D-Highland) – Emergency Notice: Feather Alert: Indigenous Peoples at Risk.
  • AB 1703 by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (D-Hyland) – California Indian Education Act: California Indian Education Task Force.
  • AB 1936 by Society Member James C. Ramos (D-Hyland) – University of California: Hastings College of Law.
  • AB 2022 by Assembly Member James C. Ramos (Highland Democrat) – State Government.
  • AB 2081 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – Municipal Water Districts: Water Service: Indian Territory.
  • AB 2877 by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella) – The Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Trust: The Tribes.

For the full text of the bills, visit: http://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov.

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